12 New Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in 2020

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Walt Disney World has a lot of projects going on right now as it heads into 2020. Many won’t be finished for quite awhile, but here are a dozen upcoming adventures for you to check out when you visit Walt Disney World next year.

  1. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Opening on March 4, 2020, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will allow guests the opportunity to enter the cartoon world of Mickey Mouse and his friends.

Here’s the description:

The darling duo are taking a leisurely drive to a picnic in their sporty roadster—with Engineer Goofy’s train following merrily along. Plot twist—you get to go, too! Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.

Guests can find this attraction in the Chinese Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2. Mickey’s Shorts Theater

Also opening in March 2020 is the new Mickey Shorts Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This new theater is going in where the seasonal “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” was located.

Here guests can sit down and watch and original Mickey Mouse short in a Mickey themed theater.

3. Regal Eagle Smokehouse

Coming soon to Epcot’s American Adventure is the Regal Eagle Smokehouse. Technically it’s supposed to open “Winter” so it is possible it could open this year, but most likely it will be early 2020.

This new quick service restaurant will replace the Liberty Inn at the American Adventure pavilion. A “Salute to Barbecue” the Regal Eagle is set to represent various regions of backyard barbecue recipes in America. Including four sauces:

  • Spicy Mop Sauce – inspired by Texas-style “mop”
  • Sweet BBQ Sauce – inspired by classic dry rub seasonings
  • Vinegar-based Sauce – inspired by North Carolina’s tradition of vinegar and pepper
  • Tangy Mustard Sauce – often referred to as “Carolina Gold”

Get ready to try some great “American” BBQ.

4. Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360

Coming on January 17th to the Canada Pavilion in Epcot is the new Circle-Vision film “Canada Far and Wide.”  This film will be replacing the “Oh Canada” show that stars Martin Short.
The new version will be hosted by Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy and will feature a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington.

Follow the path down past the waterfall into the movie theater to check out this new adventure.

5. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

There will be a new addition to the France Pavilion theater in Epcot starting on January 17th. Impressions de France will now play in rotation with this new Sing-Along show featuring narrations by Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts.) It was also produced and directed by Don Hahn who was the producer on both the animated and live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast.

6. Wondrous China

Coming soon to the China pavilion is a new Circle-Vision 360 film.

Here’s the write up:

Wondrous China will take guests on a spectacular journey across the country, filmed and presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital format.”

There hasn’t been a release date announced for this new film yet, but it’s most likely coming sometime in 2020.

7. Round-Up-Rodeo BBQ

Joining the Toy Story Land area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year is the upcoming table service “Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant.” 

This new eatery will allow guests to join the rodeo in Andy’s back yard. “Guests will be immersed with all their favorite toy pals in the western atmosphere of Woody’s Roundup providing a fun, family-friendly dining experience that could only be had in Toy Story Land.”

No official date has been giving for this restaurant’s opening other than 2020. So look forward to this in the coming year!

8. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Coming Summer 2020 to Epcot’s France Pavilion is the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction.  Guest will shrink down to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant.

9.  La Crêperie de Paris

Also opening in 2020 is the new restaurant in the France pavilion that will offer both table and quick service dining and a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.

Both of these are part of the France pavillion expansion at Walt Disney World.

10. Space 220

Yet another new addition for Epcot’s re-imagining is Space 220.  This restaurant, located between Mission Space and Test Track, will take guests 220 miles up into space.

Originally scheduled to open this year, the restaurant is being pushed back to opening in 2020, most likely in February.

11. Awesome Planet

Coming on January 17th to the Land Pavilion is the new Awesome Planet film. This movie will replace the Lion King Circle of Life film that previously played in the theater.

Here’s the description:

Awesome Planet is “an on-screen exploration of the realm we call home, showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect.”

12. HarmonioUS

HarmonioUS will be the new night-time show coming to Epcot next year. It will follow the current “Epcot Forever” show at the World Showcase Lagoon.

As the “largest night-time show ever created for Disney.” HarmonioUS “will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, carrying you away harmoniously on a stream of familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. “HarmonioUS” will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.”

Of course these are in addition to all the new things that opened recently like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Rise of the Resistance attraction. Or the Disney Skyliner that takes guests from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Epcot and to select Disney resort hotels. The DVC Riviera will also be opening up this month as well.

Just keep these in mind if you plan of visiting in 2020.

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