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Monday, May 27, 2019

Quick Update: Disney Parks Construction Walls Opening New Doors

by Beth Keating
May 27, 2019

In case the pace of construction and expansion wasn’t adequate for you, and you aren’t seeing enough big construction walls around the properties here in the states, Tokyo DisneySea will be opening its eighth port sometime in the realm of 2020. Let’s review.

Florida’s Disney World prepares for its 50thanniversary with...

• a myriad of new hotels in various stages of progress (among them Riviera, Gran Destino, and Reflections), 
• fresh restaurants opening soon (including the rooftop Toledo and water-surrounded Three Bridges at Coronado Springs, the Beauty and the Beast-inspired lounge at Grand Floridian, signature dining at Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera, Takumi-Tei in the Japan pavilion, a crêperie in France, Galaxy’s Edge venues such as Docking Bay 7, Ronto Roasters and Oga’s Cantina, and several as yet unnamed restaurants including a Toy Story themed BBQ restaurant in Hollywood Studios, and a space themed one in Epcot), 
• new rides going up (including TRON, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster, and the since-delayed Runaway Railway and Rise of the Resistance), 
• development of a play pavilion at the former Wonders of Life facility and an experience center at the Odyssey building, 
• relocation of the Legacy walls at Epcot, 
• near completion of the Skyliner/gondola system, 
• and ground breaking of the coveted Star Wars hotel.

Disneyland has also been removing the walls around its newly unveiled Sleeping Beauty Castle refurb.  Of course, Disneyland has just opened their own iterations of the Galaxy’s Edge eateries for cast member previews, with new waves of Jedi disembarking on the planet on May 31st.

Across the ocean, Tokyo DisneySea awaits the debut of the newly named Fantasy Springs, an area themed to Frozen, Peter Pan and Tangled, complete with dramatic waterfalls, lush foliage and plenty of magic. It will be the biggest expansion of the park, which has already made it to the top of most Disney fans “bucket lists.”  The expansion will include a new hotel, four new attractions and three new restaurants.

As Walt would say, “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things.” And that means putting up lots of construction walls.

Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.

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