Top 5 Walt Disney World Attractions Being Reimagined in 2024. 2023 might go down in history as a year of big changes at Walt Disney World. From the Epcot construction being finished up and so many “New” things opening the parks sometimes do not feel like the parks we grew up with. They have that nostalgic feel but in a new way.
This is okay, as time changes everything, and so far everything Disney Imagineering has done recently has been met with a positive response. World Celebration is beautiful, Tron Lightcycle Run, although short, is one of the most fun roller coasters in the parks. Furthermore, we got Journey of Water inspired by Moana with some of the best views in all of Disney World.
Now, as the year closes, we have a future year to look forward to. Just announced last week was a new The Little Mermaid show opening in the fall. Along with, already announced, and well under refurbishment Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is opening end of 2024.
Join us as we check out the top 5 changes coming in 2024, to attractions, that we are excited for.
The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure
New in 2024 ‘The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure’ Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2024. Rumors started a few weeks ago, about a revamped show coming to the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show building in Hollywood Studios here at Walt Disney World. Now we have confirmation.
How many wonders can one cavern hold? What’s a fire and why does it burn? When will a stage show return to the Animation Courtyard theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? All valid questions – one of which I can’t wait to dive into!
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – Magic Kingdom
In February, we shared the backstory behind the water tower that will punctuate the exterior. But what else is in store? Here’s a sample of what to expect from this musical adventure:
- Brand-new cast of original Disney characters with distinct names and personalities
- Dozens of entirely new Audio-Animatronics figures
- Adorable critters with incredible talent, bringing the diverse flavors of musical gumbo found in New Orleans!
- New, original music alongside favorite tunes from the film
- Do you love beignets as much as Louis? Well, you’re in luck because the alluring scent of beignets being prepared for the party will be part of the attraction queue!
- Additional talent voices from the film reprising their roles, including Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and the one and only Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana
- Familiar faces from the film such as Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Mama Odie, Louis, Eudora, Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” the King and Queen of Maldonia, and Prince Ralphie
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure builds on the story of Princess Tiana, a character whose pride and perseverance remind us of a universal truth: within us lies the potential to make our dreams come true. This all-new adventure will bring Disney Parks guests into Princess Tiana’s world like never before when the attraction opens in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 2024.
Star Tours New Adventure
In 2024, we’re going to add more stories and characters to Star Tours at three of our destinations around the world – Disneyland Park in California, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and Disneyland Paris in France. Since it debuted at Disneyland in 1987 as the first Star Wars attraction in a Disney park, Star Tours has traveled to new places as this galaxy of stories expanded.
We’re looking forward to continuing that tradition next year with all new adventures … but I can’t reveal just where we’re going yet – or those we may meet along the way – because … well … some surprises are best experienced as part of the upcoming Star Wars content also announced this weekend. Here’s hoping C-3PO’s piloting skills have improved!
Country Bear Musical Jamboree
Country Bear Jamboree will be getting new songs and the bears will be performing a new act!
Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty told the Destination D23 audience that when the show debuts, the bears will be reinterpreting favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music – like rockabilly, bluegrass, pop-country, and other styles.
Imagineers are envisioning the new take as a homage to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and they’re working with Nashville musicians to get the authentic country sound. The popular attraction will continue to have a fun and friendly tone and same characters.
Refurbishment and new music! I love it when the classic attractions do not actually go away, but change with the times. I am not saying every ride or attraction needs that done, but Country Bear Jamboree felt old and out of touch.
A new Zootopia show at the Tree of Life theater
The attraction—which is being created for the Tree of Life Theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park—has guests traveling along with Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, and other characters as they travel through the wild world of Zootopia.
Imagineers are currently finalizing the concept and more details will be coming in the future.
Changes that have been announced, but no time frame has been given:
Test Track reimagined
Test Track—one of the most thrilling attractions at EPCOT—will be reimagined.
Imagineers and the team at Chevrolet are reaching back into history for inspiration—including the original World of Motion—and bringing that spirit of optimism to the next evolution of Test Track.
From Dinoland U.S.A. to ‘Tropical Americas’
Walt Disney Imagineering is planning to reimagine Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom into a new land, which is inspired by a region sometimes referred to as “tropical Americas.”
To create the new land, Imagineers are looking at some of the most biodiverse areas on the planet in the regions just north and south of the equator in the Western Hemisphere—the northern part of South America, stretching up into Central America.
New experiences inspired by Encanto—the award-winning Walt Disney Animation Studios film—and the beloved adventurer Indiana Jones are being considered for the reimagined land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Bruce Vaughn—Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Imagineering—added that “there’s a long way to go and a lot more to discover but Imagineering teams in Florida are up for the challenge.”