Walt Disney World announces range of opening dates and attractions

Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2019 4:52 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is opening March 4, 2020, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive cruise style two-night attraction, will begin “transporting” guests to a galaxy far, far away in 2021. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open summer 2020 in the France pavilion at Epcot. Mickey Shorts Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will show an original short film in the style of the popular Disney Channel animated series "Mickey Mouse." Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is coming to Epcot. Three new films will debut at Epcot in January, and a number of new restaurants will open next year.

Get the range of details from Disney Parks Blog.

Disney Parks Blog also has a preview of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:44 PM

It’s a great year to have a WDW AP, can’t wait to ride Rise in a week. I also can’t believe 4 night shows, 4 E tickets, transportation, 2 new hotels and the Space Restaurant are opening in one 12 month period.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:12 AM

So if I can translate Disney well enough it sounds like the Galactic Starcruiser is a themed hotel experience with some sort of transportation — fake or otherwise ala Hogwarts Express — to a special Galaxy's Edge entrance?

Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:40 AM

If I've read everything correctly, there's 2 "transports" in the experience. The first is a simulated transport from check in to the star cruiser. The second is an actual transport from the star cruiser to Galaxy's Edge. Everything I've read so far indicates that the shuttle to GE is nothing more than a super decked out bus like Hogwart's Express. Bioreconstruct has posted a lot of aerial views of the construction and they show nothing more than a bridge and regular roadways connecting the hotel to what's assumed to be the exclusive entrance to the park.

I'm surprised more people aren't screaming doom and gloom about the rumored pricing. I've heard $2000 per person, but I'm not sure if that covers both nights or if that is per night. The more I read and see about the experience, the more I'm inclined to say, "take my money!" and I'm sure there's a lot of people that will feel the same way.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:50 AM

bigboy said:

Bioreconstruct has posted a lot of aerial views of the construction and they show nothing more than a bridge and regular roadways connecting the hotel to what's assumed to be the exclusive entrance to the park.

So you check in. Fly to space. Then fly from space to Galaxy's Edge.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:09 PM

So, I have a quick question (or 2) for those of you who have more mouse experience than I do.

We are arriving in May, and I have already booked our dining for the trip. That said, I've had my eye on Space 220 for some time. While I am excited it is opening before we arrive, what does WDW do with regards to reservations and adding it to Dining Plans? It's currently listed as "Dining Plans Not Accepted".

The cast-member I spoke to simply said "you'll just have to keep checking in on that", which is understandable...I'm just curious if there is a predictable way WDW usually handles this. Does a new place have to be open for so long before it starts getting added to Dining Plans?

Last edited by OhioStater, Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:14 PM
Thursday, December 5, 2019 2:08 PM

New restaurants often have a soft opening the way attractions do without FP's, so it wouldn't surprise me that it could be open without reservations. The cast member is probably right... you'll just have to watch.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:36 PM

Hold the phone... Hogwarts Express is just a bus?!? Wow. I honestly thought it was on rails.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:38 PM

It's a cable car on rails.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:53 PM

Think the trams at MSP or the line between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:36 PM

Sorry, I worded that poorly. It's not a bus. I meant decked out with the video screens and whatnot.

If Space2020 is on the dining plan, it will no doubt be 2 table service credits.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:51 PM

Thanks, Jeff; more or less what I figured.

Some places are certainly worth the two credits, and this one looks like it would be.

Having not been to WDW in 3 seasons, we're all really looking forward to the changes. Frozen (the ride) was a few months from its debut last time we were there, and there wasn't even a Pandora.

Last edited by OhioStater, Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:27 PM
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:37 PM

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