There is a lot going on at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Att
There is a lot going on at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Expo going on now in Orlando, we have learned about a few new updates on some new developments at Walt Disney World.
First up is the Disney Skyliner. We just learned that the Disney Skyliner will begin transporting guests for the first time ever at the Walt Disney World Resort beginning fall of 2019! The Disney Skyliner, if you didn’t know, is a new gondola system that will transport guests to and from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, as well as four major resorts including Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort as well as the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort. We’re hopeful this new Skyliner will help with busses, as well as road traffic.
Next up, we have some new details and dates on the upcoming new tower opening at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. We now know the new name of the 15-story tower, which is the Gran Destino Tower. The tower is said to be the centerpiece of the resort, which makes sense as it towers over all of the other buildings. The tower will add a total of 545 new guests rooms to the resort. A new themed table-service restaurant is also planned for the tower, which will surely have some incredible views of the Walt Disney World Resort. The tower is set to be completed in July of 2019 and guests will be able to make reservations for that time soon.
We saved for the best for last. We also have learned more about the new Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster coming to Epcot! The coaster is Walt Disney World’s largest concrete pour ever, which says a lot when you consider all of the attractions that have been built at Walt Disney World. The building itself is large enough to fit four Spaceship Earth’s inside of it. Bob Chapek, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman, said the coaster is “unlike anything you’ve experienced before” and described the coaster as “a story telling coaster.” Chapek shared an image of the ride coaster (above) just a few moments ago at IAAPA. The coaster ride vehicle, unlike a traditional coaster, will actually move about and point to the story that is happening all around you (sort of like Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – but more controlled). Chapek also noted that they are working with VEKOMA to bring this coaster to life. The coaster is set to open before Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.
What announcements were you most excited for? My pick has to be the Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster! I can not wait to experience that!