2017 Brings New Land to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, New Restaurants to Disney Springs, and More

pandora1There are still a few weeks left in 2016 but Disney is already looking forward to 2017 with the announcement of new things coming to the Walt Disney World Resort.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will finally have a chance to experience Pandora – The World of Avatar when the new land opens in the summer of 2017. This new land will feature two new attractions, bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains, and much more.

Pandora will also be home to the Satu’li Canteen – the main dining spot – and Pongu Pongu, a drink kiosk. Merchandise will be available at Windtraders.

The much-anticipated and much-delayed Rivers of Light is also slated to start sometime in 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

At Disney Springs guests will find several new dining spots including Paddlefish (in the former location of Fulton’s Crab House), Planet Hollywood Observatory, The Polite Pig, and Wine Bar George.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will debut a brand new family raft ride next summer. The new attraction tells the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer and takes guests on a whitewater raft adventure.

In January 2017 guests at Epcot will get to experience the first Epcot International Festival of the Arts. The festival runs for 6 weekends through February 20 and will feature visual, culinary, and performing arts.

And Disney’s Hollywood Studios is bringing new Star Wars-themed experiences to the park including an all-new Star Wars Guided Tour. The seven-hour tour includes a quick service dinner with Star Wars-themed food and other adventures.

The Highway in the Sky Dine Around at Disney’s Monorail hotels continues in 2017 with stops at the Contemporary, Disney’s Polynesian Village, and Disney’s Grand Floridian.

And finally, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will welcome Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, the new waterfront cabins and Deluxe Villas. The resort hotel will also open a new bar and grill, a new quick service restaurant, and a new DVC pool, Boulder Ridge Cove.

The construction at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge should be completed by the summer of 2017.


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