The Long List of New Experiences Coming to Disney World

Mickey and Minnie mouse standing in front of cinderella castle
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Walt Disney World is already one of the most magical places on earth. A Disney vacation has fun, new experiences, and unforgettable memories. Disney is always in everlasting change, with new experiences coming to the Parks. With new restaurants, attractions, and entertainment, each time you visit Disney World, it’s an entirely new experience.

Over the last few months, Disney has released some exciting updates on what’s to come. While some have a general time of opening, others are expected with release dates. If you are planning a Disney vacation this year, check out all the new happenings at Disney World that are sure to bring extra fun to your trip.

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What’s Coming to Disney World?

Disney World is expecting new restaurants, characters, and entertainment before the end of the year. As it is now August, that only leaves a few months for more than ten new experiences.


This summer, Disney is releasing a new restaurant in EPCOT along with a new character meet and greet.

Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya

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is coming to the Japan Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. This new restaurant is where Guests can experience Japanese seasonal favorites. “The atmosphere also embraces the festivals of Japan, with the atmosphere featuring beautiful, hand-painted artwork and lanterns highlighting some of the natural wonders that Japan offers as well,” Disney details.

A favorite character is coming back for a meet and greet this summer too. Also, at EPCOT will be Figment meet and greet. Figment’s attraction, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, is a classic, and Guests will now have a chance to meet the character in person.


This fall, we are all patiently waiting for Journey of Water to open. Inspired by Moana (2016), Guests can explore the wonders of water in a whole new way. “Stroll along a self-guided outdoor trail where you can play and interact with water as it travels from the sky to the oceans and back again,” Disney writes, only increasing the excitement for this new experience.

Journey of Water

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Additionally, Disney World is getting a new character experience. At Magic Kingdom, Guests can look forward to meeting Mirabel from Disney’s Encanto (2021).

Lastly, World Celebration Neighborhood in EPCOT is underway. The land connects Guests to each other, including Imagination! Pavilion, Spaceship Eart and Odyssey Center. Plans reveal new additions, “including CommuniCore Hall and Plaza, serving as the home base for EPCOT’s signature festivals,” as reported.

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Later in 2023

As we’ve previously reported and patiently wait for his debut, the return of The Hatbox Ghost is coming to Disney World. Disney continues to release new and fun promotions surrounding Haunted Mansion and the release of the new Haunted Mansion (2023) film. Furthermore, Guests can look forward to a new nighttime show in EPCOT. Right now, Guests can enjoy EPCOT’s Nighttime show called EPCOT Forever.

Coming to Disney’s Boardwalk is an all-new bakery by Gwendolyn Rogers. The Cake Bake Shop offers an “enchanting bakery offering delicious cakes, cookies, pies, macarons, coffee, croissants, and more!”

Summer House on the Lake

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For more delicious bites, let’s head over to Disney Springs, where two new restaurants are getting ready to debut. Chef Maneet Chauhan’s EET is bringing modern Indian cuisine to Disney World. EET will be the first of its kind in Disney Springs. Additionally, Summer House on the Lake is a California-style cuisine, bringing beachy vibes and a little bit of that Disneyland feel to Disney Springs.

What are you most looking forward to this year at Disney World?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.