6 Incredible New Attractions Just Announced for Disney World 2024-2025

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Disney World has several new attractions, including revamps of existing favorites, in store for the 2024

My kids and I recently took a quick trip to Disney World on a school break. After riding Tron, one of the boys asked me about what new rides were coming to the parks. Since we were already in the Magic Kingdom, we took the train over to Frontierland to check out the progress on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The former Splash Mountain was covered in scaffolding, and the barriers featured a big poster that said, “Coming Summer 2024”. But Tiana’s Bayou Adventure isn’t the only attraction coming soon to Walt Disney World Florida.

Attractions coming soon to Walt Disney World for 2024-2025 include Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a refurbished Country Bear Jamboree, a Star Tours revamp, a Test Track revamp, a Zootopia show and a Pirates of the Caribbean lounge.

AttractionParkEstimated Opening Date*
Tiana’s Bayou AdventureMagic KingdomSummer 2024
Country Bear Jamboree RevampMagic KingdomMid-Late 2024
Star Tours RevampHollywood StudiosSpring 2024
Test Track RevampEPCOT2025 or 2026
A Zootopia AttractionAnimal KingdomLate 2025
Pirates of the Caribbean Lounge & BarMagic KingdomMid-Late 2024
*Opening dates not confirmed
Tiana Tower Disney World
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open in 2024 at Magic Kingdom Park (media photo by Olga Thompson/Disney)

1. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in Magic Kingdom will be a much-anticipated retheme on the iconic but controversial Splash Mountain. It will feature animatronic characters and music from the beloved 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog”. However, the basic ride structure will likely remain the same. The meandering log flume dark ride will end in a 50-foot plunge, leaving many riders wet. According to signage in the park, it’s slated to open in the summer of 2024. When we visited Magic Kingdom in mid-February, they were already running empty log flumes down the waterfall after dark. 

Country Bear Jamboree Magic Kingdom
The Country Bear Jamboree is closed at the time of this writing for a refurbishment and update (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

2. Country Bear Jamboree Revamp

This classic Disney attraction recently closed for a refurbishment and update. It was one of the original Magic Kingdom attractions when the park first opened in 1971. Although the attraction has many dedicated fans, it is one of the less popular Magic Kingdom attractions. Disney has announced that the updated show will feature popular Disney songs with a more modern feel. This may make it more widely appealing to the average park guest. The new show is scheduled to open in 2024, though it will likely be later in the year. 

Star Tours Entrance at Hollywood Studios Orlando
Star Tours will have some new adventures in 2024 (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

3. Star Tours Revamp

Although not a major refurbishment, Star Tours will be getting some new adventures in Spring 2024 at Hollywood Studios. We’ve seen this over the past few years as new Star Wars movies and shows have come out. For example, after The Last Jedi came out in 2017, Star Tours took us to the salty mineral planet of Crait. The new Star Tours Adventures is likely to include characters from Disney + series like The Mandalorian. I’m hoping we see one of my personal favorites: Ahsoka Tano. We haven’t seen a specific launch date yet, but my guess would be on or around May 4th. 

test track ride vehicle at disney world
Test Track will likely close this year for a major refurbishment (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

4. Test Track Revamp

We made sure to ride Test Track on our most recent trip because it’s likely to close this year for a major refurbishment that could take 1-2 years to complete. Disney announced a big Test Track update in partnership with sponsor Chevrolet. My boys love designing and testing their vehicles on this ride. We’re crossing our fingers they’ll keep this interactive element or include something similar. The new version of the ride will pay tribute to the original World of Motion attraction which opened with Epcot in 1982. The Edutainment-style ride covered the history of transportation and was replaced with Test Track in 1996. 

entrance to its tough to be a bug at animal kingdom
It’s Tough to be a Bug will be replaced with a Zootopia show (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

5. Zootopia Replacing Tough to Be a Bug

My big kids and I made sure to experience It’s Tough to be a Bug on our recent trip since we knew it might be our last chance. Honestly, I think the coolest part was seeing the animals carved into the base of the Tree of Life. I remember this show from my first visit to Animal Kingdom back in the summer of 1999. To be honest, we hadn’t done it in several years because it’s a bit scary for my toddlers. I was very excited to hear that it would be replaced with a Zootopia show! 

outside the pirates of the carribean ride
Pass the rum, Magic Kingdom is getting its first standalone bar and lounge (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

6. Pirates of the Caribbean Bar & Lounge

I’ve been told I’m technically not a Disney adult because I have kids. However, I like to think of myself as a Disney adult who also happens to be a parent. On behalf of Disney adults with and without children, I’m very excited about Magic Kingdom’s first stand-alone bar. I’m hoping for a menu that’s similar to the one at Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge. My kids love picking out a non-alcoholic specialty beverage with a Star Wars theme. We love a menu with drinks like “The Outer Rim” or “Jedi Mind Trick”. 

Which of these attractions coming soon to Disney World are you most excited about?

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Kirby Russell

Kirby Russell is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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