2020 is going to be a huge year for change at some of our favorite local theme parks! Exciting new attractions, restaurants, and even hotels will be popping up all over the place over the next year. Here’s what theme park enthusiasts can look forward to in the new year.
Walt Disney World
Just about every Disney World park is planning on unveiling something new in the upcoming year, from rides and shows to restaurants. Epcot has the longest list of things to look forward to, thanks to the park’s multi-year transformation that is taking place through 2021. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not far behind, with a variety of new attractions set to open during the new year.
Space 220 Restaurant – Epcot
Space 220 is scheduled to open next to Mission: SPACE at Epcot in early 2020. The out-of-this-world restaurant will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
As guests enter the restaurant, an elevator will be waiting to lift them 220 miles above the Earth’s surface. Once in the dining area, parties will be guided to their table past a spinning wall of produce called the Grow Zone. The wall displays fresh ingredients used in the restaurant while mimicking the Earth’s gravity. More information on the menu and other details at Space 220 are still to come!
Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue – Epcot
A classic American backyard barbecue is the latest dining experience coming to Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion in early 2020. Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is a fast-casual restaurant and bar with a variety of sandwiches, platters, and homestyle craft brews on the menu. Some dishes that will be available for order include:
- Sliced Texas Beef Brisket Sandwich: Served on Garlic Toast with House-made Spicy Mop Sauce
- South Carolina Smoked Sausage: Served with Tangy Mustard Sauce and Caramelized Onions
- Kansas City Smoked Chicken
- Memphis Dry Rub Pork Ribs
- North Carolina Chopped Smoked Pork Butt
- Power Greens Salad: Made with Chilled Pulled Chicken, Fresh Citrus, and a Citrus Vinaigrette
- All American Burger: Grilled Burger topped with BBQ Pork and a Fried Onion Ring
- Plant-based BBQ Burger: Plant-based Patty topped with BBQ Jackfruit on Vegan Garlic Toast
- Sauces: Spicy Mop Sauce, Sweet BBQ Sauce, Tangy Mustard, and a Vinegar-based Sauce
- Side Dishes: French Fries, Beer-battered Onion Rings, Mac and Cheese, Baked Beans with Burnt Ends, House-made Pickles, and Creamy Slaw
- Kids’ Meal Options: A Burger, BBQ Chicken Salad, BBQ Chicken Leg, Chicken Salad, or a BBQ Rib Platter all served with a choice of two sides
HarmoniUS Nighttime Spectacular – Epcot
Epcot Forever is ending its short run as the park’s nightly fireworks experience in 2020, when “HarmonioUS” makes its debut as Disney’s largest nighttime spectacular ever. The new show will be a celebration of Disney music and how it inspired people all over the world. It is soundtracked by popular Disney songs that have been reinterpreted by various artists from all around the globe. HarmonioUS will feature huge floating set pieces, custom LED panels and choreographed fountains on the World Showcase Lagoon along with brilliant lights, lasers, and pyrotechnics. The new show is currently scheduled to begin in Summer 2020.
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along – Epcot
Three brand new film experiences are debuting at Epcot just in time for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts on January 17, starting with “Beauty and the Beast Sing-along” in the France pavilion. Narrated by Angela Lansbury (the original Mrs. Potts), the “twist on a tale as old as time” will run alongside the current Impressions de France film, which has also received some upgrades.
Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 – Epcot
A new Circle-Vision 360 film in the Canada pavilion will allow guests to explore the Great White North with the help of new narrators Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Canada Far and Wide is the replacement for the long-standing O Canada! film, which closed in August 2019. The new movie experience is a beautiful virtual tour of Canada, with a new storyline, all new scenes, and a new musical score from Canadian composer Andrew Lockington. Canada Far and Wide will begin playing at Epcot on January 17.
Awesome Planet -Epcot
Over in The Land pavilion, a new 10-minute film called Awesome Planet will open on January 17 in the theater that was formerly home to Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable. Along with incredible in-theater special effects, Awesome Planet tells the beautiful, dynamic story of Planet Earth with the help of stunning imagery and an original musical score composed by Academy Award winner Steven Price.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Epcot
An exciting new attraction will make its debut at the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase sometime in the summer of 2020. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will take riders on a race through Gusteau’s restaurant. Guests will feel like they’ve shrunk down to the size of a rat as they hop into Chef Remy themed trackless ride vehicles for a family-friendly adventure inspired by “Ratatouille: L’Adventure Totalement Toquee de Remy” at Disneyland Paris.
La Creperie de Paris – Epcot
Along with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new restaurant is also coming to Epcot’s France pavilion next summer. La Creperie de Paris will have both quick service and table service dining options, and the menu of sweet and savory crepes will be crafted by celebrity chef Jerome Bocuse.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to open its second dining location sometime in 2020. Roundup Rodeo BBQ will be a table service restaurant that takes guests deeper into the world of Toy Story.
Rodeo Roundup BBQ is designed like one of Andy’s play areas, “built” by three cardboard boxes that have been cut and taped together to create a rodeo arena. Inside, the atmosphere resembles a Western town and train station playset and various scenes like Jessie riding on the back of a Trixie pull toy and Bo Peep performing with her sheep. The overall theme of the restaurant is to feel like a rodeo that’s being run by Andy’s toys.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway officially opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on March 4, 2020. The first-ever Mickey-themed ride has taken over the Chinese Theater, formerly the home of The Great Movie Ride. Based on Disney Channel’s award-winning Mickey Mouse Shorts, the 2 & 1/2 dimension attraction will suck riders into an animated world with wild twists and turns, stunning special effects and unbelievable transformations. Although the attraction is inspired by Mickey Mouse Shorts, the ride will feature a never before seen story and an all-new theme song.
Mickey Shorts Theater – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Along with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Hollywood Studios will also debut the new Mickey Shorts Theater sometime in March 2020. The theater will be inspired by the Disney Channel cartoon series with a fun, wacky design. In the theater, guests can enjoy an original short and have their picture taken in special photo locations.
Drawn to Life – Disney Springs
Drawn to Life is the newest Cirque du Soleil experience to make its Disney Springs debut. The long-awaited new show will be open to the public starting April 17, 2020. Drawn to Life is inspired by Disney animation and celebrates the long legacy of creating Disney magic by bringing art to life. The show tells the story of a girl named Julie, who finds a gift from her late father – a piece of unfinished animation. The gift and a pencil inspire Julie to go on a journey through her beloved Disney memories from childhood. Cirque du Soleil productions are known for their brilliant acrobatic performances, and this show is no exception. With a cast of more than 65 artists, Drawn to Life is a true expression of the joy and humor of Disney in an exhilarating experience that is fun for guests of all ages. Shows take place five nights a week and tickets are available now.
M&M’s Orlando Store – Disney Springs
M&M’s Orlando Store is also coming to the West Side of Disney Springs this year. The state-of-the-art candy store will allow shoppers to step inside the colorful world of M&M’s with endless sweet treats and more unexpected interactive fun that the whole family will enjoy!
Universal Orlando Resort
At Universal Orlando Resort, you can expect a brand new live show to make its way to Universal Studios this Spring. A new hotel will also join the lineup of accommodations at Universal Orlando in March when Dockside Inn & Suites joins Surfside Inn & Suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort.
The Bourne Spectacular – Universal Studios Florida
The Bourne Spectacular is a live-action stunt show that will take over the theater formerly known as Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across Time. The story follows Jason Bourne’s adventure around the globe as evil characters go after him in a series of chase scenes, fistfights and more danger around every corner. A mix of stage and screen, the show will bring the popular Bourne franchise to life with live performers, high tech props, and a giant LED screen. The Bourne Spectacular Stunt Show is currently set to open at Universal Studios Florida in Spring 2020.
Dockside Inn & Suites – Universal’s Endless Summer Resort
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort officially opened to guests in June with Surfside Inn & Suites, but the second half of the Universal Value hotel will also be open for reservations starting March 17, 2020. Dockside Inn & Suites will feature many standard rooms and suites, along with the other amenities and activities that can be found at all of Universal Orlando Resort’s awesome hotels.
SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando and its neighboring water park Aquatica Orlando will both have brand new rides making waves in Orlando in 2020. Although the dates have not yet been announced, here’s the inside scoop on the newest thrills!
Ice Breaker – SeaWorld
Ice Breaker will be SeaWorld Orlando’s sixth roller coaster when it opens next Spring. The innovative ride will have some first-of-its-kind features including lateral movements along certain sections of the track.
The theme of the attraction will be similar to Wild Arctic, sharing a message of arctic and oceanic conservation. Ice Breaker is the latest step in extending SeaWorld’s focus to exciting thrills and family-friendly fun.
Riptide Race – Aquatica Orlando
Riptide Race at Aquatica Orlando will be Florida’s first dueling race when it opens sometime next year. The family raft ride is made up of side-by-side slides, perfect for racing with two riders per raft on each side. The 650-foot long thrill ride will have both indoor and outdoor sections along with tight loops and exciting accelerations. Riders will have to be at least 42 inches tall.
Busch Gardens Tampa/Adventure Island
Just a ways away in Tampa, Busch Gardens and its water park Adventure Island will also each be welcoming a new attraction in the Spring.
Iron Gwazi – Busch Gardens
The world’s fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster will make its official debut in Spring 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa. Iron Gwazi is a new and improved version of the original Gwazi attraction. The hybrid coaster will still have some of the original wooden structure, but will also feature a lot of new steel track elements. The track will move up to 76 miles per hour at certain points and have some 91-degree drop angles. Also breaking records as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, the track will reach maximum heights of 206 feet tall. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.
Solar Vortex – Adventure Island
Adventure Island’s newest water attraction is set to open sometime in the Spring of 2020. Solar Vortex will be a thrilling 55-foot long raft ride for up to four people that reaches maximum speeds of 20 miles per hour. Some of the unique ride features include high banking rotations, rapid descents, two tailspins, and three AquaLucent elements. The ride is inspired by the Florida sun, which will create colorful patterns shining through the slide.
We’re just a few days away from what’s shaping up to be an EPIC year in Orlando! Stay tuned for more announcements on all things Orlando on the Tickets2You blog and follow @Tickets2You on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates what’s happening at your favorite parks!