What’s Missing and What’s Done at Walt Disney World Since D23 in 2019

What’s Missing and What’s Done at Walt Disney World Since D23 in 2019

In late August 2019 Bob Chapek, then responsible for Disney Parks & Attractions, stood up in D23 and announced an enormous slate of new attractions coming not only across the globe, but specifically Walt Disney World. At the time our post showcased some 75 new attractions, restaurants, shops, entertainment, hotels and more. We’ll go back in time to see what has happened, and what is still yet to happen. The list of previously announced additions not completed is noticeable. But so is the list of what’s been completed! You’ll be surprised as we go through the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort.d

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Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Enchantment Poster. Image by Disney.


  • Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary Makeover
  • Disney Enchantment
  • Park-Wide Refurbishment
  • TTC Parking Lot Remodel
  • Refurbished Jungle Cruise

Still to Come

  • Tron Lightcycle Power Run
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Image by Disney.



Creations Gift Shop at Epcot. Photo by Disney.
  • New Epcot Logo
  • Spaceship Earth Beacons of Magic
  • Parking Lot Transformation
  • Front Entrance and Fountain Transformation
  • Lands Redefined
  • Awesome Planet
  • Canada Far & Wide
  • Beauty & the Beast Sing Along
  • Takumi-Tei
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse
  • Gelateria Toscano
  • New Art of Disney
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Space 220
  • New Club Cool
  • Connections Cafe & Eatery
  • Creations
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Creperie
  • Harmonious
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Photo by Disney.

Still to Come

  • Spaceship Earth
  • Play Pavilion
  • Dreamers Point & Walt Disney Statue
  • Interactive Wishing Tree
  • Story Fountain
  • CommuniCore Festival Pavillion
  • Journey of Water
  • Wondrous China
  • Mary Poppins
  • New Epcot Score
CommuniCore Fountain. Image by Disney.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios


  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
    • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
    • Oga’s Cantina
    • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
    • Ronto Roasters
    • Kat Saka’s Kettle
    • Savi’s Workshop
    • Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
    • Mubo’s Droid Depot
    • Bina’s Creature Stall
    • Toydarian Toymaker
    • First Order Cargo
    • Resistance Supply
    • The Milk Stand
    • Black Spire Outfitters
  • Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Mickey Shorts Theater
  • Jessie’s Trading Post
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Image by Disney.

Still to Come

Toy Story Land Roundup Barbecue Restaurant

Toy Story Land Roundup Barbecue Restaurant. Image by Disney.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom


  • Parking Lot Entrance Model
  • Club 33
  • Disney’s Holiday Lighting
  • Kite Tales
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue & Beyond
Disney KiteTails. Photo by Disney.

Resort Wide


Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser. Image by Disney.
  • The Disney Skyliner
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
    • Topolinos
    • Voyageurs’ Lounge
    • Primo Piato
    • Bar Riva
    • La Boutique
  • Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser
  • Tri-Circle D Ranch
  • Swan and Dolphin Reserve (Cove originally)
  • Flamingo Crossings Town Center & Hotels–Still Progressing
  • Cast Member Housing Complex
  • Salt & Straw (was Ample Hills Creamery)
  • M&M Store
  • Everglazed Donuts
  • Gideon’s Bakehouse
  • Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life
  • Steakhouse 71
  • Enchanted Rose Lounge
  • Bridge Between Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian
  • Disney Genie
  • Magic Band+
  • Port Canaveral Terminal Remodel
  • The Disney Wish
Disney Wish. Photo by Disney.

Still to Come

  • Reflections–A Disney Lakeside Lodge
  • New DVC Wing for Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Summer House (formerly Beatrix)
  • Drury Plaza Hotel
  • Flamingo Crossings Residential
  • Disney Cruise Lines, Ships 6 & 7
  • Lighthouse Point in the Bahamas
Lighthouse Point. Image by Disney.

Number of Announcements Created: 72

Number of Announcements Still to Come: 21

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