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2023 in the Parks

2023 in the Parks


Gabby Trump | @disneyparisplease

With Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary wrapping up (you still have until March 31st!) what is on the horizon for parkgoers to look forward to in 2023? Let's take a look together at a quick recap of some of the TOP rides and events - in order of expected dates. 

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 

(Or as some people lovingly refer to it as FARTS) is a celebration of both art and cuisine, and takes place in Epcot Center January 13 through February 20, 2023. What can attendees expect? 
  • Visual art to admire and purchase (including the famous chalk art galleries!)
  • Interactive Paint by Numbers Mural
  • Artful photo ops
  • Disney on Broadway performances 
  • The Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine
  • & more!! 

The End of Splash Mountain

This beloved, classic ride will forever go into the Disney "vault" as it makes a widely anticipated transition - completely being rethemed into a Princess and the Frog attraction called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (expected opening late 2024). Splash Mountain will be closing PERMANTENTLY on January 23, 2023 - so be sure to catch it one last time before the 22nd!

Happily Ever After RETURNS!

To the delight of millions of fans, Disney has just announced the popular Happily Ever After fireworks show is coming back to Disney's Magic Kingdom in 2023! With the 50th Anniversary ending in March, that is likely when we will say goodbye to Enchantment and "welcome back!" to HEA! 

TRON Lightcycle / Run. 

Safe to say that the opening of TRON has been the single most talked-about ride opening for QUITE some time. We have excitedly seen the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom slowly develop, and some of us have even seen testing in progress! Scheduled to open in Spring 2023, TRON Lightcycle / Run will be one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world.

Roundup Rodeo BBQ 

A new restaurant serving up - you guessed it - BBQ! This table service restaurant will be themed to Toy Story Land (inside Hollywood Studios) and is expected to open Spring of 2023! Who's hungry!?

Epcot Construction

When will those walls come down??? Scaffolding is slowly being removed around one of the major set pieces at Journey of Water - Inspired by Moana at EPCOT. This will be an engaging and interactive walk-through water experience set to open late 2023. 

Dining Plans...??? 

While this one has no definitive return date, the Execs at Disney HAVE previously said that we should be expecting Dining Plans to return in 2023. Your guess as to when is as good as mine!!

Cheers to a century of MAGIC!

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