#10 Rizzo Pizza Restaurant
Pizza Planet, a formerly non-descript pizza parlor at Hollywood Studios next to Muppet Theater, will now be rebranded with a reference to the Muppets. The popular rat Rizzo is the new mascot for PizzaRizzo Restaurant.
#9 Soarin’ Around the World
As previously announced, Disney has updated the Epcot attraction with sights and sounds from around the world. The ride originally featured scenes from the vast landscapes of California. Now riders will experience exciting places from all over the world, with a bird’s eye view.
#8 Frozen Ever After
Disney scrambled to add more Frozen to the parks after the movie was an unexpected smash hit. Epcot’s old ride in the Norway pavilion, the Maelstrom, has been turned into a ride about Anna, Elsa and their frozen friends. Those with the jones for authentic Norway won’t be pleased, but kids certainly will be.
#7 Shanghai Disney
The long-awaited Shanghai Disney has finally opened. The project cost Disney more than $5.5 billion. There is reason for optimism, since more than 330 million people live within a three-hour trip. The park has some attractions the other Disney parks don’t, such as the new ride based on the movie Tron.
#6 More Personalization
The popular Magic Bands continue to become more integrated in all areas of the Disney properties. The new purple Magic Band is free to everyone and includes personalization at the end of the It’s a Small World Ride. Now the ride finishes with your name up on screen in lights.
#5 Fourth Disney Hotel at Disneyland
Disneyland has fewer onsite hotel rooms than Disney World, so the company has decided to increase the hotels to four – with a new luxury hotel being built on the Disneyland site. It will be a four-diamond property that does not yet have a theme. However, it will have rooftop dining allowing visitors to see the fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle.
#4 Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks
Stars Wars is becoming a major presence at Disney parks. There is a new fireworks show at Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular showcases the most iconic scenes from Star Wars set to music and lights.
#3 Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
Those who are still obsessed with Anna and Elsa can visit the characters at their new summer digs. In an effort to boost ticket sales for Epcot, Disney opened the new Royal Sommerhus, where children can meet with the characters for a special meet and greet.
#2 Rivers of Light
Animal Kingdom is adding some after hours fun with Rivers of Light. The show is an after-dark water and light show that demonstrates the unity of all living creatures and things. The show offers breathtaking special effects. Don’t look for fireworks at Animal Kingdom though; it would scare the animals!
#1 Nighttime Kilimanjaro Safaris
Kilimanjaro Safaris are nothing new, but now the fun and educational attraction is getting an exciting update. The safari is offered at night for the first time, and fans can experience romantic low light conditions as they try to spot the animals after dusk.