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5 exciting things that happened at the Walt Disney World® Resort in 2016

With 2016 quickly drawing to a close, the Extra Magic Trips team wanted to create the ultimate guide to many of the new and exciting attractions, events, and experiences that opened at the Walt Disney World® Resort this year! If you haven’t had a chance to visit this year, you’ll want to make sure that you check out all of these new additions on your next trip!

1. “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

In anticipation for the new Star Wars land that is under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Walt Disney World Resort debuted a magical new fireworks show! This show combines fireworks and projection mapping technology to transform the front of The Great Movie Ride® attraction into a larger than life projection screen bringing your favorite Star Wars scenes to life!

“Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular”

“Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular”

Photograph via Wikipedia

2. Club Villain made it good to be bad

A new separately ticketed dining event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives you the opportunity to party, dine, and dance with your favorite Disney villains. Hosted by Dr. Facilier, this evilly exciting event includes unique stage shows, New Orleans style food, and themed cocktails (for guests 21+).

Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photograph by Theme Park Tourist via Flickr

3. Tiffins opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Signature dining opportunities at the Walt Disney World Resort give guests an opportunity to enjoy some of the best food around, and Tiffins is no exception. This new table-service dining opportunity gives guests an opportunity to enjoy international cuisine inspired by exploration and adventure. Featuring unique menu items, including marinaded grilled octopus, wagyu strip loin and braised short rib, and hoisin-glazed grouper, Boasting one of the best wine lists I have ever seen in a theme park, Tiffins is definitely a crowd pleaser for those with a more adventurous appetite.

4. Frozen arrived at Epcot®

Anna, Elsa, Olaf and their friends have taken up residency in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. In Frozen Ever After, guests board a viking ship heading to Elsa’s ice palace, and meet Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and more along the way. The details on this attraction are absolutely stunning! Due to the overwhelming response, you will want to use Disney FastPass+ service for this attraction! You can also visit the Royal Sommerhus to meet Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, while taking in the surroundings of their childhood summer cottage.


Spent some time with Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen today at Epcot. Our frozen friend stole the show!

Posted by Extra Magic Trips on Monday, November 14, 2016


5. Magic Kingdom® Park turned 45

On October 1, 1971, the Magic Kingdom park first welcomed guests to “…leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” On October 1, 2016, the first Walt Disney World® Resort park celebrates its 45th anniversary!

The celebration was marked with a very special gathering of 45 Disney characters, the debut of new stage shows in front of Cinderella Castle, limited-edition merchandise, and more! Many of these special shows will continue throughout 2017.

As you can see, 2016 was an exciting year for the Walt Disney World® Resort, and 2017 is slated to be even more exciting! Now is the perfect time to plan your next trip to experience the magic. Let one of Extra Magic Trips skilled vacation planners turn your vacation dreams into reality, for free! Request your quote today to get started with our free planning services.