A lot can change in Disney World in a year…

It’s been just over a year since our last trip to Walt Disney World, and exactly 142 days until we will be returning to run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

A lot can change in a year and Disney World is no exception to that. Since our last visit a year ago several new things have been created in the world all of which we are very excited to see!


Harambe Market:

Animal Kingdom is going through some BIG changes at the moment with the creation of Avatarland and the Rivers of Light nighttime show. The park is in expansion mode and whilst most of it won’t be finished by November, one new area that we will be able to experience is the recently opened Harambe Market! Located in the Africa section of the park, this brand new section is home to several new eateries including a soon to open sweet shop where i’ll be stocking up on Mickey shaped rice crispy treats! We are excited to try some of the new offerings!

Disney Springs:

When we last ventured to Downtown Disney a year ago the place was just construction wall after construction wall after construction wall! Since then, a large number of new shops and dining options have opened and we are excited to explore this completely re-vamped area of Disney World! Whilst it still won’t be completely finished, we should be able to get a good idea of the vibe they are trying to create, and enjoy all the great shops and dining experiences that have already opened!

Glad  Lego Nessy will be staying in Disney Springs!
Glad Lego Nessy will be staying in Disney Springs!

The Magic Kingdom Hub:

Since our last trip Magic Kingdom’s hub area at the end of Main Street USA has undergone a major transformation, the results of which look like they really add to the aesthetics of the park! I’m really looking forward to seeing what they have done with this space, relaxing on the new lawn sections and hopefully not being quite so squished in whilst watching the fireworks!

The Polynesian & Trader Sams Grog Grotto:

On our last trip we ventured over to the Polynesian for some Tonga Toast at the Kona Cafe. I was looking forward to exploring the resort a bit and seeing the lobby area, but when we arrived it was off limits and going through a complete re-vamp. In November, we’ll be taking multiple trips to the Polynesian and i’m looking forward to exploring all the new areas of the resort including the lovely new lobby.

I also can’t wait to take a trip to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, the brand new highly themed interactive bar, as well as the more chilled outdoor patio area! It should be a great place to relax whilst I sip my hippapotomai-tai!


Starbucks have officially taken over the parks and being big fans (we got engaged in a Starbucks) we’ll be checking out the locations that weren’t open last time we were in Disney World – in Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom! I have already made room in the cupboard for the imminent editions to our Starbucks souvenir mug collection!

So those are a few of the new additions to Disney World that we are excited about experiencing during our next trip! Lots of people don’t understand why we love Disney World so much and why we continue to go back, but so much can change even in a short time away from Disney so there is always something to explore and something which you didn’t do last time, and that’s one of the reasons why we return time and time again! Every trip to Disney World creates offers new experiences and creates new memories!

Only 142 days to go!


2 thoughts on “A lot can change in Disney World in a year…

  1. We just got back form a trip to the World and visited the patio at Trader Sams one afternoon/evening prior to dinner. It was so nice, even in June. The inside bar was full to capacity though and they weren’t letting people in so if you want to sit inside, arrive early!


    1. Yes, i’ve heard the waits are crazy long at the moment. I’m quite happy to just sit on the patio as long as I can still have the cute souvenir hippapotomai-tai glass!


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