Orlando theme parks are undergoing significant changes in 2022!
There were new attractions, new restaurants, hotel updates and even the closure of old favorites. But 2023 will be an even more exciting year. If you follow the many construction projects going on at Disney World and Universal Orlando, you need to see this. We are analyzing all construction updates from December 2022 onwards.
Let’s start this roundup with Disney World, starting with the Magic Kingdom. The walkway to the ride was completely poured with concrete, landscaping was added, and we saw many ride tests (with people on board!). We even saw the lights come on at night!
Tomorrowland Light & Power Co, the Space Mountain gift shop, has been closed for several months as the ride is still under construction. Construction here is nearing completion.
And as many Disney fans probably already know, the beloved Walt Disney World Railroad has completed enough construction to reopen in late December!
Next, board the train around the Magic Kingdom and pass through the tunnels beneath Tron. It gives a very unique look at the construction progress.
We will continue to monitor construction in this fashion over the next few months as we get closer to TRON’s official opening.
Next is EPCOT, where many events are held. First of all, the area under construction near Guest Relations has finally seen some changes – they’ve started moving dirt again. I hope it will be resumed as a shortcut to.
Cool Wash’s former home hasn’t changed much. We expect this to be a reimagined snack stand, but for now it’s still a dirt pit.
A lot has changed once we moved to the center of the park!
Communicore Hall continues to grow as the crew adds a second floor to the building and fortifications outside the frame. Visible progress in this particular area has slowed over the past few weeks, but it’s been steady.
Next to Journey of Water — the Moana-inspired location has some real excitement going on! We saw some great Te Fiti carvings.
You can really start to see how the attractions flow. Ready to check for yourself!
At Hollywood Studios, there were no major construction changes, but one update in the ongoing project. Toy Story Land’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ he planned to open by the end of 2022 has been pushed back to Spring 2023.
The restaurant is still covered with construction walls, tarps and scaffolding.
At Animal Kingdom, the fountain in front of DINOSAUR is finally completed. I was blocked by a wall for a while.
The walls have been removed, and the fountain (and Aladar!) can be seen again.
Several resorts were under construction this month, including the Grand Floridian. This hotel has been doing room updates for a while and expanded into a new building in December.
At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, a crane was brought to the site to begin construction of the first structure of the new DVC Building. After months of mounds of dirt, we are excited to see the progress!
Disney’s Boardwalk is undergoing multiple updates as the resort is currently undergoing a bit of a change. It’s a schedule.
In the hotel lobby, the construction of Carousel Coffee, which opened at the end of the month, has finally been completed. This new coffee shop offers drinks, pastries and more.
The boardwalk lobby and hotel rooms will also be updated soon. We will keep an eye on the changes.
For our final construction project at Disney World, we have to mention the Summer House on the Lake. The restaurant will open in Disney Springs in 2023, and construction of the building’s frame took place in his December.
We look forward to checking out this new addition in the coming months!
Head to Universal Orlando and start with Universal’s Great Movie Escape, which officially opened on CityWalk a few weeks ago. The newly renovated building houses his two different movie-themed escape rooms.
Group reservations can be made online for future visits.
Universal’s Grand Universe
And last but not least, we got an update from a Twitter user on the upcoming construction of the Epic Universe theme park. @BioreconstructThe three photos shared are from 2016, 2021 and finally December 2022. This is great progress.
An aerial look back at the scene of Universal’s Epic Universe. October 23, 2016, before site preparation.
2nd pic On December 19, 2021, construction of the building began.
3nd pic December 9, 2022 Significant construction progress!
Arrows in the same place for all photos. pic.twitter.com/WiMPj2iinC
— Bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) December 27, 2022
I can’t wait to check out this park when it’s finally finished. It is scheduled to open by the summer of 2025.
These are all the important construction updates you missed from Disney World and Universal Orlando in December 2022.
There are quite a few new attractions and restaurants opening in 2023. Stay tuned for all announcements at AllEars. Of course, we’ll bring you a full breakdown and review as those opening dates come.
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