2015 at Walt Disney World: A review of the new changes that took place

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2015 brought many improvements and changes to the Walt Disney World Resort. While some left fans sad, because goodbye is never an easy word, there were many new experiences that left us with even more anticipation for what’s to come in the future at WDW.

Overall changes that have been applied to all parks include the official ban of selfie sticks. Metal detectors have also been added to the entrance, though undetermined if this change will last through the holiday peak season.


Sadly, Captain EO closed at the end of this year, and was quickly replaced with the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival.

The Three Cabelleros received new animatronics on the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico. Check it out below!

Hollywood Studios:

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Force has taken over. Star Wars everything and everywhere! With the announcement of Star Wars Weekends being canceled came the opening of Launch Bay, a new Star Wars experience. At Launch Bay, guests can meet Chewbacca and Darth Vader, as well as stop in at the Cantina and grab some blue milk.

Another change at Hollywood Studios was the completion of the removal of Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat that once sat in front of The Great Movie Ride.

We said goodbye to the Backlot Tour, Magic of Disney Animation, as well as the The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

If you are on Sunset Boulevard, be sure to stop in at the new Club Disney experience. Rumor has it that this building has the fastest wifi connection to go with their handy charging stations!

Animal Kingdom: 

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks recently opened and has so many different snacks to try! Trek Snacks eatery offer a large variety of pastries, including croissants and muffins, during the morning and also options for later in the day with sandwiches, sushi, fresh fruit and more.

Harambe Market opened earlier in the year and features African-inspired food and design.

Animal Kingdom is also continuing preparation for the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar, which is expected to open in early 2017 and they plan to open a new restaurant called Tiffins in 2016.

Magic Kingdom:

One of the biggest changes in Magic Kingdom were the addition of the new turrets that frame Cinderella Castle.


In Magic Kingdom dining, the popular pork shank was removed from the menu at Gaston’s Tavern. The Skipper Canteen restaurant opened in Adventureland, while Tortuga Tavern updated its menu with new tasty meals!

Check out more of Skipper Canteen below:

Another debut was during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Sanderson sisters returned to celebrate the season in the new Hocus Pocus musical that took place in front of the castle during the special event.

Disney Springs:

Previously called “Downtown Disney” – The new Disney Springs atmosphere is so welcoming!

The addition of Morimoto Asia, The Ganachery, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar are just a few new things to add to your experience at Disney Springs. Be on the look out for even more restaurant openings in 2016!

Here is a video tour of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar if you hadn’t checked it out:

Another great addition is the exit ramp off of I-4 that leads directly to the Disney Springs parking garage and ground parking entrance.

So many new attractions and experiences for guests to expect in 2016! Here’s to always moving forward, just like Walt said.


  1. Matthew Ackerman

    Pretty crappy year. 🙁

  2. Malvin

    Went in December and this place gets better year on year. Can’t wait to return in 2016

  3. Louis Marschalko

    Why remove the pork shank? To kow-tow to the hajis, maybe?

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  4. Ellie

    they added those things to the castle to make the music less ampiphied. I know the guy who was trying to do that for several years, because the music was so loud people could go deaf, especially women.

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