- Disney's theme parks have grown exponentially since July 17, 1955, when the company opened the gates to Disneyland.
- Frozen Land in Paris will open in 2023, and the expansion is estimated to cost $2.4 billion. The attraction will feature a massive lake and a stunning Scandanavian-style village.
- It's been nearly four years since Shanghai Disneyland opened its gates, but there are already rumors that Disney will build a second park in mainland China.
Disney's theme parks have grown exponentially since July 17, 1955, when the company opened the gates to Disneyland. Walt Disney never got a chance to see his vision of Walt Disney World come to life as he died before the park's opening, but his legacy lives on. One of Bob Iger's biggest successes during his time as CEO was the creation of the Shanghai Disney Resort. An American theme park in mainland China would have been unprecedented just a mere decade ago. COVID-19 slowed Disney's plans for expansion, but the company has plenty of plans for the future. The current parks will see updates and new rides, and there will likely be many more parks built in our lifetime. Here's a look at some upcoming Disney parks as well as some parks that may be built in the future.
5. Avengers Campus
Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure Park was supposed to open on July 18, 2020, but the opening has been delayed because of COVID-19. Conicidentally, Disneyland will reopen on July 17, but construction on Avengers Campus had to be shut down because of the pandemic. Expect Avengers Campus to open sometime next year. Avengers Campus visitors will get a close up look at Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum and can websling along with Spider-Man. Disney Imagineers have created a life-like Spider-Man robot that swings over the park
4. Second Park in Mainland China
It's been nearly four years since Shanghai Disneyland opened its gates, but there are already rumors that Disney will build a second park in mainland China. China is still growing at an alarming rate, and the country is seeing its middle-class grow every year. There is more disposable income, so a second park is only a matter of time. Universal Studios will be opening a park in Beijing in the near future, so there is no question that Disney will eventually build a second park. It may not be in Beijing and it's a long way away, but it will happen.
3. Frozen Land at Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris was the black sheep of Disney parks for years. However, things have been improving greatly in recent years. The new Ratatouille attraction at Disneyland Paris has given visitors something unique that is not available at other Disney Parks. Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy took six years to make and cost $270 million. Frozen Land in Paris will open in 2023, and the expansion is estimated to cost $2.4 billion. The attraction will feature a massive lake and a stunning Scandanavian-style village. Imagineers have designed a recreation of the port of Arendelle from the Frozen movies, and the center of the park will feature a massive 130-foot snow-capped mountain.
2. Another Tokyo Park and Expansions
There are two Disney theme parks side by side in Tokyo. Tokyo Disneyland is nothing special. It's pretty much like any other Magic Kingdom park around the world. However, Tokyo DisneySea is an incredibly unique experience that can only be had in Tokyo. Tokyo DisneySea features an incredible volcano at the heart of the park. The whimsical and thrilling Journey to the Centre of the Earth ride is located inside the volcano. There have been rumors of a third Tokyo park for years. Disney is not the majority owner of the Japan parks, so the final say on a new park will be up to the Oriental Land Company. Oriental Land has decided to expand Tokyo Disneysea and is investing $2.5 billion into the new Fantasy Springs project that will open in 2023. For years many fans and journalists in Japan suspected that this land would be used for a new park called DisneySky. However, the DisneySea expansion squashed those rumors. If there is a third park it won't be until the DisneySea expansion is finished.
1. Florida Expansion
Even during the pandemic, Disney is making purchases. The company bought 260 acres of land in Florida near the Magic Kingdom and Magnolia golf course. This land could be used for a number of things, but it will most likely be used as a nature preserve. However, there is always the possibility of a fifth park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World was packed to the brim before the pandemic thanks to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, so there would definitely be demand for a fifth park. The theme of the fifth park is anybody's guess. Walt Disney World Resort currently has four parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.