Does Disney Have ANY Tricks Up Its Sleeve To Beat Universal in 2025?

So…Universal has a lot coming in 2025.


And by a lot, we mean a whole new theme park complete with 5 lands and over 50 new experiences. We’ve just started to get more information on Epic Universe and the specifics around what it will introduce to Orlando, but we know it’s not set to open until 2025. That leaves us, and we’re sure you all, wondering — what does Disney have in store to combat Universal?

Magic Kingdom

The only thing we know for absolute certain is that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will still be relatively new in 2025. The new attraction is set to open in 2024, but we don’t have an exact date just yet. Rest assured though, we’ll be seeing crowds for this new attraction well into 2025.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure — January 2024

We also know that Country Bear Jamboree will have had its new show for about half a year by the time 2025 begins. The attraction closed in late January to make way for a revised rendition of the show that’s set to open in Summer 2024.

Country Bear Jamboree is CLOSED!

And that’s all for Magic Kingdom’s confirmed projects, but Disney has confirmed that they do plan to open up a whole new area behind Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in coming years.

Possible Land Expansion in Magic Kingdom ©Disney

Ideas for these new lands have been lands themed to CocoEncanto, and Disney Villains! However, we don’t know when this expansion could be finished by, or even begin.


Over in EPCOT, we’re still waiting for the final walls of the EPCOT Transformation to come down, which includes the completion of Communicore Hall and Communicore Plaza.

Communicore Hall Construction

We also know that Test Track is going to be getting a refurbishment sometime soon (no official timeline announced yet), which will take inspiration from the original ride, World of Motion.


In past years, mostly before the 2020 park closures, Disney also threw around ideas about refurbishing Spaceship Earth, adding a Mary Poppins dark ride in the UK Pavilion, adding a PLAY! Pavilion to replace the old Wonders of Life pavilion, and more as part of the EPCOT Transformation. At this time, none of these projects have been spoken about, so we’re assuming they’re out of the cards for now. But maybe Disney will bring them back to compete with Universal’s new park!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Right now, there’s not much on the way for Hollywood Studios, besides a new show replacing Voyage of the Little Mermaid, which has been sitting vacant for years.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

This new show will be called The Little Mermaid – A Musical Adventure and is expected to open in Fall 2024, meaning, just like Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, it will still be very new in 2025.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has some massive projects on the horizon…but no one has any idea when they’re happening. Disney officially confirmed that DinoLand U.S.A. would be retired and replaced with a new land called The Tropical Americas.


This means that all of DinoLand will be extinct, in addition to (most likely) the beloved Dinosaur ride in order to make room for Encanto and Indiana Jones details! Work is already being done to bring the Casitas into the land, and it’s expected that Indiana Jones, the ride available in Disneyland, will be replacing Dinosaur, since they have the same ride system.


Additionally, Disney announced that a new Zootopia show would be arriving in Animal Kingdom inside the Tree of Life. Since that theater is currently taken up by It’s Tough To Be A Bug, it’s expected that It’s Tough To Be A Bug will also be retired soon. 


However, as we mentioned, we have no announced timeline for some of these massive changes. If Disney is able to complete these refurbs by 2025, they’ll have multiple new attractions to bring guests into the parks, and visitors may choose to extend their trips to visit both Universal and Disney World on their 2025 trips.

Slinky Dog Dash

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with all the latest Disney news, so stay tuned to DFB!

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