WALT DISNEY WORLD

By KEVIN FRITZ

Discover a new way to get around Walt Disney World. The Disney Skyliner, aerial gondolas, opened last fall at the resort offering convenient connections from some Disney Resort hotels and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. Toy Story Land also showcases Slinky Dog Dash—a family roller coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers—a ride in which aliens cruise around in toy flying saucers attempting to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”

There are two new attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opened late last year featuring two ride options: Being part of a six-person crew on “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” where you walk through a full-sized replica of the Millennium Falcon and then climb into the cockpit where Hondo Ohnaka leads a secret mission. A cast member hands each person their role assignment—a pilot, gunner or engineer. “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” is a massive, multi-platform attraction, unlike anything else at Disney World. Guests are in an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, boarding an Imperial Star Destroyer with 50 animatronic stormtroopers waiting in formation. Both rides are expected to incur long lineups. The second new attraction, opening this spring, is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. With conductor Goofy, be prepared for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and incredible transformations as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.

Another jewel is Pandora - The World of AVATAR, at Animal Kingdom. Experience the Na’vi River Journey as it transports you through a bioluminescent rainforest, while AVATAR: Flight of Passage invites you to take an exhilarating flight on the back of a mountain banshee. At Mission: Space, over at Epcot, Journey to Mars with the more extreme Orange Mission, or orbit the Earth with the less intense, Green Mission.