Polar Express Roller Coaster Coming to Disney World

Polar Express Roller Coaster Disney World

The Christmas season starts at Disney World on November 1st every year. Sadly, Disney is canceling Christmas in 2024, which we reported on here. Luckily, they will still have one way to celebrate Christmas in their parks. In 2024 Disney will start celebrating Christmas year-round with a new Polar Express roller coaster.

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The Polar Express: Off The Rails new roller coaster coming to Disney World. Photo via Polar Express

When it comes to creating new rides, recently, Disney has done well. Tron Lightcycle Power Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind were both big hits. However, they took a very long time to actually build these new rides. Disney is at it again with a new ride that has everyone excited and it’s based on the hit Christmas movie, The Polar Express.

The Polar Express: Off The Rails Ride

Disney has just announced they will be building a Polar Express roller coaster at Hollywood Studios! Ever since the launch of The Polar Express back in 2004, people have been asking for a Polar Express ride that imitates the highly dramatic scene where the train goes off the rails. Disney is finally giving fans what they want. The new Polar Express Roller Coaster is set to open on November 10, 2024, which is exactly 20 years after The Polar Express debuted in theaters.

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Polar Express roller coaster coming to Disney World will go trackless. Photo via Polar Express

The Polar Express roller coaster will be named The Polar Express: Off The Rails. While full details on the attraction are still scarce, here is what we know so far. The Polar Express: Off The Rails will take guests on a journey through the very popular Polar Express movie. Guests will board the train to visit the North Pole to see Santa. However, things won’t go to plan. Guests can expect many twists and turns and unexpected moments as they make their way to Santa.

The ride will be a roller coaster that at some point goes trackless. This will give guests the experience of being off the rails, which happens in the movie when the train skids across the ice. The coaster will utilize a proprietary technology that Disney is not spoiling because they want it to be a surprise. It will have similarities to Runaway Railway, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Rise of the Resistance, but will be more sophisticated.

Disney Takes Over The Polar Express

While Disney doesn’t own the Polar Express, they will license the rights of the movie from Warner Brothers to make this attraction. This is similar to what Disney is doing with The Purge movie they are licensing from Universal, which we reported on here. The amount they are licensing the movie for is undisclosed, but we know this attraction will bring a lot of value to Hollywood Studios.

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Polar Express roller coaster will have a trackless moment. Photo via Theme Park Review

It is also not clear how long Disney will license the rights to the Polar Express either. It’s possible that they only get the rights for a few years. Then, when the contract expires, they can either renew it or retheme the ride to something new. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if they rethemed the ride. If Disney is good at one thing, it’s ruining rides that people love.

For now, this will be a technologically advanced roller coaster and will be extremely exciting when it opens up. People love the Polar Express, so this is sure to be a big hit. The roller coaster will be located near Toy Story Land. Just from what Disney has said so far, we know this will be a cool attraction and will certainly drive long wait times.

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bob blake
bob blake
3 months ago

uh i dont wanna die but it sounds kinda fun…?