1. Opening up the space between the Arcade/Carnival Games and the gift shop across from DarKastle.
I think this is a much needed and long overdue change. In general, and especially during seasonal events (Howl-O-Scream and Christmastown) this area bottle necks and become a mess. Opening up this area will keep guests from having to walk all the way up to the Festhaus to get to Der Wirblewind (waveswinger), Mächtower, Autobahn (bumper cars), and the bridge to San Marco.
2.The new pretzel shop and beer garden.
The variety of pretzels here is great from hotdog filled to pepperoni pizza to cinnamon roll, they have something for everyone. However, the real star, at least for us beer drinkers, is the variety of beers available here. While there aren't a lot of selections on tap, the mix of bottles imports is wonderful. I'm a sucker for a good wheat beer and they had more than enough options. The only issue I have with the shop/garden is that the decoration is spartan at best, but more about that later.
3. The Mächtower
While not open yet, the Mächtower is beginning to take shape. One nice aspect to this addition is that it is not intruding on walkways and it works well the preexisting buildings from Der Katapult.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood