Coming to a Disney Park Near You - A D23 Expo Overview

Posted in D23, Magic Kingdom Park, Disney Cruise Lines, Disneyland Paris, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park on Saturday, July 15, 2017
Author: Josh Gilson

With D23 Expo 2017 wrapped up in Anaheim, CA this past weekend, we have a lot to share for the future of Disney Parks. Click the link below to jump to the area you're most interested in with estimated opening time frames.


Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (Disneyland & Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Opens: 2019

The lands, both called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.The lands, both called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.

 

The lands will feature two major attractions that put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Each attraction – and even the land itself – will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before.

Guests will also encounter many familiar faces inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca, members of the First Order and – among many others – Rex, the troublesome pilot you may remember from the previous version of a certain Disney attraction who takes on a new role in this land as the DJ at the cantina.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later in the year at the Walt Disney World Resort. (No further opening dates have been announced yet.)


Star Wars-Inspired Themed Resort (Walt Disney World)

Opens: Unknown

According to Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.According to Bob, this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

 

“It’s unlike anything that exists today. From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”


Toy Story Land (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Opens: Summer 2018

In 2018, you’ll 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. And Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions. 

 

Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits. 

Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Opens: Unkown

A new attraction featuring international icon Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort!

On Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, you’ll step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends like never before. The attraction will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. This zany out-of-control adventure features surprising twists and turns, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that happen before your very eyes.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new story and a new singable attraction theme song as well as a new experience being called “2 1/2 D.” No glasses required. Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty said teams are inventing new technologies that turn the flat world of a colorful cartoon short into a “dimensional display of amazingness.”

 

Disney also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare the new home of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at the Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, August 13, 2017 will be the final day of operation for The Great Movie Ride presented by Turner Classic Movies. Until August 13, you can still relive some of the greatest movie moments in history on the Great Movie Ride attraction.


Guardians of the Galaxy (Epcot)

Opens: 2021

A “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction will be added to Future World, adhering to the original vision of Epcot’s Future World as the place to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel.First, a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction will be added to Future World, adhering to the original vision of Epcot’s Future World as the place to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel.

 

Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort. Epcot just may be the perfect place for a “Guardians”-inspired attraction as you can see in the photo above – Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) actually visited Epcot as a kid! (Note: This new attraction will replace the current Universe of Energy attraction, which will close August 13, 2017).


Ratatouille (Epcot)

Opens: 2021

The Disney/Pixar’s “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction will also be added to the France Pavilion in World Showcase. The attraction will expand the pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida.

 

Similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014, guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant.


Space Restaurant Dining Experience (Epcot)

Opens: Unknown

Exciting plans to create a new restaurant at Epcot that’ll offer amazing meals with spectacular views high above Earth – from space! 

The restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, will invite guests to travel into space for amazing dining experiences in the stars. Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald shared a first look at the restaurant during the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts presentation at D23 Expo 2017.

 

“We know our guests love dining at Epcot – and the restaurants really are out of this world,” Tom said. “Now we’re about to create one that takes that literally.”

The new space restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group. Patina Restaurant Group operates several other restaurants at Walt Disney World including Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.


2017 International Food & Wine Festival (Epcot)

Opens: August, 31, 2017

Opening day of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is earlier than ever this year – Aug. 31, with lots of new tastes and sips around World Showcase Lagoon and stretching into Future World. Here’s a rundown of the Festival Marketplaces to keep handy and help you plan ahead. The festival runs through November 13th, 2017. For more information, visit epcotfoodfestival.com.

 

This years Wine & Food festival at Epcot will be the largest in the park's history. Here's some of the areas and cultures that will shown: Epcot Legacy Showplace, Flavors from Fire, Light Lab (Beverages), Earth Eats Inspired by ABC’s “The Chew”, Active Eats, Coastal Eats, The Chocolate Studio, The Cheese Studio Hosted by Boursin® Cheese, The Wine & Dine Studio, Islands of the Caribbean, New Zealand, Australia, The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®, Patagonia, Hawai’i, Farm Fresh, Greece, Thailand, Mexico, China, India, Africa, Brewer’s Collection, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hops & Barley, Japan, Morocco, Belgium, Brazil, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada.


Tron Roller Coaster (Magic Kingdom Park)

Opens: 2021

The new Tron attraction will sit in an entirely new area right next to the Space Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom Park.

 

Regular Disney Parks Blog readers know that the TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction at Shanghai Disneyland is a coaster-style attraction where riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles. It offers access into the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe and is one of the most thrilling adventures at any Disney park.


New Theater Inspired By Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theater (Magic Kingdom Park)

Opens: Unknown

A new venue for world-class entertainment is coming to Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. If the image of the theater looks familiar, that’s because the new entertainment venue will be based on the iconic Willis Wood theater in 1920's Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline. And as you can see from the design, it’ll fit well right off Main Street, U.S.A.

 

“Across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we’ve been upping the game in Entertainment with shows like Frozen Live at the Hyperion,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said. “It’s been a huge hit at the Disneyland Resort, and I’m sure many of you have seen it. This new theater at Walt Disney World continues that streak by bringing a new venue for world-class entertainment to the world’s biggest park.”


Pixar Fest & Pixar Pier - Parades, Fireworks & Stories (Disney's California Adventure & Disneyland)

Opens: 2018

In addition to the amazing experiences for Disney Parks around the world announced today at D23 Expo by Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, a new immersive experience was just announced for Disney California Adventure park in California! In 2018, more of your favorite Pixar stories will come to Disney California Adventure park with the new Pixar Pier.

Pixar Pier will feature a brand-new look for the area now known as Paradise Pier, as some of your favorite characters come to life on this seaside waterfront. You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” Building upon the evolution of Disney California Adventure park that began in 2007, Disney is building more new worlds for you to step into and enjoy your favorite stories.

 

At Disneyland park, this incredible celebration will feature a brand-new fireworks spectacular as well as the return of the guest favorite, Pixar Play Parade. That’s right! This popular parade is moving across the Esplanade, which could only mean …At Disneyland park, this incredible celebration will feature a brand-new fireworks spectacular as well as the return of the guest favorite, Pixar Play Parade. That’s right! This popular parade is moving across the Esplanade, which could only mean The popular “Paint the Night” parade returns — this time, to Disney California Adventure park! And if you’re as excited as I am by that news, then hold onto your jet packs, Space Rangers — because we’ve also learned that there may even be a new float joining this already amazing nighttime parade.


Disney MaxPass (Disneyland Resort)

Opens: July 19, 2017

When you add the Disney MaxPass feature to your ticket, you’ll be able to download, save and share all of your Disney PhotoPass photos captured during an entire day. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve digital Disney FASTPASS selections right from your mobile device using the Disneyland app while you’re in the parks. Enjoy both services for the introductory price of only $10 per ticket, per day!


Fantasmic! & Fantasmic! Inspired Eats & Sweets (Disneyland Park)

Opens: NOW

“Fantasmic!” officially returns to Disneyland park, continuing a 25-year tradition of this beloved nighttime spectacular! The treasured Disneyland park experience guests have loved for years – complete with its original fanfare and theme song – now features new mist screens that combines with innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology for brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before. Get a peek in the video below!

“Fantasmic!” Dining Packages are also now available to reserve at Disneyland park. The complete foodie guide to the brand-new “Fantasmic!”-inspired eats and sweets which can be found throughout New Orleans Square, Frontierland and Critter Country beginning July 17!

 

The Art of Marvel at Disney’s Hotel New York (Disneyland Paris)

Opens: Unknown

As a part of his presentation to the tens of thousands of fans at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced the “reImagination” of the Disney’s Hotel New York into a new Marvel-themed wonderland.

 

“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Bob said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!”“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Bob said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!”

Disneyland Paris is currently in the midst of a stunning 25th Anniversary Celebration.


Disney Planning Three New Cruise Ships (Disney Cruise Line)

Opens: 2021, 2022 & 2023

Disney announced that Disney Cruise Line is planning not two, but three new ships in the next phase of expansion. By the time these three ships are sailing, we’ll have nearly doubled the size of our fleet! That means more families than ever before will be visiting spectacular destinations around the globe and creating magical memories at sea!

Last year, Disney told us that two new ships were going to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany with scheduled completion dates of 2021 and 2023. This additional ship will be built at the same shipyard and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

 

“We decided two ships wouldn’t be enough to hold all of the exciting new experiences we have been dreaming up to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level with immersive Disney storytelling, world-class family entertainment, and imaginative innovations that are fantastically fun and uniquely Disney,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said.

All ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, with each of the ships expected to have their own unique experiences. The three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned – which is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

With a legacy of revolutionary design, Disney Cruise Line’s new ships will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families that will transform the art-of-cruising and take guests on adventures in a way never dreamed of before.


WOW! That's a lot of Disney info! We hope you're just as excited as we are. Let us know in the comments below, what announcement are you most excited for and why?

Reference Link(s): Disney Parks Blog D23: The Official Disney Fan Club

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