The D23 Expo is wrapping up in Anaheim, California, but we now know what’s coming to the parks and beyond thanks to an absolutely amazing Disney Parks and Resorts presentation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the D23 Expo, it’s a celebration of all things Disney. Major announcements are made for new projects as well as updates to projects that are already underway for the Parks and Resorts.
Let’s take a look at what all was announced:
A new theater is coming to Main Street USA! Inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Wood Theater, this theater will be a new venue for world-class entertainment.
TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction
The Tron Coaster will be coming over from Shanghai Disneyland. The attraction will be adjacent to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland and is scheduled to open for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille” inspired attraction
A Ratatouille attraction will be coming to the France Pavilion in EPCOT. Guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and navigate across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant. According to Disney leaders, this attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Another addition to Epcot will be based on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort. With the addition of this attraction, Ellen’s Energy Adventure will be closing August 13, 2017. It is also scheduled to open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.
Disney’s announcement about Mission Space contained two parts.
The first part is that an all-new mission will be added to the green side of the attraction, which will allow guests to orbit the Earth.
The second part is that a new table service restaurant will join Epcot and offer amazing meals with spectacular views high above Earth – from space! This restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction; will invite guests to travel into space for dining experiences in the stars.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Star Wars-inspired lands that are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts are slated to open in 2019.
The new lands, which will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will allow guests to visit a remote trading port in space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
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. One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It’s an attraction built on a scale we’ve never seen before.
The second attraction will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. But how you perform on the mission holds even bigger stakes: perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina!
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
A new attraction featuring Mickey Mouse is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Details shared about the first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction are that it will feature a new story with a new singable theme song as well as a new experience Disney is calling “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.” With the addition of this attraction, The Great Movie Ride will be closing August 13, 2017.
Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land, currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will officially open in Summer 2018. Soon you’ll be able to shrink to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, experience Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers.
Beyond the Parks:
Star Wars-Inspired Themed Resort at Walt Disney World
At this new exciting resort you will become part of a Star Wars story! At check in 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.
A new exciting transportation system is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort called the Disney Skyliner. It will offer a birdseye view of the Resort and connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and The International Gateway at Epcot.
An all-new Minnie Van service will provide a point-to-point transportation service, giving guests an even more seamless resort vacation from start to finish. Minnie Van will be priced at $20 per trip per vehicle, and the service is planned to begin late July 2017 at Disney’s BoardWalk and Yacht Club Resorts. The service will then expand to more locations throughout Walt Disney World.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line has also announced they’re expanding their fleet with yet an additional new cruise ship, making it three new ships on their way. That means by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will nearly double the size of their current fleet!