If you’re a Disney fan (or not), you probably heard about all of the awesome announcements Disney made this weekend at the D23 Expo in California. I didn’t get the chance to go, but I followed along with a bunch of my friends as they heard the announcements live and passed them along to all of us live. And p.s., I will definitely be there in 2019, it was painful to listen from home!
I won’t even try to go into all of the D23 announcements in this post, just the ones that I’m personally the most excited about!
Disney Parks D23 Expo Announcements
It’s no secret I’m a huge of Walt Disney World. I haven’t been to Disneyland in years but after all of the D23 Expo Announcements, I’m adding them all to my must-visit list soon. These are just a few of the incredible changes coming to Disney Parks over the next few years!
Epcot will be getting both a brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Ride (not Mission Breakout like at Disneyland) in Future World an a Ratatouille attraction in France. I love both movies (hello Baby Groot ice cream) and hope they get these done sooner than later! And a brand new space inspired table-service restaurant will take guests into space for meals. I’m hoping for astronaut food and freeze dried ice cream!
Hollywood Studios will be replacing The Great Movie Ride with the first ever ride inspired by Mickey Mouse. Also at Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land is set to open summer 2018!
And we can’t forget Magic Kingdom, Tron will be lining up next to Space Mountain hopefully before Disney’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
Walt Disney World will be adding two new forms of transportation – a Disney skyliner and Minnie Vans – to help with transportation and connect even more of the resorts to the parks. I normally rent a car at Walt Disney World but would definitely be willing to just stick with Disney transport if the new transportation systems can help speed things up.
Both WDW and Disneyland will be opening Star Wars lands called “Galaxy’s Edge” in the coming years and the models were on full display at the expo! And on top of that, WDW will be adding a fully immersive Star Wars themed resort where guests can really feel like they’re a part of the phenomenon. This might be the thing I’m most excited about – really getting to escape reality and experience Star Wars. Pretty sure this will be booked out for months but whatever, I’ll make it happen.
Disney’s California Adventure will be adding Spiderman and Avengers themed rides and hopefully eventually creating an entire super hero land and switching Pleasure Pier over to Pixar Pier.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney announced this weekend that they’ll be adding not two but three brand new ships between 2021-2023. All three ships are planned to have about 1,2500 staterooms and be slightly bigger than the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder.
Pixar & Walt Disney Animation D23 Expo Announcements
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure will feature four original songs and the entire original cast including Josh Gad as Olaf. It’ll be released along with Coco on November 22, 2017. I hinted at this with my FROZEN party games a few weeks ago. FROZEN 2 is set to be released in November 2019!
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2 will come out in November 2018 and will feature all of the former Disney princesses. Amazing!
Incredibles 2 will be come out next summer and pick up right where we left off with Incredibles 1. Except they’ll have a bigger and better house!
Toy Story 4 is finally happening in summer of 2019! I’m a huge fan of Toy Story, especially after spending so much time on my Toy Story Mania games!
Marvel D23 Expo Announcements
Pretty sure I screamed when I found out that almost all of the super heroes from the Marvel movies over the past ten years were on stage at the Marvel panel at D23 Expo this weekend. Being in that room would’ve been amazing. So many amazing things to come from Marvel over the next few years starting with Thor in November. I’m Team Thor all the way and can’t wait to see how everything with Hulk plays out!
And next year – Black Panther in February and Avengers Infinity War hits the big screen in May 2018. There was apparently a teaser trailer shown at D23 that everyone is just waiting to be released! If I had to choose my favorite movies of the past few years, both Avengers and Captain America Civil War would be near the top of the list. So yeah, a little excited about Infinity War!
Walt Disney Studios D23 Announcements
A Wrinkle In Time comes out March 9, 2018 and will star Reese Witherspoon (my favorite!), Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, and Oprah. I read that book all the time growing up and can’t wait to see what they do with it, especially with such an incredible cast! You can watch the trailer below!