Written by - Jennifer Piccione (Webb)
Well today was quite the day at D23! Granted some of the announcements we were already anticipating; however it was good to be able to visualize what we were all imagining. SO....let’s get into it!
So the first announcement out of the gate was a new parade coming to the Disneyland Resort. "Magic Happens" will be centered around the Disney stories that bring us the magic that inspires us. The parade will feature beautiful floats and costumes from some of our favorite movies, including "Coco", "Sleeping Beauty", "Moana" and more; and of course the Mouse that started it all will be the leader of this festive celebration!
Next, we got a better look at Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, coming to Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland Resort in 2022. Guests will step into the screen and cross over into the toon world of Mickey and MInnie's newest short, "Perfect Picnic". The same ride will also be opening in 2020 at Disney's Hollywood Studio's at the Walt Disney World Resort, inside of the building that used to be The Great Movie Ride.
ZOOTOPIA!!! This land coming to the Shaghai Disney Resort will feature a new attraction, new entertainment, merchandise and dining options that follow the story line of this great movie.
Hong Kong Disneyland is celebrating our favorite animated stories as their castle is reimagined and transforms into the Castle of Magical Dreams. The castle be will one of a kind, drawing inspiration from 13 of our favorite Disney stories featuring the princesses and heroines they are known for. There will also be new entertainment, including a daytime stage show and nighttime spectacular, as well as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!
To go along with the Hong Kong Disneyland transformation, the world of Frozen will be coming as well! Two attractions are slated, including a new roller coaster called Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs - where Olaf and Sven help pull your sled to the top of the lift before your vehicle takes off! Go on a winding journey through Arendelle.
The second attraction is Frozen Ever After- yes, the same attraction we currently have at Epcot.
Cirque is back! Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have joined forces with Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs to create an all new show combining Cirque's infamous artistry with Disney's whimsical storytelling. Previews will begin March 20, 2020 and the world premiere will be on April 17th!
A shopper's dream come true! Target and Disney are coming together and bringing a "shop-in-shop" experience in 25 Target locations that will feature an assortment of more than 450 Disney merchandise items, including more than 100 products that were previously only available at Disney retail locations. Locations will open on October 4th nationwide with another 40 locations opening by October 2020. It was also announced that a new Target would be opening next to the Walt Disney World Resort.
MARVEL! Wow so much brought to life on this announcement today! Next year the Avengers Campus is opening in Disney California Adventure park. The campus is designed as a recruitment site for the next generation of super heroes.
The first key announcement was the Worldwide Engineering Brigade - otherwise known as WEB. This building will house the NEW Spider-Man experience. The story line opens with an open house at WEB, as the inventors of WEB invite you, the guest, for a test run of their latest invention - the Web Slinger vehicle, which allows guests to sling webs just like Spider-Man. Of course, things go awry and you are locked into a mission with Spider-Man to save the campus from the Spider -Bots that have run amok.
Next, the campus will also house Pym Test Kitchen. For those who are Ant-Man and Wasp fans you know that Pym are the particles used to grow and shrink anything. Pym Technologies is using their latest technology to grow and shrink food at this eatery.
The Super Hero encounters to be found on this campus are phenomenal! Guests can find themselves face to face with Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, characters from The Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as featured characters from Wakanda and Asgard, and Iron Man!
As all of the Super Heroes assemble at the campus, guests will be able to visit the Avengers Headquarters where they may even get a glimpse of the Avengers along the rooftops. This building will become the entrance to a brand new E-ticket attraction where guests will step on board a Quinjet and fly off to Wakanda to fight along side the Avengers!
EPCOT Transformation! Epcot will now be divided into four neighborhoods - World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. The neighborhoods will be filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that take the guest to new destinations filled with hands on magic and a world of possibility.
Mary Poppins is coming! The United Kingdom pavilion will have the very first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins. Guests will wander down Cherry Tree Lane past Admiral Boom's house, and then enter 17 Cherry Tree Lane, where their adventure with the Banks family will begin!
In 2020, HarmonioUS will debut as the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney theme park. It will feature the inspiration of Disney music combined with gigantic floating set pieces, specialized LED panels, dancing moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and more.
Summer of 2020 brings new changes to France. We already know about the much-anticipated Remy's Ratatouille Adventure where guests become Remy-sized and race through Gusteau's restaurant on a crazy adventure.
In addition, La Creperie de Paris, a scrumptious new restaurant offering both table and quick service dining options will be opening. The menu will feature items from celebrity chef Jerome Bocuse.
Joining the classic Impressions de France film in France, the new "Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along" will be debuting in January 2020.
"Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360" will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion.
"Wondrous China" brings new life to the China pavilion, with a 360-degree format featuring the splendor and beauty across the country.
Spaceship Earth will have some visual enhancements including a magical "story light" that brings energy and beauty to each scene. As guests exit Spaceship Earth, they will discover a new view of World Showcase from "Dreamers Point". This is where we will also see a new statue celebrating the legacy of the original icon, Walt Disney.
A new pavilion in World Celebration will be the home base for signature festivals at Epcot. It will provide a one of a kind spectacular view of the entire park and the nighttime spectacular. The structure will have 3 levels, featuring a plaza level, middle expo level and a park that sits in the sky on the top level.
Not necessarily new news, but the entrance plaza redesign concept art now shows a reimagined fountain, new pathways, and sweeping green spaces that all pay homage to the origins of Epcot.
WORLD NATURE - This land will be dedicated to understanding and preserving the wonder and beauty of the natural world. Journey of Water, inspired by "Moana" will be the first experience inspired by the film. Guests can meet and play with magical, living water as well as learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.
The Land pavilion will have a new film "Awesome Planet" which will enrapture the beauty of our planet. The film will make its debut in January 2020.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind currently under construction in the old Universe of Energy building, will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering - a coaster that rotates 360 degrees and the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster. The adventure starts in the "Galaxarium", a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the formation of the Earth's galaxy and Xandar.
Space 220 - the new restaurant opening as an expansion of the Mission: SPACE Pavilion will be an out of this world culinary experience featuring a stellar panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up. Guests will board a special elevator that takes them to a space station that will provide them with an unforgettable dining experience. Space 220 will open this winter and will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group.
The PLAY! Pavilion will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Here guests will discover an interactive city filled with games, activities and experiences - both real and virtual. Guests will also have the chance to help Edna Mode on her quest to rid the world of drab style, or compete in a water-balloon fight hosted by Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.
Guests will be able to visualize all of these plans for Epcot when Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience opens to the public on October 1st, 2019. This exhibit will be hosted in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.
Disney Genie - an all new digital experience that will enhance the way guests plan for an experience their Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Planned to debut in late 2020, Disney Genie will make planning easier and more fun by providing guests customized itineraries geared to character meet and greets, thrill rides, food experiences and more.
Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge will be a unique hotel experience influenced by the wonders of nature and the artistry of Walt Disney. It is also a proposed Disney Vacation Club resort.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser - the ultimate Star Wars exeperience! Here guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard the starship Halcyon. Once on board, guests will interact with characters and participate in stories that unfold around them on their journey. Adults and children alike can have the opportunity to wield a lightsaber while training with a remote. Every choice the guest makes determines how their experience unfolds.
Disney Cruise Lines has introduced a new sailing experience to The Bahamas on the breathtaking island of Eluthera, with a destination of Lighthouse Point.
The fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet was announced - Disney Wish. The ship will include a three story atrium themed after an enchanted fairytale. The Disney Wish will be delivered in late 2021 with its first sailing beginning in January of 2022. The signature character will be Rapunzel.