The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of Disney News thanks to the D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney World Resort. Here is a recap of the most know news from the recent D23 expo. Read, 7 Must Know Announcements From D23 Destination D.
1. Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration
We learned more about Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration, starting January 18, 2019. This limited time celebration brings new entertainment, food & drink and merchandise to Magic Kingdom. Learn more about Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration.
2. Wonderful World of Animation
Disney’s Hollywood Studios announced an all new nighttime experience for guests. The new nighttime experience named, Wonderful World of Animation will debut in May 2019. Debuting the same time the park is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. State of the art projection technology will be used to take guests on a journey celebrating 90 years of Disney Animation, and the mouse himself.
3. Disney Skyliner Transportation
Bob Chapek (Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Consuer Products) confirmed the Disney Skyliner transportation system will open Fall 2019 for guests. Transportation by gondolas will offer incredible views of Disney World, including never before seen angles of Epcot’s World Showcase. Learn more and see the First Look At Disney’s Skyliner Gondolas In a Reveal Video.
4. Disney’s Riviera Resort
With an expected opening date of Fall 2019, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be Disney’s 15th Vacation club property. This resort is inspired by Europe’s Mediterranean coastline. See the newest concept art above. This resort will offer incredible fireworks views for guests and will be connected to Disney’s Skyliner transportation system.
5. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attractions Named
The names of the 2 headlining attractions were announced at the celebration. One named the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and the 2nd being Star Wars: Rise of the Residence. Learn more and see a video.
6. Epcot Multi-Year Transformation
Many details on exciting news was revealed for Epcot. This includes a limited time show debuting Fall 2019, named Epcot Forever. Coming 2020 will be a permanent Epcot nighttime spectacular, still unnamed. Plus, the name was revealed for the Ratatouille experience coming to Epcot’s France pavilion (in addition to a Beauty and the Beast sing-along!). The new attraction is called, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Learn more details on Epcot Multi-Year Transformation.
7. Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge
A brand new Resort named, Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge will be a deluxe resort and nature inspired. It is proposed DVC villas (Disney Vacation Club). It will feature over 900 hotel rooms.
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