The D23 Expo 2019 has come and gone, and Disney fans were left with LOTS of exciting announcements. Below are 31 Incredible Announcements and Facts we learned from the D23 Expo 2019!
1. Space 220 – Opening Winter 2019
Mission: Space pavilion is getting an expansion with a new restaurant run by Patina Restaurant Group, named Space 220. Come for an out of this world experience, both with views and food. Guests will see daytime and nighttime views of Earth from the panorama vantage point of a space station from 220 miles up! See the 220 name connection there?! This restaurant was first announced at the 2017 D23 Expo!
2. New Film for Canada Pavilion – January 2020
The Canada Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase is getting a new film, named “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360”. The new scenes and story debuts in January 2020.
3. Wondrous China
Over in the China Pavilion at Epcot guests can experience Wondrous China, upcoming in 360-degree format.
4. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along- January 2020
Guests can enjoy an all-new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in the France Pavilion at Epcot, coming January 2020. Previously reported, this will be a rotating experience. This new experience is being created by Don Hahn, the producer of the 1991 animated and the 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast. Impressions de France at the France pavilion will be staying.
5. Awesome Planet – January 2020
The Land pavilion is Epcot is getting an updated film for guests named Awesome Planet. Awesome Planet will be an on-screen cinematic experience about the wonder and beauty of our earth. Coming to the former Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable location.
6. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Spring 2020 (Hollywood Studios)
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway uses state-of-the-art technologies and dazzling visual effects to transform the cartoon world into an incredible and immersive multidimensional experience. Disney has named the technology for this attraction, 2 1/2-D, (as opposed to 3D), no 3D glasses are needed. This attraction will feature an original story and original theme song. Look forward to surprising twists and turns, with Goofy as the engineer of the train. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens in 2022 in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park and Spring 2020 at Hollywood Studios.
7. Cirque Du Soleil – Spring 2020
Previously announced, an all-new Cirque du Soleil show is coming to Disney Springs, opening Spring 2020. Guests can come be inspired by the magic and art of Disney animation with this still unnamed new show. It is a collaboration between Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering and Cirque du Soleil, bringing acrobatic performances, whimsical characters and more to guests. The show premieres on April 17, 2020 (with previews starting March 20, 2020).
8. Harmonious – Coming 2020
Following Epcot Forever, a limited run nighttime spectacular, comes a permanent nighttime show to Epcot, named Harmonious. This will be the parks largest nighttime show ever!
9. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Summer 2020
Coming to the France Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase is a new attraction for guests! Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opens Summer 2020.
10. La Creperie de Paris – Summer 2020
A new Creperie is coming to the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, named La Creperie de Paris. In an all-new location (near the upcoming Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure) guests are invited to experience the crepe. This location will offer table service and quick-service dining as well. Guests can grab sweet crepes and galettes to go. Food is led by Chef Jerome Bocuse. The new Creperie is still unnamed, look for this and an opening season to be announced soon.
11. Disney Genie – Late 2020
Coming late 2020 to Disney World is Disney Genie, a new digital offering for guests. Disney Genie will help guests make the most out of their visit, for first timers to Disney fanatics. Learn more about what Disney Genie can do.
12. PLAY! Pavilion at World Discovery – Opening by 50th Anniversary of Disney World
This pavilion will be open in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World! Come for experience to connect with Disney characters like never before and more in this city-like atmosphere.
13. Disney Wish- Sets Sail January 2022
Disney named their fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Wish. Guests can look forward to a 3-story atrium and more magic found on the ship. The ship is to be delivered by late 2021, with sailings starting January 2022!
14. New Disney Island
Big news for Disney Cruise fans, a second island destination will be added in the Bahamas, named Lighthouse Point, located on the island of Eleuthera. Construction is speculated to be completed by 2023. Currently guests can visit Disney’s private island named Castaway Cay.
15. Avengers Campus – 2020 (Disneyland Resort)
Avengers Campus opens in 2020 at Disneyland California Adventure park and later to open at Disneyland Paris. Both campuses will host a ride-through of the first ever Spider-man attraction. Furthermore, one of the iconic buildings in California will be the Avengers Headquarters. This will become a future entrance for an E-Ticket attraction. The all new attraction will have guests flying alongside Avengers!
Guests can find technologies to grow and shrink food at Pym Test Kitchen, and meet with Ant-Man and the Wasp (for the first time), at the Avengers Campuses!
17. Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge
Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge joins Disney property as a proposed DVC (Disney Vacation Club) resort. The resorts inspiration draws from the wonders of nature and artistry of Walt Disney.
18. Moana Attraction
Epcot is getting a new attraction named, Journey of Water. This will be Disney’s first ever attraction inspired by Disney’s Moana. Guests will have the chance to interact with magical, living water in an inspiring setting. Above is the concept art for this exciting update.
19. Epcot to become 4 Neighborhoods
Epcot will become 4 neighborhoods: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. World Showcase will continue to showcase culture, cuisine and more. Plus, new experiences await guests.
20. Spaceship Earth
Epcot’s park icon will remain, however the attraction inside will get new scenes and a new narration focusing on the universal nature of the human experience.
21. Dreamers Point
World Celebration in Epcot will get a new interactive fountain, lush gardens and a wishing tree. Plus, look forward to a new statue of Walt Disney!
22. New Pavilion
World Celebration in Epcot will be home to a new pavilion, becoming a home base for Epcot’s festivals. Plus, this 3-level structure will be the perfect new spot to see Epcot’s nighttime spectacular. Furthermore, the building will be one of the most remarkable designs found within a Disney park and become a park icon.
23. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
In the World Discovery neighborhood at Epcot guests can look forward to a thrilling family-friendly attraction named Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! This will be a never before seen, storytelling (and rotating) coaster!
24. Mary Poppins Attraction
The United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot will be home to the very first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins! Come to Cherry Tree Lane to see the Banks house with this attraction, in a new neighborhood in the Pavilion.
25. TRON Lightcycle Run
Also, at Magic Kingdom Park, the TRON attraction will be called TRON Lightcycle Run. As regular readers know, this attraction lets riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and experience the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe.
26. Disney & Target
Target and Disney have joined forces to launch Disney stores within select Target stores nationwide. The initial launch will include 25 Disney Stores, with 40 more added inside Target stores by October 2019! Stop by these shop-in-shop Disney stores and browse more than 450 Disney items, including more than 100 products previously only sold at Disney retail locations!
27. Magic Happens – Spring 2020 (Disneyland Resort)
Confirmed by Bob Chapek at D23 Expo 2019 is an all new parade coming to Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort. The daytime parade, named Magic Happens, will debut Spring 2020, down Main St USA. Magic Happens will feature Moana on her canoe, Miguel from Coco and more. Look forward to dazzling floats and a new song, plus other high-energy music.
28. Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland is undergoing a multi-year transformation, including adding a world of “Frozen” and 2 new attractions named, Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs, a coaster (art concept above) and the popular Epcot attraction, Frozen Ever After is coming to Hong Kong! The Castle is also undergoing a transformation.
30. Zootopia Themed Land
A Zootopia themed land is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort! Look forward to new entertainment, dining and more.
31. Discount for D23 Members On Disney+
D23 Members can receive a discount on their 3-year Disney+ subscription, and then in turn be part of the Disney+ Founders Circle! Even better, this offer is extended to Gold, Gold Family Members and General (their FREE level)! Save $23 per year with this deal, or 33% off standard annual price. Learn more details now!
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