This year's 2019 D23 Expo presented exciting announcements and surprises for the Disney Parks, movies, and upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
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Here is a list of everything we learned at D23 and what we have to look forward to from Disney! We'll start with the Disneyland and Walt Disney World announcements before moving on to everything film and Disney+!
1. Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris
We finally learned the name of the new Marvel themed land coming to Disneyland's California Adventure: Avengers Campus. We learned that in addition to a WEB shooting Spider-Man ride that there will be an Ant-Man themed restaurant, new meet and greets, a chance to ride the Avengers Quinjet, and more!
2. Magic Happens – New Disneyland Parade!
This new parade is coming to Disneyland in Spring 2020 and will feature exciting new Moana, Coco, and Sleeping Beauty's floats with an original new song.
3. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Toontown Artwork
Concept art for DisneylandWe received more details for the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disneyland in 2022 and Walt Disney World in 2020. In Disneyland's Toontown, a new theater dedicated to the ride called El CapiTOON Theater will also feature an exhibit from the Toontown Hysterical Society with costumes and props from the toon world.
In Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios, we got a new look at the redesigned Chinese Theater that will house that same attraction opening in Spring 2020.
4. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – Star Wars Hotel
The new Star Wars themed hotel being built at Walt Disney World will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser! This will be a two-night immersive experience where guests can learn the art of the lightsaber, explore the mysteries of the spaceship, stay in cabins with windows that show the depths of space as you travel, an experience on Batuu, and more!
5. Epcot Transformation
Epcot is receiving a transformation leading up to Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary with the current Future World being split into three new neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery and World Nature.
6. World Celebration at Epcot: New Pavilion
There will be a brand new pavilion built for the World Celebration neighborhood in Epcot to house all of the favorite festivals such as the Food & Wine Festival! This will be three level structure with great views of the World Showcase and the nighttime shows.
This new neighborhood will also have a wishing tree, interactive fountain, and a brand new statue of Walt Disney.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
The World Discovery neighborhood in Epcot will host the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction. This new attraction will feature the first reverse launch into space and will ‘rotate' to focus on the action.
8. Moana Themed Attraction Coming to Epcot
In the World Nature neighborhood at Epcot will include the first ever Moana inspired attraction called “Journey of Water. Guests will be able to interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
9. Space 220 Restaurant Opening This Year
An expansion of the Mission: Space pavilion will feature a brand new restaurant called Space 220. This will open this winter gives guest an out of this world dining experience with a panorama of a space station including daytime and nighttime views of the Earth from 220 miles up.
10. HarmonioUS Spectacular Coming to Epcot
Once the limited run of Epcot Forever finishes, the new nighttime spectacular called HarmonioUS will be the largest ever created for a Disney park and will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people around the world.
11. First Ever Mary Poppins Attraction and Other World Showcase Additions
The first ever attraction inspired by Mary Poppins win Cherry Tree Lane will come to the World Showcase in the United Kingdom pavilion as an entire new neighborhood.
In the China pavilion there will be a new “Wondrous China” experience that will take guests on a journey filmed in completely 360-degree digital format.
The film “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.
Coming to the France pavilion will be a new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in January 2020. And in summer 2020, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open along with a new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris.
12. Disney Genie Planning Software Announced
A new app called Disney Genie is coming to Walt Disney World in late 2020 and will feature new digital technology to help guests plan their trips. It will provided customized itineraries and guests will be able to tell the Disney Genie what they want to experience and it will create the optimal day based on their preferences.
13. Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge
Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge is a new hotel being built for the Disney Vacation Club resort and is inspired by the wonders of nature and artistry of Walt Disney.
14. Cirque du Soleil and Disney Collaboration Show
Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have collaborated with Cirque du Soleil to create a show of Disney storytelling with Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry. Previews for the new show will begin March 20, 2020, leading up to the world premiere on April 17.
15. TRON Lightcycle Run
Magic Kingdom Park's TRON attraction will be called TRON Lightcycle Run. This attraction lets riders board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and experience the energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe.
16. Disney Wish-New Cruise Ship
A new Disney Cruise ship has been announced called Disney Wish and will be inspired by the beauty of fairy tales with Rapunzel being featured on the stern. The newest addition to the Disney Cruise line will set sail in 2022.
17.New Frozen Poster and Cast News
Along with the new poster release, Disney also announced that Sterling K. Brown (Lieutenant Matthias) and Evan Rachel Wood (Queen Iduna) have joined the cast of Frozen 2.
18. Raya and the Last Dragon- New Film
The new film set to be released in November 2020 will star Cassandra Steele as the voice of Raya and Awkwafina as the voice of Sisu the dragon.
19. New Onward Poster
Pixar released a new poster from the upcoming film “Onward” starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland set to release March 6th 2020.
20. New Details about Pixar Film Soul
The cast, plot, and more details were released about the upcoming Pixar film called “Soul” at the D23 Expo. Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey will star in the film. Foxx will be voicing the lead character Joe, a jazz musician and middle school band teacher. No details about Fey's character were released just yet. The film will also have original music from Jon Batiste and a score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
21. New Art from Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
We also got a look at new art released for the Maleficent Mistress of Evil film that comes out on October 18th 2019.
22. New Cruella Film
The first look at Cruella starring Emma Stone was released which will be a background story of one of the most iconic Disney villains.
23. Black Panther Sequel Release Date
Marvel announced the much anticipated sequel for Black Panther will be released May 6th 2022.
24. New Poster and Footage for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
The new Star Wars movie was the star of the film announcements with a new poster released and new footage! You can watch the new footage below:
25. Forky Asks A Question
Pixar is producing an exclusive collection of shorts called “Forky Asks A Question” for Disney+ that will be available to stream right at the launch of the new service.
26. The Mandalorian Trailer Released
The trailer was released for the highly anticipated Lucasfilm series: The Mandalorian coming to Disney+.
27. Ewan McGregor Returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi
In news that made collective Star Wars fans cry out in happiness across the galaxy, Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an untitled series for Disney+.
28. Lady and The Tramp Trailer Released
The trailer was released for the new live action re-imagining of Lady and The Tramp coming to Disney+.
Disney also released trailers for “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” National Geographic's “The World According To Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” all coming to Disney+.
29. New Marvel Series Announced
Marvel announced more new series coming to Disney+ such as “SHE-HULK, “Ms. Marvel” and “Moon Knight.”
30. Hilary Duff Returns for Lizzie McGuire Spinoff
In another announcement that made fans jump for joy, Hilary Duff will be returning as Lizzie McGuire for a new spinoff on Disney+ where Duff is said to play an “older and wiser” Lizzie.
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