This year’s Disney D23 Expo produced lots of news about the Disney Theme Parks and Disney Cruise Line – as promised here’s my first recap from the Expo starting with all the Walt Disney Word news.
The most anticipated updates from the D23 Expo were going to be the ones about Epcot and we were not disappointed. Here’s a recap of everything we learned:
– Epcot will be reimagined in to four neighborhoods – World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.
At World Celebration in Epcot, Spaceship Earth will remain the park’s grand icon, but the journey will be transformed with new scenes reflecting the universal nature of the human experience. A new guide and all new narration will focus on the storytelling that brings people together.
World Celebration in Epcot will also feature breathtaking views at Dreamers Point, lush gardens, a wishing tree, an interactive new fountain and a new statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.
A new pavilion at World Celebration will be the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals, providing a stunning view of World Showcase and an ideal spot to witness the park’s nighttime spectacular. This three-level structure will have one of the most remarkable designs at any Disney park.
At the World Discovery neighborhood in Epcot, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will feature the first reverse launch into space! The thrilling, family-friendly attraction will feature a never-before-seen storytelling coaster that rotates to focus on the action – wherever it may be.
Also, an expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new restaurant Space 220, will open this winter as an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.
In World Nature, the reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever experience inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
And the Land pavilion’s new film “Awesome Planet,” which showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity, and dynamic story of the planet in World Nature, will begin welcoming guests in January 2020.
In World Showcase, we’ll welcome the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, which will join the United Kingdom pavilion as an entirely new neighborhood!
In the China pavilion, “Wondrous China” will take guests on a spectacular journey across China, filmed and presented in a completely seamless 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.
The France pavilion will offer even more for guests to discover, including a new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in January 2020. And in summer 2020, the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open, as well as a delicious new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris.
And following the limited time run of Epcot Forever at Epcot, a new nighttime spectacular called HarmonioUS will be the largest ever created for a Disney park. It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over.
– At Disney’s Hollywood Studios we got new information about the Star Wars themed hotel – Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a Star Wars vacation experience unlike anything Disney has ever created before will fully immerse guests in a galaxy far, far away
* I’ll have much more information on this in a future post…so be on the lookout for that.
We also got our first look at the exterior design for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad opening next spring.
– At Disney Springs we found out what’s happening at the former Cirque du Soleil location and it sounds fantastic.
For the first time, Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have joined forces with Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs to create a show that combines Disney storytelling and heart with Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry. Previews will begin March 20, 2020, leading up to the world premiere on April 17.
That’s all the basics of what was announced for Walt Disney World. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting additional information about many of these topics so stayed tuned.
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