2017 D23 Announcements Summary

2017 D23 Announcements Summary

There were so many exciting announcements coming out of D23 this year. I have included a few of my favorites here.

Content owned by Disney - D23 Expo 2017
Content owned by Disney – D23 Expo 2017

Star Wars: Galaxy Edge – Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It was announced that the new Star Wars inspired land will be named Star Wars: Galaxy Edge. In addition, a model was shared at the 2017 D23 Expo with a lot more exciting details about what to expect when the new land opens in 2019. There will be two “E-ticket” attractions, one that will give guests the chance to fly the Millenium Falcon and the second will place us in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. There will be character meet and greets, including BB-8, Chewbacca and others. Something I’m very excited about is the new cantina with will include blue milk and other Star Wars themed food I’m sure. Very exciting stuff!

 

 

 

Disneyland Resort

There were a couple of new announcements for the Disneyland Resort, primarily for Disney’s California Adventure Park. Paradise Pier will be getting a new name and new look and feel by becoming the Pixar Pier in 2018. This will bring more Pixar characters and stories to the land. A limited time Pixar Fest coming to the Disneyland Resort. I’m excited to see this area get more of a Disney and Pixar feel!

Content owned by Disney - New Pixar Pier (new name for Paradise Pier) at Disney's California Adventure Park
Content owned by Disney – New Pixar Pier (new name for Paradise Pier) at Disney’s California Adventure Park

And there were more hints dropped that an immersive Super Hero experience is coming to Disney’s California Adventure park. There are not a lot of details at this time, but it appears Spider Man and the Avengers will be joining the Guardians of the Galaxy at the park sometime in the future. I think this has the potential to be a lot of fun and a great addition to California Adventure, I can’t wait to hear more about what is coming.

Content owned by Disney - Super Hero Experience coming to Disney's California Adventure
Content owned by Disney – Super Hero Experience coming to Disney’s California Adventure

 

 

 

 

Walt Disney World Resort

There were so many exciting announcements for the Walt Disney World Resort. There is a lot of change coming to Florida for sure.

One of the most exciting was for a new Star Wars Themed Resort which will be a completely immersive experience, as though you are actually living in the Star Wars universe.

Content owned by Disney - New Star Wars Themed Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – New Star Wars Themed Resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort

 

Epcot

At Epcot, there were a number of exciting announcements. A new space themed restaurant near Mission Space is coming. It will be as though you are actually in space. I cannot wait to see the menu for this new dining location.

Content owned by Disney - New Space themed restaurant next to Mission Space at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – New Space themed restaurant next to Mission Space at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort

In addition, two new attractions are coming to Epcot: a Ratatouille inspired ride, similar to one at Disneyland Paris in the France Pavilion and a new Guardians of the Galaxy inspired attraction that will be in Future World. Both look very fun and I will definitely be planning a trip out there when all these changes are complete.

Content owned by Disney - New Ratatouille attraction coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – New Ratatouille attraction coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

 

Content owned by Disney - New Guardians of the Galaxy attraction coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – New Guardians of the Galaxy attraction coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort

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Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom also is getting a new attraction, a Tron inspired ride similar to the very popular attraction at Shanghai Disneyland. I’ve always wanted to step into the world of Tron and ride a light cycle.

Content owned by Disney - New Tron attraction coming to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – New Tron attraction coming to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

 

The Magic Kingdom will also get a new theater inspired by a theater in Kansas City. Walt lived in Kansas City after he moved from Marceline. It’s wonderful to have continued connections to Walt and his history in the parks.

Content owned by Disney - new theater coming to Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – new theater coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Great Movie Ride will be closing to make way for a Mickey Mouse theme ride called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I like that there are more additions of Disney animation and the focus on trains, which was one of Walt’s favorite hobbies.

Content owned by Disney - New Mickey Mouse themed ride to replace the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort
Content owned by Disney – New Mickey Mouse themed ride to replace the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort

Resort Transportion

New resort transportation options are coming as well. The most exciting is the Disney Skyliner, which reminds me of the Skyway at Disneyland. I recall the Skyway from my youth and am excited to have a chance to ride something like it again. A second new transportation offering are the Minnie Mouse themed vehicles guests can schedule to make their way around the resort.

Content owned by Disney - new transportation options coming to Walt Disney World including Skyliner and Minnie Mouse vehicles
Content owned by Disney – new transportation options coming to Walt Disney World including Skyliner and Minnie Mouse vehicles

 

Disney Cruise Line

And the last announcement I’m sharing here, although I know there were even more, is that the Disney Cruise Line has added another ship to the schedule, up to three from the previously announced two new ships being built. This is great news as we absolutely LOVED our Disney Cruise and more ships will mean more options for all of us!

Content owned by Disney - Fifth ship announced to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet
Content owned by Disney – Fifth ship announced to join the Disney Cruise Line fleet

Exiting changes are coming!

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