Disney reveals details of the future of their parks
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products President Bob Chapek revealed details on how they will bring the next generation of immersive narration to life
Chapek welcomed thousands of fans as he shared more about the ambitious plans that await one of the most extraordinary expansion periods in Disney's history. From Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and the timeless transformation of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort to Avengers Campus that comes to the Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris, and the Disney Wish that reaches the high seas in January 2022, there are more ways than ever for Visitors are the protagonists of their favorite stories.
"Walt's vision for our theme parks was that they were places where Disney stories could come to life in incredible ways, and with the most creative and talented team of artists and dreamers in the world, there is no lack of inspiration," said Chapek.
The audience was amazed when Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke joined Chapek on stage to give an interpretation that swept everything from "Step in Time" to announce Mary Poppins' first attraction at a Disney park , which will arrive in Epcot. Live music continued in the auditorium when award-winning composer Pinar Toprak played Epcot's new anthem on the piano. Well-known singer Jordan Fisher also surprised visitors with a preview of the sound track for the new Disneyland parade.
A journey of Star Wars like no other
Visitors are anxiously waiting for the Star Wars immersion vacation experience that comes to Walt Disney World Resort. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a glamorous ship - the Halcyon - where each window offers stellar views of space. Passengers will embark on a two-night adventure that includes special activities, amazing meals and a day at the Batuu "spaceport" of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which invites passengers to enter even more inside their own Star stories Wars
Magic of Disney Cruise Line on and off ships
With three new cruise ships that will be part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet, there is much to wait on the high seas. Today, Chapek announced that the first of the three ships - Disney Wish - will be delivered at the end of 2021 and will depart in January 2022. Reflecting the theme of the ship, Rapunzel will be seen in the stern, representing his character's desire to go out to see the world. D23 Expo attendees also saw the ship's three-story atrium, inspired by the beauty of the enchanting fairy tale.
Passengers can also expect a unique experience on an island that celebrates the nature and spirit and culture of the Bahamas in a new Disney port of call located on the beautiful island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point.
Timeless Epcot Transformation
Chapek also talked about the ways in which Epcot will remain true to his original vision while bringing the classic Disney story to life with the magic of possibilities. The park will be joined by four neighborhoods, each of which will celebrate a unique aspect of what makes Epcot so special:
World Showcase will welcome you to the first Mary Poppins-inspired attraction in Cherry Tree Lane, which will be part of the UK pavilion as a completely new neighborhood.
After the limited time presentation of Epcot Forever, the new HarmonioUS night show will be the largest ever created for a Disney park, celebrating the way Disney music inspires people around the world.
In the summer of 2020, the French pavilion will offer even more to discover visitors, including the highly anticipated Remy's Ratatouille Adventure attraction as well as a delicious new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris.
Also in the French pavilion, together with the classic film Impressions de France, there will be a new version of "Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along" in January 2020.
"Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360" will debut in January 2020 in the Canadian pavilion with new scenes and a new story.
In the China pavilion, "Wondrous China" will take visitors on a spectacular journey through China, filmed and presented in a 360-degree digital format.
The iconic Spaceship Earth will continue to be a journey through time that will be transformed with new scenes that reflect the universal nature of the human experience. A new guide and a new narrative will focus on the narrative that unites people.
A new pavilion will host Epcot's iconic festivals. This will provide a spectacular view of World Showcase and the ideal place to see the park's night show. This beautiful three-tier structure will have one of the most prominent designs in any Disney park, and will soon become a new Epcot icon.
World Celebration will also feature stunning views at Dreamers Point, lush gardens, a wishing tree, an interactive fountain and a statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.
Journey of Water, Inspired by "Moana" will be a leafy exploration trail where visitors can meet and play with living magical water.
The new movie of the Earth pavilion "Awesome Planet", which shows the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic history of the planet, will begin to welcome visitors in January 2020.
Visitors will be part of a bold adventure that offers the first takeoff with their backs to space in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This exciting attraction for the whole family will feature a storytelling vehicle, never seen before, that turns to focus on the action, wherever it is.
As an extension of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new Space 220 restaurant will open this winter as a culinary experience out of this world, with the celestial panorama of a space station that includes views of Earth by day and night from a distance of 220 miles .
The PLAY pavilion! It will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. In this interactive metropolis, visitors will discover a city full of games, activities and experiences that connect them with friends, family and their beloved Disney characters like never before.
50 years of Walt Disney World Resort
Anniversaries are serious fun at Disney parks - and the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort will be one of the biggest ever. For the first time, the celebration will take beyond the Magic Kingdom park to the four theme parks of the resort with anticipated launches of attractions and new entertainment, food and drinks, merchandise and more.
Scheduled to launch in late 2020, Disney Genie is a revolutionary new digital tool that will improve the way visitors plan and experience their trip to Walt Disney World. Disney Genie will make planning easier and more fun by providing visitors with personalized and adapted itineraries for princesses, lovers of strong emotions, foodies, families and more. Visitors can even tell Disney Genie what they want to do, and it will quickly evaluate millions of options to present the optimal day.
Next generation animated stories at Disney Parks
New Magic Happens parade at Disneyland Park
Scheduled to premiere in spring 2020, the new Magic Happens parade will come alive with an energetic soundtrack and a song produced in association with singer-songwriter Todrick Hall. To celebrate the impressive moments of magic that are at the heart of many of Disney's stories, the parade will feature impressive floats, beautiful costumes and adored Disney characters from the movies "Moana", "Coco", "Sleeping Beauty" and more - all guided by Mickey Mouse and his friends.
First ride attraction with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
Attendees took a first look inside Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, which comes to Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in 2020 and Disneyland in 2022. Chapek also revealed the first look at a new area of Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland that will be home to this exciting attraction that will take visitors on a journey through the wild and unpredictable world of Disney Channel Mickey Mouse cartoons that have been awarded the Emmy® Award.
First Cirque du Soleil show celebrating Walt Disney Animation Studios
A show that will be the first of its kind will celebrate the magic of Walt Disney Animation Studios with a moving story that comes alive thanks to Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Imagineering and the legendary Disney animators. The show combines the story of Disney with the artistic skill of Cirque du Soleil. Previews premiere on March 20, 2020, with its world premiere on April 17.
Uniquely Disney accommodation
Chapek also shared more details of the previously announced Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge, a unique hotel and a suggested resort for the Disney Vacation Club that takes its inspiration from the wonders of nature and the artistic talent of Walt Disney.