Big changes are coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts with new attractions, hotels, and entertainment just announced at Japan’s D23 Expo. Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, Bob Chapek, took the stage and gave the audience a preview of all that’s to come to Disney Parks worldwide.
Disneyland’s Pixar Pier will open on June 23rd that includes the previously announced Incredicoaster, a new Inside Out attraction, as well as a new Incredibles themed float for the Paint the Night Parade. The parade, transitioning over to Disney California Adventure for this spring’s Pixar Fest, will step off on April 13th after being on hiatus from Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration.
Meanwhile in Florida and Disneyland Paris, Marvel will be brought out in full force as two new attractions will open up in Walt Disney Studio Park and Epcot. Paris fans will have to say goodbye to Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster as it will be re-imagined into a “high speed, hyper-kenetic adventure” where guests will team up with Iron Man and other famed avengers.
Epcot will be given a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction in Florida, which is stated to be a “one of a kind family attraction” and will feature an innovative ride system that will also boast one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the attraction will open in time for the 50th Anniversary celebration for Walt Disney World in 2021.
Disneyland Paris’ summer will also get the Marvel treatment as they will host the “Marvel Summer of Super Heroes” that will feature Captain America, Spider-Man, Star Lord, and Black Widow.
Similar to Disneyland’s recent event, fans will get an up close look at the world of Marvel in a seasonal offering that is sure to excite and tease future additions to the French resort. Hong Kong Disneyland’s popular Iron Man attraction will be joined by an Ant Man and Wasp attraction based off this summer’s Ant Man and Wasp film and take on Arnim Zola and Hydra in an exciting battle.
As popular as Marvel was at the announcement, Star Wars was teased further through more details around the luxury hotel mentioned at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim last year. The Star Wars themed resort will bring the experience full circle, which will be seamlessly connected to Galaxy’s edge.
Coming in 2019, the Star Wars themed land will be home to two attractions focused around epic setting of the saga that include piloting the Millennium Falcon in addition to jumping into the middle of a battle between The Resistance and First Order forces. Merchandise won’t be far behind, as announcements were also made to include a Toydarian street market where fans can bring home a hand made doll featuring different characters around the galaxy.
Baymax and Big Hero 6 will take the center stage in Toyko Disneyland with a brand new Big Hero 6 themed attraction set to open in Tomorrowland. Meanwhile, Fantasyland will get an upgrade with an entirely new area based off of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. A musical attraction is set to open along side with a full scale, live entertainment theatre. Soarin’ will also fly into Toyko DisneySea while Minnie will be given a special meet and greet in Toontown.
The announcements made are none short of explosive. Though there will be sacrifices to old favorites, there’s plenty of new things to come for fans to look forward to worldwide. To learn more about the recent Disney Parks news, please visit the Disney Parks Blog at https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/