DIS & Dreams Event - Disneyland Resort in California
August 4 - 5, 2023

D23 Set to Reveal New Walt Disney Statue for EPCOT and A Preview of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

This year’s D23 event in Anaheim, California, is set to be a fantastic showcase of Disney Imagination and is only hours away from its official opening. Reports have already started rolling in regarding some of the exciting changes that will be revealed over the September 9th – 11th convention, dubbed the Ultimate Disney Fan Event, including one I have been excited about for months.

A new Walt Disney statue, previously only seen in concept art, is set to be added to the EPCOT park within Walt Disney World. Just as Magic Kingdom famously has the Partners statue, Jeff Vahle posted on Instagram last night that D23 is unveiling a new Walt offering for the east coast’s second-born Disney park entitled The Dreamer.

The D23 Instagram account also released this photo of the preview model for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which is said to replace both Splash Mountian attractions in Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in a few years.

Disney Parks Blog added to the images on their website with the following statement about the upcoming attraction:

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Model “Coming to both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will bring guests down the bayou along with Tiana, Naveen, and their friends. Here you can see a model of the upcoming attraction and new artwork that expands upon the next chapter in Tiana’s story. “

Disney Parks Blog

It’s only day one, and I’m already excited; I can’t wait to see what comes next. Stick with The Dis throughout the expo as we bring you all the latest news straight from the event!

Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

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