Destination D23: Parks Panel Recap


With all the news to come out of the Destination D23 Connections: A Look at the Future of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products panel, we thought it would be helpful to look back on this event with a recap of some of the most notable stories to come out of today.

Walt Disney World Resort

  • The Dreamer’s Point Statue of Walt will sit in EPCOT World Celebration section of the park.
  • A new quick service restaurant in EPCOT, Connections Café and Eatery, will also open in the World Celebration section.

Disneyland Resort

  • Art was shared for the Mickey’s Toontown renovation including the return of the Toontown hills which were previously removed for the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway construction.
  • A multi-year project will begin in Downtown Disney. The AMC Theater will close to make room for a new space, including an open lawn for events, new dining, and shopping.
  • The next generation of MagicBand+ will be coming to Disneyland in 2022. More details will be coming in the months ahead.
  • World of Color, Fantasmic! are both returning to Disneyland Resort next year along with Main Street Electrical Parade in time to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

Disney Resorts

  • Concept art was shared for the new Disney Vacation Club Disneyland Tower pool area and rooms.
  • The inspiration for the rooms was inspired by actual color scripts and the look of original artwork from Sleeping Beauty. It is proposed to open in 2023.

Disney Cruise Line

  • In addition to Aladdin, two new stage shows will debut aboard the Disney Wish: Seas the Adventure which will feature Captain Minnie and a new theatrical adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

International Disney Parks

  • Disneyland Paris’s 30th Anniversary begins next year and will kick off March 6th. New concept art was shown for the celebration.
  • A new nighttime show will debut with the Anniversary in Disneyland Paris
  • Avengers Campus will open in summer of 2022 as part of their 30th Anniversary Celebration.
  • At Disneyland Hong Kong, the new Frozen Land is well underway.
  • Hong Kong will see a new nighttime spectacular next year.
  • Tokyo DisneySea 20th Anniversary has just kicked off.
  • Fantasy Springs featuring Frozen, Tangled, and Peter Pan construction is well underway in Tokyo.
  • In Shanghai, the 5th Anniversary is being celebrated and Zootopia Land construction is in progress.
  • A major new attraction blending new technology and Disney storytelling will be part of the new Zootopia Land.

D23

  • D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center will take place September 9, 10, and 11 in Anaheim. Tickets go on sale January 20.
  • Those in attendance were given a first look at Disney’s 100th Anniversary logo.

There was truthfully not a ton of new information to come out of today’s panel. Much of the entertainment returning had already been announced and a lot of the other information was known with few added new details. Regardless, it seems that there are some exciting things on the horizon for Disney Parks, Resorts, and Experiences.

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