Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23

Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23 The DIS Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)  D23 EXPO 2022 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company)
Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)

Towards the end of the D23 Event in Anaheim, California, something extraordinary happened: Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro, Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Chris Beatty, and Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee came together onstage to present a live exploration of Imagineering.

The three Disney powerhouses proposed hypothetical situations supplying some of the exciting ideas currently being explored by the creative teams. For instance, In Animal Kingdom, the long-outdated Dinoland was provided as an example, potentially seeing a complete retheme to the tune of Moana or Zootopia, leaving the crowd buzzing with intrigue and possibilities.



Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23 The DIS Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)  D23 EXPO 2022 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company)
Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)

Though D’Amaro did make a specific comment that it was not currently in the works, he also made mention of a long-awaited villain’s concept that could be implemented at some point. Fans were quick to speculate that Zootopia might likely be in the cards for Animal Kingdom due to the apparent “animal” theme tie-in and the current expansion project in Disneyland Shanghai under the same umbrella.

Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23 The DIS Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)  D23 EXPO 2022 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company)
Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)

The blue-sky session was full of what-if style possibilities, including talk of incorporating more recent characters from movies like Coco and Encanto into the parks, indicating the possibility that an area behind Big Thunder Mountian Railroad might see some new innovation in the years to come. The nature of the D23 presentation was to celebrate potential and invite the audience into the process at a fundamental level, so we may not see these specific ideas come to life, or even at all. That said, the other half of me can’t help but think they are smarter than that, and even though no one is ready to stamp a timeline on, these plans must have already broken some sort of surface to warrant an intentional mention at the most public of Disney events.



Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23 The DIS Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)  D23 EXPO 2022 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company)
Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)

Reports quote D’Amaro as saying, “We see tremendous opportunity here, a chance to tell new stories that fit right in with what Animal Kingdom is all about,” A premise that represents the constant evolution of Disney in a way that fits with Walt’s original intentions. Even though they emphasized that none of these ideas were in concrete just yet, there is hope. After all, every single one of our favorite Disney attractions was once at this point of the planning stage, waiting to emerge into the greatness we know them to be.

Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23 The DIS Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)  D23 EXPO 2022 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company)
Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)

We can’t wait to see what is next for these areas of Disney parks. Which theme would you rather see implemented in Animal Kingdom or the outskirts of Magic Kingdom?

Moana, Zootopia & Villains-Themed Areas, Teased at D23 The DIS Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)  D23 EXPO 2022 - The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA - brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company)
Chris Beatty, Jennifer M Lee (Chief Creative Officer Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios), Josh D'Amaro (Chairman; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products)

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.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.













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