Recently, D23 hosted a panel to unveil all the latest news that will be happened throughout the Disney Resorts and Parks. If you have kept up with my Instagram (@Just_DisneyThings) I have been posting the latest news I have heard from it. Here is a more detailed version of all the news.
News #1 Star Wars Land
Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced the official name and new details about the newest addition coming to Disneyland and Hollywood Studios.
The official name of the newest Star Wars themed land will be , Star Wars : Galaxy’s Edge. Guests who visit Star Wars : Galaxy’s Edge will be immersed into a trading port on the edge of wild space. On this remote trading port, Star Wars characters and their stories will come to life. Star Wars : Galaxy’s Edge will feature two major attractions. These attractions will put guests in a completely immersive battle between the First Order and the Resistance. One of the major attractions will give you the sense of being on a Star Destroyer inside the hangar bay.
On the second attraction you will be given the opportunity to fly on the Millennium Falcon, but there is a catch. Guests who board the Millennium Falcon will be given a critical mission and will have to fly the Millennium Falcon, Pilot the ship, Shooting Blasters, or Prepare for Hyperspace. If guests pass the mission, guests will be given extra galactic credits, but if the ship is returned damaged you could end up on the list of a bounty hunter. If you end up on Harko’s list, you may have a problem if you return to the local cantina.
Not only will guests have the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon or ride in a Star Destroyer, you will also have the chance to meet familiar faces including Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo-Ren, and members of the First Order. Although there will be one special character making an appearance from a past Disney attraction… Rex! Rex was the troublesome pilot from Star Tours, but now he will be the newest DJ at the cantina!
At the cantina, guests can try different types of drinks, including blue milk! Guests will also be given the opportunity to acquire treasures from across the galaxy.
In 2019, Star Wars : Galaxy’s Edge will first open at Disneyland and then later in the year at Walt Disney World!
First Mickey Themed Ride Through Attraction
A new attraction themed after Mickey and Minnie will be replacing the Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. The attraction will be called “Mickey and Minnie’s Runway Railroad. On this attraction, guests will be immersed into a unpredictable and wacky world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short. In this Short, you will be the star and anything could happen. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature dazzling visual effects, mind-boggling transformations, and surprising twist and turns.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad Attraction was inspired by the Mickey Shorts played on Disney Channel. This attraction will also feature a new singable theme song and a new story line.
The Great Movie Ride will have its last day of operation on August 13th, 2017 to prepare for this new attraction.
Two NEW attractions coming to Epcot
A Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction will be replacing Ellen’s Universe of Energy in Future World at Epcot. This attraction will give guests the opportunity to experience the adventure and excitement offered by space travel. Ellen’s Universe of Energy will close down August 13th, 2017.
The second attraction that will be joining Epcot will be a Ratatouille inspired attraction. This attraction will be added to the France Pavilion in the World Showcase. This Ratatouille attraction will be a 4-D attraction and give you the ability to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a chase across a kitchen with the sounds, sights, and smells of Gusteau’s restaurant.
These attractions are expected to open for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021!
Tron attraction coming to Magic Kingdom
There will be a whole new attraction added to Magic Kingdom inspired after the movie Tron.
The ride will designed similar to the Tron ride in Shanghai! Video:
New Space Restaurant that will offer “Out of this world” Dining Experience at Epcot
This space themed restaurant will be adjacent to Epcot’s Mission Space attraction. This restaurant will invite guests to travel into space for amazing experiences in the stars. “We know our guests love dining at Epcot – and the restaurants really are out of this world,” Tom said. “Now we’re about to create one that takes that literally.”
New Resort at Disneyland Paris
Disney’s Hotel New York in Disneyland Paris will be changed to Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Bob said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!”
NEW Star Wars themed Hotel coming to Walt Disney World!
This new Star Wars themed hotel will COMPLETELY immerse guests into the world of Star Wars.
“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”
Two NEW Disney Transportation Services!
Bob has confirmed gondolas will be added as a transportation service between Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Pop Century, Art of Animation, and the Caribbean Resort! Plus, Many gondolas will feature some of your favorite characters!
Pixar Fest will feature a brand-new fireworks celebration, the return of Pixar Play Parade, and everyones favorite Paint the Night Parade! The Paint the Night Parade will now be located at Disney’s California Adventure Park and may feature a new float!
Disney Cruise Line
Last year Disney announced the addition of two new ships going the Disney Cruise Line, but they felt that wasn’t enough. The Disney Cruise Line will be getting three new ships added to their fleet by 2023!
Possible Marvel land at Disney’s California Adventure?
Bob gave hints at the addition of Spider Man, Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy in a completely immersive experience at the parks!