There really wasn’t anything new announced for the U.S. parks, but some more details about things we were already aware of were revealed. A few definite opening dates and hints at timing for other attractions is really all we are learning with these announcements.
At Walt Disney World!
During D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek revealed new details about major expansion in progress across Walt Disney World Resort leading up to the 50th Anniversary. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for guests:
Toy Story Land
The fun will soar to infinity and beyond beginning this summer with the opening of Toy Story Land. This playful new 11-acre land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where guests will feel like they have been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz, as they are surrounded by oversized toys. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land that includes two major new attractions.
Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster that will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops through the world of Andy’s toys. Guests can also spin around with little green aliens aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and quick refreshments will be on tap at Woody’s Lunch Box.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
This highly anticipated new land is set to open in 2019, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park – on a grand scale – including the creation of a full-sized fleet of X-wing star fighters and a life-size Millennium Falcon star-ship.
The totally immersive land will include two jaw-dropping attractions that allow guests to have control of their experiences. One attraction will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance—inside a Star Destroyer. In the second attraction, guests will have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon – the most famous ship in the galaxy. Throughout the land, guests will also have the chance to interact with Chewie, the lovable BB8 and members of the First Order, plus wander through a toy shop in the street market run by a Toydarian, one of the creatures from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Immersive Star Wars-Themed Hotel
Fans can live out their Star Wars adventures beyond the theme parks with an immersive
experience at a groundbreaking new Star Wars–themed hotel concept. The epic new experience will take guests to a galaxy far, far away and will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unlike anything that exists today, the new luxury resort will completely immerse guests in an authentic Star Wars story. The journey through space begins the moment guests arrive, as everyone boards a star-ship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure. An opening date for the new hotel has not been announced.
Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction at Epcot
Larger-than-life Super Heroes will descend upon Epcot with the opening of a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. Based on the rockin’, action-packed “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, this one-of-a-kind family attraction will feature a brand-new, innovative ride system – and will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world! Coming to Epcot Future World, the new attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The first ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will delight guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning in 2019. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new original story and lovable theme song, as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. New technologies will transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into an incredible multi-dimensional experience. Walt Disney World Resort guests will step through the movie screen and join Mickey and pals on this wacky adventure. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature dazzling visual effects, a lovable theme song, and twists and turns ideal for the whole family.
A New Family-friendly Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a new, family-friendly show will debut at the theme park April 22. Featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up,” guests will get a chance to see their favorite Senior Wilderness Explorer and his furry friend as they discover bird species from around the world.
OVER AT DISNEYLAND!
First-Ever Pixar Fest Begins April 13, Bringing More Pixar Fun Than Ever Before throughout the Disneyland Resort – New Land of Pixar Pier Debuts Thrilling New Incredicoaster this Summer.
Disneyland Resort will open the highly anticipated Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park on June 23, 2018, powering up summer with more of the playful Pixar stories and characters that guests have come to know and love. Also debuting in June, a new float adds superhero fun to the electrifying “Paint the Night” parade, featuring characters from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” The news was announced today by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek during his presentation at D23 Expo Japan at Tokyo Disney Resort.
This year, guests will experience the wit, humor and warmth of Pixar stories and characters in extraordinary new ways at the Disneyland Resort, beginning with the first-ever Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendship that begins April 13. The permanent, new land of Pixar Pier, opening June 23, offers guests their first chance to experience the new Incredicoaster, a thrilling adventure with everyone’s favorite Super family and theming inspired by the newest Disney•Pixar film, “Incredibles 2.”
At Pixar Pier, guests will explore four new imaginative neighborhoods, newly themed attractions, entertainment, encounters with Pixar pals, plus themed food and merchandise, all inspired by beloved Pixar stories.
The fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade returns April 13 for Pixar Fest, this time at Disney California Adventure. And in June, the popular nighttime spectacular adds even more Pixar fun with the addition of a new, high-energy float inspired by “The Incredibles.” Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone will showcase their superhero awesomeness as they take on their newest threat, the Underminer. Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack also showcase their unique powers in surprising new ways, as shown through dynamic and innovative visual technology. Like the other elements in this spectacular parade, this new float will come to life through a series of dazzling LED lights, new music elements and high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films.
Pixar Pier Opens at Disney California Adventure Park June 23
The thrilling new Incredicoaster will anchor Pixar Pier in the new land’s first neighborhood, which is inspired by “The Incredibles.” New character moments, scenes, special effects and an exciting musical score will connect the attraction’s story to “Incredibles 2,” which opens in theaters June 15, 2018. A second neighborhood at Pixar Pier will be inspired by “Toy Story” around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction. The third new neighborhood will be inspired by “Inside Out” and will feature an “Inside Out” attraction, scheduled to open at a later date. The fourth new neighborhood will celebrate a collection of Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will transform into a newly-themed Pixar attraction, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful sights of Pixar Pier from 24 new gondolas that will feature beloved Pixar pals. The midway games will also be inspired by Pixar characters, including favorites from “A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” and “WALL·E”.
Additionally, what was formerly Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge, offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier.
First-Ever Pixar Fest Opens April 13 throughout the Disneyland Resort
Pixar Fest will allow guests to celebrate friendship and beyond during this limited-time event, bringing Pixar stories and characters to life like never before. At Disneyland, a new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” will debut with dazzling pyrotechnics, memorable music and a heartwarming story.
“Pixar Play Parade” returns, this time making its way through Disneyland park. The popular parade will bring even more fan-favorite Pixar stories to guests with the addition of three new show elements, including the famous Pixar Lamp and Ball from the Pixar short film, “Luxo Jr.” as well as characters and elements from “Up” and “Inside Out.”
And appearing for the first time at Disney California Adventure, the “Paint the Night” parade will return to delight guests with the parade’s 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and catchy tunes. In addition to the new Incredibles-themed float, “Paint the Night” parade will spotlight many Pixar stories and include characters from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”
A new film festival, Pixar Shorts, will also take place throughout much of Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure. Pixar Shorts will feature rotating favorites including “For the Birds” and “LAVA” at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.
And in the Paradise Gardens area at Disney California Adventure, many new Pixar experiences will be available for guests to enjoy including performances by a new Pixar-themed musical troupe, Pixar character encounters, and special crafts and activities for younger guests.
Pixar Fest will also feature additional elements throughout the resort including new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and limited-edition event merchandise.
All of these exciting new additions for the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration and the opening of the new land of Pixar Pier will add to the existing Pixar attractions and entertainment currently available throughout the Resort, from Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.