Even though D23 Expo 2019 doesn’t start until tomorrow, Aug. 23, Disney has shared many new details on what’s to come for the Disney Parks.
Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, was on hand at the Expo’s media preview to share all the details:
Star Wars Hotel
The upcoming Star Wars hotel being built at Walt Disney World Resort now has a name! Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a starship. Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and participate in a story that unfolds around them.
Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23 Expo, attendees can see a model of the starcruiser, called the Halcyon. Known for its “impeccable service and exotic destinations” throughout the galaxy, the Halcyon will offer well-appointed guest cabins, onboard dining, a planet-side excursion to Batuu, and more. Here’s hoping we at least fly by Naboo!
Likely the highlight of this Expo’s Disney Parks presentation will be what’s to come for Epcot as it undergoes a massive, park-wide transformation ahead of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
The park will be transformed into four main neighborhoods that will take guests to new places, where the fantastic and imaginative come to life through “a celebration of curiosity, hands-on wonder and the magic of possibility.”
The first reveal shared that the reimagination of Epcot will feature “Journey of Water,” the first-ever attraction inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Moana.” This new experience will let guests interact with “magical, living water” in a walk-through, exploration trail-type setting.
This October, guests will get a peek at the plans for Epcot in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called “Walt Disney Imagineering present the Epcot Experience.” Inside, guests will find interactive exhibits that showcase the innovation, energy and excitement coming to the park through its transformative process.
Check out our video of the Epcot park model, and some of the “moving” concept art below:
Marvel at Disney Parks
At Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris, the new Marvel-themed lands now have their name: Avengers Campus.
When guests visit Avengers Campus, they will become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Hong Kong with the Avengers’ newest recruiting initiative.
In the pavilion at D23 Expo, guests can see an in-story experience where they will learn why the Avengers are building these campuses. On Sunday, Aug. 25, Disney will share more information about what guests can expect when these lands open.
TRON Lightcycle Run
The D23 pavilion also features many of the attractions and lands coming to Disney Parks around the world, including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom, as well as expansions for Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Check out a video tour of the pavilion below:
On Sunday, Aug. 25, Disney will share more info about the reveals made this evening during the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products panel at D23 Expo 2019.