Marvel, Star Wars, and more announced at D23 Expo Japan 2018

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced new updates and details on what’s coming to Disney Parks at D23 Expo Japan 2018.

Guests at D23 Expo Japan 2018 were able to hear from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek about all new experiences and updates coming to every Disney theme park around the world.

Fans of the parks have much to look forward to, including new ways to encounter the Jedi, Super Heroes, Pixar friends and classic characters.

“We are hard at work creating even more ways to experience Disney magic at our parks and resorts around the world,” said Chapek. “And with our incredible library of beloved stories and characters, we know exciting adventures and magical memories are in store for all our guests.”

Check out the announcements and details from the presentation:

The Marvel Super Hero universe is coming to Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris

As Walt Disney Parks and Resorts continues to incorporate the Marvel universe into the parks, Disneyland Paris will see a reimagining of Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster as a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure with Iron Man and the Avengers.

A look at one of the room styles for Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

Chapek also gave guests to D23 Expo Japan a sneak peek at one of the rooms from the upcoming Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, which is set to open in 2020. The hotel will showcase the inspiring world of Marvel Super Heroes, including The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man and more in the style of a contemporary art gallery, and will open in 2020. 

Guests at Disneyland Paris won’t have to wait for long to meet their favorite Super Heroes face-to-face, like Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow, when Marvel Summer of Super Heroes begins at the park this June.

A second Marvel attraction coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

Concept art for the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp attraction.

Since it opened in January 2017, Iron Man Experience has become the most popular attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland, and an entire Marvel-themed land is on its way for the resort. During the presentation, Chapek shared details on a second Marvel attraction coming to the park, where guests will join forces with Ant-Man and The Wasp and go up against Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots.

According to the concept art, this attraction appears to be a shooter-style ride like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

New details about the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Epcot

When the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy-themed family attraction opens at Epcot, it will include an all-new innovative ride system, and will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world.

A look at the show building for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy coaster.

The ride will be open in time for the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

The Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort will be connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This fully themed luxury resort, which was announced at D23 Expo 2017, will be entirely immersive and give guests an authentic Star Wars experience at Walt Disney World. The journey through space to the resort will begin as guests board a star ship and depart with other guests on a multi-day Star Wars adventure that will be connected to the new land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

The Star Wars hotel will be seamlessly connected to the upcoming land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

An opening date for the Star Wars hotel has yet to be announced.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will bring the galaxy far, far away to life

Fans at D23 Expo Japan were excited to learn more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. Both lands will feature the Millennium Falcon and a fleet of life-size X-Wing fighters.

As reported by, “Imagineers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as they bring to life these jaw-dropping lands where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars stories.”

New ways to celebrate Pixar’s storytelling at Disney Parks around the world

Concept art of the entryway to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure.

During the presentation, Chapek announced that Pixar Pier will open at Disney California Adventure Park on June 23, 2018, and will include the previously announced Incredicoaster, as well as a future attraction themed to Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

An artist’s rendering of the new Incredibles-themed float that will join the Paint the Night parade this June.

In addition, a new float themed to “The Incredibles” will join the parade lineup for Paint the Night this June, though the parade will hit the streets of Disney California Adventure when Pixar Fest begins on April 13.

As for Walt Disney World, an all-new family-friendly bird show featuring Russel and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s “Up” will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will celebrate classic Disney stories in a new way

The first ever ride themed to Mickey Mouse is on its way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, and will arrive in 2019. When this attraction opens, it will feature a new and original story along with a theme song, and take guests on a journey inside the world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts.

A look at the art style for the new attraction starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will use new technologies that will transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into a multi-dimensional experience for guests.

Even more magic from Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts is coming to Japan

Guests will soon be able to take a trip to Japan with Adventures by Disney.

Starting next year, Adventures by Disney will take guests to the beautiful country of Japan.

Chapek also told D23 Expo Japan guests about new experiences coming to Tokyo Disney Resort as part of its biggest expansion since the opening of Tokyo DisneySea.

In Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland, the first-ever attraction inspired by “Big Hero 6” will take guests on a ride around with Baymax.

The Fantasyland expansion will include an entirely new area themed to “Beauty and the Beast,” with an attraction set to the award-winning music fans know and love. The expansion will also include a full-scale, live entertainment theatre – the first at Tokyo Disneyland.

In Toontown, guests will get to meet Minnie Mouse in a new design studio. At Tokyo DisneySea, guests will soon be able to take flight on a version of the classic Soarin’ attraction.

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