The is fast approaching, and we’ve got the rundown on all the news we’re hoping Disney drops when the event takes place in California at the on , 10th, and 11th.
At the Expo, every upcoming films like , and Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products’ plans about exciting changes and additions coming to Disney’s theme parks. in attendance will get to learn about Disney’s latest plans and projects, including Marvel, , and PIXAR projects, Disney’s
Disney Legends will be named in a fabulous ceremony, and the where nearly 7,000 fans will be seated for Expo presentations. and Disney Television, including and , will unveil upcoming new shows. And it all takes place inside in at
D23 has recently announced some of the upcoming presentations at the Expo, but there are some specific announcements we’re hoping to hear, and with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust, the dreams that we wish will come true. (At least we’re hoping.) To that end, here are just a few of the announcements we’re hoping to hear at the , in no particular order, of course.
Disney Cruise Line unveils the name of its next Cruise Ship
The Disney Wish only recently arrived at Port Canaveral in Florida, and on July 14, she took her maiden voyage with passengers aboard. But we’re excited about the next ship! Disney Cruise Line has already told fans that two more ships would be constructed following the completion of the Disney Wish. So we’re hoping to learn when construction will begin, and we’d love to learn the name of the new ship at the .
Bonus points if the name they’ve chosen for the second member of Disney Cruise Line’s Titan class is the Disney Story.
The following contributors will be named Disney Legends, Class of 2022 . . .
The will kick off on September 9th with the Disney Legends Ceremony, and there are a few people we’d like to see receive this prestigious Disney honor, including:
- Actor Dwayne Johnson (Disney’s Tooth Fairy, Jungle Cruise)
- Producer, filmmaker, and granddaughter of animator Ub Iwerks, Leslie Iwerks
- Actor Jamie Foxx (voice of Joe Gardner, PIXAR’s Soul)
- Bandleader and musician Jon Batiste (the talent behind the piano music in PIXAR’s Soul)
- PIXAR writer, director, and Chief Creative Officer, Pete Docter
- PIXAR Writer Kemp Powers
Theme Park #5 is Coming to the W
It’s time, friends. It’s just time.
It’s been more than 24 years since the Resort added a new theme park, and there’s plenty of room for a fifth one. PIXAR Park will feature everything we love about the most beloved PIXAR film franchises like the incomparable Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Incredibles.
Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro will also announce that there will be no duplicate attractions or experiences from Disneyland’s PIXAR Pier, meaning no IncrediCoaster. Instead, the signature attraction at Disney World’s PIXAR Park will be one for the record books and feature the most advanced theme park ride technology on earth.
After 34 years, EPCOT’s World Showcase is finally getting a 12th Country
It’s also time for World Showcase to get an upgrade in the form of a 12th country pavilion. The last country to arrive at EPCOT’s World Showcase was Norway in 1988, 34 years ago. Every part of EPCOT outside of World Showcase is in the process of receiving creative new updates, so it’s only fair.
And for those who say there’s no room on the World Showcase, consider this. There are actually several spots around the red promenade that could host a new pavilion. (See the map of World Showcase and pavilion spaces below.) And who wouldn’t want to have an experience from Down Under while at EPCOT? That’s right. It’s time to welcome Australia to World Showcase!
The Disney Dining Plan is Returning, just in time for the 2022 Holiday Season
So many the return of the Disney Dining Plan, which disappeared when the theme parks at the Resort closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and it remains one of the few things that has yet to return since the parks’ reopening. fans have been waiting for
But in our perfect scenario, Disney announces the return of the Disney Dining Plan just in time for the 2022 holiday season, and the better-than-ever Disney Dining Plan even offers special entitlements specifically for EPCOT’s annual festivals.
And speaking of EPCOT’s Festivals . . .
As our perfect 2022 D23 Expo scenario continues, we hear an announcement from Disney Parks, Products, and Experiences division about a brand-new festival coming to EPCOT. Currently, the annual festivals include (in order from January to December) the International Festival of the Arts, the International Flower & Garden Festival, the International Food & , and the delightful International Festival of the Holidays.
The newest addition will be EPCOT’s International Festival of Film, featuring themes from the world’s most iconic and prolific films from days gone by. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also take part in the festivities with smaller offerings throughout that park that complement those at EPCOT.
On the official website for D23, the , some revelations about the upcoming have already been shared:
The festivities begin Friday, The will showcase what’s on the horizon from , , and . On Saturday morning, the Studios will give fans a sneak peek at the latest from Marvel and Lucasfilm. That afternoon, Disney Branded Television will preview its exciting slate. On Sunday morning, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, and later on, Guests will enjoy a special presentation of – The Concert., with the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony and a kick-off to Disney100. Later that day,
Friday, : Disney100 kicks off at on Friday, , at 10:30 a.m. with an epic presentation that includes the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony featuring . The Disney Legends Ceremony will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. Look for the names of the 2022 inductees to be announced in the coming weeks.
At 3:30 p.m., guests will be treated to new details, first looks, sneak peeks, surprises, and announcements regarding upcoming theatrical and Disney+ titles from . Studio heads, filmmakers, and cast members will come together onstage with the inside scoop on some of these studios’ most exciting titles., , and
Saturday, September 10th: Filmmakers, celebrity talent, and surprise Guests will join representatives from and Lucasfilm, among others, onstage in at 10 a.m. to showcase theatrical and Disney+ titles. Going behind the scenes of these studios’ highly anticipated films, specials, and series, attendees will see exclusive footage and be among the first to learn what else is in the works.
At 3:30 p.m., Disney Branded Television, home to some of the most iconic stories and characters in the Disney canon-including Peabody Award winners Doc McStuffins and The Owl House, plus the culture-defining movie franchises High School Musical and Descendants-will present an exclusive showcase of upcoming content that will continue the legacy of excellence in storytelling. The showcase will feature talent appearances and never-before-seen sneak previews of original content for Disney+, , and , including looks at the new Disney+ Original series National Treasure, American Born Chinese, and The Santa Clause.
Sunday, September 11th: At 10:30 a.m., join Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro for a look at Disney’s boundless future. With announcements and updates on the magic happening around the world in parks, on the high seas, at home, and beyond, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the big dreams of Disney Imagineers. Every will want to be a part of this special presentation full of exciting news and surprises.
At 4:15 p.m., will present a special performance of – The Concert, featuring Tony® nominee Susan Egan, Broadway.com® Audience Award nominee Isabelle McCalla, star Anneliese van der Pol, and Broadway World Award winner Syndee Winters. Music director Benjamin Rauhala and Prince Adam J. Levy will also join the quartet. The acclaimed cast will perform favorite and “Frozen” songs, including classics such as “Let It Go,” “A Whole New World,” “Colors of the Wind,” and “Almost There.” The performers will share exclusive, hilarious, and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen.
At this time, every availablehas been sold, and no further tickets are available for the this year. If you’re headed to Anaheim for the Expo, we’ll see you there!
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