We are live at the 2022 D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, and the excitement is palpable. Thousands upon thousands of eager, diehard Disney fans have gathered to be the first to hear the most recent reveals about Disney Parks and attractions–some costumed, some not, and some ticketed with reservations and others ticketed with only aspirations about getting into Hall D23.
And all this writer has to say is it better be, partially because I grow weary of overpromising by Disney’s C-level executive. But Also because in light of the celebration of 100 years of Disney, it is more than time to Add another member to the growing number of parks within the Disney family.
Oh, and it should be a domestic Disney park.
It has been 51 years since Disney Parks added a new resort destination (and 21 since there has been a new US park)! As loyal patrons of the Disney family of brands, we are due another Disney Parks Resort.
What better time to make such an announcement than to celebrate Disney 100? What better way to celebrate the conclusion of the 1st century of magic and kick off the 2nd century of magic?
However, if the powers that be don’t see the need for a brand new Resort, this writer is willing to issue a pass in the event that they still choose to unveil a new park at Walt Disney World.
The year 1998 marks the last time a new park opened at the Walt Disney World resort. This writer will not reveal her age but age, but she will tell you that she remembers 1998, which was quite a while ago.
Boy bands were popular, and we lived in a world where you could walk your friends to the gate at the airport and wave to them as they backed away from the airport.
Yes, it was that long ago.
Disney endeavors to stay ever on the forefront of cutting-edge technology and the forefront of the best family entertainment and fun in the world. We simply want them to deliver on that promise.
While we love the new expansions that we have enjoyed over the years at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and more recently at EPCOT, We feel that we are well within our lane when we ask for, at the minimum, a new park, especially as ticket prices have skyrocketed. Even the level of inflation in the United States cannot be blamed for this kind of uptick in pricing.
On Friday, during the Disney Legend Ceremony at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, the Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has promised die-hard fans unrivaled news during the expo.
At this time, we have yet to hear anything that has been unrivaled. We have barely heard any real news as most of the unveiling has been about things we already knew.
So today if Disney does not announce a brand new park, I’ll eat my hat and I’ll hang up my mouse ears for good (no, probably not, but it feels good to say).
I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured.
I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for.
I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood!
Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!