Of all of the exciting announcements made during the D23 Expo I was most excited to learn about what is to come for the Disney Parks. I could not wait to hear how rumored updates to the park would shake out, and I was thrilled with the surprises Disney Parks had to share. The biggest announcements — Star Wars Land at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland and Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. Amazing.
Star Wars Land
From a galaxy far, far away the biggest surprise is Star Wars Land on both coasts. To say that the audience went nuts over this announcement is an understatement. Although most people realized an expansion of Star Wars at Hollywood Studios was a given, the addition of 14 acres at both Hollywood Studios and Disneyland was a surprise.
Season of the Force
Although no dates were announced for the expansions, it will likely be years before the new lands open. In the mean time the parks will enjoy a new themed event “Season of the Force”a new seasonal event beginning early 2016. The new event will include special entertainment, themed food locations and more.
At Disneyland guest will experience Hyperspace Mountain a temporary layover that will reimagine Space Mountain as an X-wing Starfighter. A brilliant idea that I wish was coming to Walt Disney World. At Hollywood Studios guests will close weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic Star Wars score.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
As anticipation mounts for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney announced that both Star Tours and Star Wars Launch Bay will receive enhanced experiences that feature locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.
Toy Story Land
The highly-rumored expansion of the Pixar area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was officially confirmed as the park prepares to go to “infinity and beyond” with the new 11-acre Toy Story Land. Arriving in Toy Story Land guests will feel like they have been shrunk to the size of a toy as they explore Andy’s backyard.
Pandora – The World of Avatar
The final park expansion discussed at the D23 Expo was Pandora – The World of Avatar to open at Animal Kingdom in 2017. The world of Avatar will include floating mountains and the winged creatures known as Banshees. What’s really great about Pandora – The World of Avatar is that it will give Animal Kingdom a nighttime presence with a bioluminescent forest that looks to be truly spectacular with a glowing sidewalk and fireflies around the Tree of Life.
More Walt Disney World Parks Updates
- The Norway pavilion at Epcot will be transformed into Frozen including a “Frozen Ever After” ride character meet and greets and more.
- Guests will soon enjoy Soarin’ Around the World with a new adventure in flight.
There is so much excitement coming to Disney Parks with the expansions of these lands. Although we will have to wait at until 2017 to see the first of these park updates in person, I can’t wait!