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D23 Expo 2019 Announcements – Disney Parks, Disney Movies, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and More

There will be plenty of news coming out this weekend from D23 – the Ultimate Disney Fan Event. Stay tuned right here as we will be updating this page with all the breaking news and D23 Expo 2019 announcements around the parks, movies and more.

Disney Products

Disney Store Target Partnership

Target’s CEO took to the stage to share a new partnership with Disney. In October, Disney will begin to open “pop up” Disney Stores within select Target stores around the country. There will be 25 opening this October with 40 more coming by next October. Target will have a new Disney section on their website and mobile app. A new Target will also be opening near Walt Disney World resort. 

Per the Disney Parks Blog, The “shop-in-shop” will feature an enhanced Disney assortment of more than 450 items, including more than 100 products that were previously only available at Disney retail locations.”

Disney Store Target Partnership
Disney Store Target Partnership

Disney Theme Parks and Resorts

Disney Cruise Line

A new private island owned and operated by Disney will be welcoming Disney Cruise Line ships soon. Joe Rhode (legendary Imagineer) will be the lead creative force of the island’s development. 

Previously Disney had announced three new ships coming to their fleet. They revealed the name of the fifth ship at D23, the Disney Wish, which will begin to set sail in January of 2022. Rapunzel will be the stern character adorning the ship. 

Disney Cruise Line Island
Disney Cruise Line Island

Disney Genie

Per the Disney Parks Blog, “Planned to debut in late 2020, Disney Genie is a revolutionary new digital offering that will enhance the way guests plan for and experience a trip to Walt Disney World Resort. 

Disney Genie will make planning easier and more fun by providing guests customized itineraries geared to princesses, thrill seekers, foodies, families and more. Guests will even be able to tell Disney Genie what they want to experience, and it will quickly evaluate millions of options to present them with an optimal day.”

Disney Genie
Disney Genie

HarmonioUS

Per the Disney Parks blog, “Following the limited time run of Epcot Forever at Epcot, a new nighttime spectacular called “HarmonioUS” will be the largest ever created for a Disney park. It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over.”

HarmonioUS
HarmonioUS

New Epcot Neighborhoods

Epcot, in addition to it’s new logo, will now soon be split into four neighborhoods. WORLD SHOWCASE and three others in the Future World area, World Nature, World Discovery, World Celebration.

New Epcot Logo 

World Celebration – An Epcot Neighborhood 

The below is from the Disney Parks Blog.

World Celebration
World Celebration

“World Celebration will offer new experiences that connect us to one another and the world around us. The iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a voyage through time as the journey transforms to reflect the power of storytelling to unite the human experience. New narration and an entirely new musical score will focus on the moments and ideas that define our story. You will follow a magical “story light” that brings the entire experience to life in dynamic ways, giving each scene energy and beauty that ties the entire journey together.”

World Celebration - New Pavilion
World Celebration – New Pavilion

“A new pavilion will be the perfect place for live events, and the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals. It will provide a stunning elevated view of the entire park and an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular. This beautiful three-level structure will have one of the most remarkable architectural designs at any Disney park, featuring a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top level.”

“Epcot’s entrance plaza will be transformed with new experiences that connect us with the world, welcoming you with a reimagined fountain, new pathways and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway. The design will pay homage to the origins of Epcot.”

World Celebration - World Showcase View
World Celebration – World Showcase View

“As you exit Spaceship Earth, you’ll discover a breathtaking new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point. World Celebration will also feature a new statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney, plus beautiful natural environments and global design elements filled with Disney magic and surprises, including a wishing tree in an enchanted forest and a story fountain celebrating the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.”

World Nature – An Epcot Neighborhood

World Nature
World Nature

The below is from the Disney Parks Blog.

“World Nature is dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe and balance of the natural world. It will include The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions.

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” will be the first experience inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite you to meet and play with magical, living water. The water will have a life of its own – just like Moana’s friend, the ocean – and you’ll learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.

The Land pavilion’s new film, “Awesome Planet,” which showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of the planet, will debut in January 2020.”

World Discovery – An Epcot Neighborhood

The below is from the Disney Parks Blog.

“In World Discovery, stories about science, technology and intergalactic adventure come to life.”

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

“Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot. The adventure starts in the “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. You will be invited to learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue. The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus your attention on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.”

Space 220
Space 220

“An expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new restaurant Space 220 will be a culinary experience featuring the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up. You’ll board a special elevator for a journey to a space station that is home to an incredible dining experience. Along the way, viewports will give you a real-time perspective as you travel high above the planet. Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy fantastic meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world. Opening this winter, Space 220 will be operated by the Patina Group.”

Mary Poppins Attraction Coming to World Showcase

Per the Disney Parks blog, “World Showcase at Epcot will also welcome the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, which will join the United Kingdom pavilion as an entirely new neighborhood!”

Mary Poppins Attraction Coming to World Showcase
Mary Poppins Attraction Coming to World Showcase

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Join Remy on this attraction that was announced to be opening in Summer of 2020. 

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Quinjet Attraction

Per the Disney Parks Blog, “A brand-new E-Ticket attraction where you will step onboard a Quinjet and fly alongside the Avengers in an epic adventure to Wakanda and beyond! You will team up alongside the Avengers in a battle to save our world against one of the most powerful villains they have ever faced. Imagineers are hard at work conceiving an all-new innovative ride system to put you in the middle of this action.”

Quinjet Attraction
Quinjet Attraction

WEB: Spider-Man Attraction

This will be the home to the new Spider-Man experience coming to Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Park. Per the Disney Parks Blog, “During an open house at WEB (Worldwide Engineering Brigade), the aspiring inventors are excited to invite you for a test drive of their latest invention: the “Web Slinger” vehicle, which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man! The attraction gives you a taste of what it’s like to have actual super powers as you help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok.”

WEB: Spider-Man Attraction
WEB: Spider-Man Attraction

Pym Test Kitchen

Pym Technologies is shrinking and growing food at the Avenger’s campus. 

Pym Test Kitchen
Pym Test Kitchen

Magic Happens

This new daytime parade coming to Disneyland features stunning floats from classic and new (Coco, Moana, etc.) animated stories. Will feature a brand new song. Will be debuting Spring 2020. 

Magic Happens
Magic Happens
Magic Happens: Princess Float
Magic Happens: Princess Float
Magic Happens: Coco Float
Magic Happens: Coco Float

Moana Attraction Coming to Epcot

Journey of Water – inspired by Moana will be coming to Epcot. More details to come on Sunday during the parks panel.

Epcot World Showcase Pavilions

Two “revealing Sunday” (Parks panel day) banners are hung among other World Showcase Pavilion posters. Could this signal more World Showcase Pavilions are coming to Epcot? Stay tuned!

Star Wars Hotel

The name has been revealed for the Star Wars hotel and it is….Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Chandrila Star Line is the name of the company operating the ship and the ship itself will be named Halcyon.

Guests will be able to stay for 2 nights in the hotel. Think of this more like a cruise ship experience where you will be interacting with fellow people “on the ship” during the length of your stay.

Disney California Adventure

It was previously announced that Disney California Adventure would be receiving a new Super Hero themed land bringing characters and inspiration from the Marvel Universe. It has now been confirmed that the name of this land will be “Avengers Campus”.

Per the Disney Parks Blog, “When guests visit Avengers Campus, they will become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Paris to Hong Kong with the Avengers recruiting new extraordinary people to join them.”

DISNEY+

The streaming service debuting is expected to have a ton of announcements this weekend.

One Day at Disney

This was the “secret project” Disney promised to reveal on Thursday. The documentary and companion book will be released on December 5 and will explore days in the life of Cast Members around the world.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universal

An all-new movie based on the hit Disney Channel series, Phineas and Ferb, will be coming to the streaming service. Here’s hoping we get a lot of Perry the Platypus and Dr. Doofenshmirtz!

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe

Lizzie McGuire

An all-new series featuring Hillary Duff reprising her role as the title character will be available only on Disney+. This series will feature a grown-up Lizzie McGuire living in New York City. Like the original series, an animated version of McGuire will appear to offer commentary on events occurring in the show. 

Monsters at Work

Enter Monstropolis and learn how Monsters, Inc. switches to Laugh Power. Aisha Tyler and Ben Feldman will be staring in the series. Previously announced, John Goodman and Billy Crystal will be reprising their roles. 

Monsters at Work
Monsters at Work

Forky Asks A Question

Featuring the new character (who turns out is indeed not trash!) from Toy Story 4, Forky Asks A Question is a collection of shorts from Pixar. It will begin streaming on November 12. 

Forky Asks A Question
Forky Asks A Question

Three New Marvel Shows Announced

Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk are three new original series from Marvel Studios that will be streaming exclusively on Disney+. 

Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel
Moon Knight
Moon Knight
She-Hulk
She-Hulk

Wandavision

The series is said to be “half classic sitcom, half-full Marvel Cinematic Universe spectacular”. 

The World According To Jeff Goldblum

Find out Jeff Goldblum’s thoughts on a whole host of ordinary things. Check out the trailer of the show below, coming to Disney+ on November 11. 

Encore! 

Ever thought about going back to High School? The new reality series, from Executive Producer Kristen Bell, shows people going back to High School for one more chance to have their moment in their theater production. The first trailer of the show was released at D23. Streaming will begin on November 12. 

Lady and the Tramp

A new trailer for the reimagined classic was debuted at D23. Stream this exclusively on Disney+ starting November 12.

Noelle

Santa’s sister looks to save the day in this new movie streaming November 12. Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader and Billy Eichner star in the film. 

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

This is a new series based on….well let’s just let Carlye Wisel explain what it’s all about. 

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series 

This original series will begin streaming on November 12 and looks to be shot in the mockumentary style of “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation”. The premise, the real school where High School Musical was filmed has never put on a production of High School Musical itself. One theater teacher looks to change all that. 

Muppets Now

A new short-form unscripted series starring the Muppets will be coming to Dinsey+ in 2020. 

The Clone Wars 

A new season of the incredibly popular Star Wars animated series will be debuting in February of 2020. 

The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars

The Mandalorian

The highly anticipated trailer for the Star Wars original series debuted at D23. The Jon Favreau, a newly minted Disney Legend, directed series will begin streaming on November 12. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Story

Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new original series. No further details at this time but the series is set to begin shooting in 2020.

Star Wars Films

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that all Star Wars films (including the original trilogy and The Rise of Skywalker) will be streaming on the platform within the first year. 

Walt Disney Studios

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

The cast appeared on stage at D23 and a new poster of the film was released. The final installment of the new trilogy is coming to theaters December 20, 2019. 

Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

Black Panther 2

No official title year but director Ryan Coogler announced that this film will be released on May 6, 2022. 

Black Panther 2
Black Panther 2

The Eternals 

Members of the cast of the Marvel film took to the stage and while they were not present it was confirmed that Gemma Chan and Kit Harrington will be in the film. 

The Eternals 
The Eternals

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

New artwork was debuted for this film coming to theaters on October 18. 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Cruella

The first look of Emma Stone in Disney’s Cruella was revealed at D23. Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Joel Fry will also star in the film which has a release date of May 28, 2021.

Cruella
Cruella

Pixar’s Soul

Jaimie Foxx and Tina Fey will lead the cast of Pixar Soul, coming to theaters June 19, 2020. New concept art and a look at the characters they will be playing were debuted. Also in the film are Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs. The film will feature new music from Jon Batiste and an original score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Set in New York, it focuses on a music teacher named Joe who wants to play at a famed club called Blue Note. Then something goes wrong…Pixar’s Cheif Creative Officer and director of the film, Pete Docter, describes it as a film that focuses on how your essence is created before you are born and how exactly it comes to be. 

Pixar's Soul Characters
Pixar’s Soul Characters
Pixar's Soul
Pixar’s Soul

Pixar’s Onward

A new poster and still debuted at D23. The film, coming to theaters March 6, 2020, centers around two brothers. In an exclusive clip shown at D23 the brothers are given a spell that would enable them to interact with their deceased father one more time but just for a day. They only get one shot at the spell and it appears that they were only able to conjure up the lower half of their father. What happens next? Will find out in March! The film stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Pixar's Onward Still
Pixar’s Onward Still
Pixar's Onward
Pixar’s Onward

Raya And The Last Dragon

The film from Disney Animation Studios will focus on a character Raya who lives in a mythical land (the land draws inspiration from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand) that has five different clans. Cassie Steele voices Raya and Sisu (the Last Dragon) will be voiced by Awkwafina. A new logo debuted for the film coming to theaters in November of 2020.

Raya And The Last Dragon
Raya And The Last Dragon

An animated still (yes, I know that’s an oxymoron but I don’t know what else to call it!!) was also released at D23.

Frozen 2 

A new poster was released for the film coming to theaters on November 22, 2019. Also announced, Sterling K Brown (Lieutenant Matthias) and Evan Rachel Wood (Queen Iduna, Anna and Elsa’s mom) have joined the cast. 

Frozen 2 
Frozen 2

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