A new Tron-themed roller coaster under construction in the Magic Kingdom will open next spring, and the Avenger’s campus at Disneyland Resort will get a new allure going forward.
These were two of the many Disney parks updates announced during the D23 Expo over the weekend in Anaheim, California.
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At Epcot, a new World Celebration District will be completed in late 2023. World Celebration, and its peers World Nature and World Discovery, were announced for the first time in 2019. They have replaced what was previously Future World and join Epcot’s current global display area.
The global celebration, home to Spaceship Earth, will feature indoor and outdoor spaces to use for events, musical performances, cooking shows, and more. It will feature gardens, shade, and seating.
A new Walt Disney figurine, “Walt the Dreamer,” will be located at Dreamers Point at Epcot’s World Celebration. Image source: Disney
Completed in late 2023 is the Moana-inspired aquatic attraction. Taking place in World Nature, which is also home to the Land and the Seas wings, Disney said in a statement that it will see guests follow “the story of water on the planet, inspired by Moana’s connection to the ocean.”
Also at Epcot, fan-favourite Figment will be making another appearance in the park by the end of next year.
Tron Coaster and Tiana Bayou Adventure
Disney said the Tron Lightcycle/Run, its newest ship under construction, will open in the Magic Kingdom in the spring of 2023. It is located in Tomorrowland.
In Frontierland, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure – The Splash Mountain Revival – will open in late 2024, telling the story of Princess Tiana right after the film ends and her restaurant opens. At the attraction, he’ll help guests find a staple before you host a party during Carnival season in New Orleans.
Next year, an updated night scene will come to the Magic Kingdom. It will feature the popular song “Happy Ever After”. A fireworks display of the same name was previously shown at the Magic Kingdom prior to the 50th anniversary show, Disney Enchantment.
Also next year, the character Hatbox Ghost is coming to Haunted Mansion. The character’s head appears alternately on her body and in a small box attached to her side, and can be seen in the Disneyland version of gravity.
The following was something we’ve all been waiting for – and let me say I was a little disappointed – but it was announced that the Tron Lightcycle Run will open in the spring of 2023! Josh D’Amaro along with other Disney executive characters recently took a gravity ride… # D23Expo2022 pic.twitter.com/LHJuEHP6CV
– Nathan Staker ✨ (@NathanStaker1) September 11, 2022
The future Avengers complex will feature a third attraction. Family-friendly, the new attraction will bring guests together with the Avengers and their allies against a number of enemies. One, King Thanos, was built specifically for the Avengers Campus. The opening date of the attraction has not been announced.
Tiana Bayou’s adventure is to re-intoxicate Splash Mountain. It is scheduled to open in 2024. Image source: Disney
Starting this week, and for a limited time, The Incredible Hulk will appear in Avengers Campus in a Quantum suit.
The Pacific Wharf at Disney’s California Adventure, designed today on the San Francisco waterfront, will be redesigned as San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6.” The area is home to a number of dining venues and bars.
Across the road in Disneyland, starting in mid-November, The Mandalorian and Grogu (more commonly known, but incorrectly, as Baby Yoda) will debut in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in mid-November.
Disney also revealed more details about Toontown at Disneyland.
When the land reopens in early 2023, it will provide plenty of space for families to play and relax. The land is currently being renovated, with the Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railroad set to reach California for the first time on the redesigned land.
Disney said the new Toontown will also feature Goofy’s How-to-Play arena, an enclosed play area with a “soft, squishy floor.” It features an intact garden as well as an elevated clubhouse.
Hatbox Ghost is coming to the Magic Kingdom edition of Haunted Mansion next year. Image source: Disney
Goofy’s home will also be open to visitors in Towntown, featuring a candy maker. Donald’s Boat will have a play area.
The primary Toontown homes of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Gadget’s Go Coaster, and Mickey and Minnie will remain in Toontown when they open early next year.
In Critter Country, Splash Mountain has been redesigned as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will reopen in late 2024, at the same time as the Walt Disney World attraction.
A new retail store from the same franchise, Eudora’s Chic Boutique featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets, will open in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square on September 20.
In January, Disney will launch Disney 100 Years of Wonder, or Disney100. The company called it “the biggest celebration in the company’s history.”
A new family landmark will see guests join the Avengers in battle at the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. Image source: Disney
New platinum decor is expected, as well as the new look of the characters. Food, beverages and specialty goods will accompany the celebration.
As part of Disney100, an all-new night scene is coming to the World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot in late 2023.
At Disneyland, there will be two new amazing night scenes. Disney California Adventure will get “World of Color – One” and “Wondrous Journeys” for the first time at Disneyland. The former will focus on 100 years of Disney storytelling, while the latter will celebrate all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios films.
Fantastic Journeys will have projective effects around the park, from Sleeping Beauty Castle and USA Main Street to the frontage of It’s a Small World to America’s Rivers.
Next spring, the Magic Happens Parade will return to Disneyland.
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