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D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:52 pm
by jedimaster1227
This weekend D23 (the official Disney Fan Club) is hosting their latest D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, bringing all segments of the company together to share the latest news, history, presentations and surprises for Disney fans of all ages and interests! For those not familiar with D23, this is the Disney-owned and operated branch of the company responsible for curating and sharing content from across the Walt Disney Company via the D23 website, the D23 magazine and events across the globe, including the bi-annual D23 Expo and the bi-annual Destination D events.

Be sure to follow along with this thread to see all of the content shared with us throughout the weekend, along with any exciting news that may be shared along the way! Follow us on Twitter for live coverage through the next two days and look to this thread for any major updates and end of day recaps as they are posted!

To follow along with our full coverage, please see the links below, presented in chronological order:

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products early reveals including Moana-inspired Epcot attraction and more!
D23 Expo show floor media preview report posted!
D23 Expo Day One Report Posted!
D23 Expo Day Two Report Posted!
D23 Expo Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announcement links
D23 Expo Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation report posted!

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:25 pm
by jedimaster1227
As Disney gave us a media preview of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products pavilion at the D23 Expo, the first wave of Disney Parks related announcements and reveals were made!


As many of you know, this weekend’s D23 Expo 2019 will showcase dozens of exclusive reveals and announcements for Disney parks and resorts across the globe. And to kick things off, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting news from Anaheim tonight as a preview of what’s to come this weekend!


An all-new Star Wars vacation experience is coming to Walt Disney World Resort!

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship. Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.

Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23 Expo, visitors will be able to see a new model and incredible visuals of the starcruiser – called the Halcyon.


Also at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve got big plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless and more relevant to the millions of guests who visit each year.


The reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.


And this October, guests will be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.


At Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris, we’ve already shared updates that we’re building immersive Super Hero themed lands. Today, we’re thrilled to announce these fantastic lands will be called Avengers Campus.

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.

Inside our pavilion at D23 Expo, guests will be able to see an in-story experience where they’ll learn why the Avengers are building these campuses. And on Sunday, we’ll share more details about what our guests will be able to experience when they open.

The pavilion will also feature many of the attractions and lands coming to our sites around the world including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park, as well as additional expansions in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here’s a quick look inside:

If you’re excited about today’s announcements, the best is still to come!

On Sunday, August 25, we’ll be sharing more details on today’s stories as well as minute-by-minute updates on all of the news from the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019 right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Tune in here – your source for official announcements from Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Our Blog coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. ET from the special Hall D23 presentation.

You can also keep up with our coverage at @DisneyParks on Twitter and by following DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using the hashtag #D23Expo.

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:15 am
by jedimaster1227
Tonight select media outlets including TPR were given the opportunity to preview the Disney+, Walt Disney Archives, and Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilions on the show floor! These three pavilions will be open exclusively to guests throughout the weekend at the D23 Expo.

Most excitingly was the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products pavilion, where details about Epcot's ongoing transformation were shared, including the announcement of a new Moana-inspired attraction called Journey of Water. Concept art, videos and models are on display in the pavilion hinting at updates to existing attractions and new attractions to be added to the park. Poster art represents past and current Epcot attractions with two slots for posters currently held with a sign that indicates that they will be revealed during Sunday's major presentation.

In addition to Epcot details, the pavilion features a section about Avengers Campus, the name of the new Marvel-inspired lands coming to Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris. It was revealed that all Marvel-inspired attractions worldwide will have a connected story (not unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe does across film) that spans the globe to tie these areas and attractions together.

A model of the upcoming Tokyo Disneyland expansion, a tease of the new Zootopia-inspired land coming to Shanghai Disneyland and concept art for the Tron-themed coaster coming to the Magic Kingdom were just some of the additional offerings found at the pavilion. It is truly overwhelming to take in, and we were wishing we could stay longer to absorb more detail.

We'll be revisiting all three of these pavilions throughout the weekend, but start here to get your first taste of the D23 Expo 2019 show floor!

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:08 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Oh yeah, D23 time! Epcot is looking fantastic, can't wait to see how this all turns out in the next few years. They've got some great plans to revitalize what was already a great park.

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:00 am
by SixFlagsAstroworld
I am so excited to see what Epcot have to reveal sunday! I love that they are bringing back iconic elements of the original epcot such as the logos!

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:27 am
by Dombot
100% love at first sight with the new Epcot concept art. Everything looks stunning! The revamped Future World areas look fantastic, Epcot Forever and the new show definitely seem to be worthy successors to Illuminations, and holy crap the new ride symbols. I'm so happy Epcot is getting this much love, it really deserves it. :lover:

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:50 am
by JordyC
I always love these updates! Thanks so much for sharing.

Epcot looks brilliant!

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:43 am
by Nrthwnd
Thanks for all the (current & eventual) updates! EPCOT is definitely getting a lot of attention and care it deserves, after all these years. I hope we'll be able to visit there in a few years, after everything is done.

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:58 am
by jedimaster1227
Yesterday was the first full day of the D23 Expo! Following the Thursday media preview I was eager to get onto the show floor to see more of the guests, presentations and pavilions featured throughout. Much of our time yesterday was spent at the Disney Legacy Ceremony and the Disney+ presentation, so there wasn't as much opportunity to explore the floor, but I'll be walking more of it over the next two days.

The Disney Legacy Ceremony takes place bi-annually in tandem with the D23 Expo, where notable contributors to The Walt Disney Company across Film, Television, Music, Voice and Parks & Resorts are given the highest honor one can receive from the company. This year's recipients included Robert Downey Jr., Diane Sawyer, Jon Favreau and Bette Midler (see the full list in our report below)!

Later in the day was the Disney+ presentation in Hall D23. With only an hour and a half, this was an absolutely packed presentation, featuring previews of content from The Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic and Lucasfilm, making it clear why people are clamoring to sign up for access to this new streaming service. The back catalog of Disney content hosted on Disney+ includes all Disney animated films, all Star Wars films, eventually all Marvel films, thousands of Disney Channel show episodes and a majority of the Disney Channel Original Movies.

Original content announced or previewed for Disney+ included a live-action Lizzie Mcguire sequel series with Hillary Duff, the live action The Lady and the Tramp film, three newly announced Marvel Cinematic Universe shows (Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She Hulk) on top of the five previously announced, a new Muppets short form series, a new series of Forky (from Toy Story 4) animated shorts, a Monsters Inc. sequel series and The Mandalorian (the first ever live action Star Wars show)... And the big surprise at the end of the presentation was the arrival of Ewan McGregor to confirm that he will reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new live action Star Wars series for Disney+!

Overall it was a fantastic first day at the D23 Expo and with two more days ahead, there's tons more to expect in terms of fun, surprises and exciting news!

Re: D23 Expo 2019 Updates from TPR

PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:04 am
by SharkTums
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