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:
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.
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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!
We're excited to be back here for another D23 Expo!
D23 offers its Gold Members and Gold Family Members a quarterly magazine and a member's gift when subscribing to the annual program.
This year's member gift is a set of really awesome pins!
Disney+, Disney's direct-to-consumer streaming platform will debut on November 12th, 2019. Guests at the D23 Expo will have the opportunity to save $23 per year when committing/prepaying for three years of Disney+ access during the Expo.
A new book and companion short form docuseries called “One Day at Disney” will debut on Disney+! This project highlights Disney Cast Members like Robin Roberts from Good Morning America who evoke creativity in their roles with the company!
The docuseries will consist of more than 50 shorts ranging in length between four and seven minutes.
The show will launch with Disney+ and the book will be available for purchase starting on December 5th, 2019!
One of the confirmed shows that will be offered exclusively on Disney+ is The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars TV series.
Next we previewed the new "The Walt Disney Company Archives Presents Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” exhibit.
Four different Cinderella dresses made for four different films or TV projects were on display at this exhibit.
Tron Legacy fans will love this set of costumes!
Which Mary Poppins look is your favorite?
Do you spy any costumes you recognize?
Time to head to the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion.
New concept art of the Tron-inspired coaster that will open in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in time for 2021.
Bob Chapek, Chairman of Park’s, Experiences and Products kicked off our preview of the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion.
The ”Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” vacation experience is coming to Walt Disney World! Guests will spend two nights aboard the Halcyon as they engage in immersive @starwars storytelling!
The Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at the D23 Expo hosts a model featuring several of the Epcot venues including the new Journey of Water attraction.
A look at the model showing Journey of Water.
Epcot attraction posters throughout the pavilion represent past and present attractions with two slots teasing reveals during Sunday’s Disney Parks, Experiences & Products presentation!
Guardians of the Galaxy already has a poster designed!
Tons of concept imagery ahead for Epcot... Not all of them will have a caption as we don't want speculation to be misinterpreted as fact.
This elevated section of the park is intriguing...
Concept art for Journey of Water...
More from Journey of Water...
Concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot.
New concept art from inside of the Guardians of the Galaxy queue.
The Space restaurant will open at Epcot in the near future.
How the France pavilion will look when its expansion is complete.
Epcot Forever looks like a lot of fun!
Lots of pyro expected.
The next nighttime show at Epcot is a celebration of Disney music.
Some new pavilion logos have sprung up in the style of the classic logos but with new shapes.
What could this one be for?
How about this?
Or this one?
I can't wait to see the France look like this when the expansion work is complete.
I love the new/retro logo!
Epcot's future is looking bright!
So bright in fact, that Spaceship Earth will appear to be more eye-catching than ever.
Entertainment in Epcot...
New interactive experiences in Epcot...
I really am eager to hear when this pavilion is all about.
Shanghai Disneyland Zootopia expansion teased...
Here's a model of Tokyo Disneyland's current expansion...
And a closer look!
A look at the “Journey of Water” attraction poster revealed during tonight's event.
Time to learn more...
Time for some details about the Spider-Man attraction coming to Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Park Paris.
A look at the newly designed Spiderman costume for the parks.
A look at the Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure!
Teasing a sanctum for Doctor Strange to visit...
We can't wait to see what these lands end up like!
A few of the shrunken offerings found at a venue in Avengers Campus.
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.
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.
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!
We’re back this morning at the D23 Expo for the first full day of the event! Follow us on Twitter throughout the weekend for photos and news from across the floor!
Guests at the D23 Expo can sign up for the Disney+ Founders Circle with a three year commitment, earning a $23 per year discount and a special pin.
A look at the Disney+ Founders Circle pin.
The LEGO Disney Train and Station set is available for purchase this weekend at the D23 Expo Dream Store!
Which of these Disney Parks Designer Collection Ear Hats do you love the most?
They are available for purchase at the D23 Expo Dream Store!
Guests are pouring in to the Anaheim Convention Center for the start of the D23 Expo Day 1!
The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger was here to host the Disney Legends Ceremony at the D23 Expo!
The first of the 2019 Disney Legends to be inducted was Robert Downey Jr for his contributions to Film!
The next to be honored as a Disney Legend this year was Diane Sawyer!
Disney Legend Jon Favreau was next to take the stage!
The next to be named a Disney Legend was Hans Zimmer for his contributions to Music!
The next to be honored as a Disney Legend was Robin Roberts from Good Morning America!
Barnette Ricci was named a Disney Legend for her contributions to Disney Parks & Resorts including her work on Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical Parade!
For her contributions to Music, Christina Aguilera has been named a Disney Legend.
For her contributions in Film and Voice, Ming Na Wen has been named a Disney Legend! It was also announced that Ming Na has joined the cast of The Mandalorian!
The next to be honored as a Disney Legend was James Earl Jones for his Voice contributions to The Walt Disney Company!
Wing T. Chao was honored as a Disney Legend for his contributions to Imagineering!
For his contributions in Film and Television, Kenny Ortega has been named a Disney Legend!
For her contributions in Film for The Walt Disney Company, Bette Midler has been named a Disney Legend!
For its first ever D23 Expo with the Walt Disney Company, National Geographic had a unique indoor pavilion featuring immersive projections and sea creature art created with recycled materials.
Some neat things to see in here!
Disney On Broadway brought several props from their current Broadway shows including Frozen...
The Lion King...
Disney on Broadway is also giving D23 guests the chance to experience an immersive VR experience.
Guests can walk through their own portal with this photo op at the Marvel Studios pavilion on the show floor.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum is a new show coming to Disney+ and it looks so fun!
Guests can see a demo of the Disney+ user interface at the Disney+ pavilion.
Noelle, a new Christmas movie featuring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader from Disney Studios will debut with the launch of Disney+ this November.
It is easy to forget in all that is going on at the D23 Expo that Hulu is now a part of the Walt Disney Company, which means Handmaid's Tale is a Disney property!
Some of the pavilions at the D23 Expo will provide pins if you come to visit them!
Sports fans can check out the ESPN+ pavilion at this weekend’s D23 Expo!
The Disney Store has a pop-up shop featuring several Disney films with fun photo ops and merchandise!
Amazing LEGO sculptures as always!
Brushing shoulders with Jeff Goldblum... No big deal! ;-)
There are some amazing cosplayers at the D23 Expo!
Any fans of The Brave Little Toaster out there?
Coco for the win!
Flora, Fauna and Merryweather!
Don't be fooled... There's actually someone in this balloon suit!
The queuing experience at the D23 Expo has improved over the years, with StagePass being introduced to help minimize the extended overnight queues that plague most conventions... Standby queues still exist for those that don't secure StagePasses, but if you get a StagePass, you'll wait a few hours versus waiting for half a day (or even overnight).
This Paint the Night parade cosplay is fantastic!
Waiting to head into the Disney+ presentation!
Honda is presenting a "The History of Autopia" with a neat walk through exhibit on the show floor!
Some classic Autopia cars are on display...
Along with some great historical images of the attraction throughout the year.
Fun that they've managed to organize the lines of people on the road.
You get this pin for visiting the exhibit...
And it is lenticular!
If you want to buy merchandise, you can get a StorePass... Kind of like a FastPass for shopping. Otherwise you can wait in the line for Standby.
That wraps up Day 1 of the D23 Expo... We'll be back for the next two days to cover more!
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