Die-hard Disney fans gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center this month to experience the D23 Expo, a biennial event presented by the Disney-run D23 fan club. The 23 in D23 stands for the year Walt Disney first arrived in Hollywood, and will be hallmarked by 23 different unique developments throughout the theme parks nationwide. These new additions will celebrate popular Disney culture, and focuses exclusively on the company’s film, television shows, parks and other properties. This indicates a huge growth period for the popular entertainment empire.
New lands will be created, one of which is based on the legendary Star Wars franchise. Slated to open in 2019 in the California and Florida parks, ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ will be a highly-immersive, sci-fi haven where visitors can eat at the Cantina, interact with characters, tour the starships, and get their geek on bigtime. A hotel based on the Star Wars theme is also planned.
Other events in the works include the upcoming Disney 50th Anniversary in 2021. Expect new rides and features to be unveiled in nearly every park during this blowout celebration. Epcot, originally built in 1982, is slated to get a total revamp due to wear and aging. Created as more of an education-based entertainment, imagineers will continue interjecting more whimsy and fun. One example is the plan for a Ratatouille ride in the France pavilion of Epcot. Riders will experience 4D imagery and be ‘shrunk down’ to the size of a rat on this exciting adventure.
New Disney Vacation Club hotels and resorts are planned, such as the Disney Riviera Resort, which will be positioned near Epcot. Various themed restaurants will complement many of the new land areas, like the out-of-this-world spot near the Mission: Space area, and Uber-like vans, ‘Minnie Vans’, will offer door-to-door transportation for guests.