Disney shares opening dates, new additions and potential new land concepts

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BAY LAKE, Florida. – Walt Disney World has a slate of exciting new additions for its future in the months, years and beyond.

During Expo D23’s “A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products” presentation, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products President Josh D’Amaro offered a special look at the company’s innovative ways to bring the next generation of Disney magic to life at their theme park.

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New attraction openings, rare return encounters, and even early concept explorations – Disney fans will have something to look forward to.

“I can tell you that we see an absolutely limitless future ahead of us where our theme parks, and beyond our theme parks, inspire the wildest imaginations and exceed our greatest expectations,” D’Amaro explained. .

Take a look at all the announcements below.

TRON Lightcycle Run

President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro shared a first look at himself taking a ride on TRON Lightcycle Run, which will open in Spring 2023

Walt Disney World has announced that TRON Lightcycle Run will officially debut to Magic Kingdom guests in Spring 2023. During Expo D23, President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D’Amaro, shared a first look at himself taking a ride on the attraction, which is currently being tested. (see video above) “If you want to physically enter the grid in an exciting new way,” D’Amaro said. “And we’re thrilled that you’re all experiencing it. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce today that Tron Lightcycle Run will debut in the spring of 2023.″ This will be the second TRON attraction built at a Disney park.

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“Happily Ever After” returns

Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom back in 2023 (Disney)

Magic Kingdom will also see the return of the popular ‘Happily Ever After’ nighttime show in 2023. “I’m so excited to share this next year. We’ll be bringing ‘Happily Ever After’ back as part of a Magic Kingdom nighttime show set updated,” D’Amaro said. The show ended after the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration. Currently, guests can experience the “Disney Enchantment” nighttime show, which was recently the subject of a small update.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Coming to both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take guests out into the bayou with Tiana, Naveen and their friends, and explore the next chapter in Tiana’s story. (2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

At the end of 2024, “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure”. The attraction will take over from Splash Mountain. Several members of the film’s original cast will return to lend their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Bruno Campos as Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie. Last week, Disney fans got their first look at a model of what the attraction will look like. No word on when Splash Mountain will permanently close.

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Hatbox Ghost at Haunted Mansion

Hat Box Ghost at Disneyland (Disney)

At the Haunted Mansion, the Hatbox Ghost will finally materialize in 2023 in Magic Kingdom. “Since a certain happy haunt has returned to Disneyland, our fans have been clamoring for it in Florida as well. Well, foolish mortals, we heard you and I’m thrilled to report that next year the Hatbox Ghost will materialize in the haunted mansion. Hatbox Ghost reappeared at Disneyland in 2015 – and was immediately a smash hit.

Meet Figment

Figment 50th Anniversary Statue at EPCOT (Disney)

EPCOT’s popular character, Figment, is about to get even more popular. After appearing on festival merchandise for years, the imaginary character is reappearing to interact with guests late next year. “For most of our lives, it has only appeared in our imaginations. For a short time years ago, you could encounter this adorable purple dragon. Well, I’m thrilled to announce that by the end of next year, you’ll once again have the chance to meet Figment in person,” D’Amaro explained to D23 fans. “I’m going to have a lot more to share in the future, but our teams are currently working hard to bring the fiction to life and I know you’re all going to be thrilled to meet it.”

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New EPCOT nighttime show and experiences

CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza, seen in the upper right of this artist’s concept rendering, will bring EPCOT International Festivals to the center of the Walt Disney World Resort theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney) (Disney)

To celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary, an all-new nighttime show is planned for EPCOT. The new show will debut later next year, continuing the park’s legacy of inspiring nighttime entertainment on World Showcase Lagoon. Currently, guests can view Harmonious as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration.

A new Walt Disney statue is coming to EPCOT (Disney)

Additionally, the next major step in EPCOT’s multi-year transformation will include the completion of the World Celebration District in late 2023, complete with a new Walt Disney statue called “Walt the Dreamer” and the “Journey of Water” attraction, Inspired by Moana”. .

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Potential future land

Josh D’Amaro is joined by Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Chris Beatty and Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee at D23 Expo (Disney)

To close the presentation, Josh D’Amaro was joined on stage by Imagineering Portfolio Creative Director Chris Beatty and Walt Disney Animation Studios Creative Director Jennifer Lee for a special blue sky presentation. The three talked about what might be on the horizon for Walt Disney World. All explained to fans that ideas were starting to develop for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These ideas include a Zootopia or Moana themed area at Animal Kingdom and a Coco, Encanto, and Villain land at Magic Kingdom. Disney executives described these creative “what if” ideas.

“Disney is a company of unparalleled creativity. And we’ll never stop working on that next big idea. We’ll never stop surprising. We’ll never stop delighting you – pushing the limits of what we can together! We’re always on the hunt for Walt’s big, big, beautiful tomorrow. It’s a relationship between us at Disney and you, our biggest fans and guests. We dare to dream about it – and you all complete the picture. D’Amaro concluded.

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