Disney previewed its D23 Expo for invited media tonight, with Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek offering a few reveals to get the theme park news flowing.
Chapek spoke to gathered reporters in front of the Walt Disney Parks pavilion on the D23 Expo show floor, where he announced that the Marvel-themed lands coming to Disney California Adventure, Walt Disney Studios Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland would be called "Avengers Campus."
Because everything in the MCU has to be an acronym, "Campus" stands for "Centralized Assembly Mobilized to Prepare, Unite and Safeguard." The new land will feature the previously announced "Worldwide Engineering Brigade" [WEB] that will work with the Avengers to recruit new heroes around the world.
Chapek will detail Disney's theme park announcements during the Disney Parks presentation on Sunday morning, but he also dropped a couple more reveals tonight, including a Moana-themed "Journey with Water" experience at Epcot. The ongoing transformation of that Walt Disney World theme park dominates the pavilion with a video presentation of project concept art along its back wall.
Chapek also revealed some detail about the upcoming "Star Wars hotel" at Walt Disney World, including the news that Disney really doesn't want people to think of it as a hotel.
Here is the model of the “Star Wars hotel,” the Halcyon ship from the Chandrila Star Line that is your home on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser adventure. pic.twitter.com/tNMIhik6rd— Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark) August 23, 2019
Disney World visitors will be able get more information about Epcot's transformation when a new "Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience" exhibit opens in the Odyssey Events Pavilion in October. Stay tuned to Theme Park Insider for more news from the Sunday morning presentation.
Before Chapek spoke, tonight's media preview began with the reveal of that "Secret Company Project" that, well, we probably made way too much of after it mysteriously appeared on the D23 schedule. We got the news in the Disney+ pavilion, where we heard that the project is "One Day at Disney," a coffee-table book and Disney+ documentary featuring the work of several Disney cast members around the world. Good Morning America's Robin Roberts — who will be inducted as a Disney Legend Friday morning — took the pavilion stage to share the news.
We also were invited to preview the Walt Disney Archives' "Heroes and Villains" costume exhibit, featuring dozens of costumes from Disney films and television series.
The sold-out, three-day 2019 D23 Expo opens Friday morning with the Disney Legends induction ceremony, which Disney will livestream on D23.com.Tweet
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