Disney's Theme Parks Tease D23 Expo Reveals

July 28, 2022, 3:42 PM · Disney Parks and Experiences has announced its line-up for the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim.

Disney's theme park segment will host the "Wonderful World of Dreams" pavilion on the Expo's show floor, where attendees can see "behind-the-scenes glimpses" of the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure makeover of Splash Mountain as well as other theme park developments around the world.

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro will share news about those developments during the "A Boundless Future: Disney Parks Experiences and Products" presentation at 10:30am on Sunday, September 11 in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. In addition to the "The Princess and the Frog" retheme of Splash Mountain, additional projects that D’Amaro might provide updates on include Shanghai Disneyland's Zootopia land, new Frozen-themed lands in Paris and Hong Kong, the next two Disney Cruise Line ships, the Play Pavilion at Epcot, as well as opening dates for the TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland's new Toontown. But nothing's guaranteed to be announced yet, so you'll have to watch to find out.

Several other presentations at the sold-out D23 Expo will focus on the Disney theme parks:

Expo attendees also will be getting first access to DisneyMe, a new personalized digital avatar in the Play Disney Parks app. DisneyMe will launch as part of the Disney Uncharted Adventure augmented reality experience on the Disney Wish, but D23 Expo attendees will be invited to create a DisneyMe and participate in a quest that can be completed only at the Expo. If you're interested, you will need to download the latest version of the Play Disney Parks app during the Expo.

The D23 Expo also includes presentations and exhibits from other segments and businesses throughout The Walt Disney Company, including Disney+, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and the Disney film and animation studios.

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Replies (18)

July 28, 2022 at 7:15 PM

They call it the "Wonderful World of Dreams" because you have to be asleep to think you can afford it heyooo

July 29, 2022 at 10:11 AM

As was mentioned in the story I'm sure they'll be updating folks on announced projects but we all want to know of anything unnanounced being confirmed.

Some potentials include a Marvel expansion at DCA and something new for AK, for example in Dinoland. I don't know of any other somewhat tangible rumors out there but hopefully something brand new is announced. Especially for Disney World. Epic Universe is on the horizon after all.

July 29, 2022 at 1:18 PM

I doubt that we will hear much about Disneyland expansions until we get some clarity on the future of the DisneylandForward proposal. The overall theme at this D23 Expo will be the kickoff of the company-wide 100th anniversary. The big counter to Epic Universe might have to wait until Destination D23 in Orlando next year.

July 29, 2022 at 2:22 PM

Frankly, I don't expect anything mindblowing announced during this D23, which will ultimately feel disappointing since the in-person event has been cancelled the last few years.

I think the biggest "bombshell" they could drop is to announce that Tron is opening later this year. The rest of the projects in the pipeline are still a year or more out, and any Blue Sky projects would be even further beyond (well after Disney's 100th Anniversary). Disney's rarely upstaged themselves, so I highly doubt that they would provide details on any previously unannounced projects that would debut beyond the end of 2023.

July 29, 2022 at 3:07 PM

I'd be surprised if TRON opened before 2023 -- to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. I suspect we will also get opening info on EPCOT Futureworld and PLAY! pavilion.

July 29, 2022 at 4:16 PM

So basically it's an expo to announce when the previously announced attractions will open? If so, gee golly I can't wait. *yawn

July 29, 2022 at 7:16 PM

I wonder if the Duffy and Friends panel will lead to a 2nd try on Duffy on the States that’s not Aulani.

July 29, 2022 at 7:47 PM

I would expect to see Tron open on October 1, 2022. That is EPCOT’s 40th anniversary and would be similar to the opening of Ratatouille on October 1 last year when MK was having the 50th anniversary. Opening a new ride at a different park may take the attendance pressure off the park with the big anniversary.

July 29, 2022 at 8:51 PM

I think THCreative has been on the money with this one. I don’t see a business reason for Disney to open Tron before 2023 … soft open? Who knows. But I expect an official opening date of 2023.

July 29, 2022 at 10:24 PM

@ Bitsy... You expect TRON to be open in 63 days?

July 30, 2022 at 12:51 AM

I'm calling it... there will be more info released about the avengers e-ticket

July 30, 2022 at 1:02 AM

Im personally hoping for a psychedelic Duffy dark ride/massive e-ticket attraction somewhere. anywhere. just recognize that the world needs more Duffy already Disney

July 30, 2022 at 8:25 AM

It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I am expecting Disney to:

1. Start putting the customer ("guest") first not the shareholders
2. Reduce admission prices
3. Reduce park parking prices
4. Scrap the "cell phone for everything if you want to do anything" mania
5. Hear "At Disney we believe passionately that our guests should have the opportunity to be spontaneous not be forced to be a pre-programmed robot at all of our parks"
6. Reduce hotel prices
7. Rename "value" as "our cheapest and most basic but still way over-priced"
8. Scrap hotel parking costs
9. Show greater appreciation towards annual passholders for committing large sums of money, upfront, making them feel valued
10. Limit crowd capacity so everybody can enjoy what they have paid for

July 30, 2022 at 11:41 AM

The only reason I can see Disney pushing to open Tron sooner than later is so that they have another E-ticket attraction ready for when Splash Mountain goes under the knife.

July 30, 2022 at 11:54 AM

@ Tyrannosaurus J-Trex: How ya been?

July 31, 2022 at 12:39 PM

*twirls hair around finger*

Oh, you know. Whenever I'm not enjoying a theme park visit, just getting ready for the next one. The usual stuff.

July 31, 2022 at 7:45 PM

Announced at D23:

1. Beauty and Beast trackless ride
2. Large theater
3. Splash Mountain rethemed

1. Mary Poppins ride
2. Journey rethemed

1. Nothing

1. New family friendly coaster in Dinoland

1. New Skyliner from AKL to AK to Saratoga Springs with stops at resorts and EPCOT
2. New Skyliner from Rivera to TTC with stops at resorts on East side and EPCOT

F. Never ever give up - return of adult night clubs such as the great AC in closed area with tickets

July 31, 2022 at 7:53 PM

Also announced at D23:

1. Tron coaster
2. New People Mover like at MK
3. Rockets back on top of People Mover

1. New family friendly coaster

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