Disney is currently holding their D23 Expo in Japan, so lots of news came out overnight with details about several of the new attractions coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
– First up is the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This attraction will open next year in the space formerly occupied by The Great Movie Ride. The ride will have a brand-new theme song, plus experience the attraction in a new way that Disney is calling “2 ½-D”. Unlike 3D, no glasses will be necessary to experience the attraction.
The ride is described as “The fun begins when Guests see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets your Clients step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride.”
The creators of the attraction are working with Disney Television Animation, the group who created the popular Mickey Shorts.
– The new Star Wars-inspired resort planned for Walt Disney World was also discussed. Here’s what Disney had to say:
This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.
At the resort, Guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.
– For those of you that have been waiting for more information about the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster coming to Epcot, there weren’t many new details given. We did learn that this family attraction will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and will use a new innovative ride system. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said, “As we build upon its core mission of optimism and hope to inspire the world, the real will become fantastic and the fantastic will become real—in whole new ways at Epcot.” A specific opening date wasn’t announced, but we do know that it will open “in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.”
– Let’s move on to the news from Disneyland! We found out that Pixar Pier, the re-imagining of Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure, will be opening June 23, 2018. We shared before that the area will be transformed and be broken into four new neighborhoods, each representing a different Disney-Pixar story. The current attractions will be re-themed, and there will be new food and merchandise. Here’s an image of the marquee that guests will walk under as they enter the new area.
– Also opening June 23 will be the Incredicoaster, the re-themed California Screamin’ coaster, “a super combination of character figures, lighting and special effects that will bring the Parr family racing alongside you in a high-speed adventure.”
– Back in October, we shared with you that the Paint the Night parade would be returning, this time to Disney California Adventure, and that a new Pixar story would be added to the experience. It was announced that the Incredibles would be the new story: “dazzling new float for the popular “Paint the Night” parade featuring Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from “The Incredibles.” This new float will bring all of the fun and excitement of the Incredibles’ world to life with high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films. Dynamic and innovative visual technology will also bring Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack to life, showcasing their powers in surprising ways!”
The Paint the Night Parade will debut April 13, 2018.
– Other news discussed, though with no new details, were the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer and the plans for An Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World.
News source: Disney