FULL RECAP: Disney Parks unleash a flurry of new announcements at D23’s #DestinationD event

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This morning at D23’s Destination D event in Orlando, Bob Chapek (Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman) treated guests with a bunch of new announcements, confirmations and surprises about the upcoming few years at domestic Disney Parks.

If you followed along with us on Twitter this morning you probably saw the exciting announcements but if not, here’s your recap:

Destination D 2018 Announcements

‘Get Your Ears On’ at Disneyland

Disneyland Resort is celebrating Mickey Mouse in a big way with new nighttime experience, return of Soundsational and more.

MORE INFO: Disneyland’s new ‘Get Your Ears On—A Mickey and Minnie Celebration’ adds new nighttime magic, brings back Soundsational

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Names Confirmed at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus music

The two key attractions in the new Star Wars expansion at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios were confirmed. Plus, John Williams has composed original new music for the land! Here’s the two new attraction names:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

MORE INFO: WATCH: Attraction names unveiled for STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE expansion

Star Wars Resort Hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort

‘Epcot Forever’ and Premanent Illuminations Replacement

A temporary replacement for the dated Illuminations show debuts Fall 2019 and will be called Epcot Forever. A permanent show will then come in 2020 featuring Disney characters.

MORE INFO: New: EPCOT FOREVER will debut Fall 2019, permanent Illumination replacement debuts 2020

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‘Wonderful World of Animation’

A new nighttime spectacular will kick off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios paying tribute to 90 years of magic since the debut of Mickey Mouse: Wonderful World of Animation.

MORE INFO: New: WONDERFUL WORLD OF ANIMATION projection show to debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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A new 900-room deluxe resort will be coming to Walt Disney World and it will feature DVC additions: Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

MORE INFO: NEW: Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge will be new 900-room deluxe resort at Walt Disney World

Skyliner First Look

Although we already knew what they’d look like, Disney unveiled a first in-person look at the new gondolas for the upcoming Walt Disney World transportation system.

MORE INFO: FIRST LOOK: New DISNEY SKYLINER gondola showcased at Destination D

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More Announcements:

  • MAGIC KINGDOM:
    • Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will feature new food, merchandise and entertainment, including a new dance party with Mickey, Minnie and their friends. From Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, 2019.
  • EPCOT:
    • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the official name of the new Ratatouille experience coming to the France pavilion.
    • A brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, is set to debut in addition to “Impressions de France.”
    •  O Canada! 360-degree show is in the process of being updated at the Canada pavilion!
  • DISNEY CRUISE LINE
    • Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea is an all-new high-energy deck party on the Disney Fantasy next summer.

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Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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