Way back when, I was thinking about attending this year’s D23 Expo. Instead I went to California for Disneyland’s 60th birthday, and while I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything, I do wish I’d done both.
If you, like myself, were stuck at home this weekend, here’s the most important things you need to know about what went down:
Star Wars Land is happening, and in a major major way at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. That’s not the only major addition to DHS either: Toy Story Land is coming folks – and I’m hoping that some day I can have a character breakfast with Buzz and Woody and then hop over for a quick ride on the Millennium Falcon.
In other news, my former home park Animal Kingdom keeps getting talked about, but nothing serious seems to be happening. I know they’re working on Pandora, but I would like to see an opening date for that, or the night safaris, or the new water show they keep mentioning. Also, The Magic Kingdom is getting a Jungle Cruise themed restaurant, which I’m excited about experiencing. Hopefully it’ll be a Blue Bayou situation, but for an even sillier ride.
The Disney Parks Blog live blogged the whole panel, and I highly recommend reading it for a pretty comprehensive recap of the event!
Apparently a life changing sizzle reel for the live-action Beauty and the Beast film was shown, but of course – it will never see the light of day on the internet. Will Turner will be returning to Pirates Of The Caribbean 7 million (or which ever number this is), and my 13 year old Orlando Bloom fan girl is screaming with delight.
On the animation side, Disney Animation Studios announced ‘Gigantic’, a new film based on Jack and the Beanstalk and composed by the same team that gave us ‘Let It Go’ (and the rest of ‘Frozen’, but let’s be honest – that will be their legacy). Pixar gave its Day Of The Dead film a name and release date, while also announcing about 26 more sequels for movies I don’t really care about (sorry not sorry Incredibles II and Cars III, I’m Team ‘Finding Dory’). For more info on this panel, including an ‘Inside Out’ short film I CAN NOT wait to see, I recommend checking out The Delightful Life’s recap of the panel.
All in all, as a very nerdy Disney fan, I wasn’t majorly surprised by any of these announcements, but I am very excited for most of them. Although I am already a little nostalgic about the inevitable but unannounced destruction of Disneyland’s Toontown to make way for Star Wars, I think overall the park improvements will be just that, improvements.
As far as the film side goes, I’m not super jazzed about Pixar becoming a sequel machine (my feelings about Toy Story 4 could take up their own whole blog post), but I am excited about their original productions (CoCo and Moana in particular).
How are you feeling about the state of The Walt Disney Company after D23? Is there any major news I missed in my recap? Please let me know, because I’m genuinely interested! (Also, I’m already taking down names of people who want to share a hotel with me in two years).