Toy Story Land will officially open next summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney leaders confirmed Saturday.
Prepare to get tiny, y'all. According to Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said visitors of the land will be shrunk to the size of toys to explore Andy's backyard with some of our favorite Toy Story characters. That's right, Buzz and Woody will be with us as we see two new attractions, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.
Slinky Dog Dash is a family coaster while the Aliens attraction features the little green guys "flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with 'The Claw'," according to Disney.
Gondolas and a new Uber-like car service are coming to Walt Disney World Resort, Disney leaders confirmed at D23 Expo Saturday.
The Disney Skyliner (the gondola system) will connect Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts as well as Disney's Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Each gondola will be themed to a different Disney character, like the hitchhiking ghosts at the Haunted Mansion, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Goofy and Donald Duck.
If traveling by car is more your style, let's have a chat about the Minnie Van, which has been on display at the D23 Expo floor this weekend.
"Since we're all about exceeding guest expectations and making every aspect of your vacation uniquely Disney, we're creating a new point-to-point transportation service in a way that only Disney can do," said Chapek.
Just when you thought Orlando couldn't handle anymore Star Wars, you thought wrong.
A Star Wars-inspired Resort is coming to Walt Disney World, said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. The resort is part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.
"It's unlike anything that exists today," said Chapek Saturday. "From the second you arrive, you will become a part of the Star Wars story."
Describing the experience, Chapek said guests "become a citizen of the galaxy" and can expect to need to dress the part. The "100 percent" immersive resort is a starship packed with characters, stories and adventures, said Chapek.
No opening date or specific location of the resort was announced Saturday.
For Disneyland Paris, Chapek announced that they would be bringing “The Art Marvel” to Disney’s Hotel New York.
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” said Chapek.
The “reImagination” will transport guests into the world of Marvel super heroes and feature Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and others.
TRON, the mega hit ride at Shanghai Disney, is coming to Magic Kingdom.
Bob Chapek, chairman of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said the ride will be built in an entirely new space next to Space Mountain. (Seemingly sparing the Tomorrowland Speedway, which was rumored to close as a result of this coming attraction.)
For those unfamiliar, TRON Lightcycle Power Run riders mount a two-wheeled Lightcycle and zip off on a coaster-style adventure.
Without disclosing when construction will start, Chapek said the ride will be open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.
D23 Expo: Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, replaces Great Movie Ride
The new "2.5D" Mickey & Minnie ride won't require 3D glasses. It turns flat world art into a "dimensional display".
“This is one of the boldest… most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an imagineer,” said Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty. “And you know what? That’s what I love about it.”
The new ride will replace the Great Movie Ride, which will close Aug. 13, said Disney leaders.
We. Have. A. Name.
The new Star Wars lands coming to Disneyland and Hollywood Studios are called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Announcing the official name of the lands at the D23 Expo in Anaheim Saturday was fitting as the lands were first announced at the 2015 expo.
The Disneyland land will open before the Orlando one, said Chapek. Both parks are still on track to open in 2019, he said.
As previously announced, both land will include two new signature rides: one where riders are on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bar and the other puts guests at the controls of the Millenium Falcon to complete a critical mission.
Walt Disney World's Epcot is getting the major facelift Disney leaders promised last year with two new rides and updates to existing attractions coming to the aging theme park.
Perhaps the biggest news (and the worst kept secrets or most buzzed about rumors) is the new Ratatouille ride coming to the France pavilion and the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, slated to replace Ellen's Universe of Energy, which will close Aug. 13.
While few details of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride were announced, Disney leaders were at least kind enough to explain why the ride will make total sense at Epcot, which turns 35 this fall.
According to Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a young Peter Quill (who we now know and love as Star Lord) actually visited Epcot.
Over in the France pavilion, the Ratatouille ride will mirror the successful attraction at Disneyland Paris, which opened in 2014.
Guests on the trackless, 4-D ride will shrink down to the size of Remy and move through Gusteau's Parisian restaurant.
Both rides will open by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
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