Major Destination D23 Announcements Deciphered

Major Destination D23 Announcements Deciphered

Josh D’Amaro hosted a major presentation at Destination D23 where many new and newly revised attractions were announced as well as the details of many attractions already announced. We go into detail and study each of them. We also talk about attractions and other offerings not mentioned at all, yet still very much in the works. And we talk about projects announced only a year go that seem to have gone on the cutting block. In short, there are well over 50 attractions, hotels, entertainment offerings, restaurants, ships and more coming to Disney Parks and elsewhere around the world. There is truly a lot going on and we want to make sure you get the entire big picture along with available details. Join us for major Destination D23 announcements.

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Below is what was shared last summer. At that time only 32 were mentioned compared to over 50 that we now have in the works.

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Disneyland Resort


REDO-Adventureland Treehouse Inspired by Swiss Family Treehouse–No Discussion

BREAKING: Tarzan's Treehouse Becoming Swiss Family-Inspired Adventureland  Treehouse at Disneyland Park - WDW News Today
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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure–Animatronics–See Walt Disney World

Haunted Mansion Queue Changes

Haunted Mansion Grounds Expansion & Store Coming in 2024 to Disneyland -  Disney Tourist Blog
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Haunted Mansion Exit Store

Disneyland Expanding Haunted Mansion Queue, Introducing Retail Shop in 2024
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Magnolia Park

Haunted Mansion Grounds Expansion & Store Coming in 2024 to Disneyland -  Disney Tourist Blog
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New Star Wars Meet ‘n’ Greets

Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge Gets Another Exclusive 'Star Wars' Character Meet and Greet
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Pandora–Not Discussed

Disney California Adventure

Hyperion Theater Show–Not Discussed, But Rogers the Musical Is Closed

Avengers Campus Retail/Attraction

At Disney California Adventure Park, a new world-jumping vehicle is coming to the next attraction in Avengers Campus to help transport Super Heroes into the Multiverse. This looks like a Universal Spiderman vehicle in a Guardians of the Galaxy setting. They state the vehicle combines elements of Tony Stark’s time-suits with Xandarian jump points and Wakandan technology. 

New world-jumping vehicle coming to the next attraction in Avengers Campus
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Downtown Disney & Resort

Pixar Hotel–They noted some 7000 rooms rehabbed in recent years. But no discussion on this hotel

Villas at Disneyland Hotel–Little reference to this.

Downtown Disney–No discussion on this hotel.

Concept art of guests dining indoors at the Paseo restaurant, which will be part of the Downtown Disney District’s new transformation.
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Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

Hatbox Ghost Coming in Late November–Image is unusual.

Hat Box Ghost
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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure–Mention of Animatronics

Should include Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis, Eudora, Charlotte, “Big Daddy,” Mama Odie, the King and Queen of Maldonia, and Prince Ralphie. 

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Remodel of Pecos Bills–Not Discussed or Referenced

Smellefant–Not Discussed

Smellephants on Parade" Interactive Experience Presented by Scentsy Coming  to Magic Kingdom
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REDO: Pirates of the Caribbean Themed Lounge

A new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge is coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. This first-of-its-kind experience will extend the story of Pirates of the Caribbean. Imagineers are in the design process now and more details are coming in the future. This is building on the success of the Cantina.

A new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge is coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park
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REDO: Country Bear Musical Jamboree

At Walt Disney World, the Country Bear Jamboree is getting new songs and the bears will be performing a new act in 2024!

When the show debuts, the bears will be reinterpreting favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music. Imagineers are envisioning the new experience as a homage to the classic musical revues in Nashville and they’re working with Nashville musicians to get the authentic country sound.

The Country Bear Jamboree will still have the fun and friendly tone fans enjoy with the same famous characters like the loveable Trixie, Big Al and others. 

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Coco, Encanto and Villains Lair–Chris Beatty, Jennifer Lee and Josh D’Amaro presented all this in 2022. These were alluded to but not discussed further by Bruce Vaughn, who came in the Spring to be the new Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Here is what they say:

Future expansion plans for Magic Kingdom in Florida are the largest ever for the park, according to Bruce. Imagineers are looking to tell stories “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” similar in scale to things like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora – The World of Avatar – adding new attractions, restaurants, shows and more! More details to come in the future.


World Celebration opens in December

That doesn’t mean that CommuniCore will open at the same time. What will happen is a major landscaping package, a Walt Disney Statue, and a new center fountain.

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Moana: Journey of Water Opens on October 16th, 2023

Moana will appear with the attraction in a dedicated meet ‘n’ greet.

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Return! Figment–Starts Tomorrow!

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NEW REDO: Test Track with inspiration from World of Motion

Imagineers along with teams from Chevrolet are reaching back into history for inspiration – from the original World of Motion – and bringing that spirit of optimism to the next iteration of the Test Track attraction!  More to come in the future.

Test Track to be reimagined with inspiration from the original World of  Motion
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New Fireworks Show has a new Title:

The brand-new show that’ll feature fireworks, fountains, lasers, lighting effects and music. Note there is no mention of drones. Other than this, there were NO entertainment offerings announced or discussed.

It was just announced that David Duffy will be coming back to head up entertainment at Walt Disney World from Disneyland Paris. I could see the drones coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

It was announced that some 200 shows had been launched in the last couple of years across the Disney universe. My guess is that includes shows that came back from Covid.

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Asha: From the new Disney animated film “Wish” will also soon be coming to EPCOT, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

Disney animated film “Wish"
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New Redo: Star Tours. Ahsoka will become part of Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, Disneyland Park in California and Disneyland Paris – beginning next spring.

Star Tours
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Other than Star Tours, nothing else was discussed.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

NEW REDO: Zootopia taking over the Tree of Life

A new show based on “Zootopia” is being created for the Tree of Life theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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Gone: Moana & Zootopia

Coming: Encanto, Coco, and Indiana Jones

Walt Disney Imagineering is planning to reimagine Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom into a new land – inspired by a region sometimes referred to as “tropical Americas.”

As part of their research, Imagineers are looking at some of the most biodiverse areas on the planet in the regions just north and south of the equator here in the Western Hemisphere – the northern part of South America, stretching up into Central America.

This exciting location has been the inspiration for many magical stories over the years!

Tropical Americas Encanto land concept art at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Walt Disney World Resort

New Polynesian DVC Tower–Slightly Mentioned

10 Thoughts About The NEW Polynesian DVC Tower - DVC Fan
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New Fort Wilderness DVC Cabins

Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins are Becoming DVC Properties
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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Hotel–Set to reopen the first quarter of 2024

Disneyland Paris hotel lobby concept art
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Alice in Wonderland BMX Show–Not mentioned

BREAKING: Disneyland Paris Confirms Alice in Wonderland BMX Show, Announces  New Drone Nighttime Show and Daytime Character State Show - WDW News Today
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Rapunzel Addition

D23 Walt Disney Studios Concept Art Revealed Rapunzel attraction
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Studio 1 Changes–Not Mentioned

Lake Restaurant–Alluded to

Tangled attraction among new additions revealed for Disneyland Paris Resort  | news
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Frozen Land

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Disney Village Transformation–Not Alluded To

Tokyo Disneyland

Fantasy Springs–The eighth themed port of Tokyo DisneySea will feature Rapunzel’s Forest, Peter Pan’s Never Land and Frozen Kingdom – all inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios Films.

Fantasy Springs Hotel

These offerings along with Shanghai, and Hong Kong constitute an entire park the caliber or greater of Epic Universe. It’s just not in Orlando.

Fantasy Springs at Tokyo Disney Resort
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Shanghai Disneyland

New Hotel

Shanghai Disney starts construction on third hotel
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Zootopia at Shanghai Disney Resort
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Hong Kong Disneyland

A World of Frozen

World of Frozen
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Walt Disney Statue

New Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland -  WDW News Today
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Storyliving by Disney: Cotino homes promise 'magic' in Rancho Mirage
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Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point

Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point - a brand new island destination
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Disney Treasure

Arthur Quinn Teases Disney Treasure Reveal with Treasure Map • The Disney  Cruise Line Blog
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Disney Adventure

Disney Cruise Line's Seventh Ship Previously Known as GLOBAL DREAM to be  Named 'Disney Adventure' • The Disney Cruise Line Blog
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