Disney has revealed more details about its theme park projects around the globe, including more hints about a handful of under-construction attractions at Walt Disney World.
The announcements were part of a presentation by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at the D23 Expo Japan on Monday. Some built upon news first revealed at the D23 Expo in California in July, the night that many WDW additions were announced, including a “Star Wars”-themed hotel.
The company now says that hotel will be “seamlessly connected” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction that is set to open next year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The resort is designed to be a multiday adventure, with each room facing “space” and with guests being “active citizens” of the galaxy, down to their attire
A broad opening date of “2019” was shared for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, a ride that will operate in the former Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios. Disney now touts a catchy theme song for the attraction and a new cartoon short with the characters getting ready for a picnic.
Other Disney World mentions at the Japan event included:
• The “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride under construction at Epcot will have a new “innovative ride system” and be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world.
• The “Up”-inspired show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut April 22, marking the 20th anniversary of that theme park.
• But no opening date was announced for Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. The area will open sometime in the summer of 2018, Disney has said.
“We are hard at work creating even more ways to experience Disney magic at our parks and resorts around the world,” Chapek said. “And with our incredible library of beloved stories and characters, we know exciting adventures and magical memories are in store for all our guests.”
Other worldwide projects with mentions at the event included a re-imagining of the Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster — with an Avengers / Iron Man theme — at Disneyland Paris; an Ant-Man and Wasp attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland; the opening of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure on June 23; and a major expansion of Tokyo DisneySea.