Disney set for huge expansion

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has confirmed a raft of new attractions and experiences for its parks and resorts around the world. 
 
"We have ambitious plans for our parks and resorts around the world,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  
“We’re investing in the guest experience like never before, and we’re doing it all in way that is only possible at Disney.”
 
The upgrades include new lodging and transportation options  to original storytelling and immersive experiences based on guests’ favourites themes and characters.
 
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newly announced name for the Star Wars-themed lands. Chapek shared details two anchor attractions, including one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance where guests will feel like they are inside a hangar bay on a Star Destroyer. Guests will also have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, where each guest is critical to the mission’s success.  Chapek also revealed many characters that guests will meet, including BB-8, Chewbacca, Rex and Kylo Ren. Representing the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, with the first land debuting at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, then at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.
 
In addition to announcing the US Summer 2018 opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Chapek unveiled plans for Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park.  There is more Pixar in store during Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort.  Starting in 2018, this limited-time offering will include a new fireworks spectacular as well as special characters and entertainment moments.
 
As part of the celebration, the Pixar Play Parade will return to Disneyland Resort – this time at Disneyland Park and the fan favourite Paint the Night Parade will move to Disney California Adventure Park, one of Disney’s longest parade routes.

Transformation of Epcot 

Looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, there are grand plans to complete the transformation that started with the debut of New Fantasyland in 2014.  
 
Chapek released plans for Epcot to realise the original vision of the park.  Patterned after the number one family attraction at Disneyland Paris, Ratatouille will be added in an all-new space in the France pavilion at World Showcase.  
 
Epcot will also see the addition of a brand new e-ticket attraction based on the world of Guardians of the Galaxy.  In Future World, a new Green Mission at Mission: SPACE will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, and an updated Orange Mission will make the trip to Mars even more spectacular.  
 
Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom
 
The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, will be developed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The highest rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland will also be recreated at  Walt Disney World Resort -Tron-themed attraction will be added in a new area near Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, a new live entertainment theatre coming to Main Street, USA, based on the iconic Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City, will bring world-class entertainment to the world’s most popular park. 
 
Immersive hotel concepts
Accomodation at themed resorts will also be added to with  Chapek outlining ambitious plans to create the most experiential concept ever in an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, it will be a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
 
Adding to the immersive resort hotel slate, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris will transport guests to the action-packed world of Super Heroes, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more.  
 
Disney Cruise Line to Double the Size of its Fleet by 2023
Disney Cruise Line will add one more ship to join the other two new ships that were announced just last year.  When all three ships are completed by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will have nearly doubled the size of the fleet.

 

Disney set for huge expansion

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has confirmed a raft of new attractions and experiences for its parks and resorts around the world. 
 
"We have ambitious plans for our parks and resorts around the world,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  
“We’re investing in the guest experience like never before, and we’re doing it all in way that is only possible at Disney.”
 
The upgrades include new lodging and transportation options  to original storytelling and immersive experiences based on guests’ favourites themes and characters.
 
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newly announced name for the Star Wars-themed lands. Chapek shared details two anchor attractions, including one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance where guests will feel like they are inside a hangar bay on a Star Destroyer. Guests will also have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, where each guest is critical to the mission’s success.  Chapek also revealed many characters that guests will meet, including BB-8, Chewbacca, Rex and Kylo Ren. Representing the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, with the first land debuting at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, then at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.
 
In addition to announcing the US Summer 2018 opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Chapek unveiled plans for Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park.  There is more Pixar in store during Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort.  Starting in 2018, this limited-time offering will include a new fireworks spectacular as well as special characters and entertainment moments.
 
As part of the celebration, the Pixar Play Parade will return to Disneyland Resort – this time at Disneyland Park and the fan favourite Paint the Night Parade will move to Disney California Adventure Park, one of Disney’s longest parade routes.

Transformation of Epcot 

Looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, there are grand plans to complete the transformation that started with the debut of New Fantasyland in 2014.  
 
Chapek released plans for Epcot to realise the original vision of the park.  Patterned after the number one family attraction at Disneyland Paris, Ratatouille will be added in an all-new space in the France pavilion at World Showcase.  
 
Epcot will also see the addition of a brand new e-ticket attraction based on the world of Guardians of the Galaxy.  In Future World, a new Green Mission at Mission: SPACE will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, and an updated Orange Mission will make the trip to Mars even more spectacular.  
 
Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom
 
The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, will be developed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The highest rated attraction at Shanghai Disneyland will also be recreated at  Walt Disney World Resort -Tron-themed attraction will be added in a new area near Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom.  Additionally, a new live entertainment theatre coming to Main Street, USA, based on the iconic Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City, will bring world-class entertainment to the world’s most popular park. 
 
Immersive hotel concepts
Accomodation at themed resorts will also be added to with  Chapek outlining ambitious plans to create the most experiential concept ever in an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, it will be a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
 
Adding to the immersive resort hotel slate, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris will transport guests to the action-packed world of Super Heroes, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more.  
 
Disney Cruise Line to Double the Size of its Fleet by 2023
Disney Cruise Line will add one more ship to join the other two new ships that were announced just last year.  When all three ships are completed by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will have nearly doubled the size of the fleet.