D23 Expo 2022

D23 Expo: Friday Recap

Welcome, Mousekefriends! This is the most exciting week of the year for hardcore Disney fans- The D23 Expo. What is the D23 Expo, you ask? It is the ultimate gathering for Disney fans. Located in Anaheim, California, they roll out all of the stops, including CEO, Bob Chapek, incredible Imagineers, and guest celebrities for the weekend. Lets jump in as we look at a recap of the D23 Expo’s first day.

Attraction Announcements

Avengers Campus Expansion Announced

Chapek Announces Avengers Campus Expansion at the D23 Expo this morning

As the Expo kicked off, Bob Chapek, CEO, came onstage. one of Chapek’s announcements was the expansion of the Avengers Campus at Disney’s California Adventure Park to feature a Multiverse attraction. No details were divulged, but he promised more information to be released at the Experiences and Products panel on Sunday.

Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Originally announced in 2020, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is a reimagining of Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Disney World. At the D23 Expo, they’ve displayed a diorama, detailing how the land will change for the ride. The ride’s storyline is that Tiana is preparing for a party, as the guests tag along to help, in the Louisiana salt mines. It was also announced that in Disneyland, we will see a shopping area, as well as dining in the way of Tiana’s Place itself! The area is slated to open in late 2024.

Mickey's ToonTown Refurbishment

Mickey’s Toontown closed on March 9th, of this year, to reopen in early 2023. It will reopen alongside the Disneyland version of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The updates to Toontown, besides the Railway, include Donald’s Boat, a new interactive fountain at Centoonial park, and an intricate rube-goldberg device for Goofy to make candy. These much needed updates to the 1993 staple.

Moana Journey of Water

The Moana themed attraction in EPCOT was originally supposed to open in 2021. Due to the pandemic, the opening date was ultimately pushed to 2023. At the expo, we have a scale model display of the gorgeous Te Fiti, who will stand 16 feet tall at the new attraction in Florida.

Movies and Shows

We got a sneak peak at the new Disney Title Card, featuring Disney 100. This gorgeous title screen features Cinderella’s Castle, front and center. To the left, you can see Matterhorn Mountain, and to the right is Pride Rock. The 100 featured front and center is to celebrate 100 years of Disney studios, starting in 1923! We’re excited to see this featured in 2023 Disney films.

Here’s a look at the films and shows that were announced, given a first look, or given release dates today! 

Here's a look at the films and shows that were announced, given a first look, or given release dates today!

Hocus Pocus 2, an original movie event, will be flying to your television on September 30th, only on Disney+

Get ready for Happily Never After… Disenchanted streams on Disney+ Starting November 24th.

Just revealed today, Peter Pan and Wendy will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ in 2023.

Just announced, Mufasa: The Lion King will be hitting screens in 2024.

Disney’s Snow White, starring Rachel Zegler and Gal Gado was announced, and will be released in 2024.

May 26, 2023, Disney’s Little Mermaid will be hitting theaters! The new trailer was released today.

This D23 exclusive poster for Disney Pixar’s Elemental was released. This movie is slated to hit theaters June 16th, 2023.

First look at Original series, Win or Lose was released. Will Forte stars as Coach Dan in this series Pixar is releasing to Disney+ in 2023.

Disney Pixar’s Elio will be released in Spring 2024. Elio is a boy who finds himself transported across the galaxy & mistaken for the intergalactic Ambassador for our planet Earth

Inside Out fans rejoice! Inside Out 2 will drop in theaters Summer 2024. That will be a core memory for sure! 

FIRST LOOK! Disney Animation and Kugali’s Iwájú is set in futuristic Nigeria, and will stream on Disney+ in 2023.

Strange World, one of Disney’s newest movies, will be in theaters, starting November 23, 2022.

We got a first look at Wish, which will give us an inside look at how the iconic “wishing star” came to be. This film will be released in November, 2023.

If you've stuck with us this far, thank you! We are so excited to be releasing D23 information as we receive it, and we're hoping for more big news as the weekend continues!

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