The annual Parks, Experiences & Products presentation at the Destination D23 event, a highlight of the Disney calendar, has wrapped up for 2023. This year’s presentation, headed by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, was brimming with exciting announcements and previews of upcoming projects related to the Disney theme parks and beyond. Here is a round-up of the key takeaways!
The highly anticipated Hatbox Ghost is set to make its first appearance at the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom in late November. See where he may appear and whether or not he completes the 1,000th “Happy Haunts” mentioned in the attraction.
Get a sneak peek at the new Louis animatronic in Disney’s upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Dive into the magic of Princess and the Frog by watching a video of the animatronics being made by the Disney Imagineers!
Disney has provided a tantalizing preview of an upcoming addition to their Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure during the Destination D23 Disney Parks panel. The new feature is a ‘world-jumping vehicle’ – a unique mode of transport designed to ferry Super Heroes through the Multiverse. Check out artist renderings and see what’s coming!
Disney announced plans for a new themed tavern in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. The forthcoming tavern will be Pirates of the Caribbean-themed, offering a unique lounge space that expands on the story of the much-loved attraction. One of the highlights of this announcement is the return of Peg-Leg Pete, also known as the Barker Bird, which was previously featured outside the attraction. Get all the details here!
The fresh act, that is set to overhaul The Country Bear Musical Jamboree, is set to make its debut in 2024. This innovative act draws inspiration from Nashville’s musical revues and will feature the popular bears reinterpreting classic Disney songs in a country style. Learn more about what’s expected and watch Disney’s newest video introducing the new show!
Disney fans, mark your calendars! The much-anticipated Journey of Water, inspired by the popular Disney film Moana, is set to open to the public at EPCOT on October 16th. Watch Disney’s video introducing the new attraction and Moana character meet & greet.
Disney fans, get ready for a new world of celebration! At the recent Destination D23 event, it was announced that the World Celebration at EPCOT is set to open this December, promising an immersive and exciting experience for all guests.
Disney fans, get ready for a thrilling new experience! EPCOT at Walt Disney World has announced its new nighttime spectacular – ‘Luminous: The Symphony of Us.’ Scheduled to debut on December 5th, this awe-inspiring spectacle will showcase a brilliant blend of fireworks, fountains, and Disney music, creating an unforgettable visual and auditory feast.
Disney Parks fans, brace yourselves for an exciting transformation! EPCOT’s iconic Test Track attraction is set for a reimagining, drawing inspiration from the beloved World of Motion. This thrilling news was revealed at Destination D23’s Disney Parks panel. See Disney’s high-octane video teasing the attraction’s re-imagining.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is set to welcome a new show based on the popular film “Zootopia.” The announcement was made at the recent Destination D23 event. The new show will replace the existing “It’s Tough To Be a Bug” performance at the Tree of Life. Get all the details here!
Disney fans, hold on to your Mickey ears! Disney Imagineers are planning to make Magic Kingdom a whole lot bigger, pushing their plans “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain”. Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Imagineering, has announced plans for the most expansive project in the park’s history during the recent Destination D23 event.
In a recent announcement, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has hinted at a significant transformation for one of its most forgotten lands, DinoLand U.S.A. The theme park is set to introduce a ‘Tropical Americas’ concept, which will bring a fresh and exciting atmosphere to this section of the theme park.
This news brings hints at Encanto and Indiana Jones theming. With the transformation of the DINOSAUR ride into an Indiana Jones-themed adventure, and even a full-sized Casita belonging to The Family Madrigal shown on proposed map. Exciting news!
The much-loved character Figment is set to make a grand appearance at EPCOT’s Imagination Pavilion at EPCOT tomorrow, September 10th. A highly anticipated announcement has confirmed that the Figment Meet and Greet will officially begin! See Disney’s teaser video showing the look and feel of the upcoming meet & greet.
Destination D23 2023 proved to be an exciting event, offering a glimpse into Disney’s ambitious plans for its parks, experiences, and products. As we look forward to these new developments, it’s clear that the magic of Disney continues to evolve, promising even more enchanting experiences for fans worldwide.
Rachel Van Norman
Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.