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DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: TONS! Of News out of D23; New Details & Opening Announcements on Multiple Projects Including TRON Roller Coaster; Disney Makes Huge Cancellation Announcements on Multiple Nighttime Shows; Tons of New Food & Beverage Offerings Revealed; Many Big Disneyland Announcements; DCL New & Much More

This week’s news roundup is the biggest roundup we’ve ever had and is dominated by news out of the D23 Expo 2022. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro, shared a look into the future for Disney theme parks and beyond. Highlights include exciting things coming to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, the expansion of Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort with a third attraction; a first look at the Disney Treasure, the next ship joining the Disney Cruise Line fleet; a closer look at the Frozen-themed lands coming to three park destinations around the world; and a behind-the-scenes look at the blue-sky brainstorming of Disney Imagineers. We’ve also got some seasonal news to share. All this and more are below in this week’s news roundup.





 

1 – Disney Announces Opening Timeframe for Tron Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom

Over at Magic Kingdom, TRON / Lightcycle Run construction seems to have been going on forever. While it is a bit of a head-scratcher why this project, which is a repeat of an attraction at another Disney park, is taking so long, the end is in sight. We finally have an idea when this new roller coaster (which is a fantastic ride) will open in Florida.

Click here for full details on the opening of TRON / Lightcycle Run.

2 – Disney Confirms Return of Fan Favorite MK Fireworks Show, Enchantment Will be Canceled

Disney Enchantment, the nighttime fireworks spectacular at Magic Kingdom, was poorly received when it debuted and has never really caught on with Disney fans. Despite recently getting reworked to actually include references to the 50th Anniversary of Disney World that the show supposedly was developed for, Disney announced this week that the show would be canceled at the conclusion of the 50th-anniversary celebration. In its place, a former fan favorite fireworks show that Disney officially said last year would not return actually will be now.

Click here for more details on fireworks changes over at the Magic Kingdom.

3 – EPCOT Harmonious Already Being Replaced – New Nighttime Spectacular in Development

In addition to canceling the Enchantment nighttime show at Magic Kingdom, Disney also announced less than a year after its debut that Harmonious at EPCOT is also being canceled.

Click here for more details on the announcement and the future of evening entertainment at EPCOT.


 

4 – New Updates and Opening Timeframe Announced for World Celebration Neighborhood in EPCOT

The next major milestone in EPCOT’s multi-year transformation will include the completion of the World Celebration neighborhood. Disney has released some exciting updates to the new neighborhood along with an idea of when guests can expect to see it open.

Click here for details on new updates and the opening timeframe announced for World Celebration Neighborhood in EPCOT.

 

5 – Disney Reveals Special Halloween Treats at Disney World Parks and Disney Springs

Speaking of Halloween, if you are visiting Walt Disney World through Halloween, you’ll be glad to know that special seasonal food and beverage items will be available for guests. Some are already available, but most will become available in October. Catch all the details at the link below.

Click here for the Foodie Guide to Halloween Treats at Walt Disney World parks and Disney Springs.

6 – New Food and Beverage Items Coming to Disney Parks

Disney Parks continually update menus at locations through the parks and resorts. Check out the link below to see what’s new and where you can find them.

Click here to learn more about new food and beverage items coming to Disney Parks.

7 – New Details Revealed for Splash Mountain Replacement, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Imagineers joined D’Amaro onstage to discuss new story details for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, coming to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024. Several members of the original film cast will return to lend their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Bruno Campos as Naveen, Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis, and Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie.

Click here to learn the new story details and more about Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.


 

8 – Disney Announces Fantastic New Character Meet and Greet at EPCOT

When EPCOT first opened, Figment was more than just a character in the Journey Into Imagination attraction. He was actually the official mascot for the park. While his role has been diminished in recent years, the love for this quirky character among fans has not. In fact, Figment has been making a comeback as of late with new Figment-inspired clothing, souvenirs, and more. Unfortunately, the one thing that has been missing has been a meet & greet, but we have great news.

Click here for details on EPCOT’s cool new character meet & greet coming soon.

9 – New Details and Opening Timeframe Announced for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana at EPCOT

As part of the ongoing transformation of EPCOT, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, will invite guests to follow the story of water on the planet, inspired by Moana’s connection to the ocean. At the recent D23 event in Anaheim, Disney shared additional details along with an opening timeframe.

Click here for details on new updates and the opening timeframe announced for Journey of Water in EPCOT.

 

10 – All Halloween Parties Sold Out for First Time Ever

For the first time in the party’s history, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has had every party night sell out. While ticket sales were slow this summer, after the parties began in August, party dates quickly began selling out, with all party dates selling out last week. We found the crowds to be much more manageable than in years past on a sold-out night. This has led to speculation that the number of tickets sold for the party in 2022 is less than what it was in 2019, the last year to offer the party, because of the pandemic. It will be interesting to see if Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also sees dates sold out. At this time, all party dates are available for the Christmas party.

11 – Popular Ghost Coming to Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom

Uber-fans fans of the Haunted Mansion have long been fascinated with a very special ghost at the Disneyland version of the attraction with a very cool trick that unfortunately never quite worked, and so he was removed shortly after the park opened. Fortunately, there’s room for at least one more ghost so he’s coming back.

Click here to learn more about the newest resident at everyone’s favorite haunted house.


 

12 – Disney Cruise Line Announces Name and Theme of Next Disney Ship

The sixth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will set sail in 2024. In addition to revealing the new name, Disney shared details on what Imagineers have dreamed up for a new design concept inspired by the theme of adventure, celebrating Walt Disney’s lifelong love of exploration. Learn more and see concept art at the link below.

Click here for details on the name and theme of the upcoming Disney Cruise Line Ship.

13 – Disney Cruise Line Announces New Ports and Update on Lighthouse Point

Disney Cruise Line isn’t just expanding their line-up of ships; they are expanding the line-up of destinations around the world. We also got an update on the development of Disney Cruise Line’s second private island destination in the Caribbean.

Click here to learn about new port options and an update, including concept art, of Lighthouse Point.

14 – Avengers Campus to Expand with New Attraction

Guests at Disney California Adventure park will soon head into the Multiverse alongside fan-favorite Super Heroes, as details on a never-before-seen third attraction with a brand-new story were announced for Avengers Campus. Joining in battle with the Avengers means facing foes from anywhere and everywhen, including a new threat, King Thanos, a Multiverse variant designed specifically for Avengers Campus.

Click here to learn more about the expansion of Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.

15 – Land at Disney California Adventure to be Re-themed

Just around the corner from Avengers Campus, Pacific Wharf will be reimagined as San Fransokyo from the Oscar-winning Disney Animation film “Big Hero 6,” complete with a place to meet Baymax as well as new spots to eat and shop.

Click here to see the concept art of the upcoming San Fransokyo to Disney California Adventure.


 

16 – Mickey’s Toontown Updates, Including Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

At Disneyland, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will invite guests into a cartoon world where toon rules apply. Mickey’s Toontown will step into a new era of inclusive experiences for families of all ages when it opens in early 2023.

Click here to catch new details on the reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown and poster art for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disneyland.

17 – Pixar Place Hotel and Downtown Disney District Update

Across the way, progress continues on the reimagining of the Paradise Pier Hotel to Pixar Place Hotel, where guests will feel as though they’ve stepped into a Pixar art gallery featuring new interpretations of favorite Pixar pals. Over at the Downtown Disney District, more than a dozen new and reimagined locations will open, including a Southern Californian favorite, Porto’s Bakery & Café.

Click here to learn more about Pixar Place Hotel.

Click here to learn about updates coming to the Downtown Disney District.

18 – runDisney Races to Return to Disneyland in 2024

runDisney races will return to the Disneyland Resort in 2024! Stay tuned to rundisney.com for specific dates, registration information, and more details.

Credit: Disney

19 – “Big Sky” Ideas

A highlight of the D23 presentation included a look at what’s possible when Disney Imagineers and their collaborators dream big. Disney Animation Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee, the Academy Award-winning writer and director of “Frozen” and “Frozen 2,” shared how the studio is working with Walt Disney Imagineering on concept explorations for Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and potential expansion opportunities at Magic Kingdom, both at Walt Disney World. These are only ideas and possibilities at this point. Nothing has officially been announced.


 

20 – Disney 100 Years of Wonder

At the expo, D’Amaro also gave a first look at how Disney Parks, Experiences and Products will mark Disney 100 Years of Wonder (Disney100), the biggest celebration in the history of the company. New décor, specialty food and beverages, character experiences and more will come to parks around the world, with the heart of the celebration rooted at Disneyland Resort.

  • Two new nighttime spectaculars — “World of Color – One” and the new fireworks show “Wondrous Journeys” — will kick off in late January at Disneyland Resort. “World of Color – One” at Disney California Adventure will celebrate the storytelling legacy started by Walt Disney a century ago. It’s going to be World of Color like you’ve never seen it before, with an all-new inspiring story told through some favorite characters. “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland park will ignite the wonder in everyone and feature nods to all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios films to date, taking viewers on a journey filled with artistry, music, storytelling, and heart. Special entertainment moments will also pop up across the resort, including the long-awaited return of the “Magic Happens” parade in spring 2023.
  • A brand-new nighttime spectacular will come to the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT in late 2023 as part of the Disney100 Celebration.
  • Hong Kong Disney Land will also unveil a new statue of Wald Disney and Mickey Mouse near Cinderella’s Carousel as part of the Disney100 celebration.

Click here for more details on the new fireworks spectacular coming to Disneyland.

21 – Three Frozen-themed Lands Highlight Expansions at Parks Around the World

Inspired by Disney Animation’s stunning films, World of Frozen will open in the second half of 2023 at Hong Kong Disneyland – the first of three Frozen-themed areas coming to international Disney parks. It will blend Arendelle with the park’s natural landscapes on Lantau Island.

At Disneyland Paris, the Frozen-themed land will be the next major milestone in the ongoing transformation of Walt Disney Studios park. This land will offer a gorgeous lakeside promenade and will immerse guests in the same magical wintry setting from the films. A new Tangled-themed family attraction will join the new gardens leading into the land. Frozen will also be part of the transformation of the Disneyland Hotel, reopening in 2024. As part of the grand finale of the 30th Anniversary celebration underway, a new stage show, “Pixar: We Belong Together,” will debut next year in Walt Disney Studios park.

At Tokyo Disney Resort, Frozen is one of the stories coming to life as part of the Fantasy Springs expansion at Tokyo DisneySea, joining two other Disney Animation stories, “Peter Pan” and “Tangled,” plus a brand-new hotel integrated right into the park. Fantasy Springs will feature several new Audio-Animatronics figures, including Elsa, who sings in Japanese and whose movements sync with the rhythms of the language.

Shanghai Disney Resort will be the first Disney resort to bring the world of the Oscar-winning Disney Animation film “Zootopia” to life. At Zootopia Central Station, guests will find animals going about their daily lives. At the Zootopia Police Department, which doubles as the entrance for the land’s new family attraction, guests will be greeted by an Audio-Animatronics figure of Officer Clawhauser.

Mickey’s favorite teddy bear, Duffy, is a favorite of fans in all three Disney resorts in Asia, and D’Amaro shared that Duffy & Friends will star in their very own six-episode, stop-motion animated series on Disney+ next year.


 

What’s New and Happening Now at Walt Disney World Resort

The New Disney World Normal: Visiting Post Pandemic – What You Need to Know

Click here for what you need to know about visiting Walt Disney World post-pandemic.

Now through October 31, Select Nights – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Click here for our review of the 2022 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Click here for the can’t-miss entertainment at this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Now through November 19, 2022 – 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Click here for details on the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Click here for photos of the menu boards for the Global Marketplaces with pricing for easy planning!

Click here to view our Instagram Story to see photos and video from our recent visit to this year’s festival.

Now Open – Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Click here for our review and what you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, now open at EPCOT

Now Through Spring 2023 – The Most Magical Celebration – 50 Years of Walt Disney World

Click here for The Celebration Continues…What’s New & Everything You Need to Know About the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Disney World

Click here for Disney World 50th Anniversary Merchandise – What’s New & What You Need to Know

New Openings at EPCOT – As Part of the Historic Transformation of EPCOT

Click here for what’s new and coming to EPCOT as the Historic Transformation Continues.

Click here for details on new updates and the opening timeframe announced for World Celebration Neighborhood in EPCOT.

Click here for our review and what you need to know about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Click here for our review and what you need to know about Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

Click here for what you need to know about the new La Creperie de Paris restaurant and expanded France pavilion.

Click here for our review of Space 220 at EPCOT and what you need to know about this amazing new restaurant!

Now Open – Drawn to Life

Click here for our review of Drawn to Life the new Cirque du Soleil show now open at Disney Springs.

Coming Soon to Walt Disney World

November 8-December 22, Select Nights – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

Click here for dates, pricing, and details for the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Spring 2023 – Tron Lightcycle Run Coming to Magic Kingdom

Click here to learn more about TRON / Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom in spring 2023.

2023 – Happily Ever After Returns to Magic Kingdom

Click here about Happily Ever After and its return to Magic Kingdom in 2023.

Late 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Coming to Magic Kingdom (Splash Mountain Replacement)

 

New & Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Wish

Click here for an overview of the Disney Wish, including our thoughts and a review of our recent experience.

Click here to learn more (and watch) the Christening Ceremony Celebration of the Disney Wish!

Click here to learn about staterooms and our room review on the Disney Wish.

Click here to learn about upper deck fun and the AquaMouse – the first Disney attraction at sea!

Click here for an overview of family dining on the Disney Wish!

Click here to learn more about stage show entertainment on the Disney Wish!

Itineraries in 2022 and 2023

Click here to learn about early 2023 itineraries on Disney Cruise Line!

Click here for information on Pixar Day at Sea coming in early 2023!

Click here for information on Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line in 2023.

Click here for information about Disney Cruise Line’s Summer 2023 Itineraries.

Click here for details on Disney Cruise Line Fall 2023 Itineraries.

Coming to Disney Cruise Line

Click here for details on the name and theme of the upcoming Disney Cruise Line Ship, the Disney Treasure.

Click here to learn about new port options and an update, including concept art, of Lighthouse Point.

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Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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