D23 2019 Day 3 Recap

Our last day of D23 was focused on hearing news about the parks, and we were especially interested in hearing any Disneyland news, and we were not disappointed. So here are some of our favorite parts of the panel Sneak Peek! Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.



One of the first announcements was for Disneyland and that was a new parade coming to the park called, ‘Magic Happens.’ We were shown art depicting new floats featuring Moana, Coco and Sleeping Beauty and we heard some of the music, from Todrick Hall.



We also got information about the new ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. While previously announced, we got more details and some photos of the Imagineers on the job building this new ride. We also got to see art depicting the entrance design for Disneyland’s Toon Town and Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios. Disneyland’s iteration of this ride will see a Toon Town version of the El Capitan Theater aptly named ‘The El Capitoon Theater,’ while Hollywood Studios’ iteration will be located in the Chinese Grauman’s Theater (previous home to The Great Movie Ride). Overall the ride is looking very cute, unique and creative and we loved the concept art for the entrance at the El Capitoon Theater! We are thinking this will be a great addition to Toon Town.



Many were waiting to hear more about the Avengers Campuses (name released for the D23 weekend) coming to Anaheim, Paris, and Hong Kong.


Anaheim will get a new Spiderman attraction that, based on descriptions, will be an interactive experience where riders help Spiderman catch rogue Spider-Bots. There will also be a restaurant themed after Pym Technologies of Ant-Man fame. They hinted this will be reflected in the food, but what that means is still a mystery. (Giant corn dogs perhaps? Let’s hope)


Fans of Doctor Strange will be happy to hear that there will be a presence in the form of an attraction, a special Sanctum. According to details on the expo floor, guest will “meet with (Doctor Strange) here, when the time comes, and (he) shall help you unravel the mysteries of the multiverse.”  A brand new e-ticket attraction will be coming in phase 2 of the campus, allowing guests to step into a Quinjet with the Avengers on a mission to Wakanda where they will have to help save the world.


Paris, another campus location, will also be getting a Marvel themed hotel: Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. It will feature themed rooms, such as an art of Spiderman room.


There was A LOT of Disneyworld news especially that many changes are coming to EPCOT.


While the World Showcase will remain, but also see some changes and additions, the front part of EPCOT will become three new areas: World Discovery, World Celebration, and World Nature.


World Celebration will be the entrance portion of EPCOT, and will be redesigned with a greener look, an updated version of the original EPCOT fountain, and, at the exit of Spaceship Earth, a new area called Dreamers Point will feature a new stature of Walt Disney himself.


World Discovery will include interstellar components, including a Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster attraction called Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, different from DCA’s Mission Breakthrough in style and story. Also, there will be a new restaurant called Space 220 where diners will ride an elevator that looks like you are rising 220 miles up to dine in space. Views from the restaurant windows will be of Earth down below. This land will also feature an area focused on the magic of play, including an Incredibles experience with Edna Mode and an attraction involving Wreck-It Ralph.


World Nature will feature a new Moana walk-through attraction about water, a friend and ally of Moana in the film.



World Showcase will see changes as well, including a Beauty and the Beast Sing-A-Long show, a Ratatouille attraction, and a quick and table service creperie restaurant In the France Pavillion  and a Mary Poppins attraction along with the addition of Cherry Tree Lane in the United Kingdom Pavillion. Mr. Dick Van Dyke himself was in attendance to reveal this new ride and area! There will also be a new nighttime show, EPCOT Forever, with music from Pinar Toprak.

A new show is being created by Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios in partnership with Cirque Du Soleil. This will be in Disney Springs when opened and will tell the story of an animator’s daughter whose father sends her on a magical journey through animation.

Some details were shared about the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2021, including that all four parks will have celebrations, not just the Magic Kingdom.


Another new development that will start in Disneyworld, but may see replication in other parks, is Disney Genie, a new app designed to create your Disneyworld itinerary via the app itself, with automatic recommendations based on personal interests and availability. As opposed to making dining reservations over here and Fastpasses over there, this app will do all of it for you. There will be beta opportunities for D23 members and it should be ready for use in 2021.


A new resort will be opening soon called Reflections. It will have a lodge-like feel with A-Frame house rentals and tree-house styled rooms. This resort there will feature a The Princess and the Frog themed restaurant.



Also in Disneyworld, we got more information about the upcoming Star Wars hotel experience. The resort will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and will be a very ambitious project. It will be a two-day experience, with a “planet excursion, or port day on Batuu,” but otherwise you are one the ‘spaceship’ the rest of the time. It will be like a cruise ship experience but without the sea.


Guest will be checked in here on Earth before riding a transport up to the Starcruiser. All windows, including those in the rooms, will have views of space. Familiar characters will make approaches, including Chewbacca, Rey and Kylo Ren and it was said that your interactions with cast, crew and fellow guests will determine the story of your stay.


There will be special dining experiences, as well as classes and activities such as lightsaber training for ALL ages. A cabin will start at $3,300 and an opening date is not yet known.



Hong Kong Disneyland will see a new castle and land. Their iconic castle will become the Castle of Magical Dreams, inspired by 13 Disney princesses and heroines. They will also be getting a new Frozen themed land, with two attractions.



All of us will have a new shopping opportunity soon. A partnership with Target will lead to 25 locations gaining Disney Stores within their Target stores on October 4, followed by 40 more locations in 2020. Target.com will also have a Disney Store component for those who won’t be near physical locations.



The rest of our day was spent on the Expo floor and we will be uploading the photos and videos as soon as we are able to.


Overall, we had a great time at D23 and we will have LOTS to talk about on our next episode, available next Monday, September 2.


Until then, have a magical day everyone!


D23 2019 Day 2 Recap

Yesterday at D23 Expo, while we were unable to attend, we did follow the long list of news and announcements from the day’s panels.

The star panel of the day was ‘Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios,’ where we got a look at the upcoming films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. There was A LOT of news and information shared, so here are some of the highlights:

The Rise of Skywalker

For this third installment of the new trilogy, we got a new poster, featuring Rey and Kylo battling in front of an eerie face – the face of Emperor Palpatine. One might recall that in the first teaser trailer for this film, we heard the emperor’s haunting cackle at the end. This presentation also provided a new clip with Rey, seen wielding a red duo-lightsaber and wearing black – is she going to the dark side? The cast, minus Adam Driver, were there and brought copies of the new poster for everyone in the crowd.


This is an upcoming Pixar film, featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Christ Pratt in the lead roles. We got a few clips showing the story of Elf brothers who receive a special gift from their late father. This new footage from the film revealed this story’s focus on a world where magic once thrived and these brothers’ quest to bring that magic back into the fold. A new poster was also revealed and gifted to the audience. This presentation meant the first public appearance of Tom Holland since news of Sony/Disney deal trouble, putting his future in the MCU as Spiderman in doubt (Tom will still play the character, they just may to have to write story lines without MCU connections going forward). Tom was touched by the cheers in the crowd, telling everyone, “I love you 3000,” quoting the iconic line from Avengers: End Game. He went on to acknowledge the tough and dramatic situation but stayed hopeful for the future of Spider-Man.


Another new Pixar film, this one is set for release in June 2020. Starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, as well as Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame, this film will tell the story of You Seminar, where souls learn their passions before graduating and entering a newborn child.

Frozen 2

Another highly anticipated sequel, the cast was present, as well as some new faces. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff – Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff respectively – will be joined by a flash-back of Anna and Elsa’s mother, Queen Iduna played by Rachel Evan Wood and a new character, Lieutenant Matthias, played by Sterling K. Brown. The clips shown revealed one of the new songs, potentially called ‘Into the Unknown,’ sung by Idina Menzel, who made ‘Let It Go’ such a hit from the first film. The show closed with a live performance of a new song, “Some Things Never Change,” and a new poster was revealed and gifted to the audience.


This is one of the next movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The big news out of this presentation was that Kit Harrington was confirmed to be a part of this already large, star studded cast. Almost the entire cast was there, and we got to see their superhero looks. The film will also feature Richard Madden (a reuniting of the ‘brothers’ from Game of Thrones along with Kit Harrington), Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Don Lee and Gemma Chan.

Black Widow

For this anticipated MCU film featuring a beloved member of the Avengers, the crowd got a special behind the scenes video from Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, and Florence Pugh that included recorded video from set, followed by a clip, although sources say this is the same clip as what was shown at the year’s Comic Con. The scene featured a fight between Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and Elena (Florence Pugh), and also revealed Black Widow’s new white suit.

Black Panther 2

A release date of May 6, 2022 was announced for this highly anticipated sequel. At this point no title has been announced, but we know that the same director, Ryan Coogler, will be back for this anticipated continuation of the successful Black Panther series. (WAKANDA FOREVER!)

Jungle Cruise

Dwyane Johnson and Emily Stone arrived to share news of this film, slated for release in July 2020. Dwayne sailed through the crowd on a boat, while Emily drove up in a car with themed license plate. They presented two trailers: one from each of their character’s point of view. There were also many references to the classic Disneyland ride, including back side of water jokes.


The presentation revealed five minutes of footage, including getting to see the new Phoenix that will replace Mushu from the animated film, and a training montage that, while not a musical number, did feature the ever so popular “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” playing in the background.


This presentation revealed a new look at the iconic villain. A new photo of Emma Stone, in title role, was revealed and she was looking fierce (and oddly like Helena Bonham Carter…).

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Angelina Jolie and other cast members made an appearance to share more about this sequel, in theaters on October 18, 2019.

Raya and the Last Dragon

This was revealed to be the next Disney animated feature. Raya and the Last Dragon will star Awkwafina (Nora Lum) as Susi the Dragon and Cassie Steele as Raya. The story is inspired by South East Asia and, based on the art, looks lovely.

So much was revealed and this was only the second day of the expo! While we missed out on seeing these announcements live, we had a wonderful day at the parks and followed along with the breaking news on Twitter. Today marks the final day 3 of D23 Expo 2019! We will be attending this final day and sharing the latest news from the highly anticipated, “Sneak Peak! Disney Parks, Experiences and Products” presentation. This panel is rumored to bring a slew of news about changes coming to the parks, especially anticipated changes to Walt Disney World. We will share everything we can about what we learn and see over on our Twitter, Instagram and later here. Follow along!

As we mentioned, since we were not at D23 yesterday, we spent the day in Disneyland and were able to see the Main Street Electrical Parade during this limited return. In exchange for photos from the Expo, here are some photos of our day in the park!

D23 2019 Day 1 Recap


We have survived the first day of D23 Expo and we wanted to share some of our favorite moments, some thoughts and our hopes for the rest of the weekend.


The highlight of today, for us, was attending the Disney + panel where LOTS of content was previewed and hyped. We were introduced to the cast of High School Musical the Musical the Series. These actors have big shoes to fill, as High School Musical was a cultural phenomenon when it was released and we think they may do just that. They are talented and the trailer for the show was much better than anything we had envisioned. With such a confusing title, and little information going into this presentation, one might have thought this was a TV show remake of the original, but that is not the case. We were intrigued to see it is a new story of its own about a high school drama department, putting on their own production of High School Musical. Thanks to the trailer shared today, we got to see how this series will honor its roots, while sharing a new story of its own.`


We got a blast from the past in the form of Lizzie McGuire herself, Hillary Duff, who will be reprising her role, as we get to see what 30-year-old Lizzie is up to in a new show.


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is making its way to Disney+ with LOTS of new content, but also LOTS of familiar faces. As had been previously announced, we will see Loki again, played by Tom Hiddleston, now in his own show, as well as a Hawkeye show with Jeremy Renner.


But we also learned about What If…, a new animated show based on the popular comics that ask what would happen in key comic book moments if one thing changed. All current MCU characters in this show will be voiced by the actors we know and love.


Among other things, this will also introduce Captain Carter, voiced by the Peggy Carter we know – Hayley Atwell – which on its own is awesome!

We will also get to meet Ms. Marvel, She Hulk and the Moon Knight in new productions with more details to come in the future.

We will get to spend more time with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wanda(&)Vision. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will not just give more time to the two name characters, but will also bring back Sharon Carter, played by Emily VanCamp. The later of these, WandaVision, was described as a wacky, action/sit-com… how they plan to pull that off remains to be seen. The trailer did not shine light on what this means, blending clips from their prior Avenger moments with clips from the Dick Van Dyke Show. So, who knows…

We got to see new non-fictional pieces, such as Be Our Chef, a family cooking competition where the winner’s dish will be served at Disney World.


Also, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, looks amazing and true to who Jeff Goldblum is. This will be a whimsical journey through the world of jeans, shoes, tattoos and more! Encore, with Kristen Bell, looks very sweet, reuniting old High School theater students to put on an ‘encore’ preform together after having left high school many years before.

Pixar is also bringing new content to the streaming platform, including Monsters at Work with Ben Feldman and Aisha Tyler, and Forky Asks a Question, which both look promising.


The live-action Lady and the Tramp trailer was released and, as we expected, it looks stunning.


The dog leads, Rose (Lady) and Monte (Tramp), paid the crowd a visit and were just as adorable in person.


In time for Christmas, there will be a new film released called Noelle, staring Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader and Billy Eichner. It has a cute story of the son of Santa running away from taking over the family business and his sister, Noelle coming out to the ‘real world’ to find him.


The world of Star Wars will be expanding even more with several new shows, including new episodes of The Clone Wars, and an as yet unnamed series with Cassian Andor (and K-2SO) whose characters are being reprised by Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.


Then we got the (very well received by the crowd) announcement of a new show featuring the return of Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi!


Day 1 of Disney + will also include the new series The Mandalorian, telling the story of what happened in the aftermath of The Return of the Jedi and the end of the Empire.

This entire presentation did its job of introducing the new streaming service and inspiring us all to sign up.

We also got to see the Expo Floor a little bit, which has lots of exhibits we hope to finish exploring when we return on Sunday.

Getting into any of the Disney shops is VERY difficult without a reservation, but we did make into the Disney Store and hopefully we will get into one more of the other two on Sunday as well.


So far we are enjoying ourselves here, even with a few hiccups in line management (ah our good old friend LineCon) and can’t wait to return on Sunday.

Tomorrow, since all Saturday passes were gone before we got ours, we will be back in Disneyland and watching the news with everyone online. And then, Sunday, we will get to have our last taste of this D23 Expo.

See you tomorrow!