Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has announced an extraordinary line-up of brand new attractions and experiences coming to its parks and resorts around the world.
From new lodging and transportation options to original storytelling and immersive experiences based on guests’ favourites, Disney continues to revolutionise the entertainment industry.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newly announced name for the Star Wars-themed lands will open in 2019, with the first land debuting at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, followed by Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.
Guests will have the opportunity to step into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, inside a hangar bay on a Star Destroyer, as well as the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, where each guest is critical to the mission’s success.
On the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, Star Wars fans will meet many characters including BB-8, Chewbacca, Rex and Kylo Ren.
The Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park will take on a brand new look as more favourite Pixar characters and stories come to life, from The Incredibles to Inside Out and Toy Story.
Starting in 2018, this limited-time offering will include a new fireworks spectacular as well as special characters and entertaining moments.
As part of the celebration, the Pixar Play Parade will return to Disneyland Resort, performing 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.
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.
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 action-packed 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.
Adjacent to this attraction will be a new restaurant that will invite guests to travel high above the earth for an unforgettable dining experience.
The first-ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, will come to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
With a new original story, this new state-of-the-art ride-through attraction will take guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of the Mickey Mouse.
Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts and new technologies will transform the flat cartoon world into an incredible dimensional experience.
At Shanghai Disneyland, a Tron-themed attraction has been added to a new area near Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom.
Additionally, a new live entertainment theatre coming to Main Street, U.S.A., based on the iconic Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City, will bring world-class entertainment to the world’s most popular park.
In terms of accommodation, a Star Wars-themed hotel will be a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
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.
Guests will be able to explore the Marvel Universe through its comic art, films, Super Hero costumes and more, displayed in the style of a contemporary art gallery.
Meanwhile, Disney Cruise Line will add one more ship in its expansion to take family cruise vacations to a whole new level.
Joining the other two new ships that were announced just last year, all three ships will be powered by one of the cleanest-burning fuels available, liquefied natural gas, and when all three ships are completed by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will have nearly doubled the size of the fleet.