Walt Disney World Announces New Additions

At the D23 Expo 2022, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro made several exciting announcements about the future of Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

While I’m excited about the news Josh covered, let’s take a closer look at the magical news for Walt Disney World, including all-new attractions, the return of several fan favorites, and the addition of beloved characters here.

Walt Disney World D23 Expo 2022 Announcements

Magic Kingdom Park

D23 Expo 2022 WDW Announcements

Ready to begin … Those words will fill the air with the popular anthem “Happily Ever After” when an updated nighttime spectacular lights up the skies at Magic Kingdom Park in 2023.

D23 Expo 2022 WDW Announcements

That won’t be the only addition lighting up the skies at Magic Kingdom Park. Neon lights and speeding lightcycles will fill Tomorrowland as your chance to enter the grid with TRON Lightcycle / Run arrives in spring 2023.

You’ll climb aboard your very own Lightcycle and race through a dark, computerized world alongside your family and friends.

As you swoop and swerve throughout the course, your team will compete to be the first to race through eight Energy Gates and claim victory.

D23 Expo 2022 WDW Announcements

Foolish mortals, prepare yourselves for a new happy haunt at the Haunted Mansion.

The Hatbox Ghost has heard your calls and will materialize next year.

You may recognize this popular character from the attraction at Disneyland Resort in California.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will take you along with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and their friends as they host a party at Tiana’s Place for the people of New Orleans.

It’s up to us to help find the missing ingredient when this exciting new attraction opens in late 2024.

EPCOT

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

The multi-year transformation of EPCOT will soon reach another major milestone with the completion of the World Celebration neighborhood in late 2023.

With lush, green space for you to relax, plus the opening of Communicore Hall and Communicore Plaza, this central location in the park will be the new home for festivals and the perfect space to gather with family and friends.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

It will also be home to Dreamers Point, an inspiring new area where you can view the new Walt Disney statue called “Walt the Dreamer.”

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

Over in World Nature – the EPCOT neighborhood dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world – we’re excited to share that Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, will also open in late 2023.

The new exploration trail will allow guests to learn about the story of water on our planet.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements

As you may have seen through Moana’s bond with the ocean, water has a mind of its own, and you’ll get to interact with it throughout this attraction.

D23 Expo 2022 Walt Disney World Announcements Figment Meet and Greet EPCOT

Imagination has always been a core theme at EPCOT, with attractions and experiences that push the boundaries.

One key character always comes to mind when we think about imagination, and he’s coming to life in a whole new way by the end of next year.

Epcot Forever Fireworks
David Roark, photographer

As we look ahead to the future and the celebration of the Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary, we’re excited to share that a new nighttime spectacular is in the works for EPCOT.

The new show is currently in development and will debut late next year, carrying on the park’s legacy of inspiring nighttime entertainment that unites guests around World Showcase Lagoon.

I cannot wait to see all of these at the Walt Disney World Resort!!!

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Pixar Day at Sea on Select 2023 Sailings

Pixar Day at Sea Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line guests will be immersed in the ever-unfolding stories of their favorite toys, monsters, and heroes during the all-new Pixar Day at Sea aboard special sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2023.

Featuring one-of-a-kind experiences, this day-long celebration on select seven-night voyages will bring to life the beloved Pixar tales of “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and more exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. Themed dining, character encounters, dance parties, and a theatrical musical experience await families on this fun-filled day at sea that culminates with a deck party of incredible proportions.

A Pixar film festival, exclusive merchandise, and photo opportunities will also be available as part of the new celebration.

Pixar Day at Sea highlights include:

Pixar Day at Sea Disney Cruise Line

Character Encounters

  • From morning until night, guests will dance, play and interact with their favorite Pixar pals, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep from “Toy Story”; Mike, Sulley and Boo from “Monsters, Inc.”; Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out”; Dug and Russell from “Up”; and everyone’s favorite supers – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from “The Incredibles.”

Immersive Entertainment

  • A new nighttime spectacular will call upon Disney Cruise Line guests to help the Incredibles save the day.
  • A first-of-its-kind theatrical experience will bring to life the beloved story of Miguel and his family from “Coco” through live music and puppetry.
  • Families will be able to join their favorite characters from the beloved Pixar films for a dance party bash.
Pixar Day at Sea Disney Cruise Line

Dining Filled with Character

  • A new, interactive character dining experience hosted by Sheriff Woody, Jesse and Bullseye will kick-start the day with sing-a-longs, cowboy serenades and all the country breakfast fixins.
  • Families will enjoy a Pixar-themed dinner with dishes inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios’ California locale.
  • Guests will immerse themselves in undersea magic while dining in Animator’s Palate with visits from some of their favorite “Finding Nemo” friends, including interactive conversations with Crush.
Pixar Day at Sea Disney Cruise Line

Pixar Day at Sea will be included on nine select Disney Fantasy cruises from January through March 2023. Departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, the Disney Fantasy will sail to several guest-favorite destinations in the eastern and western Caribbean. Eastern Caribbean itineraries feature stops in ports such as Tortola, St. Thomas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, while western Caribbean sailings visit Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Every cruise includes a visit to Disney’s private island oasis, Castaway Cay.

Pixar Day at Sea Disney Cruise Line

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.

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