Disney Makes Major Announcements at D23

This weekend Disney announced changes coming to Walt Disney World in the future.   So let’s get started.

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars Land is to be named – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. It will open first in Disneyland.


  • The Great Movie Ride will be closing August 13.  They are replacing it with a new attraction call Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway with new technology that is not 3D but what Disney is calling 2 1/2D that will give you the feel of 3D with no glasses.  The outside of the building is said to be staying the same.

  • Toy Story Land will open summer 2018!


  • A new attraction based on Ratatouille similar to the one in Disneyland Paris will go into a new area in France near the Eiffel Tower.
  • A new seamless circle-vision film is to be introduced in China.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy ride IS coming to the Future World area of Epcot. Plans are to have it open by the 50th anniversary (2021).
  • There will be a new table service restaurant near Mission Space that will be themed where you are dining in space.

  • The Mission Space refurbishment currently going on will reopen next month with a new Green Mission.

Magic Kingdom:

  • The Tron ride currently in Shanghi Disney will be added to the Magic Kingdom, but unlike previous rumors, it will NOT be replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway. It will be in a new space next to Space Mountain. Again to be open by the 50th in 2021.

  • The Star Wars resort IS coming to Walt Disney World! A luxury, totally immersive, multi day experience, nothing like anything before.  No date for it’s opening has been announced yet.
  • There will be a new point to point transport vehicle in Walt Disney World – “Minnie Vans” – red and white polka dot Chevy Traverse vehicles.
  • Additionally, a new transportation system named “the Skyliner” will be a gondola based system between Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Art of Animation, & Pop Century.

Disney Cruise Line:

  • A new Beauty and the Beast Show (based on the live action film) is coming to Disney Cruise Line.
  • There will be another ship added to the fleet by 2023 (in addition to the 2 already being built).


  • Pixar Fest is coming to DL in 2018 – Fireworks, characters

  • Paint the Night – the nighttime parade at DL will return.
  • Next summer, Paradise Pier will become “Pixar Pier”!
  • Cars Land is getting a Halloween overlay this fall.

Disneyland is going to expand its Superhero presence. Besides Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man & the Avengers, there will be an immersive experience… stay tuned for more details on this.

As you can see so many changes coming to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Stay tuned as with Disney, you never know if they may have more announcements coming today.

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A Disney Vacation: Perfect for Anyone

By:  Susan Soares

As a travel agent, I am beginning to lose count of how many times I have heard someone tell me that Disney is just for kids.  I tell them every time that could not be further from the truth.  In fact, there are so many facets to Disney that there is something for people of all ages and all interests.  In this blog post, I am going to explore the basics of what Disney has to offer all over the world.  Some of themWalt Disney World Partners might even surprise you.

Let’s start with the obviously wonderful, iconic Walt Disney World in Orlando.  With four parks, there is something for every interest.  Magic Kingdom offers the magic that most people think of when they think of Disney.  Walking down Main Street and seeing that wonderful castle gives me chills every time and takes me to a magical place.  Epcot has an amazing array of dining options to fit every taste.  Explore the world in one day as you wander throughout the World Showcase.  Travel to space on Mission:  Space or explore the ocean with Nemo.   Animal Kingdom gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the animals or travel to Mt. Everest in search of the mythical Yeti.  Hollywood Studios offers something for everyone from thrill seekers to the fine dining buff.  Tower of Terror gets the blood pumping as you drop thirteen stories or travel to the Rock N Roller Coaster for some high speed, upside down thrills.  Finish up the evening at the Brown Derby for an evening of fine dining.  Make sure you try the Grapefruit Cake.  You will be telling everyone about how amazing it is. 

For the historians and traditionalists, a visit to Disneyland in Anaheim is a must!  This is where the dream started and continues today.  Explore the magic that Walt Disney himself dreamed of and made reality for millions of people.  While it is filled with wonderful rides, Disneyland has a charm and elegance all its own.  For those looking for a luxury hotel experience, you should check out The Grand Californian.  Apart from the luxury hotel experience, this hotel offers you a private entrance World of Color straight into the park.

Still sound too “kiddish” to you?  Hang on, it’s about to get grown up.  Disney’s world famous customer service carries over into all of their other adventures as well.    Did you know that Disney Cruise Line is now cruising to destinations like Norway, Greece and Alaska?  If you are looking for more of a guided tour, look no further.  Adventures by Disney offers itineraries all over the United States and to places abroad including Egypt, South Africa and Australia.  How does Hawaii sound?  Visit Disney’s Aulani for the ultimate in experiencing a tropical paradise.  Aulani offers amazing views, wonderful activities and a pool just for adults to get away from it all. Disney Cruise ship

Isn’t Disney amazing?  I look forward to sharing more with you in future blogs about why Disney is perfect for anyone.

Keep calm and Disney on!

Susan Soares
Disney Vacation Planner