Yesterday, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared a look into the future for Disney theme parks and beyond, with announcements that spanned new attractions, new lands, new shows, and so much more at D23 Expo 2022.
I’ve already covered his reveals for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Today I’ve got the other half of his presentation, covering the Disney Parks of Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, Shanghai Disney, Hong Kong Disneyland, plus the Disney Cruise Line.
Let’s dive in…
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
After giving more compliments to the company’s cast members, D’Amaro’s next topic was the Disney Cruise Line, which welcomed the new Disney Wish to the fleet earlier this year.
It won’t be the newest for long though, as the sixth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Treasure, will set sail in 2024.
Imagineers have dreamed up a new design concept inspired by the theme of adventure, celebrating Walt Disney’s lifelong love of exploration.
The Grand Hall, the magnificent three-deck-tall atrium that welcomes guests on board, is inspired by the grandeur and mystery of a gilded palace, drawing on real-world influences from Asia and Africa, and paying homage to the far-off land of Agrabah.
At the center, the signature statue will feature Aladdin, Jasmine, and their Magic Carpet.
Big news for those wanting more sailing destinations: For the first time, Disney Cruise Line is bringing the magic of a Disney vacation to families and fans in Australia and New Zealand during limited-time cruises that immerse guests in Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars stories beginning in late October 2023.
Additionally, repositioning cruises for the Disney Wonder will be the first South Pacific voyages for Disney Cruise Line, giving guests the chance to experience destinations like Fiji and Samoa.
Sign me up for a repositioning, please!
Finally in the Bahamas, progress continues on a beautiful new island destination at Lighthouse Point, which will bring the natural beauty and rich culture of the Bahamas to life for Disney Cruise Line guests.
The French park is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and recently opened its own “Avengers Campus.”
There’s still more coming, according to D’Amaro.
A new “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.
“Frozen” is also one of the stories playing a role in the royal transformation of the iconic 5-star Disneyland Hotel, reopening in 2024. Every guest room, along with all the communal areas, are being rethemed, taking inspiration from classics like “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Tangled,” & more.
A new “Tangled”-themed family attraction will also join the new gardens leading into the “Frozen” land.
Finally, 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.
TOKYO DISNEY RESORT
Having just celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea, the resort is gearing up for several new additions.
“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.”
“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.
The resort will also be opening a brand-new hotel integrated right into the park.
And the reimagining of “Space Mountain” proceeding on track, as D’Amaro showed an art rendering of what the Tokyo attraction will look like at night when it’s finished.
I would love for them to do Magic Kingdom’s version next, especially to help it stand out next to the new “TRON / Lightcycle Run” attraction.
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Inspired by Disney Animation’s film, “World of Frozen” will open in the second half of 2023. It will blend Arendelle with the park’s natural landscapes on Lantau Island.
Hong Kong Disneyland will also unveil a new statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse near Cinderella’s Carousel as part of the “Disney100” Celebration.
SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT
This 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, with different doors at different sizes and heights on the buildings.
Meanwhile, 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.
BEYOND THE PARKS
Mickey’s favorite teddy bear, Duffy, is a favorite of fans in all three Disney resorts in Asia.
D’Amaro brought Duffy’s newest friend LinaBell onstage to share that Duffy and Friends will star in their very own six-episode, stop-motion animated series on Disney+ next year.
Josh D’Amaro wrapped his presentation with: “Here’s to the next 100 years, and the boundless future we’ll create together!” as various Disney characters joined him on stage.
What do you think about the announcements for the Disney Parks? Are there any that you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments!
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