D23’s Destination D Announcement Roundup

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Here’s a quick overview of everything that was announced at D23’s Destination D fan celebration this weekend at Walt Disney World.

D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse fan celebration was held in Lake Buena Vista, Florida this weekend. Artwork courtesy of Disney.

D23’s Destination D Fan Celebration

This weekend, Destination D attendees were among the first to learn about all the new and exciting things coming to Walt Disney World in the near future. Bob Chapek (Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman) provided details about some previously revealed experiences and also announced a few ones. We’re here to give you the scoop!

Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed exciting details of new experiences coming to Disney Parks during D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse fan celebration in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Ty Popko.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge News

Bob Chapek revealed names and details of the two attractions coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019!

Get behind-the-wheel of the iconic Millennium Falcon in Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Or join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Bob Chapek also announced that legendary Star Wars composer John Williams will be creating new and original themed music exclusive to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Here’s a preview of the music and a peek at the construction progress:

Additional concept art was revealed for the upcoming Star Wars resort coming to Walt Disney World. This is expected to be a groundbreaking, fully immersive, authentic Star Wars experience. Take a look!

For more details about the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge announcements from Destination D, click here.

 

A new nature-inspired resort is coming to Walt Disney World. Concept art courtesy of Disney.

Nature-Inspired Resort Coming to Bay Lake

Earlier this fall, it was announced that a nature-inspired resort will be coming to Bay Lake. At Destination D, Bob Chapek revealed that the name for the resort will be Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, and will feature over 900 rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas.

New additions are coming to the France pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Concept art courtesy of Disney.

Epcot’s Transformation Continues

It’s well-known at this point that Epcot is going through some major changes over the new few years. Bob Chapek revealed a few more details about what’s to come.

The name of the previously announced “Ratatouille” attraction being constructed in the France pavilion will be Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Bob Chapek also announced that a new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along attraction will also be added to the pavilion. Don’t worry, it will not be replacing “Impressions de France”.

A temporary nighttime show is coming to Epcot as Imagineers prepare for the new nighttime spectacular in 2020. Concept art courtesy of Disney.

The biggest Epcot news is, of course, about what will be replacing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth next year. Bob Chapek revealed that a temporary nighttime show called Epcot Forever will run in 2019 while Imagineers put the finishing touches on the still-unnamed nighttime spectacular that will be the permanent replacement. Epcot Forever will feature classic Epcot music, along with fireworks, lighting, lasers, and special effects and will begin its limited-time run Fall 2019.

A new nighttime spectacular is coming to Epcot in 2020. Concept art courtesy of Disney.

Although a name was not revealed for IllumiNations’ permanent replacement, Bob Chapek did share some concept art. This new show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers. It is set to begin its run in 2020.

For more details about the Epcot announcements from Destination D, click here.

A new nighttime show is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019. Concept art courtesy of Disney.

New Experiences Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be getting a new nighttime projection show on the Chinese Theater next year. This new show will use Disney’s state-of-the-art projection-mapping technology to take guests on a journey through 90 years of Disney animation. Bob Chapek revealed that the name of the show will be Wonderful World of Animation and will begin May 2019 as a part of Hollywood Studios’ 30th anniversary. Take a look at the concept art above!

There is so much Disney magic to look forward to over the new few years! What are you most excited for?

By Courtney Reynolds

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Courtney Reynolds

Courtney is a photographer for WDW Magazine. She is a New England native currently living in Orlando. In addition to photography, she loves tacos, Donald Duck, and riding roller coasters.