Disney fans have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro dropped a slew of new announcements Sunday at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, including opening dates for several highly anticipated attractions like TRON Lightcycle Run and "blue sky" ideas like an area overrun by Disney villains.
"We're always, always in search of Walt's great big beautiful tomorrows," D'Amaro said.
Here are the biggest D23 announcements for Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney properties around the globe, which will all be celebrating Disney's 100th anniversary next year.
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What's coming to Disney World
- "Happily Ever After" will return to Magic Kingdom next year with new updates.
- TRON Lightcycle Run will open in spring 2023 in Magic Kingdom.
- The Hatbox Ghost, a Haunted Mansion icon at Disneyland, will come to Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion next year.
- A new nighttime spectacular is in development for EPCOT and will debut in 2023.
- Figment will make character appearances at EPCOT next year.
- Major transformations at the center of EPCOT will open to guests in late 2023. They include Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, a new experience in the coming World Nature neighborhood. "It's the story of water on our planet," D'Amaro said. "As you make your way around the trail, you'll interact with the water and discover that it kind of has a mind of its own."
- When Tiana's Bayou Adventure opens at Disney World and Disneyland in late 2024, it will feature the familiar voices of many of the actors who worked on "The Princess and the Frog." Disney Executive Creative Producer Charita Carter said the attraction, which is replacing Splash Mountain, also will use mists "like a painter's canvas to create this amazing sense of aura, which is going to be different from anything that you have seen in an attraction." Disney currently projects images onto the water in the Wonders of Light nighttime spectacular at Disney California Adventure and Harmonious at EPCOT.
- Disney is exploring a retheming of Animal Kingdom's DinoLand that could incorporate "Zootopia" and "Moana," but it's still very early in the "blue sky" ideation process, D'Amaro said.