Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar magic abound as Disney Parks and Resorts announces new attractions around the world at the D23 Expo Japan 2018.
After the Iron Man Experience was launched in Hong Kong Disneyland, it was yesterday announced that an entire Marvel-themed area is now on its way to the park. Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Bob Chapek, revealed that the second new Marvel attraction will invite guests to “team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots”.
More larger-than-life superhero adventures await, with Chapek sharing that the Marvel Super Hero universe will come to Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park, and the existing Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be reimagined featuring Iron Man and Avengers.
Fans in Japan also got a peek into one of the rooms that will open at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020, while buzz builds around Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy making their way to Epcot.
In Japan, Tokyo Disney Resort is looking forward to its biggest expansion since the opening of Tokyo DisneySea. The first-ever attraction inspired by Big Hero 6 will launch at Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland, and a Beauty and the Beast-themed area will be added to Fantasyland.
The Fantasyland expansion will also include the first full-scale, live entertainment theatre at Tokyo Disneyland, while Toontown will see a new design studio where guests can meet Minnie Mouse. At Tokyo DisneySea, guests will soon be able to experience a version of Soarin’, one of the most popular attractions across all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
More details on the hyped Star Wars-themed hotel concept have also been revealed. The hotel will combine a luxury resort with an authentic Star Wars story at Walt Disney World Resort, and Chapek yesterday announced this will be connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney has also dubbed 2018 the “Year of Pixar” at Disney parks, with Toy Story Land opening at Shanghai Disney Resort in April, and at Walt Disney World Resort this summer.
Disney announced yesterday that Pixar Pier will open at Disney California Adventure on June 23, including the Incredicoaster and a future attraction themed to Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out. Fans also learned that a new Incredibles float will join Paint the Night this June. The popular parade returns to the Disneyland Resort – this time to Disney California Adventure – when Pixar Fest launches on April 13.
Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a new, family-friendly show will debut April 22, featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s Up, as they discover species of birds from around the world.