Well, we’re approaching the end of one of the most enjoyable weekends of the year, the D23 Expo is winding down today and has given us quite a few huge stories this year. For those who aren’t aware, D23 is for Disney what San Diego Comic Con is for comic book fans, or what E3 is for fans of video games and electronics. It breaks news on upcoming projects and lets us get a peak behind the curtain at things coming down the road from everyone’s favorite mouse couple. It seems every year we get something big that can’t be topped, yet somehow the next year brings even more excitement and joy among the Disney faithful. From movie trailers and announcements, ride development, to new resorts and transportation services, it’s always an amazing weekend full of magic the likes of which nobody else seems to be able to achieve outside of Disney.
The biggest moments to me, and the kid inside who grew up reading comics, was all of the news as it pertains to the Marvel Universe and it’s expansion within the Disney family. I made a decision based on the news yesterday that I now have to visit Paris in order to stay at the new Marvel resort that’s being created for Disneyland Paris, although it did irk me a bit that this wouldn’t be utilized in Florida, it gives me an excuse to travel abroad. Another big announcement was that Marvel will be getting it’s own “Land” as part of Disney’s California Adventure at Disneyland, with any luck this will be expanded to the Florida market as well in the future, all this travel is going to take a major toll on my wallet. Of course the Marvel news wouldn’t be complete without a teaser being shown for those in attendance of the upcoming Avengers Infinity War film. Shockingly there’s been no leaks online of videos from within the building, just written reports of what was shown, hopefully this makes it to the masses soon as it does sound amazing.
You can’t talk Disney these days without the words Star Wars coming to the surface it seems, and there were some pretty big steps taken in regard to this franchise and it’s inclusion in the parks as well. Hollywood Studios in Orlando has been in a bit of down cycle lately with the expansions being created for Star Wars and Toy Story, and losing the Osborne Family Lights at Christmas due to the removal of the New York street setting of Streets of America. That’s about to change with the premiere of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which will be opening in 2019. This will take you into the world of Star Wars, seemingly similar to the land created for Cars in California, it’s expected to become a massive draw for fans of the franchise of all ages and promises to help bring Hollywood Studios up to par with the other parks. This combined with Pandora at Animal Kingdom seem to be making what many see as the lesser parks of the Disney cluster more of a focus on visits in the future.
Speaking of bringing a park back to the forefront, it would seem EPCOT is slated to continue their development into a force among the parks in the next couple years as well. What started with the addition of Frozen via a ride and specific character spot in the park is now giving way to a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion. As if that weren’t exciting enough, the Guardians of the Galaxy are slated to take over the Universe of Energy attraction with a new ride, building off the popularity of the films and the change in California from the Tower of Terror to the Mission: BREAKOUT ride. As someone who has always loved EPCOT myself, it’s always been my favorite of the Disney parks, this is an awesome announcement. With expansions of this nature going on, I could see a whole new generation of fans falling in love with the “educational and technological” side of Disney just as I did on my first visit back in Middle School.
The D23 Expo is always a huge event, we constantly hear wonderful things coming out of the weekend, and Disney has yet to let their fans down. From the slate of movies coming up in the next few years, including the return of old favorites like The Incredibles and Toy Story, the continued re-imagining of films with Dumbo, The Lion King, and Aladdin set to get live action rebirths, and new movies like A Wrinkle in Time and Avengers Infinity War, we’re set for the foreseeable future. New resorts are on the way, and the new transportation systems that are set to debut, you have to wonder just how they’re going to top everything next year. As a fan, I can’t wait for everything on the horizon, the future looks incredibly bright for the House of Mouse, and it doesn’t seem to be dimming in the slightest bit anytime soon