A masked household walks previous Cinderella Citadel within the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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Disney’s theme parks are on the rebound after the coronavirus pandemic shut down its home and worldwide places in 2020.
Income is rising for Disney’s parks, experiences and merchandise division and the corporate is seeing regular will increase in attendance, occupied room nights and cruise ship sailings.
Throughout its most up-to-date earnings, Disney touted that its new Genie+ and Lightning Lane merchandise helped enhance common per capita ticket income throughout the quarter. These new digital options have been launched to curate visitor expertise and permit parkgoers to bypass strains for main sights.
The corporate mentioned it has been in a position to deliver again in-park experiences equivalent to character meet-and-greets, theatrical performances and nighttime occasions at Disneyland, which has allowed it to extend capability at its parks, CEO Bob Chapek mentioned on the time. Disney has positioned caps on attendance because it reopened after the preliminary spherical of pandemic closures in early 2020 and instituted a brand new on-line reservation system to regulate crowds.
The corporate continues so as to add new options and sights to its theme parks and cruise strains, which Josh D’Amaro, head of Disney’s parks, experiences and product division, outlined Sunday at its D23 Expo.
D’Amaro welcomed Jon Favreau, govt producer of “The Mandalorian,” on stage to announce that the Mandalorian will seem with an animatronic Grogu in Galaxy’s Edge as a part of its in-land costumed characters obtainable for meet-and-greets and interactions. He’ll arrive in November.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek revealed on Friday that the California-based Disneyland could be getting a 3rd attraction at its Avengers Campus. The experience relies on the multiverse and riders will battle in opposition to villains from totally different universes, together with King Thanos.
Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige appeared in individual whereas Mark Ruffalo, who portrays the Hulk, appeared by way of video to disclose that Hulk will likely be within the park as a meet-and-greet alternative. The model of Hulk was developed as a part of Mission Exo and can arrive within the park subsequent week.
(L-R): Jonathan Becker (Analysis and Improvement Imagineer), Josh D’Amaro (Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Merchandise), Richard-Alexandre Peloquin (Analysis Engineer Imagineer).
Pacific Wharf at Disney California Journey will likely be remodeled into San Fransokyo from “Massive Hero Six,” and together with the prospect to satisfy Baymax, the useful health-care robotic. Moreover, Paradise Pier Lodge is turning into Pixar Place Lodge.
Downtown Disney will add a number of new eating places together with Porto’s Bakery and Cafe and Din Tai Fung.
Disneyland’s Toon City land will get a model of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction from Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, in addition to quite a few beauty updates and a brand new play yard for youths. These updates are anticipated in 2023.
Tiana’s Bayou Journey, which is changing Splash Mountain, takes place straight after the occasions of “The Princes and the Frog” and follows Princess Tiana as she searches for a lacking ingredient for a celebration celebrating Carnival. The experience is slated to reopen in late 2024.
A mannequin of Tiana’s Bayou Journey, which is able to reimagine Disneyland’s Splash Mountain, is displayed throughout the Walt Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on September 9, 2022.
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D’Amaro mentioned that music will likely be an enormous a part of the experience and the forged from the film will return to lend their voices to the attraction. Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana, arrived on stage to sing “I am Nearly There” and “Dig a Little Deeper” from the 2009 animated movie.
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D’Amaro introduced that Disney is within the midst of making a brand new night-time spectacular for Epcot to rejoice the corporate’s one hundredth anniversary. Moreover, Journey of Water, impressed by “Moana,” which was introduced again in 2019 will open in late 2023.
Additionally coming to Epcot is Figment, the fan-favorite purple dragon, who will likely be returning to the park for meet-and-greets sooner or later.
Moreover, subsequent 12 months the Hat Field Ghost will seem on the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World.
D’Amaro confirmed footage of his take a look at experience of Tron Gentle Cycle Run, noting that the experience is slated to open in spring 2023 at Magic Kingdom.
Disney’s sixth cruise ship is known as “Disney Treasure” and celebrates Walt Disney’s love of journey. The grand corridor is impressed by “Aladdin” and incorporates a statue of Jasmine and Aladdin using on the magic carpet.
D’Amaro mentioned the “Disney Marvel” will now journey to Australia and New Zealand beginning Oct. 2023.
The corporate can also be opening a brand new island trip spot situated within the Bahamas referred to as Lighthouse Level. D’Amaro mentioned 90% of the facility used at this location will likely be supplied by solar energy.
Duffy and Buddies, cute cuddly characters from Shanghai Disney Resort, will likely be getting their very own stop-motion sequence on Disney+.
D’Amaro additionally confirmed new pictures from the Zootopia land, which is able to function a big animatronic of Officer Clawhauser. No date has been set for the land’s official opening.
Hong Kong Disneyland is getting a brand new Walt Disney statue, which is impressed by Walt watching his kids experience on a merry-go-round and galvanizing the launch of Disney’s theme parks. The park’s Frozen-themed land will open within the second half of 2023.
In Paris, a brand new promenade will likely be added to connect its new Frozen-inspired land to the remainder of the park and a “Tangled” themed attraction will likely be added to the brand new backyard space.
Tokyo Disney Resort can also be within the midst of including a brand new land to its park based mostly on “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Peter Pan” referred to as Fantasy Springs.
House Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland will bear a change in 2024 and have a brand new plaza that will likely be full in 2027.
Past Massive Thunder Mountain
On the finish of the panel, D’Amaro mentioned what he referred to as “blue sky” initiatives that the Imagineering workforce is engaged on. There are initiatives which might be nonetheless in early growth and should finally not see the sunshine of day.
D’Amaro talked about the potential for revamping Dino Land at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Preliminary concepts for the area embrace the potential for bringing “Zootopia” to the park, together with its number of districts and animal species, and even “Moana.”
At Magic Kingdom, Disney is asking the query: “What’s behind Massive Thunder Mountain?” The corporate teased that an space based mostly on “Coco” might be in that location or “Encanto.” Maybe, each.
D’Amaro even teased the potential for additionally bringing to life an space of Magic Kingdom overrun by Disney villains. The group erupted with applause at this suggestion. For essentially the most half, villains make their appearances throughout Disney’s Halloween particular occasions.
“We’re by no means going to cease delighting you,” he mentioned.