Let me begin by saying…I wish I had been there!  I think I am going to try to make 2019 for sure!

Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, Bob Chapek presented what is coming up at Walt Disney World at the D23 Expo this weekend and here are a few of the things he has to share!

Let’s start with something that hasn’t gotten discussed much!  With all the talk about Star TS Land 2018Wars in the parks, many have set aside the fact that Toy Story Land is also being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  Personally, I like this one!  Opening in the Summer of 2018, you can experience what it is like to be in Andy’s backyard.  Many of our favorite characters will be in attendance.  We will be able to say hello to Woody, Buzz, Slinky Dog, and others!

We now know the name of the new out of this world Attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The new area will now be called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!  It will be a totally Star Wars Resortimmersive experience that will have a story that will follow each guest throughout the land!  You may even have an opportunity to earn Galactic Credits along the way!  One of the highlights will be the ability to fly the Millennium Falcon!  The Disneyland version will open slightly ahead of the one in Florida, but both are expected to be fully operational sometime in 2019.  I can’t wait!

Over at EPCOT, a new movie for the China Pavilion is in the works with a newer Circlevision 360 appearance.  There will be a seamless viewing area to make the experience more authentic!

In France, a new Ratatouille ride will be built.  If you are familiar with the pavilion, the ride will be located to the left, near the Eiffel Tower.  Disneyland Paris has this ride, and many guests have said it was one of the best attractions of ANY Disney Park worldwide.

RH5_4678You may have heard the rumors about Guardians Of The Galaxy landing at EPCOT.  Well, rumor no more!  A new Guardians themed attraction will move into the Universe of Energy!  While the story is still under development, EPCOT will be at the center of it all!

Mission Space has a new Green experience debuting when the attraction comes out of refurbishment in a few weeks!  A more family friendly, less stressful adventure lies ahead for all to share!  At D23, it was playfully described as Soarin’ Around The World, from space!  Sounds like fun to me!

At the Magic Kingdom TRON Lightcycle Run will take up residence in a newly developed area next to Space Mountain in Tomorrowland!  Many have been concerned about what this means for the Tomorrowland Speedway, but there was nothing mentioned about it being demolished to make room for TRON.  Stay tuned as we see more down the road!

There will also be a new theater for The Magic Kingdom based on the 1920’s Willis Wood Willis Wood Theater MKtheater in Kansas City. The placement of this theater, and the purpose of it, have not been revealed at this point, so we shall see what comes along!

Are you ready for a new way to get around the Walt Disney World property?  Well, the wait may be a bit longer, but we now have a glimpse of the gondola system under development.  The Disney Skyliner will RH5_4678provide transportation from Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway for EPCOT.  This looks somewhat reminiscent of the old Skyway at Magic Kingdom.  There is also a new Point-to-Point transportation system with Minnie Minnie's Vansvehicles to help you get around the property more efficiently.

Finally, for this post, Have you ever wondered what a completely immersive Resort experience would be like?  Well, in a few years, we will all have the chance to find out as Walt Disney World brings a new Star Wars themed resort to life!  From the moment you walk in until the end of your stay, you will be a part of the story that develops.  And, your view will not be of a Theme Park, or resort area, or anything on earth!  Each window will have a galactic view!  This sounds amazing!  One catch, it is being billed as a Deluxe experience, so expect a rather large cost!Star Wars Resort

Thanks for reading, my friends!

Keeping the Magic Alive…magical_matthew

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Current Theme Park Refurbishments at WDW

Here is the current list of refurbishments taking place at Walt Disney World Theme Parks for the Summer of 2017.

At the Magic Kingdom®…

  • The Hall of Presidents is due to reopen on June 29, 2017.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed from August 1 – August 10, 2017.
  • Splash Mountain is scheduled for a rather lengthy refurbishment beginning August 28 and running through November 16, 2017.


  • Mission: Space AND Advanced Training Lab begins refurbishment June 5 and goes until July 28, 2017.

There are no extra refurbishments scheduled for Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.

I hope this doesn’t put a crimp in your vacation plans!

Have a magical_matthew day, my friends!!