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Today’s D23 Expo panel about Disney parks was loaded with tons of new information, from news about a new Avengers-themed ride to the first-ever Mary Poppins attraction. But there are plenty of smaller details that we didn’t want to fall through the cracks, so we’ve gathered them all up in a breezy round-up. Check it out below to make sure you didn’t miss anything from this morning’s info-heavy presentation.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Hotel

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has been open at Disneyland for nearly two months now, and the Star Wars expansion at Disney World opens in just a few days. But that’s just the beginning of the Disney theme park efforts to whisk you off to a galaxy far, far away.

Coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Galactic Starcruiser hotel, allowing guests of Disney resorts the experience of staying in their very own Star Wars hotel room aboard a ship called the Halcyon, part of the Chandrila Star Line. Before the weekend, we got a look at the model depicting the ship that fans will be “aboard” for their Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge hotel experience, and now we have even more details on the continued expansion at Disney theme parks. Find out what we learned below. Read More »

When you think of Disney Parks, the first things that come to mind are probably staples of The Magic Kingdom: rides like The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the trinity of Mountains (Space, Splash, and Big Thunder). But it’s rare to find someone who initially conjures up imagery of anything from Epcot, the Walt Disney World park that’s spent decades struggling to define itself. But with Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek recently announcing that the next generation of that park would become “more Disney” than the current iteration, that long struggle may be coming to an end.

At today’s Epcot D23 presentation, Chapek took the stage and gave us some more insight into the renovations that are planned for the park. Here’s what we learned. Read More »

Mary Poppins Attraction at Epcot

The D23 Expo pulled out all the stops this morning when they announced the first ever Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Several dancers came out and performed a “Step In Time” dance number on stage – including Disney legend Dick Van Dyke, who is 93 years old but was still dancing among the rest of them. Here’s what we know about the new attraction so far. Read More »

marvel web d23

It appears that even though Spider-Man may no longer appear in future Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, the movies may be spinning a WEB of their own without him. WEB, aka the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, is a part of Disney’s theme park narrative that’s tied in to Avengers Campus, the new Marvel-themed land coming to Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Paris. WEB is a fictional company within the parks that was created by Tony Stark, and during today’s D23 presentation, it was revealed that the organization is going to be incorporated into upcoming comics and movies.

Get the details on that below, and check out some new concept art from the Spider-Man attraction, Pym Kitchen, and more.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lets you fly the Millennium Falcon, so it only makes sense that when the upcoming Avengers Campus attraction opens at Disney’s California Adventure, you’ll be able to take out a certain Marvel vehicle for a spin.

At The D23 Expo’s panel about upcoming Disney Parks attractions, a new ride was announced that will let you step onboard a Quinjet, one of the signature vehicles of The Avengers, to fly alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a battle down in Wakanda and more. Basically, it sounds like Marvel’s version of Star Tours with a little bit of the Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run attraction thrown in for good measure, but the ride itself might offer a new kind of experience. Check out some concept art of the Disneyland Avengers Quinjet ride below. Read More »

Rise of the Resistance footage

With Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run as the only ride in Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so far, the new Star Wars-themed expansion has been impressive, but still feels a bit incomplete. But soon, guests will be able to step onto Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, a massive dark ride with action that’s set in between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

At this morning’s D23 presentation, Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a new Galaxy’s Edge commercial that contains tons of new Rise of the Resistance footage, and the official video has been released online. Check it out below.
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Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway concept art

While he’s been a mascot for the parks for decades, neither Walt Disney World or Disneyland have had a Mickey Mouse-themed attraction. That changes with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, coming to Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park and Disneyland next year. New details about the ride were revealed at the D23 convention today and here’s what you need to know.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disney’s trying to get you go to their parks any which way.
  • Disney World horses are getting a new barn.
  • Tomorrowland is getting an upgrade.
  • And more!

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D23 Expo 2019 gives us a sneak preview at the future of Disney theme parks including Marvel and Star Warsa, a look at the art of costume design from Walt Disney Archives, and the future of the Disney+ streaming service. Watch our D23 Expo video tour.
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