JUST ANNOUNCED: Walt Disney World Resort Updates from D23 Expo


At D23 Expo 2022, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared a look into the future for Disney theme parks and beyond, with announcements that continue to defy expectations and inspire imagination. Here's a look at the exciting new offerings coming to The Walt Disney World Resort.

EPCOT’s World Celebration neighborhood reaches completion in late 2023. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will also open in late 2023, inviting guests to follow the story of water on the planet, inspired by Moana’s connection to the ocean.



Fan-favorite character Figment will also appear live to park guests by the end of 2023. I can not wait to give my favorite dragon buddy a hug! TRON / Lightcycle Run will invite guests to enter the Grid in spring 2023.


Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is coming to Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024. Several members of the original film cast will return to lend their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Bruno Campos as Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis and Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie.

Popular anthem “Happily Ever After” will play again when an updated nighttime spectacular returns to light up the skies over Cinderella Castle in 2023. This is one of my personal favorite announcements!

At the Haunted Mansion, I am happy to say that Disney has heard our collective pleas, the Hatbox Ghost will soon be joining the happy haunts at the Haunted Mansion inside the Magic Kingdom! The Hatbox Ghost will materialize in 2023.

Sneak peek at what's next: Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Chris Beatty and Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee discuss early concept explorations for Dinoland U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and potential expansion opportunities beyond Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World, and even offer some creative “what if” ideas.

Which update are you most excited about?


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