There were a number of amazing announcements that came from D23 2019 that took place in Anaheim, California August 23-25. We are going to break down the top ten things (in our humble opinion) that came from this exciting expo.
Disney Cruise Line
One of the exciting announcements to come from the Disney Parks Panel on Sunday afternoon involved the Disney Cruise Line. There are currently four ships in the Disney fleet with three more under construction. Bob Chapek announced that one of the brand new ships coming to this luxury, family cruise line is going to be the Disney Wish!
The Disney Wish will join the fleet in January 2022 when it first sets sail to make magical new memories for guests.
The ship will include an opulant three-story atrium that is inspired by the beauty of an enchanted Disney fairy tale.
In addition, Disney Cruise Line guests can look forward to a second signature island experience in The Bahamas and a new Disney port of call, on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. Disney legendary Imagineer, Joe Rhode will lead the design team to create an amazing experience that pays homage to Bahamian culture, lifestyle and tradition to Disney Cruise Line guests.
You can read more about that HERE!
Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris
The castle at Hong Kong Disneyland is getting a new look. Originally modeled after the Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland, the new castle will be called the Castle of Magical Dreams and will bring new daytime and nighttime shows and a new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The facade of the castle will focus on thirteen well known Disney Princesses and heroines.
Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris will be getting new Frozen themed lands. Two attractions will be included for Hong Kong. The first is a roller coaster called Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs, which will feature Olaf and Sven helping to pull the sled that guests ride on here. A replica of Epcot’s Frozen Ever After will also be coming to the new land.
Bob Chapek annuounced that a new Disney trip planning app will be launching in 2020. Disney Genie will put the necessity of planning for Disney at your fingertips with a brand new app. Through a series of algorithms and an assortment of itineraries, Disney programmers will take the stress out of planning your next Disney vacation by helping guests to build a trip schedule that can be personalized for your crew. Plans will help with everything from meet and greets, dining reservation, special events and attractions.
Read all about Disney Genie and how it will be a game changer for planning Disney World vacations HERE!
Cirque du Soleil Meets Disney Animation
A new Cirque du Soleil show is coming to Walt Disney World. More specifically, Disney Springs. The new show will open for preview performances in March 2020 and the official opening date is set for April 17, 2020. The show, as stated during D23 is a “love letter to Disney animation” but as of right now we don’t have an official title.
Disney characters and the magic of Cirque du Soleil come together for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience.
Reflections Lakeside Lodge
Reflections Lakeside Lodge is the newest Walt Disney Resort coming to Walt Disney World. The resort will be a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort and will be the 16th DVC property for Disney.
The resort is set to open in 2022 and Disney has said of this Deluxe Resort property that it will, “be a celebration of Walt Disney’s lifelong love and respect for nature”. Reflections Lakeside Lodge will boast more than 900 hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas.
We learned that a new signature restaurant is coming to this resort as well and it will be themed to the bayou! That’s right! Tiana is getting her own restaurant and it is going to be magical. We have high hopes that this will be a character dining experience similar to Storybook Dining at Artist Point over at Wilderness Lodge.
Stay tuned for part two of this post that will highlight the top five things that we learned from D23 about what is to come for The Walt Disney Company.
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