ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney on Sunday dropped a slew of big updates and announcements for Walt Disney World at its biannual Disney fan convention, D23 Expo, in Anaheim.
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Here's a roundup of what's coming and changing around Disney World.
Disney, which had already announced plans for big renovations at Epcot, revealed more details about what's coming to the park.
The park will undergo a multi-year overhaul that includes new rides, shows, restaurants and experiences.
As part of the renovations, Epcot will be made up of four "neighborhoods" that highlight different aspects of the park.
World Celebration will make up the area from the entrance of the park all the way to World Showcase. Included in this neighborhood is Spaceship Earth, which will get new scenes and a new narration; and a new festival pavilion, which will be the home base for Epcot's festival. The three-level structure will have a space to view the park's fireworks from up top.
A Walt Disney statue will be constructed behind Spaceship Earth in an area called Dreamers Point, which will also feature a "lush gardens, a wishing tree and an interactive fountain."
In the Wold Discovery neighborhood will be Mission Space, a new space-themed restaurant called "Space 220" and the previously announced Guardians of the Galaxy coaster, which will be called "Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind."
World Nature will make up the area around The Land pavilion, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and the newly-announced Moana-inspired attraction, "Journey of Water." The walk-through attraction will let visitors interact with "magical, living water" as they make their way through a lush trail.
The newly-designated neighborhoods will join World Showcase, which will get a few additions of its own.
A Mary Poppins attraction will be added to the United Kingdom pavilion. The attraction will include the addition of the Cherry Tree Lane neighborhood, which will feature the Banks home.
Over in the France pavilion, a new Beauty and the Beast sing-along will debut in January. And in the summer of 2020, Remy's Rataouille Adventure will make its debut. The attraction will "shrink" visitors down to the size of a Chef Remy as they race through Gusteau's restaurant.
Canada will get an updated video with "Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360," which will also debut in January. The China pavilion will also get a new 360-video called "Wonderous China."
The World Showcase Lagoon will also be home to a new nighttime show that will replace the long-running IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. After the limited-time Epcot Forever show, a new show called HarmonioUS will debut in 2020. The show will celebrate music from artists from around the globe. It will also have floating set pieces, LED panels, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
In addition to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (opening August 29), Disney's Hollywood Studios will soon be home to a Mickey Mouse-themed attraction.
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, which is set to open next year, is being built at the former site of The Great Movie Ride. The attraction will transport riders in to a Mickey cartoon short. It will feature an original story, new music and visual effects.
At D23 Expo on Sunday, Disney released new concept art of the ride, including a marquee outside the Chinese Theater and scenes riders will see along the way.
Disney has shared more details about the show that replaces Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba at Disney Springs.
The as-of-yet unnamed show will focus on the art of Disney animation. The story revolves around a young girl, who gets transported into the world of animation.
"Journey into a world where the animator's desk becomes the stage and drawings come to life," Disney said.
The show will feature an original score that integrates Disney themes and melodies. New animation sequences will be created for the show. And, according to Cirque du Soleil, the live performers will interact with animated characters.
The show will debut April 17, with previews set to start March 20. Tickets are now on sale.
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