Saturday, August 15, 2015

D23 Expo Saturday Recap

August 15, 2015
The D23 Expo is the Convention for the Official Disney Fan Club, D23, named after 1923 when Walt left Kansas for Hollywood!  And the D23 Expo was buzzing with excitement on Saturday with lots of great announcements for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland!

Probably the most exciting news Saturday was Star Wars Land at both parks!  This will be a large expansion project that will help us relive the old and new Star Wars sagas!

And we have heard for some time about expanding Toy Story Mania - but a whole new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World was definitely unexpected news!  This expansion will broaden the appeal of Hollywood Studios for all ages!

Now, if you are like me, I just am not sure that I can wait for Star Wars Land! But to feed our need for all things Star Wars, Disney will provide new attractions this year with more phasing in starting early 2016!

Coming by the end of 2015: 

Star Wars Launch Bay
Star Wars
This will be an interactive experience at both parks that will take you into all the worlds of the Star Wars Saga including The Force Awakens.  To me, this has an Epcot feel to it much like Innoventions; a place to learn and experience galactic life.  (Not to mention a great place to get out of the sun!)

Star Tours
Star Wars

Both parks will be updated to include worlds and characters from The Force Awakens.  This addition to Star Tours will really broaden the rage of adventures.  It will be interesting to see how they mesh the new and the old together in the ride.  

Jedi Training
Jedi Training

Jedi Training will be expanded to include new Jedi and Villains to test your skills!  This attraction is gaining in popularity and adding the new characters will be an awesome addition.  Just imagine battling The Inquisitor!  

Coming 2016

Seasons of the Force

This exciting addition will reimagine Space Mountain in Disneyland into Hyperspace Mountain thrusting the rider into the middle of an X-Wing battle!  Space Mountain is one of my favorite rides, so moving this into the Galaxy Far Far Away will be an amazing experience for me!

And fans of Star Wars can come out each weekend to Hollywood Studios to see an exciting new Star Wars Fireworks show!

If you came to Star Wars Weekends 2014 and 2015, you were able to experience the breath taking Star Wars fireworks extravaganza!
This reimagined pyrotechnic/music show will be another great addition to the expanding Hollywood Studios!

We all grew up falling in love with classic Disney Park attractions, but the years to come will bring us many new things to share with our families and to fall in love again with Walt Disney's Dream!

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