D23 Expo 2022 returns today! As the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo celebrates the Walt Disney Company and all of its beloved stories and worlds. From the moment D23 Expo begins, attendees will be able to explore the Disney Parks and Experiences Wonderful World of Dreams pavilion and step right into the new stories, attractions and adventures that Walt Disney Imagineering is bringing to life around the world.
The latest on new and highly anticipated projects in development around the world will be shared when Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro presents A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Josh takes the Hall D23 stage Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m. PT for this presentation filled with see-it-here-first moments and special surprises. Be sure to follow @DisneyParks all weekend long for the latest updates from D23 Expo and be sure to tune in Sunday for a livestream of the panel from D23 Expo at D23Expo.com/Live.
As we eagerly await the presentation on Sunday, here’s a first look at what D23 Expo attendees will get to explore in the pavilion starting tomorrow when the Expo kicks off!
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Model
Coming to both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will bring guests down the bayou along with Tiana, Naveen and their friends. Here you can see a model of the upcoming attraction and new artwork that expands upon the next chapter in Tiana’s story.
Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets
At Disneyland park, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will be in New Orleans Square, which allows for the opportunity to tell even more Tiana stories.
An all-new retail store will be opening in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park on Sept. 20, 2022, called Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets. Tiana is collaborating with her talented dressmaker mother, Eudora, to open this fantastic little shop, with accessories to create and serve masterful Orleans-style cuisine and more.
Mickey’s Toontown and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park is currently undergoing an exciting transformation into a vibrant symphony of sights, sounds and sensations. Here you can see a sneak peek of models of what the land will look like when it reopens in 2023, including Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard. Part of this reimagining includes the addition of the new attraction Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, complete with a brand-new attraction poster.
Transformation of EPCOT
The ongoing historic transformation of EPCOT will bring the next generation of immersive storytelling to life through a collection of new attractions and experiences. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is one of those new experiences, and guests can see behind-the-scenes photos of its development and a model of Te Fiti in the pavilion.
At Destination D23 last year, we shared a look at a new Walt Disney statue, created by Imagineers for a special area in EPCOT called Dreamers Point. Inside the pavilion, you’ll see the statue that we can now share will be called “Walt the Dreamer,” which will inspire guests as he gazes out at EPCOT, encouraging everyone to follow their dreams right along with him.
Around the World at International Parks
We’re thrilled to bring our first-ever land themed to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” to life at Shanghai Disney Resort. Inside the pavilion, guests will discover some of the citizens of Zootopia, brought to life just as they will be when the land opens. To represent the future of Tokyo Disney Resort, new posters and attraction ride vehicle maquettes from Fantasy Springs, the newest theme port (port of call) based on Walt Disney Animation Studios movies “Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and “Frozen,” are on display. Lastly, a new poster and details about the beautiful new land inspired by Frozen coming to Hong Kong Disneyland will leave guests eager to venture into the unknown.
Disney and Amazon teams continue to prepare for the rollout of Hey Disney!, a new digital voice assistant built on Alexa technology which will let you interact with some of the most beloved Disney characters and enjoy special Disney experiences at Disney Resorts and at home, with new experiences and characters being added over time. The first new addition coming to the Hey Disney! roster to join the ranks of characters like Olaf, C3PO and Tiana is Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto,” voiced by Stephanie Beatriz.
DisneyMe D23 Expo Quest
Guests at D23 Expo will get first access to DisneyMe, an all-new digital avatar in the Play Disney Parks app. This experience empowers guests to express their Disney style by creating their own unique DisneyMe. To celebrate the launch of DisneyMe as part of Disney Uncharted Adventure on the Disney Wish, guests at D23 Expo are invited on a quest that can only be completed at the Expo. Attendees will uncover specially designed Disney Wish and D23 Expo digital clothing and accessories for their DisneyMe around the show floor. D23 Expo guests will need to download the latest Play Disney Parks app to be ready to create their DisneyMe and join the DisneyMe D23 Expo Quest during the convention.
Be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog all throughout D23 Expo weekend for the latest and greatest updates!