Here is a summary of the key points from the Destination D23 Parks Panel transcript:
The event kicked off with musical performances celebrating Disney stories and characters. Disney executives and imagineers then gave updates and sneak peeks of upcoming projects across Disney parks and destinations worldwide.
Highlights for Walt Disney World included:
- The Hatbox Ghost will appear at the Haunted Mansion in late November.
- Country Bear Jamboree will get a new show next year with the bears singing Disney songs in different country music styles.
- Disney is planning major new additions to Magic Kingdom on the scale of Pandora or Galaxy’s Edge.
- Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland will be re-themed to a new land based on Central/South America.
- Epcot updates:
- New nighttime show “Luminous” debuts in December
- Test Track is being reimagined with Chevrolet
- Figment meet and greets start tomorrow in the Imagination pavilion
Other Disney park updates:
- Preview of Frozen-themed land at Hong Kong Disneyland
- Progress on Zootopia land at Shanghai Disneyland
- Fantasy Springs expansion at Tokyo DisneySea
- New cruise ships Disney Treasure and Disney Adventure announced
- Sneak peeks of Disneyland Paris hotel renovations
The event emphasized Disney’s commitment to keep innovating and investing in new parks experiences worldwide for decades to come. Disney plans to deliver more attractions, lands, characters, shows, ships and more in the future.