There have been so many announced new rides, attractions, and whole expansion areas being developed across the numerous Disney theme parks not just in the US but around the world, that it’s getting hard to get them all straight. Not to worry; they’re enumerating them quite neatly over in Tokyo.
Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, took to the stage during the D23 Expo at Tokyo Disney Resorts recently, and shared with the excited audience a nice summary of what to expect from their theme parks in the future. Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel are the upcoming park upgrades.
First to be featured was Galaxy’s Edge, the highly-anticipated Star Wars themed park area, which Chapek says will be “seamlessly connected” to a Star Wars hotel at least in its Disney World version at Hollywood Studios. Anaheim’s Disneyland will get one too, being constructed north of Frontierland and due 2019.
In terms of Marvel, the next important news for Disney World is a ride themed after Guardians of the Galaxy in EPCOT: an E-Ticket indoor roller coaster, one of the world’s longest. They’re even explaining the Marvel-EPCOT connection with a backstory: Peter Quill/Star-Lord visited there as a child, pre-alien abduction.
Speaking of Marvel coasters, Disneyland Paris is getting into the action too. They’re closing down the Aerosmith-themed Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster and restyling it as an Avengers attraction. Chapek adds that Hong Kong Disneyland will also get Marvel ride #2. This one’s themed after the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Finally, Pixar’s taking over at Disney California Adventure back in Anaheim. Aside from the Toy Story Land expansion, Paradise Pier will also become Pixar Pier. On April 13, a limited-engagement Pixar event will also be celebrated in DCA and Disneyland itself: Pixar Fest. That’s a lot to look forward to.