Ask any Disney employee (or specifically Michael Cassis from the Sydney office) and they’ll tell you that although their theme parks are vastly different, they all have one thing in common – they have something for everyone.
Whether you’re a Star Wars fan, Marvel maniac, Pixar pal, Princess enthusiast or just love having fun, Disney’s five theme parks (California, Hong Kong, Paris and Shanghai) have what you’re looking for.
But just in case the imaginative team behind each park may have missed something, the five Disneylands are constantly evolving with new lands and attractions.
KARRYON along with every Travel Agent at this year’s Disney Days Roadshow (click here for images from the event) were lucky enough to get a rundown from Michael Cassis (Disney Destinations Travel and Business Development Manager) on the latest and upcoming changes at Disney Parks around the world – and boy did they give us an overwhelming urge to book right now.
Here’s just a few (18) of those changes:
Disneyland & California Adventure Park
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout
The Marvel-themed attraction replaced Tower of Terror in May last year and has been thrilling guests ever since with its rapid rises and drops.
You would have read about it on KARRYON, but in case you missed it, the Park launched a limited time celebration of all-things Pixar with new character meet and greets, Pixar-inspired cuisine as well as the return of Pixar Play Parade and Paint the Night (which has a new float dedicated to The Incredibles).
Also new for Pixar Fest is the Together Forever fire show featuring two a Buzz Lightyear and a house from Up that literally fly over the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Click here for more information on Pixar Fest.
Staying on after Pixar Fest ends is the Pixar Pier, formerly Paradise Pier, which has been updated with a new attraction called The Incredicoaster.
A fourth hotel
Disneyland & California Adventure will receive a fourth resort in 2021. The hotel will sit on top of what is currently 25 percent of Downtown Disney District, so there will be several changes coming to this area in the months and years ahead.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is just the beginning of Marvel’s influence on Disney Parks because more superheroes and super attractions will debut in the year’s ahead.
New Star Wars experiences
As part of the Park’s 25th anniversary celebrations last year, Disneyland Paris unveiled two new Star Wars experiences, including Star Tours: The Adventure Continues and a very unique version of Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain featuring loop-the-loops and cork screws.
Marvel’s Summer of Superheroes
A limited time celebration of all things Marvel will debut at the Park in June and run until September. It will feature a range of new Marvel meet and greets as well as a big Marvel show.
Mickey’s 90th Birthday
Although all Disney Parks will celebrate Mickey’s 90th birthday in a big way, Disneyland Paris will lead the party in September this year.
Hong Kong Disneyland:
A third onsite hotel
Last year the resort opened a third onsite hotel called The Disney Explorer’s Lodge. This new property joins two existing hotels and offers a wide range of extra features and bonuses for onsite guests.
Two new shows
A brand new Moana: A Homecoming Celebration Show made its debut in May, just after the launch of the new We Love Mickey Main Street projection show. These two shows are the start of a massive five year expansion project for Hong Kong Disneyland that will see a new attraction open almost every year between now and 2023.
Ant-Man & The Wasp
As part of Disney’s Marvel mania, Hong Kong Disneyland will open an Ant-Man & The Wasp attraction next year.
Frozen Themed Land
In addition to the world’s first Ant-Man attraction, Hong Kong Disneyland will soon be home to the world’s first Frozen Themed Land due to open around 2021/2022.
Completely rebuild the castle
Hong Kong Disneyland is doing something no other has done and that’s completely rebuild its castle, which will reopen in a couple of years bigger and better.
Toy Story Land
You may have seen the pictures already on KARRYON, but the newest of all the Disney Parks recently expanded with a Toy Story Land featuring three new attractions called Slinky Dog Spin, Rex’s Racer, and Woody’s Roundup. Click here for more information.
Walt Disney World:
Mickey Mouse Ride
Walt Disney World in Orlando will be home to the world’s first Mickey Mouse ride-through attraction called Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The ride will debut in Hollywood Studios in 2019.
Walt Disney World is so big that the park has decided to introduce mini vans that’ll get guests from point-to-point around the resort. The Minnie Vans will can be ordered via the Lyft app.
If mini vans aren’t your thing, then you could always try taking the new Skyline system that’ll link a number of properties to the park’s Hollywood Studios.
Toy Story Land
And finally, last month Walt Disney World opened Toy Story Land, which is completely unique and unlike the Toy Story Lands in other parks as this one is home to two new attractions including the Aliens Swirling Sauces and the brand new Slinky Dog Dash.
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