I have spent a lot of time in the last few days watching social media for all of the news coming out of the D23 conference in Anaheim! To say that I am excited is an understatement! There are so many cool new and fun things coming out of the Disney Universe in the next few years, and my soul is ready. If you were unable to keep up, don’t worry–I’ve done all of the work for you. Here is what you missed at the 2019 D23 Expo.
What is D23?
D23 is the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company. Founded in 2009, the organization is known mainly for its biennial exposition event, the D23 Expo. The name D23 refers to D for Disney and 23 for 1923—the year Walt Disney founded the company.
What is the D23 Expo?
From the D23 Website:
Since 2009, the bi-annual D23 Expo has celebrated all the magic, wonder, and adventure of Disney at this remarkable gathering created especially for you, our most passionate and loyal fans. D23 Expo presents three full days of “inside-the-magic” experiences you won’t find anywhere else, including exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming films from The Walt Disney Studios, dazzling celebrity appearances, unforgettable presentations given by Disney luminaries, a look at what’s coming from Disney Parks and Resorts and Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Legends ceremony, and the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibition, which spotlights crown jewels from Disney’s timeless legacy.
It’s a really cool time for fans to gather and dress up and learn about everything coming to all of the Disney parts in the future. I’ve gathered some of the major D23 highlights here!
Here’s What You Missed At The 2019 D23 Expo
Black Panther 2 is official!
My kids and I still watch Black Panther as if it was brand new. They announced at the D23 conference on Saturday that the Black Panther 2 Movie has an OFFICIAL release date!! Black Panther 2 will be here on May 6th, 2022! Are you ready? Because I am NOT! Good thing I have more than enough time to prepare! Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct this epic sequel and honestly I think it will be even better than the original.
Pixar’s “SOUL” coming to theaters next year!
The all star cast includes Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Phylicia Rashad
“Soul” imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul already created and made perfect in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx plays middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After falling into an open sewer grate, Joe slips back into his soul form back in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he has a chance to land his big gig.
This movie is giving me Inside out vibes and the cast lineup that can’t be beat!
Cruella Is Getting her own Movie!
I have a low key obsession with 101 Dalmatians. Believe it or not, it wasn’t because of the movie! It was one of my favorite Disney Books growing up and my mom would read it to me ALL the time! One of my favorite actresses Emma Stone is starring in the prequel which focuses on Cruella’s back story.
Frozen 2 is back better than ever!
The highly anticipated sequel is coming this November and Disney announced that there are some amazing new cast members including the new Queen Iduna voiced by Evan Rachel Wood & Lieutenant Matthias voiced by Sterling K. Brown. I’m so curious about what they story is going to be! My son and I were so excited for the trailer when it first arrived, we gave some of our theories below!
The Princess Diaries Is Getting A Third Movie!
Yes, you read that right. Anne Hathaway is reprising her iconic role as Princess Mia! No date has been announced yet but it’s coming!! Squee!
Disney+ Take All Of My Money!
The new Disney+ streaming service is not playing with any of you all! Check out a sampling of all the new content that will be streaming starting November 12!
- The World According To Jeff Goldblum (New Original Series)
- Encore! A new reality series from Executive Producer Kristin Bell
- Lady & The Tramp – Live action movie
- A new Lizzie McGuire Series starring Hilary Duff (!!)
- High School Musical: The series
- The Next Season of The Clone Wars (Premiering in February)
- The Muppets has a brand new unscripted series coming in 2020
What is even more cool is that people who were on site got to sign up for Disney+ before the public!
New Christmas Movie!
A Brand new Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick will be featured on Disney+ just in time for the holiday season! Check out the trailer below:
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019
New MARVEL series!
Another fun Disney+ addition is the new series from Marvel Studios called SHE Hulk. I feel like this might be my autobiography. Just kidding! Sorta.
Also announced from MARVEL Studios is two more original series called Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight!
A Disney Cast Member Documentary
I’ve always been a bit obsessed by the level of service I receive at Disney World. At the 2019 D23 Expo they announced that for one day only — December 3rd — Disney+ will exclusively stream a documentary about what it is like to work behind the scenes at Disney! (I’ve already marked my calendar!)
Jungle Cruise & Maleficent!
Maleficent is coming this fall and I can’t wait! The Jungle Cruise movie is coming too and it stars The Rock and Mary Poppins–two of my faves!
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) August 24, 2019
So many new things coming to Disney Parks!
Are you ready? I was not! There is so much stuff coming to Disney Parks! The expansion of Epcot took center stage and here is the bulk of what’s happening.
New Experiences at Epcot!
Epcot is one of my favorite parks–maybe because this park hosts the Food & Wine Festival and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! However, there is so much more coming to Epcot in the next few years!
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- Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana: This first-ever experience based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. Not much more information was given, so a lot of folks on twitter were wondering if it was a splash pad? It’s seems to be an interactive water experience–whatever it is–I can’t wait to see it! We will be finding out more for sure!
- There is going to be a multi year project that converts Epcot into a 4 different parts! The new Epcot will have World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and keeping the current World Showcase.
- A new Guardians of The Galaxy coaster is coming to Epcot which is super cool because the aren’t any thrill rides currently! The new ride is called Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
- In the UK section of the World Showcase there will be a brand new Mary Poppins attraction which is the first from the franchise! We love the Mary Poppins movie and here is our reaction!
- A Beauty and the Beast Sing Along is coming to France! I am already quite obsessed with the classic live show in Hollywood Studios so I’m ready for more!
- Next summer the highly anticipated the attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will finally open!
Princess Tiana Is Finally Getting Own Restaurant!
Princess Tiana, Disney’s first African American Princess (and who I dressed up as for the Princess Marathon Weekend Enchanted 10k!). The eatery will be a bayou themed restaurant in the new Disney Lodge property Reflections. Can’t wait! I’m hoping for some authentic New Orleans Fare!
For more information on all the behind the scenes action on the 2019 D23 expo check out the Disney Parks blog here!