D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby Hilltopper39 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:41 am

The video of the mockup for that" 2.5D" concept looks pretty impressive. Since Great Movie Ride is closing soon (next month I think?) I wonder what the time line for this to open is? Wouldn't surprise me if it opens before next summer with Toy Story land.

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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby better_by_design » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:02 am

Hilltopper39 wrote:The video of the mockup for that" 2.5D" concept looks pretty impressive. Since Great Movie Ride is closing soon (next month I think?) I wonder what the time line for this to open is? Wouldn't surprise me if it opens before next summer with Toy Story land.


Same question - this is the most interesting/original concept of the whole batch, hadn't heard anything about it, and then boom!

With Toy Story Land presumably before Memorial Day 2018, and Star Wars 2019, I'm still kind of shocked they're throwing this in too... I wonder what kind of window they are going to give for promotional purposes, let alone park ops!

And then all the other goodies... with vague timelines, and I'm left guessing where it all goes...

    Any clues on where the Star Wars hotel is going? I'd assume attached to the new land somehow?

    So Riviera is basically going behind France, which is kinda awesome thematically... looking forward to more details on the Skyliner, and how it ties into all this stuff.

    New Magic Kingdom Theater - going in backstage area on East Street? Or will they bulldoze one of the major Main Street buildings?

    And so the ol' Communicore is getting bulldozed to make more open space and trees and water???
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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby wmay » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:32 am

I'm both impressed and a little disappointed by all the news. I was hoping for some more details on the SW:GE attractions, and I'm a little confused over Pixar Pier. But omg, Tron, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, France Pavilion expansion, Future World remodel, Star Wars hotels!! Really exciting stuff!

I was expecting an announcement for Coco to replace Gran Fiesta Tour but like others have said they'll probably wait to see if the movie does well before making it official.
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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby WestCoasterKing » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:31 pm

Just a few days ago I joked that Paradise Pier had basically become California Adventure's version of Fantasyland. The question that I have is will Cars Land and A Bug's Land be integrated into the new Pixar land? Will any of the rides get a retheme?

Speaking of Goofy's Sky School, I'm surprised they never enclosed it and made it a dark ride.

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Postby CNYCoasterguy11 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:59 pm

One of the biggest rumors I had heard before D23 that I thought could have been announced but wasn't was the redevelopment of the Imagination Pavilion. There was a lot of speculation that it would be redone with an Inside Out theme which would have been perfect. But maybe they are saving that for down the road. In my opinion it's the pavilion that needs the most attention right now (unless you count the old Wonders of Life). But still love all of the new changes coming, it should give the Resort a little new life, not that it isn't great now.
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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby cymonster-rex » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:11 pm

What will happen to California Screamin' I guessing they will re-theme it to some thing incredibles related or Buzz lightyear or even maybe the Inside out.

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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby WestCoasterKing » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:32 pm

cymonster-rex wrote:What will happen to California Screamin' I guessing they will re-theme it to some thing incredibles related or Buzz lightyear or even maybe the Inside out.

Okay, an Inside Out theme doesn't really fit a roller coaster. However, if they fully enclosed the half tunnels, then added more of them especially to the launch, and included lighting effects, it could well fit a Buzz Lightyear theme. Not toy Buzz but "real" Buzz, like the opening scene from TS2 or the cartoon series.

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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby tinaalsgirl » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:13 pm

Oh, I dunno. If they theme the coaster to the idea that each car of the train represents one of the emotion "balls," I think they could pull off an Inside Out theme. I mean, in the movie, there are tracks all over for the movement of the balls...

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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:07 pm

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We're back for the final day of the D23 Expo 2017! We'll have more photos from the show floor to share today!'

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Like a Fastpass for shopping, Storepass is still available for Mickey's of Glendale, the Dream Store & the Disney Store!

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The Ultimate Fan Street Party at the #D23Expo just rolled through the show floor!

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Checking out the Disney Dream Store at the #D23Expo 2017!

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Space Mountain, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean & Epcot all have anniversary merchandise at the Disney Dream Store!

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"We wants The Redhead!"

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A new Hipster Minnie figure is available for purchase at the Disney Dream Store at the D23 Expo.

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Vinyl records of classic attraction and film soundtracks can be purchased at the Disney Dream Store at the D23 Expo.

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There is a new 360 degree VR experience presented by The Lion King available to test out on the D23 Expo 2017 show floor!

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Any Funko fans out there?

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We found Oogie Boogie on the D23 Expo show floor!

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The Disney Animation pavilion at the D23 Expo features a short preview of the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph sequel!

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Guests are lined up at the Disney Parks pavilion for a look at the model for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge!

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The Oh My Disney pavilion on the D23 Expo show floor features unique programming throughout the day including special guests!

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Fans of the classic Disney Home Entertainment releases will love this unique cosplay!

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Time for the Voices of the @DisneyParks Presentation!

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You can take a photo with Oswald and Ortensia on the D23 Expo show floor!

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Actor Bob Joles will be the new voice of the Disneyland Railroad when it reopens later this month!

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Even more cosplayers at the D23 Expo!

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Guests have had a chance at the D23 Expo to jump into Scrooge McDuck's Coin Vault from DuckTales on DisneyXD.

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There's a Thor: Ragnarok video opportunity for guests to enjoy on the D23 Expo show floor.

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The D23 Expo Emporium is a section of the show floor dedicated to independent vendors where collectibles can be purchased.

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At one booth we found an old poster from Disney's California Adventure!

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Any fans of the former Alfredo restaurant at Epcot's Italy Pavilion?

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Guests had the chance to experience "The Voices of Jim Cummings" on the Center Stage at the D23 Expo.

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Billy Hill and the Hillbillies also performed on the Center Stage at this year's D23 Expo!

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A Jedinosaur visits the @DisneyParks pavilion at the #D23Expo 2017...

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They are here to change the world!

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The stars of @tangledseries @TheMandyMoore and @ZacharyLevi greet guests on the #D23Expo show floor!

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Pirates of the Caribbean fans have this photo op to enjoy at the #D23Expo 2017!

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Disney Vacation Club has a virtual reality experience at their booth as well!

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Just like at the @DisneyParks the D23 Expo offers a location for guests to indulge in Pin Trading.

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A guest is cosplaying as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit!

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Thrilled to see UniqloUSA at the D23 Expo this year! They're even offering early launch items for guests of the event!

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Coffee is a little more magical with the help of Mickey Mouse!

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The Grandmaster and Valkyrie's costumes from Thor Ragnarok can be seen at the Marvel pavilion.

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A different take on the Dapper Dans!

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At the D23 Expo you can see three Sphero Disney products, all available to test out while here!

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Another look at the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad car on the D23 Expo show floor!

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A fan of Paint the Night created his own Cars segment costume to wear throughout the show floor at the D23 Expo.

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The Beast is here at the D23 Expo!

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She's Yondu Poppins y'all!

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Drax, Mantis and Gamora assemble on the D23 Expo 2017 show floor!

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Statues of the children of Thanos as they will appear in Avengers Infinity War were revealed yesterday at the Marvel pavilion.

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Ghost Rider's car and L.O.L.A. from Marvel's Agents of SHIELD as seen outside of the D23 Expo.

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That concludes our live coverage of the D23 Expo 2017!
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Re: D23 Expo 2017 News Roundup

Postby Taylor Finn » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:11 pm

In general, I am pretty floored by these announcements. Some thoughts.

Sure, Universe of Energy wasn't a great ride. But I don't necessarily feel that the Guardians of the Galaxy ride fits into the vision of Future World. The whole land needs revamped, for sure.

There are obviously some rides that you don't mind seeing go because times change, but for whatever reason, I really enjoyed The Great Movie Ride. I know it probably just wasn't responsible for Disney to invest heavily in a refurb, and if they can make this new ride work well in the Theater, I guess all will be alright. The park is going to be kind of barren for a while here. Nothing new has really opened up and a whole lot has closed down.

The Magic Kingdom theater up front is brilliant. I hope they don't tear down anything and just put it off to the side by the parade prep area. If they do that, it will sure help out some of the congestion in the area and will eat up a good bit of crowd every few hours which is nice.

I wasn't thrilled when they put Frozen in Norway, not necessarily because I thought Malestrom was perfect, but really just because I felt uneasy about including Disney movies so heavily in the World Showcase pavilions. I guess I was okay with character meet and greets because they were subtle. But if this is direction they are going, so be it. It would definitely be interesting if half the countries had an actual ride in addition to the entertainment and movies available currently.

So Tron has me torn. On one hand, the movie lent itself very well to a ride like this which makes it such an easy choice. It seems like the Shanghai version is wonderful and immersive. But, on the other hand, the movie isn't necessarily a Disney classic quite like most other movies that get a ride after them (with some exceptions, I guess).

Really, though... it seems like they announced a lot of new stuff and provided some additional details on quite a few existing projects. The parks are going to look so so different when I return sometime after 2020. Thanks for the great, great report. It was exciting to read and really thorough!

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