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Everything We Didn’t Hear About During the Disney Parks, Experiences, & Products Panel at D23 Expo 2022

While there were plenty of announcements out of the Disney Parks presentation at D23 Expo 2022, there’s also a number of projects rumored or previously announced that we heard nothing about, so let’s go over everything we didn’t hear about during the Parks Panel this year:

Walt Disney World Resort

No mention of a rumored Carousel of Progress update was mentioned at D23 Expo 2022.
  • Wreck-It Ralph/Replacement for Stitch’s Great Escape
    • While the Wreck-It Ralph attraction was set to be constructed starting in March 2020, the pandemic halted work just as construction walls were about to go up. It would now seem the project is completely dead and the space will remain empty for a few more years.
  • Reopening Date/Timeframe for Walt Disney World Railroad
  • “Lightyear” Update for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    • Given the commercial letdown of the “Lightyear” film, it was unlikely this project would move forward.
  • Closing Date/Timeframe for Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom
    • A closing date has not been given for Splash Mountain on either coast, but rumors indicate it will be in early 2023. There was still plenty of discussion regarding the project during D23 Expo 2022.
  • Details on New Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Disney Vacation Club Addition
  • Restart/Replacement of Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge Resort
    • With an unseemly dirt plot and construction fencing ruining the serenity of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, one would hope something will be done with the land for the hotel that was cancelled due to the pandemic. We will have to stare at this mess for a while longer now.
  • Details on Further Changes to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (Lobby, 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Cafe, ETC.)
    • Changes will be continuing at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, with remodeling projects expected for the lobby, 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Cafe, and more, but no further details were given.
  • Spaceship Earth Refurbishment
  • Is the Mary Poppins Attraction Even Happening?
    • A project placed “on hold” due to the pandemic, it seems unlikely to be restarted.
  • Details on DuckTales World Showcase Adventure
  • Something, Anything for Journey Into Imagination
  • Opening Date and/or New Details for Roundup Rodeo BBQ
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  • Expansion of Woody’s Lunchbox, Other Toy Story Land Fixes
    • Disney has continued to fix the issues with the land, but nothing concrete was mentioned regarding Toy Story Land. The presentation did focus on “bigger picture” projects though, so this may have been deemed not important enough to mention at D23 Expo 2022.
  • Opening Date for Fantasmic!/Details on New Scenes
    • No details were announced regarding the return of “Fantasmic!” including the replacement for the “Pocahontas” scene. Other entertainment offerings were announced at the Expo and rehearsals have reportedly begun, so we’re unsure what exactly is going on, but it seems there may be some issues in the way of announcing the exact date.
  • Play Pavilion at EPCOT
    • As we speculated, the Play! Pavilion was completely ignored, meaning it is either cancelled or significantly scaled back. Our money is on the former. It’s also worth noting that the Wondrous China CircleVision film has not been mentioned in a while either, and it likely suffering the same fate. Presenters at D23 Expo 2022 did not address the topic.
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Disneyland Resort

  • Return of the PeopleMover
    • We expected that the PeopleMover would finally return to Disneyland as part of an overhaul of Tomorrowland. No mention of Tomorrowland was made at all during the panel. What is interesting is that Disneyland Resort stayed away from long-term project announcements, even ignoring the Swiss Family Treehouse project which is actually already under construction, visible to guests, and vaguely announced to the press. Other than the new Avengers Campus attraction (which needed to be announced to placate bad press from the canceled E-Ticket attraction that it is replacing), Disneyland Resort announced nothing beyond what is expected to be completed by 2023. We still expect the PeopleMover to return on the same schedule as was rumored, though D23 Expo 2022 gave us no hints.
  • “Encanto” or S.E.A. Treehouse to Replace Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Lightyear Mountain Replacing Space Mountain
  • Closing Date/Timeframe for Splash Mountain at Disneyland
    • A closing date has not been given for Splash Mountain on either coast, but rumors indicate it will be in early 2023.
  • MagicBand+ Launch Date
    • Disneyland Resort has remained quiet on when MagicBand+ will launch in Anaheim.

Disneyland Paris

  • Replacement Land for Canceled “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”
  • New Details on Lake Nighttime Entertainment
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
    • At one point, Disney was keen on the idea of adding this ride to every Disney property on Earth. It remains to be seen if plans to add the ride to Disneyland Paris will come to fruition.
  • Phantom Manor Holiday
    • While maybe not a proper time to announce such a project, it is still suspected that Jack Skellington and others from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will eventually invade the Frontierland attraction.
  1. RE: Carousel of progress: they kinda updated the last scene, so this is a YES in their checklist. What else can they do? the other scenes are from the past , no changes there.

  2. Reflections / Old River Country Site: there were several reports indicating major subsurface problems / soil settlement issues, Which means to build a structure on top of it , theyll have to spends millions on replacing the bad soils. Better to let is sit vacant.

  3. The D23 expo was just a small peek under the skirt, The real , hard concrete projects news will be released before shareholders in March 2023. Thats where all the clothes comes off.

  4. Indeed, D23 was a huge disappointment for true fans, as announcements for any/all of things mentioned in this article would have been a home run. But again, Disney misreads their Guests. Shameful.

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