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All of the 2023 Destination D23 Announcements — Journey of Water Opening Date, A Pirates Lounge at Disney World and More!

by Mommy Frog on September 29, 2023 Los Angeles

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On Saturday, Sept. 9, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D'Amaro took the stage at Destination D23 2023 for the "A Celebration of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" presentation. D'Amaro spent over an hour breaking some incredibly exciting news regarding what frogs can expect at Disney parks and resorts both in the United States and around the world and on Disney Cruise Line in the near and far future. Notably, D'Amaro closed the presentation saying, "Over the next decade, we’re going to have more projects underway than at any point in our history. Our sole purpose is to give you more and more of what you love about a Disney experience. And then surprise and delight you with things you never dreamed possible." Without further ado, let's hop right into those magical announcements!

D23 Announcements - Journey of Water Inspired by Moana

D23 Announcements for Walt Disney World Resort

From the upcoming EPCOT nighttime spectacular to reimaginations of Country Bear Jamboree and Test Track, we received lots of hoppy news for Walt Disney World Resort.

D23 Announcements - Figment Meet and Greet

  • As of Sept. 10, 2023, Figment is greeting guests inside the Imagination Pavilion.

D23 Announcements - Zootopia Show

  • A new show based on "Zootopia" is in the works for Disney's Animal Kingdom at Tree of Life theater! In it, you'll visit different biomes from the film along with Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and other characters from the movie.

D23 Announcements - Dinoland Reimagining

  • Also at Animal Kingdom, new experiences inspired by "Encanto" and Indiana Jones are being considered for a reimagined land.
  • Over at Magic Kingdom, "Blue Sky" expansions are also being considered, the largest ever expansion for the park, similar in scale to Pandora — the World of Avatar and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
  • At EPCOT, Test Track will undergo a reimagining. Imagineers and teams from Chevrolet have looked back at the original World of Motion to bring "that spirit of optimism" to the iconic attraction.
  • A new nighttime spectacular is also coming to EPCOT! "Luminous the Symphony of Us" will feature fireworks, fountains, lasers, lighting effects and music and will make its debut Dec. 5, 2023.
  • Also at EPCOT, the World Celebration neighborhood will open this December, tying World Discovery and World Nature together. This will be the latest milestone in EPCOT's transformation.

D23 Announcements - New Pirates of the Caribbean Lounge

  • A new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge is coming to Magic Kingdom! The lounge will be located in Adventureland and will extend the story from the iconic ride. Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!

D23 Expo - Hatbox Ghost

  • The infamous Hatbox Ghost from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion will materialize in the Liberty Square version of the ride in late November 2023. He'll appear as you pass the Endless Hallway.
  • Opening in 2024, the Country Bear Jamboree is getting a refresh! The show will feature new songs and the bears will perform a new act. The same loveable bears will be performing favorite Disney songs in different genres of country music.

Disneyland Resort Announcements from D23

Meanwhile, over at Disneyland, look for fresh faces on iconic rides — and keep an eye out for more Avengers Campus news!

D23 Announcements - Multiverse Vehicle

  • At Disney California Adventure Park, we got a first look at the new world-jumping vehicle for the next Avengers Campus attraction. Combining elements from Tony Stark's time suits with Xandarian jump points and Wakandan technology, the vehicle will transport Super Heroes into the Multiverse.

D23 Announcements - Asha from Wish Coming to Disney Parks

  • Asha, from the new Disney animated film “Wish,” will soon arrive at EPCOT, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

D23 Announcements - Ahsoka Coming to Star Tours

  • Beginning in spring 2024, Ahsoka will appear in the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, Disneyland Park in California and Disneyland Paris.

D23 Announcements for Disney Cruise Line

There was also some fun news shared for Disney Cruise Line (and don't froget that we're offering exclusive Disney Cruise Line pricing provided by Undercover Tourist!).

  • The Disney Adventure will be the newest ship joining the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The Disney Adventure is set to be the first Disney ship to sail from Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia.

D23 Announcements - rendered image of the shoreline of Lighthouse Point

  • There are also three new ships in development for Disney Cruise Line, and progress continues on Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point.

D23 Announcements for International Disney Park News

We're toadally jealous of all the amazing projects coming to Disney Parks around the world. Does anyone want to join us on a Disney Parks global tour?

Disneyland Paris

  • Walt Disney Studios Park is undergoing a transformation, including the "Frozen"-themed land highlighting the kingdom of Arendelle.

Shanghai Disney Resort

  • A new look at what's coming to Zootopia was also shared.

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • We got a sneak peek at the first-ever Frozen-themed land, debuting in November.

Tokyo Disney Resort

  • Fantasy Springs — the eighth port of Tokyo DisneySea — will open in 2024.  The new port will feature Rapunzel's Forest, Peter Pan's Never Land and Frozen Kindom.

We're so hoppy that the future of Disney Parks is looking brighter than ever! What update, addition, renovation or return announced at Destination D23 are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: What's Coming to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando in 2023 and Beyond

Related: What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023 and Beyond

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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