Toy Story Land, Star Wars Land & Avatar Land at Disney World – Oh My!
Want to get 7,500 fanatical Disney fans on their feet cheering? Just say 3 little words. Toy Story Land. Star Wars Land. Pandora Avatar Land. That about sums up the excitement at the 2015 D23 Expo this year. Today I’m diving into the Disney Parks & Resorts Presentation with Toy Story Land, Star Wars Land and Avatar Land at Disney World because…AWESOME! Check out the full details and get excited for a whole new Walt Disney World to love!
Toy Story Land
Let’s start off with my favorite announcement, Toy Story Land. I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the possible Pixar Land rumors coming to Hollywood Studios. We were all hoping for a big reemergence of that park. And it’s here. The new 11-acre land takes place in Andy’s backyard. Guests will think they’ve been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys that Andy has assembled using his vivid imagination. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land, which will include two new attractions for any Disney park and one expanded favorite.
Slinky Dog Coaster – All on the back of Slinky Dog, this coaster will zip and zoom, plunge and coast as it takes guests on a fun, toy-filled adventure throughout the new land.
Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers. The music, lighting and sound effects add to the flurry of action, while “The Claw” looms over.
Toy Story Mania! – Guests glide into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set and take aim at 3D objects in a variety of fast-paced games, with an expansion that adds a third track to this popular attraction.
Star Wars Land
The Force is with us. ALL of us. Not one but two Star Wars Lands will be created and loved by fans. Disneyland and Disney World are each getting an identical 14 acre land that will take us to galaxies and beyond. The new Star Wars land promises to keep the essence of Star Wars while bringing new attractions, new eateries and more!
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Later this year, Star Tours will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.
Star Wars Launch Bay – This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Also at Disneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay will share the space with the reimagined Super Hero HQ, featuring opportunities to meet and take photos with super heroes like Captain America and Thor, as well as experience the returning Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries. Both experiences will be available for guests later this year.
Jedi Training Academy — A favorite of younger fans is reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”
Season of the Force – This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, brings new experiences to both coasts. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, guests will explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.
Also announced were the comings of a Millennium Falcon ride where YOU can take the driver’s seat and a special Cantina eatery. CANNOT wait to see the construction underway! Can you feel the excitement? Check out the video I took just as they were announcing!
Pandora – Avatar Land
Updates were announced for the long anticipated Pandora to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. With construction well underway, everyone is wondering what this After-Dark land will offer their Animal Kingdom guests. New nighttime entertainment experiences, promise guests longer days than ever before to experience this one-of-a-kind theme park.
The new aerial ride has finally been named. AVATAR Flight of Passage – This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.
“Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. “Rivers of Light” will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Kilimanjaro Safaris – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.
And it wouldn’t be a D23 Expo Disney Parks & Resorts presentation without a few surprises. Stan Lee arrived in “cameo” fashion to introduce the new Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland. With 3 Lands of Awesomeness coming to Walt Disney World, there’s definitely going to be something for everyone in the family. But to be there in person to hear the announcement….a memory of a lifetime. I hope you’ll join me and my family in the excitement that is Walt Disney World. We have many more years of awe and wonder to come!
Have you been following my D23 Expo journey? Check out what we’ve experienced so far:
- Pixar & Disney Animation Movie Updates
- Walt Disney Animation Short Films Exclusive Interview
- Disney Parks & Resorts Updates
- Marvel, Star Wars & Disney Live Action Movie Updates
Which Disney World Land are you most excited about?
Disclosure ~ I was invited to attend a special all-inclusive Disney press trip in exchange for this posting. All opinions are my own. Be sure to follow Raising Whasians via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for more family travel updates!