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2019 D23 Expo offers sneak peek of Walt Disney World additions
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2019 D23 Expo offers sneak peek of Walt Disney World additions

2019 D23 Expo offers sneak peek of Walt Disney World additions
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New features are being announced for Disney Parks worldwide at the 2019 D23 Expo.

2019 D23 Expo offers sneak peek of Walt Disney World additions

Fans of all things Disney are in Anaheim for the D23 Expo. And news of future development for the properties at the Disney Parks around the world has already started being released.

Inside the Disney Parks "Imagining Tomorrow, Today" Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world.

While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the upcoming additions coming to Walt Disney World!

There is an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World! 

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The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship called the Halcyon

Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey. 

Also in the pavilion is a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, "that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant."

The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was a new attraction called Journey of Water which is inspired by "Moana."

This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, "Moana," will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

And this October, guests will be able to visualize all the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience.

Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside excitement to see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot during this unprecedented period of transformation.

The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

On Sunday, August 25, we'll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019!

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