ANAHEIM — Disney Cruise Line’s sixth ship, Disney Treasure, is scheduled to debut in 2024.
The news broke at yesterday’s D23 Expo 2022, a biennial event for the official fan club of The Walt Disney Company. The ‘D’ is for Disney and the ’23’ is for 1923, the year Walt Disney founded the company.
Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products hosted D23 Expo 2022’s showcase presentation, ‘A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products’. The event offered a glimpse at what’s to come at the parks, cruise ships and more.
As for the brand new Disney Treasure, so far we know that the ship’s decor will pick up on themes from the Disney movie Aladdin, with a signature statue in the ship’s soaring Grand Hall of Aladdin and Jasmine and the Magic Carpet.
In other cruise news, progress continues on the new island destination at Lighthouse Point in the Bahamas, aimed at bringing the natural beauty and rich culture of the Bahamas to life for Disney Cruise Line passengers.
Plus, for the first time, Disney Cruise Line will offer limited-time cruises in the South Pacific that immerse passengers in Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars stories beginning in late October 2023.
Also, repositioning cruises for the Disney Wonder will be the first South Pacific voyages for Disney Cruise Line, giving guests the chance to experience destinations like Fiji and Samoa.
Here’s a look at more highlights coming out of this year’s D23, for Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland in California.
Further details about Disney’s other parks around the world, including Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland, were also announced at D23.
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- Starting in January 2023, ‘Disney 100 Years of Wonder’ will be the biggest celebration in the history of the company and include new décor, specialty food and beverages, character experiences and more. It will be celebrated at parks around the world, with the heart of the celebration rooted at Disneyland Resort in Florida.
- The brand new roller coaster TRON Lightcycle Run will open in the Magic Kingdom in spring 2023
- Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will open at EPCOT in late 2023, inviting visitors to follow the story of water on the planet, inspired by Moana’s connection to the ocean.
- An all-new nighttime spectacular is planned for EPCOT during Disney’s 100th anniversary celebration. The new show will debut later next year, continuing the park’s legacy of nighttime entertainment on World Showcase Lagoon.
- Also, the next major milestone in EPCOT’s multi-year transformation will include the completion of the World Celebration neighbourhood in late 2023, featuring a new statue of Walt Disney called ‘Walt the Dreamer.’
- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in late 2024. It will replace Splash Mountain. Several members of the original film cast will return to lend their voices to the attraction, including Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Bruno Campos as Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis and Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie.
- ‘Happily Ever After’ will play again when an updated nighttime spectacular returns to light up the skies over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in 2023.
- At Disneyland Resort, the Disney 100 anniversary celebration will kick off in late January 2023 with limited-time celebrations throughout the year, including two all-new nighttime spectaculars: ‘World of Color – One’ at Disney California Adventure Park and ‘Wondrous Journeys’ at Disneyland Park. Plus, ‘Magic Happens’ parade will return to Disneyland Park in the spring.
- Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure will expand into the multiverse and introduce a third attraction. For a limited time beginning next week, visitors may encounter The Incredible Hulk
- Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will become Pixar Place Hotel. SoCal favourite Great Maple will open a flagship restaurant on the first floor and operate other food and beverage locations throughout the hotel. Downtown Disney District will welcome Porto’s Bakery and Café in the future
- At Disney California Adventure park, Pacific Wharf will be reimagined as San Fransokyo from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Big Hero 6,” and feature a place to meet Baymax as well as new spots to eat and shop
- runDisney races will return to Disneyland Resort in 2024