The D23 Expo 2019 kicked off yesterday with special guests, reveals, and more. Here’s a recap of Thursday’s preview announcements and Friday’s full day.
‘Expo Eve’: Thursday’s Announcements
The “secret project” that created so much buzz turned out to be a book and a mockumentary-style series. One Day At Disney will be a 244-page coffee table book and a documentary about 24 hours of Disney, and not just in the United States. Both the book and series will release on December 3.
Marvel Land’s official name was revealed: Avengers Campus.
Moana will finally make her mark at Epcot with a brand-new attraction called “The Journey of Water” on the World Showcase.
Epcot has a new logo.
Friday Recap from All Floors
In addition to the first-ever Avatar exhibit, D23 also feature an exhibit of the evolution of the Stormtrooper, including a brand new Imperial soldier. This bright red stormtrooper is a New Order Jet Trooper, to be featured in the upcoming ninth Skywalker saga film.
We also got a first look at the in-progress Star Wars hotel plans.
There were dozens of photo opps, and many first look opportunities for Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation, Marvel, and Star Wars.
Every single Disney movie from the Vault will be available upon initial launch of the streaming service.
Exclusive content got extensive sneak peeks.
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe – The characters travel on a cosmic rescue mission to get their sister.
Lizzie McGuire – All grown up, and successful, but still accompanied by that animated inner self.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – A departure from the original series.
Forky Asks a Question – A collection of short films starring one of the newest Pixar characters
Monsters at Work – Monsters work with laugh power now instead of scare power
Avengers: Endgame will come to Disney+ on December 11
Marvel: What If…?, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and WandaVision were discussed. Ms. Marvel, She Hulk, and Moon Knight were announced as they’re in more initial phases.
Kat Dennings returns to the MCU as Darcy from Thor.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum – a fun non-fiction travel series
Encore – hosted by Kristen Bell, a non-fiction show about people overcoming adversity and following dreams
Star Girl and Disney+ Original Mistakes Were Made were discussed.
Lady and the Tramp, complete with rescue dogs, and Togo will be two dog movies coming straight to Disney+.
Noelle, a holiday film with a star-studded cast, will be featured on Disney+ at launch
Muppets Now arrives in 2020.
Diary of a Female President – the story of a young girl who becomes president
Rogue One prequel and The Mandalorian were discussed. The Mandalorian will be all new characters and new settings, but plenty for the extended universe.
Ewan McGregor will return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the upcoming Disney+ series
12 inductees – Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., James Earl Jones, Jon Favreau, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, Hans Zimmer, and Christina Aguilera – were honored at the 2019 ceremony.
What are you looking forward to the rest of D23 Expo weekend?
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