Disneyland News: Park Updates from the D23 Expo

A rundown of recently announced projects and more coming to Disneyland Resort.
Photograph Courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Exciting changes are underway at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, including new rides, ride updates, and new restaurants at Downtown Disney District. Here’s a recap of everything that was announced this past weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. 



Starting in mid-November, guests can line up for meet and greets with The Mandalorian and an animatronic Grogu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  

Starting this week and for a limited time, over in Avenger’s Campus inside Disney California Adventure park, The Incredible Hulk will make appearances in his Quantum Suit. The costume was developed with new exoskeleton technology from Project Exo.  


Runaway Railway concept art. Photograph Courtesy of Disneyland Resort


A third attraction will be coming to Avengers Campus to join Web Slingers and Guardians of the Galaxy. The ride will allow guests to team up against the many villains of the multiverse, including King Thanos.  

Opening early next year is the newly transformed Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland park, which closed for renovations in March. The updated land will include a new ride called Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. There will also be new play areas and grassy areas for families to unwind in.  

In late 2024, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will replace Splash Mountain, picking up where “The Princess and the Frog” story leaves off. Having opened her dream restaurant, Tiana needs to head back to the bayou to search for a missing ingredient in time for Carnival.  


Photograph Courtesy of Rockwell Group


Additional restaurants are slated to open in the Downtown Disney District, including Din Tai Fung and Porto’s Bakery and Cafe.  

Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure Park will be transformed into the fictional city of San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6.” The concept will feature new places to eat and shop, as well as a spot to meet the character Baymax.  

Paradise Pier Hotel will become Pixar Place Hotel, complete with a “Finding Nemo”-inspired splash pad and other Pixar touches. Great Maple, which has a location in Fashion Island, will be opening on the hotel’s first floor.  

San Fransokyo concept art. Photograph Courtesy of Disneyland Resort


The Disney100 anniversary celebration kicks off early next year. Look forward to two new nighttime spectaculars, the return of the “Magic Happens” parade, special food and beverage offerings throughout the year, and platinum decorations in both parks. 

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