On Sunday, August 25, during the D23 Expo in California, Disney presented the highly anticipated Parks and Resorts update.

In this article, we will look at all the exciting news about Disneyland in California, the Disney Cruise Line, and more.

Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, shared a slew of new announcement and concept art, as well as some updates to previously announced projects.  I had a chance to watch the presentation in live simulcast from Disney Springs,  courtesy of the nice folks at Disney Media relations.

I’m happy to share all the exciting announcements with you.

Disneyland in California

The first announcement of the presentation was that Disney is bringing an all new parade to Disneyland called Magic Happens.  This new daytime parade will include characters both new and old, including Moana, CoCo, Sleeping Beauty, and more.  The parade will also feature a new song by Todrick Hall.  The new parade is coming this spring.

The new Magic Happens parade will feature stunning floats, beautiful costumes, and beloved Disney characters from “Moana,” “Coco,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and more. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The new Magic Happens parade will feature stunning floats, beautiful costumes, and beloved Disney characters from “Moana,” “Coco,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and more. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Concept art for the Moana float in Magic Happens. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Concept art for the Moana float in Magic Happens. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Coco float concept art. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Coco float concept art. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney showed concept art of the version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Toontown at Disneyland in 2022.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be located in a new area of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park in California. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be located in a new area of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park in California. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disneyland Paris & Disney California Adventure

Disney discussed some details around a new land called Avengers Campus.  As the backstory goes, will the new land will be set up to recruit new, future Avengers (meaning you!).

A Spider Man attraction will be a family friendly, web-slinging adventure in a building called WEB (Worldwide Engineering Brigade).  The attraction will feature a web slinger vehicle allowing guests to capture spider bots gone awry.

New Spider Man attraction at Disneyland. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

New Spider Man attraction at Disneyland. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Avengers Campus will open in 2020 at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Avengers Campus will open in 2020 at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney will open the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man in Disneyland. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney will open the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man in Disneyland. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Pym Test Kitchen will feature technology, the story goes, to grow and shrink food.

The Pym Test Kitchen will feature Pym Technologies to grow and shrink food. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Pym Test Kitchen will feature Pym Technologies to grow and shrink food. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Spider Man experience will be part of phase 1 of this expansion, opening in 2020.  A second, future phase will include an E-ticket attraction that allows you ride a QuinJet and to fly to Wakanda and other locations using a brand new ride system.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney has been hard at work designing and development a second private cruise port – Lighthouse Point on Eleuthrea.  It will feature a sea side adventure camp to bring attention to the natural beauty of the area.

The new Disney Cruise LIne port of call will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The new Disney Cruise LIne port of call will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney is focusing on the island's natural beauty. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney is focusing on the island’s natural beauty. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney Imagineer Joe Rhode took to the stage to explain how Disney has been working with local painters, storytellers, weavers, and other artists to highlight the Bahamian culture.

5th Disney Cruise Line Ship – The Disney Wish

Disney is adding to their fleet of existing ships – the Fantasy, Magic, Dream, Wonder.  The name of the 5th ship will be the Disney Wish.  Disney will accept delivery of the ship in 2021, and it will set sail with guests in January, 2022.

The three-story atrium of the Disney Wish will be a bright, airy and elegant space inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The three-story atrium of the Disney Wish will be a bright, airy and elegant space inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The stern character for the new Disney Wish will be Rapunzel.

The Disney Wish’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Disney Wish’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Hong Kong Disneyland

The castle in Hong Kong is getting a major makeover.  It will not be inspired by just one specific character, but rather by multiple characters.  The new structure will be called the Castle of Magical Dreams.

Hong Kong Disneyland castle will transform into The Castle of Magical Dreams. It will include inspiration from 13 Disney stories. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Hong Kong Disneyland castle will transform into The Castle of Magical Dreams. It will include inspiration from 13 Disney stories. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The park will also get a new Frozen land with two attractions: the brand new Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs coaster, as well as a copy of Disney World’s Frozen Ever After.

A new coaster called Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs will take guests on a winding journey through the story of Frozen. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

A new coaster called Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs will take guests on a winding journey through the story of Frozen. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excited about the Disneyland parade and cruise ship – the Wish?