D23 EXPO 2015 brought together Disney fans from all over the world for three days of dreams-come-true: at every turn there was a captivating display, exclusive merchandise, or a clever costume all geared toward bringing imagination to life. There was some exciting news about developments at the Disney Parks, however, beyond even a fan’s wildest imagination!
New Lands and Additions at Walt Disney World® Resort
The first computer-animated feature is getting a land all its own with Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Guests will be able to interact with beloved Toy Story characters as they take a toy-sized tour of Andy’s backyard. Guests have been playing with their favorite Toy Story characters on the beloved Toy Story Mania!® attraction, and new attractions joining in on the fun will include a family-friendly Slinky-Dog coaster and a spinning saucer ride with the green Aliens will also be found in the new land!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park brings even more new spectacle to Walt Disney World® Resort with a new nighttime show, Rivers of Light, which presents a colorful world of animals amidst water screens and lanterns on the Discovery River. And after presenting guests with all the beauty of Earth’s natural habitats, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will now take them to the exotic landscape of an entirely different planet with Pandora – The World of AVATAR™, which brings the wildlife of the classic film up close and personal courtesy of the fantastical “A.C.E.” (Alpha Centauri Expeditions) travel company.
Soarin’™ Around the World
Soarin’™ Over California in Disney California Adventure® Park at the Disneyland Resort and Soarin’® in Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort have been beloved attractions for years, taking guests on a hang-gliding tour across several California locales. Next year, Soarin’™ Around the World will send guests of both Parks gliding out over wonders and sights spanning the entire globe with an all-new journey through state of the art projection technology!
Star Wars™ Park Additions and Enhancements
Star Wars fans had more to celebrate than anyone at D23 EXPO 2015 this year:
• Star Wars Land
The Force is strong with the massive announcements that Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort are expanding to include new Star Wars lands that will be set on a never-before-seen trading port planet full of beloved Star Wars characters, icons, and all-new attractions!
• New Star Wars experiences
Coming in late 2015/ early 2016, guests at the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort can experience brand-new additions to bring Star Wars to life throughout the park, including Tomorrowland at Disneyland® Park receiving a “Hyperspace Mountain” overlay for Space Mountain®, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® ending the night with a special fireworks display themed to the iconic music from a galaxy far, far away.
• An Imperial Character Experience
Coming soon to both the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Visa® Credit Cardmembers will have an exclusive opportunity to meet Darth Vader at a private location for the Imperial character experience.1,2 Don’t forget Cardmembers’ new opportunity to carry their Star Wars fandom in their pocket: one of the three Star Wars card designs that premiered at D23 EXPO: Darth Vader, Yoda, or the lovable droids, C-3PO and R2-D2, all available for your Disney Visa® card.3
With these exciting announcements from the Disney Parks, Cardmembers have more to look forward to than ever before. So keep an eye out for more dates and debuts for these exciting new lands and attractions, and keep your Disney Visa Card handy when you book your next trip. As an ongoing Cardmember perk, you get special vacation financing on select Disney vacation packages purchased with your Disney Visa® card. Plus, by using their card, Cardmembers have year-round perks to make their vacation even more memorable at Walt Disney World® Resort and the Disneyland® Resort, like 10% off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at select locations and 10% off select dining locations most days.4,5