WDWNT Weekly Recap: Huge Announcements from the D23 Expo 2019 – New Movies, Attractions, Concept Art and More!

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all of the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from August 19-25!

Walt Disney World

  • We learned that there’s big plans underway for the showstopping spectaculars across Walt Disney World, including a new firework show and dance party planned for Magic Kingdom, a Rivers of Light Kite Show at Animal Kingdom, and a daytime World Showcase Lagoon Show at Epcot
  • New dates have been announced for Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom through March 2020

Magic Kingdom

A look at the ride vehicle for TRON Lightcycle Run


As expected, there was lots of Epcot news announced at D23 this year!

There was lots of new concept art for Epcot at the expo

Meanwhile, in the park…

Animal Kingdom

Hollywood Studios

A look at the ride vehicle for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

  • Ahead of the official opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios, Disney have released guidelines on the proper attire to be worn within the land

Disney Springs

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

NEWLY ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: Galactic Starcrusier Hotel

Are you excited to visit the Galactic Starcruiser?

Art of Animation Resort

BoardWalk Inn

Contemporary Resort

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • We were saddened to hear that the former bandleader of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, Pat Doyle, passed away last week

Polynesian Village Resort

  • The Spirit of Aloha dinner show at the Polynesian will be undergoing a brief refurbishment in early 2020, making the show unavailable for most of January

Pop Century Resort

The Chewbacca cupcake

Saratoga Springs Resort

  • Check out the photos we took of the room renovation project which is now underway at Saratoga Springs, with two buildings completely closed off at the resort

Wilderness Lodge

Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure

Chip and Dale Dressed as Thor and Loki Meet and Greet Disney California Adventure
Chip and Dale dressed as Thor and Loki

Disneyland Paris

  • At D23, we got a closer look at the Avengers Campus projects coming to Disney California Adventure, Hong Kong Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios, including concept art, models of the area, a look at some of the props and visual elements, and more
  • An all-new “Frozen Celebration” event has been announced for Disneyland Paris, debuting January 2020
  • Check out our construction update on the Hotel New York – The Art Of Marvel, opening at the resort next summer

Tokyo Disney Resort

How beautiful is this Tangled glowing lantern popcorn bucket?

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

  • At D23, we got a closer look at the Avengers Campus projects coming to Disney California Adventure, Hong Kong Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios, including concept art, models of the area, a look at some of the props and visual elements, and more

Shanghai Disney Resort

New Merchandise

The new Hocus Pocus Dooney & Bourke is adorable!
The AP-exclusive Galaxy’s Edge MagicBand from Hollywood Studios

Entertainment & Media

Walt Disney Studios Movies

The Walt Disney Studios panel at D23 took place on Saturday, giving us an exciting first look at upcoming movies, including new artwork, announcements and details. Check out our recap below…

  • A new poster, character art and details were revealed for Disney/Pixar’s Onward
  • New details and photos were shown for the upcoming live-action Mulan
  • Disney’s newest animated feature will be Raya and the Last Dragon, which was announced with a cast and some stunning artwork
  • Plot details, a new poster, new song and a casting announcement was made for Frozen 2
  • Black Panther II was announced, for a 2022 release date
  • An incredible new poster was revealed for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • A new franchise logo was revealed for Avatar, along with the announcements of sequels due in 2021 and 2023
  • Another new poster was released for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • We got our first look as Emma Stone as Cruella De Vil, which was announced for a 2021 release
  • New details emerged, including character art, a cast announcement and score details for Disney/Pixar’s Soul
  • The full cast and new costumes were revealed for the upcoming Marvel Studios’ The Eternals
raya last dragon logo
Raya and the Last Dragon is the newest animation to be announced by the Walt Disney Studios


A hugely impressive lineup of new shows and movies for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service was announced during their panel at the D23 Expo this weekend. Exciting announcements and releases for the channel include:

Disney Television Programming

Other Entertainment News

That’s all of the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!