Everything We Didn’t Hear About During the Disney Parks, Experiences, & Products Panel at D23 Expo 2022
While there were plenty of announcements out of the Disney Parks presentation at D23 Expo 2022, there’s also a number of projects rumored or previously announced that we heard nothing about, so let’s go over everything we didn’t hear about during the Parks Panel this year:
Walt Disney World Resort
Long-Awaited Update to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Wreck-It Ralph/Replacement for Stitch’s Great Escape
While the Wreck-It Ralph attraction was set to be constructed starting in March 2020, the pandemic halted work just as construction walls were about to go up. It would now seem the project is completely dead and the space will remain empty for a few more years.
Reopening Date/Timeframe for Walt Disney World Railroad
Restart/Replacement of Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge Resort
With an unseemly dirt plot and construction fencing ruining the serenity of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, one would hope something will be done with the land for the hotel that was cancelled due to the pandemic. We will have to stare at this mess for a while longer now.
Details on Further Changes to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (Lobby, 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Cafe, ETC.)
Changes will be continuing at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, with remodeling projects expected for the lobby, 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian Cafe, and more, but no further details were given.
Expansion of Woody’s Lunchbox, Other Toy Story Land Fixes
Disney has continued to fix the issues with the land, but nothing concrete was mentioned regarding Toy Story Land. The presentation did focus on “bigger picture” projects though, so this may have been deemed not important enough to mention at D23 Expo 2022.
Opening Date for Fantasmic!/Details on New Scenes
No details were announced regarding the return of “Fantasmic!” including the replacement for the “Pocahontas” scene. Other entertainment offerings were announced at the Expo and rehearsals have reportedly begun, so we’re unsure what exactly is going on, but it seems there may be some issues in the way of announcing the exact date.
Play Pavilion at EPCOT
As we speculated, the Play! Pavilion was completely ignored, meaning it is either cancelled or significantly scaled back. Our money is on the former. It’s also worth noting that the Wondrous China CircleVision film has not been mentioned in a while either, and it likely suffering the same fate. Presenters at D23 Expo 2022 did not address the topic.
Return of the PeopleMover
We expected that the PeopleMover would finally return to Disneyland as part of an overhaul of Tomorrowland. No mention of Tomorrowland was made at all during the panel. What is interesting is that Disneyland Resort stayed away from long-term project announcements, even ignoring the Swiss Family Treehouse project which is actually already under construction, visible to guests, and vaguely announced to the press. Other than the new Avengers Campus attraction (which needed to be announced to placate bad press from the canceled E-Ticket attraction that it is replacing), Disneyland Resort announced nothing beyond what is expected to be completed by 2023. We still expect the PeopleMover to return on the same schedule as was rumored, though D23 Expo 2022 gave us no hints.
“Encanto” or S.E.A. Treehouse to Replace Tarzan’s Treehouse
At one point, Disney was keen on the idea of adding this ride to every Disney property on Earth. It remains to be seen if plans to add the ride to Disneyland Paris will come to fruition.
Phantom Manor Holiday
While maybe not a proper time to announce such a project, it is still suspected that Jack Skellington and others from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will eventually invade the Frontierland attraction.