The Walt Disney Company made a few major announcements at the 2018 D23 Expo Japan in Tokyo Disneyland. The highlights of this year’s expo came when Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chair Bob Chapek revealed some of the exciting rides and hotels planned for Disney Parks throughout the upcoming years.
Chapek first shared more information about the 2018 opening of “Toy Story Land” in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. This park will measure 11 acres and feature a roller coaster named Slinky Dog Dash and a ride called Alien Swirling Saucers. There will also be a quick-service food & beverage location here inspired by everyone’s favorite cowboy: Woody.
2019 is set to be the “year of Star Wars” at Disney Parks. That’s the year the “Galaxy’s Edge” section of both Disneyland Park and Hollywood Studios are set to open.
Chapek said there will be two rides at both of these park sections: one where guests will get to fly an X-Wing and another where they will hop aboard the Millennium Falcon. Disney is also working hard on a Star Wars-themed hotel in California, but there’s no word yet when this will be completed.
To capitalize on the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Disney will open a specially themed roller coaster at Epcot by 2021. This massive indoor roller coaster, which will be located where Ellen’s Universe of Energy ride used to be, is set to be the largest in the world.
Lastly, Chapek announced that the new ride “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” will take the place of the old “Great Movie Ride” in Hollywood Studios. Using the latest in 3D technology, guests will feel as if they’ve stepped inside a Mickey Mouse cartoon short on this ride. Chapek said “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” should be ready to open in 2019.