It’s a big weekend for Disney fans.
The D23 Expo is underway in Anaheim, California. That’s where Disney announces major plans across its brands. The biggest parks news is expected on Sunday, but some nuggets have already been revealed, like what Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will look like when it replaces Splash Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
A detailed model unveiled at the expo shows how “The Princess and the Frog” theming will fit into Splash Mountain’s familiar landscape. In this iteration, the iconic mountain will be an aging salt mine that’s been transformed for Tiana’s Foods, an employee-owned cooperative that supports neighboring communities, according to Disney. The attraction doesn’t open until 2024, but Disney just revealed a new Tiana-inspired shop will debut in Disneyland in a few weeks.
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“Tiana is collaborating with her talented dressmaker mother, Eudora, to open this fantastic little shop, with accessories to create and serve masterful Orleans-style cuisine and more,” Disney Parks Editorial Content Director Thomas Smith shared on the Disney Parks Blog on Friday. Eudora’s Chic Boutique Featuring Tiana’s Gourmet Secrets is set to open in New Orleans Square on Sept. 20.
Another model on display at D23 shows plans for Mickey’s Toontown, which has been closed at Disneyland since March.
When it reopens in 2023, it will be home to a new attraction, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which Disney World guests will recognize from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and interactive areas like Goofy’s House and How-to-Play Yard.
“Goofy’s neck of the woods is dedicated to all things play, where the soft, spongey ground is the perfect place for youngsters to enjoy a fun, enclosed area,” reads D23 signage. “Children of all ages can look forward to exploring an all-new, elevated clubhouse, and creating quirky noises in a new sound garden. Inside his house, Goofy has set up a candy-making contraption that only he could imagine.”
During the Legends Ceremony on Friday, CEO Bob Chapek announced that Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus will get a third attraction – “a brand-new story that will bring guests into battle alongside their favorite Super Heroes.”
Expo attendees can also get a first look at two new things heading to Disney World: a new statue of Walt Disney entitled “Walt the Dreamer,” which will be showcased in EPCOT, and a model of Te Fiti from EPCOT’s coming Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana experience.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro will share more parks announcements in a live-streamed D23 presentation at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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