A Recap of Reveals from D23
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D23 is the biggest Disney fan convention in the world. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from September 9-11, 2022, it was a weekend full of cosplays, panels, and reveals for days.
So here is a comprehensive guide to the announcements from the 2022 D23 convention that were shared on the Disney Instagram account and official Disney Parks Blog.
A new trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 dropped featuring Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) as a glam witch teaching the young Sanderson sisters. The movie can be streamed on Disney+ on September 30, 2022.
Under Wraps 2, the sequel to the ‘90s DCOM, Under Wraps, will premiere on Disney Channel on September 25, 2022.
Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, a documentary about the big cheese will stream on November 18, 2022, on Disney+.
The first trailer for Disenchanted, the sequel to 2011’s Enchanted, was revealed where fairytales continue to merge with the real world, and Giselle (Amy Adams) turns into a wicked stepmother. The film can be streamed on Disney+ on November 24, 2022.
A teen comedy/romance called Prom Pact will launch in spring 2023.
Peter Pan & Wendy, starring Jude Law as Captain Hook, got a release date of 2023.
The trailer for the animated film Strange World was released to attendees along with a premiere date of November 23, 2022. It will feature a family of explorers, led by Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal), that journey into uncharted territory.
A new movie called Wish was revealed with a fall 2023 release date. It’s a fantasy movie that takes place in the Kingdom of Wishes where all wishes come true. The film will star Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) and Alan Tudyk (Encanto) and feature a soundtrack composed by Grammy-nominated artist, Julia Michaels. The audience at D23 got to listen to the very first song, “More for Us,” performed by DeBose.
The trailer for American Born Chinese, based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, will be released in 2023. It discusses identity through the lens of adolescence.
The trailer for season two of Big Shot, the teen basketball series starring John Stamos, was revealed. It drops October 12, 2022, on Disney+.
We got our first trailer for The Santa Clauses starring Tim Allen, and a premiere date of November 16, 2022, on Disney+.
National Treasure: Edge of History got a trailer and a release date for the first two episodes: December 14, 2022, on Disney+.
The audience got to view the trailer for the Zootopia Disney+ series, which got a release date of November 9, 2022.
Season 2 of the Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is “coming soon” to Disney+ and the trailer just dropped.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is “coming soon” to Disney+ according to this teaser trailer.
Iwájú, a long-form series about Nigeria, was announced in partnership with Kugali, a Pan African comic book/entertainment company. It will launch on Disney+ in 2023.
The Muppets Mayhem, a comedy series about The Electric Mayhem band and their pursuit of a dream, was announced and will stream on Disney+ in 2023.
In the parks panel, it was revealed that Duffy & Friends from the Disney parks will star in their very own six-episode, stop-motion animated series on Disney+ in 2023.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series was renewed for season four (without Olivia Rodrigo's Nina). In a meta twist, it will follow the filming of the OG High School Musical cast as they film a fourth reunion movie. No release date was set.
Jim Henson revealed that for the 30th anniversary of The Muppet Christmas Carol, a full version will be released on Disney+ on December 11, 2022, which includes the song, “When Love is Gone.”
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will host a new competition show called Best in Snow. No premiere date set.
Pentatonix will release a special called Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays, about the group trying to find inspiration for their annual holiday album. No premiere date set.
Run-D.M.C. will reimagine the Nutcracker Ballet with hip hop. No premiere date set.
There were 14 individuals named as Disney Legends this year: actors Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross from Black-ish, actors Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo from Grey’s Anatomy, actors Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad from Frozen, Rob’t Coltrin and Doris Hardoon from Walt Disney Imagineering, Robert Price “Bob” Foster from Disney Legal/Real Estate, Chris Montan from Disney Music, and the posthumous honor of actor Chadwick Boseman from Marvel.
Disney Parks and Experiences
Walt Disney World
TRON Lightcycle Run will ~finally~ open in spring 2023.
The Hatbox Ghost will enter Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion in 2023.
A Figment meet-and-greet will launch by the end of 2023.
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, will open in late 2023.
A new nighttime spectacular will debut on the World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot in late 2023.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open in both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024 with a new mist element, and the original cast of the movie will lend their voices to the attraction. This includes Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Bruno Campos (Naveen), Michael Leon Wooley (Louis), and Jenifer Lewis (Mama Odie).
“Happily Ever After” will play during a new nighttime spectacular over Cinderella Castle in 2023.
There was an announcement to retheme Dinoland U.S.A. in Disney's Animal Kingdom to Moana and Zootopia, but nothing other than concept art was revealed in terms of plans.
While more of a concept reveal, and definitely a few years away from breaking ground, new areas were pitched for beyond Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom. The possible land(s) would include Coco, Encanto, and Disney Villains.
Two new nighttime shows: “Wondrous Journeys” and “World of Color – One” will debut at Disneyland and California Adventure respectively.
The “Magic Happens” parade will return in spring 2023.
In January 2023, Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder will begin as the biggest celebration in the history of the company and include new décor, specialty food and beverages, character experiences, and more! It’ll be celebrated around the world, but centralized at the Disneyland Resort.
runDisney races will return in 2024.
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will open in both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in late 2024 with a new mist element, and the original cast of the movie will lend their voices to the attraction. This includes Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Bruno Campos as Naveen, Michael Leon Wooley as Louis, and Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie.
Paradise Pier Hotel will be reimagined into Pixar Place Hotel where you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a Pixar art gallery.
Pacific Wharf will be reimagined as San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6, and will feature a Baymax meet-and-greet, eateries, and shops.
An e-ticket attraction will be built in Avenger’s Campus.
The Hulk will enter Avenger’s Campus in his Quantum Suit.
The Mandalorian and Grogu will be interacting with guests inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park beginning in November 2022.
Beginning in 2024, Space Mountain will be reimagined.
Fantasy Springs will expand at Tokyo DisneySea with Frozen, Peter Pan, and Tangled elements and a new hotel that is connected to the park.
The Disneyland Hotel will be rethemed to fairytale rooms inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled, and Frozen. The hotel will lead into the Frozen gardens in the new Frozen land in the Walt Disney Studios park.
As a part of the end of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, a new stage show, “Pixar: We Belong Together,” will debut in 2023 in the Walt Disney Studios park.
Hong Kong Disneyland
World of Frozen will open in 2023.
A new statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse will be unveiled as a part of Disney’s 100th-anniversary celebration.
Shanghai Disney Resort
This will be the first resort to get a Zootopia-themed land. The Zootopia Police Department area will have a family-friendly ride as well.
Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Treasure, the sixth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will set sail in 2024.
Lighthouse Point is under construction in the Bahamas. It’s inspired by the natural beauty and rich culture of the Bahamas.
There will now be voyages to Australia and New Zealand during limited-time cruises that immerse guests in the worlds of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars in late October 2023.
The Disney Wonder will be the first in the fleet to travel to Fiji and Samoa.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases on November 11, 2022. Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Winston Duke (M'Baku), and Letitia Wright (Shuri) showed a new scene to attendees and prefaced that they hope the late Chadwick Boseman is proud of what they did with the film.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will premiere on February 17, 2023. Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp), and Johnathan Majors (Kang the Conquerer) presented new footage to the audience.
Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Iman Vellani (Miss Marvel), and Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau) previewed a scene from The Marvels, which will debut on July 28, 2023.
Along with a new logo for Captain America: New World Order, two new cast members were announced: Shira Haas and Tim Blake Nelson. Anthony Mackie (Captain America) was joined by Danny Ramiez (Joaquin Torres), Carl Lumbly (Isaiah Bradley), and Tim Blacke Nelson (Samuel Sterns) on stage to discuss the film that will be released on May 3, 2024.
A new Fantastic Four film was confirmed to be directed by Matt Shakman (WandaVision) and will be released on November 8, 2024.
The Thunderbolts, Marvel’s version of the anti-hero Suicide Squad saw numerous casting reveals including Black Widow’s Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and The Red Guardian (David Harbour), and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). The film will close out Phase 5 of the MCU on July 26, 2024.
The trailer for a Halloween special called Werewolf by Night dropped. The film, which plays on older monster movies of the '30s and '40s, will be released on October 7, 2022, on Disney+.
Marvel’s Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur released its first trailer to attendees announcing Alison Brie (GLOW) as a guest voice, and a premiere date of February 10, 2023, on Disney+.
Vincent D’Onofrio (King Pin) joined Charlie Cox (Matt Murdoch/Daredevil) to discuss the Daredevil: Born Again series which will start shooting in 2023.
The first full trailer for the dark thriller, Secret Invasion dropped. It will follow Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury after his time in space and will be released sometime in 2023.
The cast of Loki: Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Sophia Di Martino (Sylvie), and Owen Wilson (Mobius), flew in from filming season two to speak at D23. No premiere date is set, but Ke Huy Quan was added to the cast.
Don Cheadle was announced to reprise his role as Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Armor Wars, a series that will dive into his character. There is no release date.
Shakira Berrara (GLOW) will join the series Ironheart. No further details on this show either.
The cast of Echo hosted a sneak peek for the audience, while no premiere date is set, it will come directly after the events of Hawkeye. The show will feature the first deaf hero, use American Sign Language heavily, and both Vincent D’Onofrio (King Pin) and Alaqua Cox (Echo) will return.
A trailer for Indiana Jones 5, to be released on June 30, 2023, was shown to the audience with Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) on stage. Backstage, Ford reunited with his Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom co-star, Ke Huy Quan, who was there for the Loki panel.
Andor’s final trailer was released as the show drops on September 21, 2022 on Disney+.
A new trailer dropped for the reimagining of the 1988 fantasy classic, Willow, and Christian Slater was revealed to join the cast. The show launches on Disney+ on November 30, 2022.
Season two of Star Wars: The Bad Batch got pushed from a premiere on September 28, 2022, to January 4, 2023.
Tales of the Jedi, a limited anthology series, will premiere on October 26, 2022, and attendees got to watch the first trailer.
Newcomer Jamaal Avery Jr. and Emma Berman (Luca) were announced as part of the Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures cast. This animated series will premiere on Disney Junior in 2023
The Mandalorian season three finally has some direction with the release of the first teaser. The show will premiere on Disney+ in 2023.
A new film called Elemental, directed by Peter Sohn (The Good Dinosaur), was announced and described by Games Radar as a cross between Zootopia and Inside Out. It stars Ember and Wade, voiced by Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie, as fire and water. It will be released in theaters on June 16, 2023.
Adrian Molina’s (Coco) film Elio was revealed. Elio is a creative, 11-year-old “INdoorsman,” voiced by Yonas Kibreab who struggles to fit in. He accidentally gets beamed into space and mistaken for an ambassador from Earth. It will be released in the spring of 2024.
A surprise sequel, Inside Out 2, was confirmed for summer 2024 with Amy Poehler returning as Joy.
Pixar’s first series, Win or Lose, will launch on Disney+ in fall 2023, with Will Forte announced as a voice.
20th Century Fox
Avatar: The Way of Water, will premiere on December 16, 2022.
A prequel to the live-action Lion King was announced called Mufasa: The Lion King, to be released in 2024.
A new trailer starring Halle Bailey (Grown-ish) in the new live-action The Little Mermaid was revealed, with a release date of May 26, 2023.