This was a great weekend to be a Disney fan! Every two years, D23 (the official fan club for Disney lovers) hosts an expo. The D23 Expo took place this weekend at Disneyland and it looked AMAZING! Fans flocked to expo to hear the latest and greatest Disney news about the park, upcoming movies, Pixar updates and exclusive merchandise. The expo was done in a true Disney style, with lots of magic from celebrities, character appearances and swag.
Even though I was watching it all happen from home, thanks to social media, I took note of every major announcement while wearing my mouse ears! It’s clear that huge changes are coming to both Disney World and Disneyland.
But do these changes affect Run Disney? Let’s take a look at the speculation and rumors …
Star Wars Land Anouncement
I am so excited about this announcement. Both Disneyland and Disney World are getting a Star Wars Land! The biggest Run Disney rumor is that a second Star Wars race will take place at Disney World. Since Run Disney took away Tower of Terror 10 Miler and Expedition Everest 5k, it would be great to see another race for the east coast. Of course, then our runners would love a Coast to Coast Star Wars Challenge, right?
As great as this sounds, I think this would be years away from actually happening. But I am keeping my fingers crossed for this one! My husband gave me the green light to sign him up for any Run Disney east coast Star Wars race. But since the Star Wars Land hasn’t broken ground yet, and it looks like an epic park expansion, its far from reality as of now. As Yoda would say: “have to watch we will!”
Pandora: Land of Avatar Announcement
I don’t understand this new addition to Animal Kingdom, but it looks pretty cool. Avatar, the film, was released in 2009 so it seems a little outdated to me. Buy hey– Disney knows whats up!
Some runners wondered if they’d add an Avatar themed race. I really don’t see Run Disney highlighting a race just for that portion of Animal Kingdom park. But it would be a great addition to some of the courses. We already know the marathon course is about to change for 2016, maybe they will add on with Pandora once it is built.
Toy Story Mania Expansion Announcement
Honestly, I have never been on Toy Story Mania because the line is usually a 2 hour wait. So I’m looking forward to the expansion of a very popular area in Hollywood Studios.
But I don’t think Run Disney will do anything with the expansion. It’s rumored to be a 12 acre expansion and it will be in the back of the park. Maybe they could route a course through it? Who knows…but I think a new trend of Pixar costumes will be happening after the expansion.
All of these announcements are very exciting and it will certainly keep the Run Disney die hards guessing about potential upcoming changes. Until any of this comes to fruition, we can dream of Paris while the new Disneyland Paris half information unfolds.