There is always a big build-up leading into the A D23 Expo as there are bound to be some big WDW announcements. The Japan Expo doesn’t get as much attention, largely because it focuses on the international parks - but there usually are some WDW updates mixed in. Here are a few That I’ve found so far…
Star Wars Resort is still in the plans. There have been some rumors that it was scrapped, but it is, in fact, still a go. “This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy. At the resort, guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space. The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.”
Guardians of the Galaxy will open in EP in 2021, will have a brand new ride system, and will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world. It will have an all new story line.
Mickey’s Run-Away Railroad will open at DHS in 2019; no additional details announced.