'Star Wars' hotel, Epcot upgrades coming to Disney theme parks

18 July, 2017, 04:07 | Author: Brenda Erickson

But alas, D23 Expo 2017 is in the books and we won't have another D23 Expo until 2019, since Disney only holds the convention every other year.

Chapek says Galaxy's Edge will first open at Disneyland, followed shortly by Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.

Chapek introduced lead designer of the project, Scott Trowbridge, who said the expansion focuses on two major rides allowing guests to lead their own adventures. Toy figures of a Resistance Trooper, a First Order Flamethrower, a First Order Crew, and more were also present in the image. Chapek did not announce an opening date or if construction is ongoing.

The Guardians of the Galaxy rescue Thor from deep space in a thrilling new trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War".

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts raised the curtain (literally) on a spectacularly detailed three-dimensional model of the new themed land-featuring the Millennium Falcon and a whole galaxy of new experiences-in its "A Galaxy of Stories" pavilion, a marquee display that occupies prime real estate in the center of the D23 Expo show floor.

Ed Sheeran makes his "Game of Thrones" debut
Sheeran's appearance was, within a show so prized for its detailed world-building, a bit meta and a bit jarring. Ed's character was a soldier of the Lannister army that Arya encounters while riding through the Riverlands.

Just because we can, there's some details we can speculate about the video: the fact that they actually brought in Gwendoline Christie for an interview, combined with multiple shots of her silver-armored Stormtrooper Captain Phasma, suggests that Phasma might have more to do this time beyond getting shoved into a garbage chute.

And, of course, there was a look at "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", slated to hit theaters on December 15. What they got instead what a behind-the-scenes look at the production, which included a few glimpses of the late Carrie Fisher. We can't help but notice that Luke Skywalker was not shown in any of these scenes.

The announcement of a live-action Lion King film based on the 1994 animated classic, to be directed by Jon Favreau, received the warmest welcome.

Director Jon Favreau teased about a minute of stunning footage from the film Saturday at the biannual Disney fan expo, D23, in Anaheim.


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