D23 EXPO 2019

Every year we wait with baited breath for the announcements on Disney's next projects. See which moments stood out to us below!

By Jonathan Reed

26 August 2019

Disney is regarded as one the biggest companies in the world and every year they tease fans with which projects are expected to be released by the iconic company. From Pixar, Marvel, theme parks and their new Disney+ streaming service, here's what's hitting theatres and theme parks soon!

10. Raya and the Last Dragon

One of the biggest criticisms of Disney lately, is their lack of original projects. With an entire summer of remakes, Disney finally announced a brand-new movie: Raya and the Last Dragon. The film takes place in a land called Kumandra, where a warrior Raya goes in search of the last dragon. Starring Cassie Steele as Raya and Awkwafina as the last Dragon, Sisu who can transform into human form, Raya and the Last Dragon will be released on November 25, 2020.

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9. Moon Knight

Marvel announced many new projects – some are included in this list – but one which fans had been waiting for years is Moon Knight. Whilst details are scarce right now, Moon Knight lends itself to a darker, more adult series which will be interesting to see how it plays on Disney+.

Moon Knight should lead to a very different style of superhero story as the character suffers from dissociative identity disorder, meaning he is frequently confused between reality and fantasy.

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8. Pixar's Onward & Soul

Pixar had two HUGE announcements at this years D23 Expo! The first was Onward starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as two elf-brothers who set out on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. The movie hits theatres March 6, 2020.

The second announcement is Pixar’s upcoming film Soul starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. Foxx stars as a jazz musician who’s soul becomes detached and sent to the “You Seminar”, a centre where souls develop and gain passions before being sent back to Earth. The film is scheduled for release on June 19, 2020.

7. Epcot's Transformation

The major transformation to one of Disney’s most iconic theme parks, Epcot was finally revealed. Disney announced that the park will be split into four neighbourhoods: World Discovery, World Showcase, World Celebration, and World Nature.

Within each of these neighbourhood’s new attractions have been announced, including a Mary Poppins themed ride, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along and a brand-new Moana attraction.

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6. She-Hulk

Another Marvel announcement came in the shape of “mean and green” as She-Hulk is scheduled to make her live-action debut in her own series exclusive to Disney+. Barely any details were given on casting on plot points, but fans have stated that Avengers: Endgame may have pre-empted her arrival.

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5. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Disney announced a brand-new two-night stay aboard a Galactic Starcruiser where guests will embark on an immersive experience, including lightsaber training, meet crewmembers and famous Star Wars characters and also visit Disney’s new Galaxy’s Edge land.

Every window will provide spectacular views of the galaxy and there may even be secret tasks hidden throughout the ship. There is no opening day of the experience yet announced.

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4. Frozen 2

It is one of Disney’s most successful animations outside of Pixar and proved that the animation studio hadn’t lost its magic and now Frozen’s sequel is on its way. D23 provided a brand-new look at the winter wonder with a new poster being released.

Two new cast members were also announced with Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown playing two new characters. Whilst a few new clips were shown, they have yet to be released publicly. Frozen 2 is scheduled for release November 22, 2019.

3. Lady and the Tramp

Another day, another Disney live-action remake, though this time, we have animals that are actually live! Lady and the Tramp arrives on Disney+ November 12, 2019 and will star the voice talents of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux.

The movie will follow the same premise as the original animated version, and from looking at the trailer, we’re going to fall in love all over again!

2. Cruella

Disney has only recently revamped the story of one villain, Maleficent – now they’re planning on bringing the dog-catching, fur-obsessed Cruella de Vil to the big screen with her own movie.

Emma Stone is to bring the evil fashionista to life, and by looking at the first image released, she looks amazing! Emma Thompson is also onboard though in an unknown role. Cruella is released on May 28, 2021.

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1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

It is the biggest movie franchise in the world and the saga which inspired it ends this year with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The entire cast made their way onto the D23 stage and surprised fans with a special look at what’s in store.

They also released a brand-new poster, though fans have been left speculating over Rey’s fate as the saga ends. Watch the trailer and see for yourself. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 20, 2019.