D23 2015: Star Wars, Marvel, Animation and More!

D23 was this past weekend and with Disney having a claim in practically every giant property these days, the weekend was chock full of exciting news.

Probably the biggest announcement to come out of D23 is the fact that we’ll be getting Star Wars expansions added to the Disneyland and Disney World! The concept art looks amazing. I can’t wait to run around these new theme parks. The plan for the additional section in Disneyland will be 14 acres, one of the biggest new additions. There will be a cantina, rides, characters and more. It sounds like it should be an amazing and immersive world!

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In addition to the new Star Wars Land, the old Star Tours section will be getting some updates. There will be updates to add new characters from The Force Awakens and the Jedi Academy will get additional characters from the Star Wars Rebels show. Space Mountain will also get an overhaul, changing into a new Star Wars themed ride.

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Disney also released more info about other park expansions including the Avatar section from James Cameron that will be called Pandora: The World of Avatar and plans to create a Toy Story Land.

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In other Star Wars news, we got a look at a D23 exclusive poster for The Force Awakens and it’s pretty awesome. Created by the same artist who has made the previous beautiful Star Wars posters, Drew Struzan, this one shows John Boyega’s character, Finn, holding a lightsaber. Could he be a Jedi after all? I’m excited to find out!

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The new characters from The Force Awakens will also be joining the Disney Infinity game. Rey and Finn’s figures were shown off at the con.

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We also got out first look at the crew in Rogue One. I’m loving the look and feel of the costumes and set in this photo. The cast and crew have also been announced. I’m very curious to know who Alan Tudyk will be in the film. It was also announced that Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars Episode IX.

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Moana, one of Disney’s next feature films, finally got some more information and images released. Personally, I’m really excited to see this one.

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A Jack and the beanstalk inspired story called Gigantic is in the works, and the first poster for the new Jungle Book was revealed.

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Pixar has a nice slate of upcoming movies including Finding Dory, ZootopiaThe Good Dinosaur, Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales confirmed that not only will Barbossa be back for the latest movie, Will Turner will return as well. Johnny Depp took the stage in full Jack regalia. I don’t know if she’ll do it, but it would be great if Keira Knightley would join the ensemble as Elizabeth Swann again. I would happily watch another adventure with all of them.

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In Kingdom Hearts 3 news, we found out that not only will the world of Tangled be added to the game, Big Hero 6 will be in it as well! I love that we’re getting new Disney worlds to explore. Check out the announcement video:

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And last but certainly not least, Marvel had a definite presence at D23. Kevin Feige was there to discuss Doctor Strange and Captain America Civil War. He even brought along Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie to help discuss the exciting Marvel events.

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