What Disney didn’t say about the future of Disneyland at D23 Expo

ANAHEIM, Calif. — At the recent D23 Expo, Walt Disney Co. previewed many attractions coming to Disneyland and its theme parks around the world.


what you need to know

  • At the D23 Expo, Disney’s fan convention, Disney officials announced several upcoming projects coming to Disneyland.
  • However, several projects were left out, including the future of Tarzan’s Treehouse, MagicBands, and Disneyland Forward.
  • Disney officials have said that Tarzan’s Treehouse would be reimagined, but did not disclose the subject matter.
  • Anaheim officials said Disney plans to begin the city approval process for Disneyland Forward next year.

At Disneyland Resort, Disney plans to reimagine Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure in the fictional city of San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6.”

The company is renovating Toontown, including installing a new ride called Mickey and Minnie’s Railway. They also plan to change the theme of Splash Mountain into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Many meet and greets are coming up, including one with the Incredible Hulk and the Mandalorian with Grogu.

However, while those projects are big news, Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro has kept quiet about the current status of some projects and upcoming projects rumored to be coming to Disneyland parks.

Here are some projects D’Amaro didn’t discuss during his hour-long Disney Parks panel at the D23 Expo:

Some styles of MagicBand at Walt Disney World (Spectrum News/Joseph Pimentel)

magic bands

MagicBands, the wearable accessory commonly seen at Walt Disney World, are scheduled to arrive at Disneyland sometime this year.

When exactly, the public does not yet know. And D’Amaro didn’t mention it during his presentation last Sunday.

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Last year, Disney officials announced that Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line-exclusive wearable technology that allows guests to synchronize their theme park and resort activities would be coming to the Disneyland Resort for the first time.

Worn on the wrist in different Disney-style designs, MagicBand and MyMagic+ contain an RFID chip that allows users to sync their theme park tickets, hotel room key, photo pass and even load groceries. and merchandise.

Ever since that announcement, though, Disneyland fans have been waiting to find out when it will debut and experience the magic, no pun intended.

Tarzan’s tree house at Disneyland. (Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort)

Tarzan’s tree house

When visitors walk through Adventureland, past the Jungle Cruise and the Indiana Jones Adventure ride, they used to see a huge fake tree that served as Tarzan’s treehouse.

The pedestrian attraction allowed visitors to explore the 80-foot tree, cross a rope bridge, and get a bird’s-eye view of parts of Disneyland.

But the attraction has been closed since September of last year, and the area has since been cordoned off.

No one is sure what Disney plans to do with the treehouse attraction that has been around since 1962, when it was the Swiss Family Treehouse. Disney re-shaken it as Tarzan’s Treehouse in 1999, when the animated film “Tarzan” debuted.

In April, Disney officials told the Orange County Register that they plan to reimagine the treehouse with a new theme and backstory.

Some Disney news sites have speculated that the new reimagining could lead to a “Charm” themed area. In the popular movie, one of the characters has a bedroom high up in a magical tree.

Disneyland Ahead

While D’Amaro speculated on various “blue sky” concepts from popular movies like “Zootopia,” “Allure” and even a villainous area in several different parts of Walt Disney World, those themed lands could easily be part of the major plans. from Disney. in Anaheim.

In May, Disney said they are working with the city of Anaheim to update their current master plan agreement to expand the Disneyland Resort.

D’Amaro did not mention Disney’s so-called Disneyland Forward project, which would modify the current zoning of parts of Disney’s vast Anaheim properties and allow Disney to create a new theme park and entertainment district within its footprint.

If rezoned, this could lead to a new third theme park and/or hotels on top of the current “Toy Story” parking lot across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center.

Other parking lots along the west side of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney are ideal for redevelopment. The area could be home to new Disney-themed hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and the expansion of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Anaheim city officials told Spectrum News on Friday that the Disneyland Forward project is still in its early phases.

“We will likely see Disney start the city approval process in 2023,” Mike Lyster, a spokesman for Anaheim, told Spectrum News.

Disneyland officials did not return a message from Spectrum News seeking comment or updates on the Disneyland Forward project, Tarzan’s Treehouse and MagicBands.

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