Secrets Revealed and First Looks: A Recap of Friday at the D23 Expo

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What a day it has been in Anaheim at the first day of the 2019 D23 Expo! Here’s your Friday at the Expo recap.

Expo Eve Revelations

But first things first, let’s back up for a minute to Expo Eve, when we learned that Disney’s “Secret Project” is called “One Day at Disney,” a two-for-one: one part a gorgeous 244-page coffee table book and one part a mockumentary-style presentation about what does on in 24 hours across the planet to make Disney, well, Disney. The book and the series come out on December 3.

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Marvel Land’s official name was revealed: Avengers Campus. We were excited to finally know what to call the land that will be 100% dedicated to all things Marvel.

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Thursday evening also brought us the exciting news that Moana will finally make her mark at Epcot with a brand-new attraction called “The Journey of Water” on the World Showcase. Moana’s presence hasn’t been felt in the parks since shortly after her self-titled film hit the box office. Oh, and Epcot has a new logo. So, there’s that.

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Friday First Looks

Friday, the first day of the 2019 D23 Expo brought fans news, reveals and first looks. Among the first looks we got today were a red stormtrooper, props from “Avatar” and a hotel floor plan. D23 presented a first-ever look at props and artifacts used in the making of James Cameron’s “Avatar” as well as in the creation of Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Disney World.

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We also got to see the evolution of the Stormtrooper over the last forty years, from the beginning of the “Star Wars” saga and the battle in Endor to the upcoming “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” film. We were privy to the first look at a brand-new Stormtrooper uniform, and this one is red! These Imperial soldiers, called New Order Jet Troopers, will be in the upcoming ninth installment of the Skywalker saga.

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The all-new Star Wars hotel was also revealed at the Expo today. We’ve heard rumors and plans about the hotel, and today we got a first look at the hotel plans.

Friday Expo Reveals

Hundreds of reasons to love Disney+ even more were revealed today, including the news that every single Disney movie “from the vault” will initially be available on Disney+. We also learned more about Disney+ exclusive content like the brand-new “Kenobi” series, “The Mandalorian” series, a new Phineas and Ferb film called “Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe,” a new Christmas movie, “Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick, a revamp of the “Lizzie McGuire” series and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

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A Legendary Ceremony

Friday’s installment of the Expo also brought us the Disney Legends Ceremony, during which 12 honorees were introduced and formally named “Disney Legends.” Inductees included Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Kenny Ortega and others. Honorees received a beautiful award and will have molds made of their handprints, which will be displayed at the Disney Legends at the company’s Burbank headquarters.

Disney Legends Ceremony
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Stay tuned and check back often!

Inside the Magic continues to be your source for breaking news, announcements, reveals and secret-sharing at the D23 Expo! Check back often for the latest in Expo news!

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