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On Saturday, only the most over-the-top, total Disney fanatics traveled all the way to Japan to experience the D23 Expo—what the Mouseketeers over at Disney dub “the ultimate Disney fan event.” As Disney’s official fan club, the D23 Expo is the biggest event of the year for card-carrying Disney fans—and D23 2018 did not disappoint.

Here are some of the biggest Disney Parks announcements from this year’s D23 Expo.

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"Star Wars" Hotel Teaser Video

Excitement has been building for months over all the new Star Wars experiences coming soon to Disney Parks, but there’s nothing quite like a sneak peek to get the full scope of just how galactic it will really be. This glimpse of the new Star Wars hotel at Disney World will instantly solidify your family vacation plans.

Read more here.

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Pixar Pier Coming to Disney’s California Adventure

Pixar Pier will open on June 23, just in time for a fun-filled summer. From the moment guests enter the revitalized pier marquee, to the journey through four new neighborhoods with fresh takes on food and merchandise, park goers will hardly recognize the transformed land that used to be the Paradise Pier.

Read more here.

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New Mickey & Minnie Ride Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Get ready for a 2 ½-D adventure from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Wait, what? A 2 ½-D experience? Yep. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride puts your kiddos (and you too) in the center of the action—no clunky 3-D glasses required.

Read more here.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Toy Preview

A visit to a Disney Park wouldn’t quite be complete without taking home a little bit of that magic in the form of park exclusive toys. The new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be a dream come true for your mini Jedi and so will all the merchandise. Disney just revealed a sneak peek of some the new Star Wars toys and merchandise that the whole family will be clamoring for when the land opens. 

Read more here.

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Toy Story Land & More Pixar Awesomeness

2018 is set to be the year of Pixar, from the long awaited return of The Incredibles to the new Pixar experiences coming to several of the theme parks across the world. Here’s the scoop on the new Pixar rides and attractions that will hit three Disney theme parks this year.

Read more here.

What are you most excited for at Disney Parks this year? Put on your mouse ears and Disney geek it out in the comments!

—Keiko Zoll

 

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