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23 New (And Returning!) Things Coming To Disney In 2023

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New year, new Disney! Here’s a list of 23 new and returning things coming to Disney in 2023. Think new attractions, new experiences, and new magic for the new year!

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23 New Disney Experiences For 2023

When people ask why we return to Disney World or Disneyland so often the simple answer is that there’s always something new to experience.

You can count on something new at Disney. That’s a fact.

From movies to Disney+ to theme parks and the cruise line, here are 23 new Disney experiences for 2023 that YOU can look forward to.

We’re throwing in a few honorable mentions that haven’t been announced, but we’re crossing our fingers for them as well.

tron lightcylce run new at disney in 2023 (magic kingdom at disney world)

1. TRON Lightcycle Run Comes To Disney World In Spring of 2023

Its been long awaited- but we finally have an official opening announcement

Sorta.

TRON Lightcycle Run will be opening sometime in Spring 2023 at Disney World.

We hope it comes with an epic Disney ride photo op!

2. Hey Disney! Echo Devices In Disney Resort Rooms

The tech plusses continue with a partnership with Amazon.

Hey Disney! Echo devices were announced for a 2022 installment, but… we’re thinking 2023 is on the table at this point.

Walt Disney World train. Returning and new to Disney World in 2023.

3. New at Disney in 2023: Walt Disney World Railroad Returns

Okay, so this hasn’t been announced but we are seriously wishing it into existence.

It’s been closed since 2018 in part due to TRON coaster construction, and in part due to Covid closures.

But we’re hearing the railroad began testing, so that’s got to be a hopeful sign that we see the Walt Disney World Railroad return sometime in 2023.

If not… sooner? Stay tuned!

4. NEW Walt Disney And Mickey Statue Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

Everyone loves a good Walt statue- even better when his best pal Mickey is right beside him.

This one is coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023.

new at disney in 2023: statue of mickey mouse and walt disney heading to the Hong Kong park.

5. Disney Cruise Line Goes To Australia and New Zealand For The First Time In 2023

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line is bringing the magic of a Disney vacation to families and fans in
Australia and New Zealand when the Disney Wonder brings the brand-new Disney Magic at Sea cruises beginning late October 2023.

6. Disneyland runDisney Comes Back In 2024- But Registration Should Be In 2023

And we cannot be more excited about this news!

While the races are slated for 2024, typical runDisney race calendars mean registration for the events should be announced in 2023.

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the return of some of our favorites like the Superheroes Half Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.

rundisney disneyland races return. new at disney in 2023: rundisney registration for disneyland races

7. Figment Meet and Greet In Epcot: New at Disney in 2023

2023 a Figment meet and greet will be returning to Epcot!

For the first time in over 15 years, fans of the fussy little dragon will get a chance to meet their hero in person.

No news on the nature of the meet and greet (walk-around character or puppet or animatronic) just yet.

8. World Of Frozen Comes To Hong Kong Disneyland In Late 2023

World of Frozen will open at Hong Kong Disneyland in the second half of 2023.

They’re not letting it go- and we’re not mad about it!

9. Wondrous Journeys at Disneyland Park: New Nighttime Spectacular

Debuts in January 2023 as part of Disney100.

Ironheart coming to Disney+ in 2023
D23 EXPO 2022 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA – brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company) Anthony Ramos, Ryan Coogler, Kevin Feige (President, Marvel Studios)

10. Marvel’s Ironheart Debuts On Disney+

We’ll have to wait a bit, but Riri Williams is coming to Disney+ in late 2023.

Meet her in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November.

11. New At Disney In 2023: World Celebration Neighborhood Opens In Epcot

World Celebration neighborhood in EPCOT will be completed in late 2023 at Walt Disney World.

With lush, green space for guests to relax, plus the opening of Communicore Hall and Communicore Plaza, this central location in the park will be the new home for festivals and the perfect space to gather with family and friends.

12. Dreamers Statue: Walt Disney at Dreamers Point

We’ll be able to sit with Walt for a spell in front of this new statue to be located at Dreamers Point.

walt the dreamer statue at D23 Expo. New to Disney in 2023.

13. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Comes To The Big Screen In 2023

This one opens on February 16, 2023, and it promises to be a very BIG movie for the smallest superhero in Marvel’s cast of characters.

Watch the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailer here.

14. World of Color – One Coming To Disneys California Adventure

Debuting in January 2023, this new World of Color show will celebrate Disney100.

15. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana Opens In 2023

The Te Fiti statue will be used to develop Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.

The actual size of this model in the land will be 16 feet tall!

te fiti moana attraction epcot

16. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: New at Disneyland in 2023

The west coast will finally get its Toontown back- starring the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

This attraction is adorable and perfect for kids of all ages.

This one opens on January 27, 2023, at Disneyland!

17. Magic Happens Parade Returns To Disneyland

This parade had a super short lifespan: about 3 weeks in the winter of 2020.

You know what happened.

But it’s coming back in the Spring of 2023 and we know the Disneyland folks cannot wait to experience this one again!

18. Loki Season 2 Comes to Disney+

Hey, we love Tom Hiddleston as Loki and this might be the biggest fangirl squeal we let loose at D23 Expo Marvel panel.

It didn’t hurt that Tom was there in person to announce it either!

Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino
D23 EXPO 2022 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by VISA – brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which takes place September 9, 10, and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, series, games, theme parks, collectibles, and celebrities. (The Walt Disney Company) Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino

19. New At Disney: Hatbox Ghost Joins The Haunted Mansion At Disney World

We love him at Disneyland and we’re sure excited to hear he’s making it to the Walt Disney World attraction as well!

Hatbox Ghose will join the spooks sometime in 2023 at the Haunted Mansion.

20. DVC Villas At Disneyland

While there isn’t an official opening date just yet, construction is moving along at a pretty decent clip.

We feel comfortable making the call that the new DVC properties will either be open and ready to book OR at least will go on sale in 2023.

dvc at disneyland hotel

21. NEW Epcot Nighttime Spectacular To Replace Harmonious

And this one, honestly, cannot come soon enough.

We only hope this also means the taco barges in the middle of the World Showcase lagoon are going away as well.

For the love of Mickey, make it so.

WDW-Harmonious- Mulan

22. The Marvels: In Theaters On July 28, 2023

If you watched Ms Marvel and loved Iman Vellani as much as we did, then this is going to be high on your must-see summer movie list.

23. New At Disney: Happily Ever After Fireworks Return In Spring of 2023

Well, sorta.

The announcement was made at D23 Expo with a caveat: it sounds like a new show will be put to the old song.

But… we’ll take it.

And that wraps up the list of 23 things and experiences that will be new at Disney in 2023.

new fireworks featuring happily ever after

BONUS: Bob Iger Returns as CEO For 2023-2025 Tenure

This news was announced on November 20, 2022, and it was a BIG one!

Bob Chapek is out; Bob Iger is back effective immediately.

Iger will take over as CEO for the next two years while working with a replacement.

See how the fans reacted with these Disney CEO memes– they are golden!

chapek v iger disney ceo memes. Main Street Electrical Parade

Honorable Mentions: Hopefully These Experiences Return or Open as New To Disney in 2023

Unannounced, but anticipated for 2023 are the following:

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