The Biggest Letdowns from D23 Expo 2019

While there were a TON of huge and exciting announcements at D23 Expo 2019, there were some projects that went unannounced that really got fans’ attention!

D23 Expo Disney Parks Panel ©Disney

Here are a few of the biggest letdowns of the 2019 D23 Expo.

No New World Showcase Pavilion

We have been waiting for a new World Showcase pavilion for what seems like forever (it’s been over 30 years, so IT IS!). And while rumors have swirled around for YEARS that a Brazilian pavilion would be joining the World Showcase line up, it didn’t happen yet again. We were really hoping that we’d have the opportunity to experience a new culture, new foods, and new attractions, whether that was Brazil or another country. But it looks as if we will have to keep waiting!

World Showcase

No Coco Attraction

Now, there were a TON of announcements for Epcot. From new Mary Poppins and Moana attractions to the formation of neighborhoods, Disney has a lot in store for this Park. But we were really hoping that Coco would make its way to the Mexico Pavilion. This is another long-running rumor that still has not come to fruition and honestly, we’re a little bummed!

Mexico Pavilion

No New Experiences for Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom

Though Disney is adding a new TRON Lightcyle Run attraction to Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, it was interesting that no new experiences were announced for Magic Kingdom OR Animal Kingdom. I mean, when are we going to get a new attraction in the Stitch’s Great Escape area, people?! We need answers!!

Tron Lightcycle Run

No Announcement of Renovations in Magic Kingdom

We were also really disappointed that Disney will not be renovating a few attractions and lands around Magic Kingdom. We don’t think anything needs a total overhaul, but it would be nice if a few classic attractions got the facelift they deserve before the Park’s 50th anniversary!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

No Nighttime Parade for Magic Kingdom

But of all the unannounced things that could’ve come to Magic Kingdom, we were really shocked that Disney STILL isn’t bringing a nighttime parade to Magic Kingdom. They have not had a nighttime parade offering since Main Street Electrical took its final bow YEARS ago. And Disney World could really use this to help assist with the crowd levels at night. And I mean, who doesn’t love themselves a good nighttime parade, right?!

Main Street Electrical

No Details Announced for the 50th Anniversary

We are already excited to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, so we were bummed not to get many details about how the World will celebrate. While we know that new experiences like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will be completed in time for the 50th, we were hoping for a few more magical details!

Artist Rendering of France Pavilion with new attraction ©Disney

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One Reply to “The Biggest Letdowns from D23 Expo 2019”

  1. Yes, agreed. I was there and it was, by in large a disappointing presentation. We didn’t come to hear about what had previously been announced at the last Expo or what is under construction. We came to hear what new things are being added to the future pipeline. Its great that the other parks around the world are having major new construction projects underway. And its apparent that that is draining the Imagineering resources at the moment. However, for those of us who don’t often travel overseas to see these things, we were hoping for more here domestically. As you say, no new pavilions in World Showcase in 30 years. The big announcement for WS: a Mary Poppins related attraction that had no details. Given the glacial pace at which things happen (see for example, announcements two years ago at the last Expo re new films for WS that are still as yet not ready), we can bet that the Mary Poppins attraction will still not be available at the time of the next Expo – probably be lucky if it’s started construction. And, agreed, a no brainer Coco , after its cinematic success, for Mexico? A water themed walk thru “neighborhood”? That’s it? And, by the way, could we learn a little from Walt perhaps and not have everything relate to some intellectual property of the company. Remember such things as the Matterhorn, the Submarine, the Monorail, Lincoln, the Tiki room, small world, etc. that weren’t tied to some character? Nothing for the Magic Kingdom except something, Tron, that was announced at the last Expo and is still nowhere near completion. Animal Kingdom, same thing, only, in its case, nothing even under construction. Hollywood Studios? Mickey still hasn’t been completed, though announced at the last Expo; and what happened to the sit down restaurant for the shadeless Toy Story Land? Disneyland? Apparently resting on its laurels, which is fine for construction at the moment given it just opened a new land. But nothing even to announce for the future? California Adventure? Marvel area we already knew about and has been under construction for a while. CA in the pipeline for the future: who knows…