Join us for the 42nd episode of the Theme Park Trader podcast!

This week we host a D23 Destination D special where Dan and I discuss all of the news revealed at the event as well as a couple of extra news stories. Stories covered:

Pandora: The World of Avatar

Disney announced quite a few new details on Avatar Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom including information on the shop, restaurant and bar! You can read all about these details here. My favourite Avatar related news was this incredible animatronic:

Star Wars Land Nighttime Concept Art

Disney revealed this awesome concept of Star Wars Land at night.

Star Wars Land nighttime concept art

Though it looks cool, Dan and I think some people got a little too excited about this as we discuss our thoughts on it.

Big Changes Coming to Epcot

Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announced that big changes were going to be coming to Epcot in the future.

Chapek said that the park was to see a “major transformation” in the next couple of years in order to become “more Disney, timeless, relevant and family-friendly” while keeping the original vision of the park.

Dan and I chat through what we would like to see change at the park and why it makes sense for Disney to focus time on Epcot next.

MagicBand 2.0

Disney revealed changes to MagicBands at Destination D that include a new design with interchangeable discs. We chat through what we think of these new designs and what future accessories Disney could partner these with.

More on MagicBand 2.0 in our blog post.

Massive Expansion Plans for Kong Kong Disneyland

To end this weeks podcast we move away from Destination D and onto the big plans that were announced for the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland. These changes include Frozen, Moana and Marvel additions and a brand new castle!

You can read about all of these changes here.

If you enjoyed this weeks podcast, have ideas for future shows or have any questions about any of the stories then feel free to leave us a comment below!