The “Ultimate Disney Fan Experience” D23 is the SDCC for Disney fans. The weekend consisted of panels, announcements, and exclusive looks at upcoming releases. There was a LOT announced during the seventh annual event. Let’s review everything revealed at D23!
HOCUS POCUS 2 (RELEASED 9/30 ON DISNEY+) ]
This is an exciting thing for people my age who grew up in the Halloweentown-Hocus Pocus era of Disney. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it because of the mixed reviews. I’ll still watch it, probably on Halloween, after I watch the original. I am always behind on these kinda things – I am just now finishing up Stranger Things 4- I digress, back to business.
The movie sees the return of The Sanderson sisters to Salem after two young girls accidentally bring them back. How will they navigate the modern day? Can they be stopped again? Tune into Disney+ to watch!
ZOOTOPIA+ (SERIES ON DISNEY+ – NOVEMBER 9TH, 2022)
This series takes place during the events of the movies and dives deeper into the lives of Zootopia’s residents.
STRANGEWORLD (NOVEMBER 23RD, 2022)
This original story follows the Clades, a family of explorers, into an uncharted land of fantastic creatures. Their differences threaten to upend their most important mission. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Quaid, Alan Tudyk, Lucy Liu, Jaboukie Young-White, & Jonathan Melo
DISENCHANTED (NOVEMBER 24TH, 2022, ON DISNEY+)
This sequel to the 2007 film, Enchanted, stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, & Idina Menzel. Ten years later, Giselle, Robert, and Morgan move from Manhattan to a new community overseen by Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph). Unfortunately, her intentions for the family are wicked. Giselle makes a wish to have a perfect fairy tale life, but the plan backfires, and she has to rush to put everything right again before midnight.
HAUNTED MANSION (AUGUST 11TH, 2023)
This is the second film to be adapted based on the theme park attraction. The film stars Rosario Dawson, a single mom to 9-year-old Chase. They are both looking to start a new life and move into a mansion that is much more than a bargain-priced house. Gabbie contacts a priest for help to rid their home of the spirits. The movie also stars LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Jared Leto, Danny DeVito, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
THE LITTLE MERMAID (MAY 26TH, 2023)
I am SO excited about this one. Though I am not concerned, it may be wrapped up in drama and controversy. I can’t wait for this one. I admit I do not know who the actress is – well, I didn’t prior to this role – but I have heard nothing but great things about her. Plus, the teaser trailer has me on edge for its release.
This live-action remake of the 1989 animated film stars Halle Bailey as Ariel.
WISH (NOVEMBER 22, 2023)
This film stars Ariana DeBosse as Princess Asha from the Kingdom of Rosas. It follows Asha and her goat Valentino (Alan Tudyk), as they meet a star and go on an adventure through the stars and various worlds to help save her homeland and its people. The release date for this movie falls on the 100th anniversary of Disney.
PETER PAN & WENDY (TBA, DISNEY+)
This live-action remake of the 1953 animated series stars Alexander Molony as Peter and Ever Anderson as Wendy. Yara Shahidi, Jim Gaffigan, Alan Tudyk, Molly Parker, and Jude Law also appear in supporting roles. There is no official release date, but some information I found said it could be in 2023 sometime.
MUFASA: THE LION KING (JULY 5TH, 2024)
Simba, King of the Pride Lands, now has a cub of his own. He is determined to have him follow in his footsteps. We also see the explorations of the origins of his late father, Mufasa. The film stars Seth Rogan as Pumba, Billy Eichner as Timon, Aaron Pierre as Mufasa, John Kani as Rafiki, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka.
SNOW WHITE (MARCH 22, 2024)
This live-action adaptation of the 1937 animated film stars Gal Gadot as Evil Queen and Rachel Zegler as Snow White. Snow White seeks shelter in a cabin inhabited by seven dwarves as she faces the truth of her past.
There is also a lot coming from Pixar & Lucasfilm, as well as more Disney+ exclusives. Check out the list of content from 2024!
ELEMENTAL (DISNEY/PIXAR – JUNE 16, 2023)
WIN OR LOSE (DISNEY/PIXAR – SERIES – FALL 2023)
ELIO (DISNEY/PIXAR – MARCH 1ST, 2024)
INSIDE OUT 2 (DISNEY/PIXAR – JUNE 14TH, 2024)
STAR WARS: TALES OF THE JEDI (LUCASFILM – OCTOBER 26TH,2022)
WILLOW (LUCASFILM – NOVEMBER 30TH, 2022)
THE BAD BATCH, SEASON 2 (LUCASFILM – JANUARY 24, 2023)
INDIANA JONES 5 (LUCASFILM – JUNE 30TH, 2023)
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (MARVEL – RELEASED OCTOBER 7TH, 2022)
LOKI, SEASON 2 (2023)
MICKEY: THE STORY OF A MOUSE (DISNEY+ – NOVEMBER 18TH, 2022)
BIG SHOT, SEASON 2 (DISNEY+ – OCTOBER 12TH, 2022)
THE SANTA CLAUSES (DISNEY+ – NOVEMBER 16TH, 2022)
ELTON JOHN LIVE: FAREWELL FROM DODGER STADIUM (DISNEY+ – NOVEMBER 20TH, 2022)
NATIONAL TREASURE: EDGE OF HISTORY (DISNEY+ – DECEMBER 14TH, 2022)
BEST IN SHOW (DISNEY+ – HOLIDAYS 2022)
PENTATONIX: AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE HOLIDAYS (DISNEY+ – HOLIDAYS 2022)
THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER (DISNEY+ – HOLIDAYS 2022)
MARVEL’S MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR (DISNEY+ – FEBRUARY 10TH, 2023)
THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER, SEASON 2 (DISNEY+ – FEBRUARY 2023)
THE MUPPETS MAYHEM (DISNEY+ – 2023)
AMERICAN-BORN CHINESE (DISNEY+ – 2023)
STAR WARS: YOUNG JEDI ADVENTURES (DISNEY+ – 2023)
THE MANDALORIAN, SEASON 3 (DISNEY+ – FEBRUARY 2023)
Between these releases, everything Marvel, and probably more announcements next year, it is safe to say Disney has no intentions of stopping creating content. What are you most excited about? Do you have a wish list for any remakes? Let us know! And be sure to stay tuned to The Game of Nerds to get your latest Disney news!
Side note: Alan Tudyk kinda taking over Disney, huh? Good for him!
Happy watching, Nerds!