D23 Expo 2015 day 2 has wrapped up and with it came a boatload of Disney theme park news and announcements. Bob Chapek took the stage for his first D23 Expo as Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and shed some light on various projects. Announcements included lands based on Star Wars, Toy Story, and Avatar, as well as new attractions like Soarin’ Around the World.
Speaking of Star Wars, the massive Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game is available for attendees to play inside the Disney Interactive booth. The game is displayed inside an enclosed pod on a large domed screen. Players take control of X-Wings and other vehicles to relive moments from the original Star Wars trilogy.
The Walt Disney Archives Presents: Disneyland The Exhibit is one of the must see booths on the show floor. It’s packed with historical Disneyland artifacts like this terrifying Benjamin Franklin costume from America On Parade.
Speaking of characters, here’s Jeff Heimbuch and his friend Olly. If you see Jeff give him a hug (he’s a hell of a hugger), tell him Guy Selga sent you.
Are you sick of hearing about Shanghai Disneyland yet? This large creature is what you will encounter in Roaring Rapids. You can see the outline of a person in the middle of the picture to get an idea of the size of this thing.