Disneyland is moving forward in a pretty huge way! Last year, Disney unveiled DisneylandForward, a proposed a “multiyear public planning effort with the City of Anaheim” that would allow Disneyland Resort to new, innovative, and immersive attractions and experiences for guests. From what we can tell, DisneylandForward means new experiences, enchanting lands, and more rides coming to Disneyland — but we all know Disney dreams big, and the possibilities are truly endless!
The Walt Disney Company already shared that DisneylandForward could draw inspiration from some of the newest lands and attractions at Disney Parks all around the world, with possibilities including the worlds of “Frozen,” “Peter Pan,” “Tangled,” “Zootopia,” “Toy Story,” and “Tron.”
Since DisneylandForward is still just a proposal at the moment — Disney has to get the plans approved by the City of Anaheim before they can begin work on the project — nothing has been confirmed or formally announced. In the meantime, we’re dreaming of the new magic that may come to Disneyland Resort! Here are the attractions we hope to come to Disneyland as part of DisneylandForward.
Potential “Encanto” Casita Ride Coming to Disneyland
Will we ever stop talking about “Encanto” or a potential “Encanto” attraction at the Disney theme parks? Not anytime soon! Now that we know Lin-Manuel Miranda has pitched an “Encanto” attraction to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, our number one wish for DisneylandForward has got to be a casita ride. Just imagine seeing the colorful, larger-than-life casita in person and traveling through each of the Madrigal’s themed rooms. We’d love to be able to try Julieta’s famous arepas and walk the streets of Colombia in a Disney park as “Dos Oruguitas” plays in the background.
“Luca” Could Revive the Riviera Area
Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” is set in the gorgeous Italian riviera, a setting that we think would look stunning if recreated in a Disney park. After we saw the film on Disney+, we started dreaming of strolling the streets of Portorosso and screaming “Silenzio Bruno!” as we conquered our fears with Luca, Alberto, and Giulia. The movie is all about acceptance and friendship, and if the theme isn’t enough to convince you that this belongs in a Disney park, then the setting and score will be.
Kumandra from “Raya and the Last Dragon”
Raya is the first Southeast Asian Disney Princess, and the fantasy world of Kumandra is a place we wish we could visit. Who wouldn’t want to meet dragons in real life? We could take in the lush landscape, try a variety of delicious foods from the open-air marketplace, and meet Raya, Sisu, and all their friends. “Raya and the Last Dragon” is the first film from Walt Disney Animation Studios that beautifully embraces Southeast Asian culture, and it would be wonderful to see that represented in the Disney theme parks beyond just at a seasonal event.
“Frozen 2” Enchanted Forest at Disneyland
We’d love to visit Arendelle, but ever since we saw “Frozen 2” in 2019, we’ve been dreaming of the Enchanted Forest. How amazing would it be to see all five spirits — Bruni, the Nokk, the Earth Giants, Gale, and, of course, Elsa — in person? We’d love for Walt Disney Imagineering to build a “Frozen 2” attraction in which Elsa guides guests through the Enchanted Forest to Atohallan, and, of course, we’d see Queen Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf along the way. Plus, if the attraction takes place after the events of the “Frozen” sequel film, perhaps the attraction can end with Kristoff and Queen Anna’s wedding. Hey, a Disney fan can dream, right?
Wakanda from “Black Panther”
Since DisneylandForward concept art was released, it’s been speculated that Wakanda from “Black Panther” could be part of the project, and we’re all for it. Currently, guests can encounter T’Challa and the Dora Milaje in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure, but how awesome would it be to travel to Wakanda and see the beautiful country in person? We could learn about Wakandan culture, try out tech made by Shuri, and see the larger-than-life Black Panther statue as we enter the land. Fans have been speculating that Wakanda could come to Disneyland Resort after seeing an unmistakable Black Panther icon in the concept art, so we’re pretty convinced that Imagineers have some epic plans up their sleeves.
When will we know more about DisneylandForward?
We’re so excited for all the possibilities that DisneylandForward could bring to the happiest place on Earth. Even though we have so many hopes for what Disney will create as part of this expansion project, it will be quite a while before we know for sure. Hopefully, Imagineering will share more information on DisneylandForward during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products panel at the 2022 D23 Expo. Either way, we’ll continue to wait for the City of Anaheim to give Disney the green light on the project.
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