In short, two years ago, for the first D23 Convention, they made huge announcements (Fantasyland Expansion, Star Tours, Carsland, California Adventure, etc. etc.) and this year they had....they had....well, NO new announcements.
In 7 minutes, Tom Staggs will take the stage to make the Parks and Resorts presentation. Thanks to WDW Radio, I'll be watching the event live, blogging away with my VERY stream of conscious thoughts. I'm holding out hope for a big, surprise, announcement!
So Nick gave us a post of the things he hopes to see announced at this years D23 convention, and I have decided to both offer my comments on the items he has brought up, as well as my own hopes for announcements here.
I think my largest hope and dream would have to be an update to Hollywood Studios. This park seems to have stalled, and has just been a conundrum to me personally. (Let's be honest...it's got lots of great attractions, but no unifying theme. I wrote about that problem here. -Nick)
Today marks the opening of the second D23 Convention, held every other year in Anaheim, California. The event is a chance for all divisions of the Walt Disney Company to showcase upcoming projects, and make major announcements. It attracts a large amount of media attention, and brings in a whole contingent of fans. Mike and I had the opportunity to attend the first convention, 2 years ago, and among the things we got to see were: the announcement of Disneyland's Carsland, Walt Disney World's Fantasyland Expansion, concept models for the almost ready to open Aulani resort in Hawaii, and a whole slew of film and merchandise announcements. Sadly, we foolishly missed the appearance of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow (I am pretty sure we said we were going to lie about missing this - Mike). This year's event promises to be full of just as much hoopla.