Disney announces their plans for 2023


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The D23 Expo took place on September 9, 2022 in Anaheim, California.

After months of anticipation, Disney finally announced their biggest projects coming in 2023. From new live-action films, to animation spin-offs, Disney fans are eagerly awaiting these to premiere .

The biggest announcement from Disney was the release date and the first trailer of the live-action “Little Mermaid”. Swimming into movie theaters on May 26, 2023, Halle Bailey will star as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, and more. In the trailer, fans got a preview of Ariel, a glimpse at the set, and an overall teaser for the music. As an African American actress, Bailey will break boundaries being the first Black woman to play Ariel along with inspiring many young girls.

“Peter Pan and Wendy,” “Snow White,” and “Mufasa” have also been announced as new, live-action films. Similar to the original, “Peter Pan and Wendy” will follow the iconic Neverland storyline. This magical film is predicted to be released sometime in 2023 on Disney +, in order to coincide with the original release date.

“The Lion King” prequel, “Mufasa,” has also excited fans. This will travel through the story of Mufasa as a young cub, and his journey to becoming the “Lion King.” Predicted to be an emotional, inspirational, and heart-warming movie, it will be in theaters on July 5, 2024.

With “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” being Disney’s first animated film, the live action is rumored to have some “old Disney” parallels to preserve the classic storyline. Set for release on March 22, 2024, Rachel Zelger will star as Snow White, along with Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen. A preview for this has not yet been released, but is expected sometime in 2023.

Fans are feeling emotional after the announcement that Disney and Pixar will make a sequel to the beloved “Inside Out,” titled “Inside Out 2.” In case you are not familiar with the film, it is based on 11-year-old Riley. With the news of finding out she has to move, Riley’s emotions, Joy, Anger, Fear, Sadness, and Disgust, are introduced as characters. Throughout the big changes in life Riley is going through, her emotions try to control and gear her in the right direction. The sequel is expected to follow the original’s emotional and optimistic feel, while introducing new emotions and following Riley as a teenager. It will premiere in theaters on June 14, 2024.

Created by the director of “Frozen,” “Wish,” an animated musical, will be released in November 2023. Following Disney’s iconic “wish upon a star” motto, “Wish” is a film about a young girl named Asha, who has a unique connection to stars. With Julia Michaels’ song writing, and Ariana DeBose voicing Asha, this is deemed to be a five-star film.

Although some announcements are more than a year away, fans are looking forward to seeing them premiere!