The year is coming to a close and it was an epic one for Disney fans. With all of the exciting Disney events and news that happened in 2016, we have even more to look forward to in 2017. Here’s to a New Year full of more epic Disney adventures, stories, and experiences. Grab your favorite Disney snacks, and take a look ahead at what’s to come. (Get ready, because we’re happy to say it’s a long list.)
Disney Channel’s Firsts on the First Marathon
Start the year off right with an epic marathon of the first episode of all of your favorite Disney Channel series on January 1. We’re talking serious nostalgia here, and it’s going to be amazing.
The Newest Season of The Bachelor
Another season of The Bachelor is upon us, and now you can even join Oh My Disney’s Bachelor Fantasy League and predict your Final Four contestants. Then, get ready to tune in to ABC Network beginning January 2 to watch the roses fly.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars-Themed Tours
Many new Star Wars experiences made their way to Disney Parks in 2016, and it gave us life. We also found out that a seven hour Star Wars-themed tour in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World with begin on January 2. Complete with an insider look at the Star Wars Launch Bay, a meet and greet with Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, we’re getting tickets to this experience ASAP.
Lunar New Year Celebrations at Disneyland Resort
We can’t wait to head to Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort to take in the brand new experiences celebrating the Lunar New Year, starting on January 20. Complete with a nighttime water show in Paradise Bay featuring Mulan and Mushu called “Hurry Home”, three new Asian marketplaces offering foods inspired by Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese culture, and more amazing entertainment in the Paradise Gardens area, it’s sure to be a spectacular celebration.
Main Street Electrical Parade’s Return to Disneyland
So. Much. Nostalgia. We absolutely cannot wait to hear that iconic music and see those beautiful lights in the Main Street Electrical Parade, which returns to Disneyland Resort on January 20. Don’t miss the special after-hours premiere event on January 19 which you can find out more about here.
The Newsies on Broadway Cinema Event
We’re obviously obsessed with Newsies here at Oh My Disney, and when we heard we’d be able to see the stage adaptation of Newsies on screen in the cinema, we felt like the kings of New York. Catch it on February 16, 18, and 22 and get tickets here.
The Debut of the Live-Action Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
This is a big moment. We are just months away from the premiere of this long-awaited classic retelling and we are literally counting down the days until March 17. Until then, we are staring at these images from the set, and watching the teaser trailer on repeat. We. Can’t. Wait.
The Return of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
We had an amazing time at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and we can’t wait to come back to Epcot in Walt Disney World in 2017. International food and sweet treats, amazing entertainment, and more await August 31 through November 13, 2017.
The Premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
We had so many thoughts when we saw the teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel film, we couldn’t handle it. It’s clearly going to be epic, hilarious, and of course have an amazing soundtrack. May 2017 can’t come soon enough. Also: Baby! Groot!
The Debut of Born in China, Narrated by John Krasinski
Following panda bears, golden monkeys, snow leopards, and more, this story is sure to be equally adorable and breathtaking. And we couldn’t be more excited to hear John Krasinski narrate the whole thing! Born in China will hit theaters on April 21, just in time for Earth Day.
The Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
This teaser trailer has us all kinds of excited to find out just what Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem) wants from Captain Jack Sparrow. Looks like it’s not good. And when that iconic music plays? Chills! We’ll be first in line in theaters on May 26.
The Premiere of Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3
The third installment of Disney•Pixar’s Cars is set to zoom into theaters on June 16 and already we have chills based on the teaser trailer. What’s going to happen to Lightning McQueen? Will he be able to get back in the race? We will be counting the days until we can find out.
Shanghai Disneyland’s One Year Anniversary
The Return of DuckTales
We had an amazing time at the event this year and we can’t wait to come back to Epcot in Walt Disney World in 2017. International food and sweet treats, amazing entertainment, and more await August 31 – November 13.
We could not contain our joy when we got a first look of the cast of Disney XD’s upcoming DuckTales series. They all sang the iconic theme song and we cried real tears of joy. We cannot wait to see this new series in action in the summer!
The Descendants 2 Premiere on Disney Channel
It’s going to be a summer of Disney Villains on Disney Channel, with the premiere of Descendants 2. We’ve been hearing all about the new VKs set to join the cast, including Dylan Playfair as Gaston’s son, China Anne McClain as Uma, Ursula’s daughter, and Thomas Doherty as Harry, Captain Hook’s son. Luckily, we have this sneak peek to enjoy while we’re waiting.
The Opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
We got a first look at the gorgeous images of Pandora – The World of Avatar, coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, at D23’s Destination D: Amazing Adventures and we were completely in awe. We learned about a few of the new attractions in the land, including the Na’vi River Journey and the Avatar Flight of Passage, both of which look breathtaking and will be making their debut in the summer at Walt Disney World.
The Return of D23 Expo
We always look forward to the D23 Expo every year, and 2017 is no exception! Including an expanded layout, an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives, and the Disney Legends Ceremony, the event will be packed with must-see moments. Plan your trip for July 14-16 by getting tickets here and take a look at all of the other events D23 has to offer in the upcoming year.
The Big Hero 6 TV Series Premiere
With voice talent from the original film returning to this new show on Disney XD, we can’t wait to see what happens with Hiro, Baymax, and the rest of the crew as we follow their adventures, and Hiro’s life in college at San Fransokyo University!
The Tangled: Before Ever After TV Series Premiere
In more amazing news from Disney XD, both Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will be reprising their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in a brand new series about Tangled set for 2017. Best. News. Ever!
The Re-Opening of the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America in Disneyland
The wait is almost over! In the summer, we are so excited to ride on the Disneyland Railroad again, and have amazing adventures on the Rivers of America. Fantasmic!, the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, and the Davy Crockett Canoes will all be back. Learn more on Disney Parks Blog!
The Opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure
This brand new mission coming to Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort takes place in the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector and includes all of our favorite characters from Guardians of the Galaxy. We absolutely cannot wait to take in what is sure to be an amazing (and hilarious) adventure.
Disney Cruise Line’s Marvel Day at Sea
A Disney Cruise plus our favorite Marvel characters in a Marvel Day at Sea? Sign us up! These specialized cruises will be sailing away on October 6, 14, and 28 and November 4, 11, and 18 and will combine the magic of Disney Cruise Line and the Marvel Universe in a sure to be epic way.
The Return of Thor in Thor: Ragnarok
The above concept art of Thor: Ragnarok assures us that this installment in the Thor series will be epic. With an amazing cast set to join the journey, we have no doubt it’s going to be a memorable experience. We can’t wait until November 3, but until then, check out this hilarious video of what Thor was up to during Captain America: Civil War.
The Debut of Disney•Pixar’s Coco
We got a first look at Coco this year with adorable concept art, and we can’t wait to see more. We also learned that Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez will be adding their voice talents to the film. We will be counting the days until November 22.
Star Wars: Episode VIII Hits Theaters
Words cannot describe our excitement when Star Wars: Episode VIII began filming this year, and the above announcement had us on the edge of our seats wanting more. It seems like it will be forever until December 15 arrives, but when it does we know it will be epic.
It looks like 2017 is going to be unforgettable! What Disney event are you looking forward to the most in 2017? Tell us in the comments!