I know that the D23 after Cars Land opened there were a few panels about the making of Cars Land. Perhaps we will get some panels like this for Avatar.
Other than that I am guessing more on TSL and SWL. If we are lucky we'll get a new attractions announcement, but I am not getting my hopes up.
Lots of anniversaries this year, from Parks, to Attractions, to films.
There will be a lot to choose from when the time comes around for the D23 folks to come up with ideas for panels or displays.
For 2017's Expo, here are some things I am just guessing we might see -
Full scale model of Disneyland's 'Star Wars' themed area on display.
A display related to Epcot's 35th or Disneyland Paris' 25th.
A featured panel related to Epcot's 35th.
Smaller panel related to 'Space Mountain' ( turns 40 this year )
A panel or display related to 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs' ( 80th Anniversary ).
I'm not expecting a lot of further insights into Orlando based projects.
Maybe a few more tidbits in the Parks & Resorts panel about DHS projects, and maybe some ear candy for Epcot fans related to the upcoming refresh...but I'm not expecting anything major.
It would be good to see something related to 'Pandora' at DAK....perhaps a display featuring the 'making of' the area.
I get the impression this years Event is going to be very Star Wars heavy...and focus mostly on those elements.
Between promoting the upcoming film Ep: 8 - 'The Last Jedi' and Disneyland's under construction themed area, this is a Expo that I think Star Wars fans will enjoy the most.
Of course there will likely be a slew of merchandise released to coincide with the Expo and maybe tie into the above Anniversaries I mentioned.
I don't attend the Expo to 'shop' like a lot of other folks seem to do, but I do still enjoy seeing what is offered out of curiosities sake.
'Mickey's of Glendale' always has the more interesting items, in my opinion....
If we are lucky we'll get a new attractions announcement, but I am not getting my hopes up.
I do hope we will get a new project announcement. One of the rumored projects you listed would make sense, but I am going to keep my expectations low, so I will be more excited if it happens.I think there's a good chance they will officially announce at least some new plans for the parks in some capacity at D23. In terms of the domestic parks, that could include details for DCA's Marvel land or the possible Fantasyland addition (Frozen ride and whatever else is considered for that); for WDW, it could include the Mickey LPS ride, a replacement for SGE, or changes to Epcot (ride for France, replacements for Innoventions or Energy)
I'm not expecting all or even most of that, but would be surprised if there wasn't at least one or two things announced assuming they are approved and ready to be constructed.
Granted, there's a ton of stuff they could do for P&R based on already announced/being built stuff and the P&R presentation and any floor show will likely be heavy on that.
It depends on what their end goals are for the D23, to lather up the fanbois or show what will actually be coming?
Agreed. But for the Anaheim property they also need to show what is coming to satisfy a small army of lawyers, both pro and anti Disney.
In 2015 Disney entered into a legal agreement with the City of Anaheim that dictates Disney spend at least 1.5 Billion dollars on Disneyland expansion within the next five years. They got about 1 Billion accounted for in 2016 with formal announcements of Star Wars Land, the Eastern Gateway infrastructure project, and the new luxury hotel to be built next to Downtown Disney, but there's still about 500 Million missing from announced projects. Disney has to publicly show where that money is going in Anaheim to prevent legal action from a politically hostile Anaheim city hall whose majority is anti-Disneyland and is demanding Disney "show them the money".
There is no such legal/political mandate applied to any WDW expansion, so D23 Expo announcements for the Florida property are much less important to Disney's lawyers. And the business-political climate in Florida and Orlando is far different than the political climate in California and Anaheim.
It also helps that D23 Expo is always held at the Anaheim Convention Center.