Oh, happy, happy, JOY! In Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, September 9, 2022, thousands of Disney fans gathered at D23 Expo 2022: The Ultimate Fan Event to be the first to hear big announcements from Pixar Animation Studios, including the reveal that the Disney-owned studio would be returning to Riley’s head in Inside Out 2.

Friday’s Disney Live Action, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios showcase began in true Disney style, with the DisKids 4 Life (it’s time to say goodbye to the disparaging term “Disney Adult”). They were among the first to see The Walt Disney Studios’ brand-new logo introduction of the iconic Disney castle. Created by Disney Studios and Industrial Light & Magic, the new castle is now platinum in honor of Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder celebration. It will play in front of all Disney theatrical and streaming releases starting this fall.

RELATED: Keep up to date on our D23 Expo 2022 coverage!

Cynthia Erivo took the stage to give a breathtaking performance of award-winning composer Christophe Beck’s all-new arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the live-action Pinocchio, now streaming on Disney Plus. The Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Bergman, called out the creative leads of the other studios. Bergman called on Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production (Disney Live Action); Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios; and Jennifer Lee, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, to walk fans through a robust lineup of streaming and theatrical titles. 

Pete Docter and Amy Poehler Announce Inside Out 2 

Inside Out's Joy is an animated character with blue hair wearing a green dress

Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar’s Pete Docter was excited to share the studio’s upcoming slate with the Hall D23 audience. “These last few years have been a time of great change in the world,” said Docter. “And it’s led us at Pixar to think about the future. Or, if I’m channeling my inner Joe from Soul, I’d ask: ‘Why are we here? What’s our purpose?’ Well, for us, it’s to tell great animated stories. Whether those are theatrical feature films, streaming series or shorts, we think telling stories is foundational to who we are as people. They really define us. And we believe in the power of animation to capture and reflect the stories of our own lives.”

RELATED: D23 Expo 2022: Here’s What You Missed on the Marvel Front

What is more foundational to the human experience than how we experience emotion? In the final moments of Docter’s portion of the presentation, the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, announced that Inside Out 2 is in the works at Pixar with director Kelsey Mann, producer Mark Nielsen and writer Meg LeFauve. Inside Out 2 is the follow-up to 2015’s Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning Inside Out

Poehler revealed at D23 that Riley would be a teenager in the all-new adventure and may or may not be feeling all kinds of new Emotions. “I guess I won’t tell them about the new Emotions that show up,” the comedian teased.

Inside Out 2 is slated for release in the summer of 2024.

D23 EXPO 2022: Supervillains Are Knocking in New MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR Teaser