I’ve been pouring over the D23 Expo schedule and there is so much to see and do I don’t know how I am going to do it all. A few days ago they added a runDisney 2.3 mile fun run. I had planned on getting in line early for Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios which is at 10:00am. I can’t decide if I want to do the fun run or stand in line for the 1st presentation of the day. According to the D23 site the fun run is going to kick off the event and only a limited number of D23 members will get to sign up.
Over the past few months the folks at D23 have been releasing new items to the presentation schedule. Each time I read the new item the smile on my face gets so big, I get so excited and I start to tell my husband all about it at 100 miles an hour. He can tell that I am really jazzed about attending the D23 Expo this year.
I’d like to try and catch some of the Disney Channel stars because my kids love to watch Good Luck Charlie, Jessie and Shake It Up.
For the full up to date schedule click here – https://d23.com/d23-expo/schedule/friday-august-09-2013/
Here is what I am planning on doing:
Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios
Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, filmmakers and star talent will take guests on a journey through The Walt Disney Studios’ slate of upcoming animated features, including Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and Pixar Animation Studios’ The Good Dinosaur. Plus, catch the U.S. debut of the new Mickey Mouse short Get A Horse!, major movie announcements, and a not-to-be-missed live musical performance.
(Lily would KILL me if I didn’t go to this since we are currently reading book 3 —->)Ridley Pearson and the Kingdom Keepers Quest
Disney Publishing Worldwide reintroduces New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson as he embarks on a journey to write the seventh and final book in the Kingdom Keepers series—only this time, his readers are helping him write it through a brand new app—Kingdom Keepers Insider! Join the author as he reveals how deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers’ world as the merciless group of Disney villains stage an unexpected comeback.
(Can’t wait to see Marty!! —>)Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar Presents…Dream It! Do It!
Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador, Marty Sklar, presents a fascinating half-century journey creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms in his new book, Dream It! Do It!. Launching exclusively at D23 Expo by Disney Publishing Worldwide, Marty will take guests through a presentation that recounts his epic Disney adventure, including working as Walt’s literary right-hand man for the Disney parks, writing a film expressing Walt’s philosophy for the Walt Disney World project and Epcot, and opening nine of the eleven Disney parks around the world. A signing will follow this event.
(I know my friend Laura would love this one —>)Broadway and Beyond
Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions, will host this musical journey into Disney’s history on Broadway and beyond. The star-studded event will feature an all-star lineup, including Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan and Aida), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). They will sing beloved songs from the award-winning musicals they starred in as well as classic tunes from the Disney on Broadway catalogue.
Let the Adventures Begin: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will showcase the Studios’ exciting live-action release slate, including Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks and Tomorrowland, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and much more.
Disney Legends Ceremony
The 2013 Disney Legends Awards, hosted by noted television personality Tom Bergeron (host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos), is a tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy. Since 1987, 237 men and women have been named Disney Legends in honor of their contributions to The Walt Disney Company. This year, Monsters Inc. and Monsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, technology visionary Steve Jobs, television icon Dick Clark and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends. Each recipient receives a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic that they have brought to the Company. Their bronzed handprints will be forever displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.
(Hubby would KILL me if I missed this one—>)Crash Course in the Force: Star Wars Saga 101
Discover the rich history of the Star Wars saga and how cinematic storytelling, deep mythology and enthusiastic fans have transformed it from hit movies to a worldwide phenomenon. With new adventures coming to the big and small screen, immerse yourself in where Star Wars has been and how it changed the world with Lucasfilm’s resident authority, Pablo Hidalgo. Whether you’re taking your first step into this larger world or are a seasoned Jedi Master, there are many secrets of the Force to discover.
Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook
For one night only, two of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and composers will take to the stage. Together Sherman and Menken have won a combined 10 Academy Awards for their work with Disney, and have composed music and songs for more than three dozen Disney feature films, over two dozen Disney Park attractions, and half a dozen Disney musicals on Broadway.
Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60th Anniversary
(We pre-ordered the game so this is a must —->)To Infinity and Beyond: Disney Interactive Takes the Stage
Disney Interactive invites you into its workshop for a first look at its upcoming slate of digital products, including reveals of never-before-seen Disney games, mobile apps, and online shows. Presented by Disney Interactive Co-Presidents Jimmy Pitaro and John Pleasants, this session will include the world premiere of Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, the highly anticipated upcoming web series based on the Vinylmation franchise and a first-of-its-kind demo of the just-announced video game Fantasia: Music Evolved, complete with a live performance from the Disney Chamber Ensemble. Disney Infinity will also take center stage with several new surprises you won’t want to miss, including un-announced character reveals and game features. All arena attendees will leave the presentation with an exclusive giveaway of a never-before-seen Disney Infinity figure!
Then I would have to hop back on a plan mid afternoon on Sunday to get back to reality!!!
Doesn’t the schedule sound awesome though? Are you planning on going to the D23 Expo? If you are planning on going and are not yet a member of D23 then you can sign up here- http://www.disneystore.com/buy-a-d23-membership/mn/1001272/
About D23 Expo 2013
The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, and theme parks. For the latest D23 Expo 2013 news, visit www.D23Expo.com. To be part of the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 and tag your tweets with #D23Expo.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com; and member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, August 9–11, 2013.