It’s finally here! D23 Expo the ultimate Disney fan event begins today through Sunday! This is a list of event highlights to help you plan out your weekend. Enjoy!
Friday August 9, 2013
10 a.m. Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios
Fans know that animation is the heart and soul of Disney. Get an up-close look at the exciting and innovative projects on the horizon from our animation studios, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Thanksgiving release Frozenand Pixar Animation Studios’ summer 2014 feature The Good Dinosaur to Disneytoon Studios’ Disney’s Planesand far beyond. Join Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter and our filmmakers and stars for the behind-the-scenes scoop on our upcoming animated features, including exclusive film debuts, can’t-miss announcements, and thrilling live performances. (D23 Expo Arena)
Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
10 a.m. Cast of Phineas and Ferb
See Phineas and Ferb creators/executive producers and stars Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, plus stars Vincent Martella and Alyson Stoner, plus character appearances by Agent P, Phineas, and Ferb. (Disney Channel Pavilion)
10:30 Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins
Come take a historical look behind the scenes at the origins of the 1964 film as we near its 50th anniversary with Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith. As you prepare to seeSaving Mr. Banks later this year, learn the complete story of how Walt Disney first discovered the book, worked on the script with author P.L. Travers, brought in the Sherman Brothers to write a memorable score, selected the unforgettable cast, oversaw the actual filming, and celebrated at a gala Hollywood premiere. (Stage 23)
StagePass not available.
11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Cast of Marvel Universe
See Marvel Universe stars Adrian Pasdar, Drake Bell,
Fred Tatasciore, Roger Craig Smith, Bumper Robinson and Laura Bailey, plus character appearances by Spider-Man and Iron Man. (Disney Channel Pavilion)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Undiscovered Disneyland
Proving you can absolutely never get too much of a good thing, creative advisor to Walt Disney Imagineering and soon-to-be Disney Legend Tony Baxter returns to the D23 Expo, along with Imagineer Josh Shipley, with still more treasures from hundreds of hours of never-before-seen color footage of Disneyland shot in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. (Stage 23)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exclusive Screening of Disney’s Planes
Be among the first to see Disney’s Planes on its opening day! An action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure from Disneytoon Studios, Disney’s Planes will take flight in theaters nationwide August 9, but D23 Expo guests are invited aboard for this special 3D presentation featuring an introduction by some very special guests. Dusty Crophopper dreams of competing as a high-flying racer, but he’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him train to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. (D23 Arena)
Saturday, August 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Waffle-inator
Dr. Doofenshmirtz has set up his most evil “inator” yet in the Grand Plaza, near the D23 Expo entrance. (Disney Channel Pavilion)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Inside the Ice: The Art of Disney’s Frozen
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behindTangled and Wreck-It Ralph, comes the big-screen comedy adventure Frozen. The stunning film— with its icy setting and colorful cast of characters—presented breathtaking opportunities, plus a few challenges for filmmakers. Join the team behind the movie for an exclusive look at the artistry and animation of the Thanksgiving 2013 releaseFrozen.StagePass not available.Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation. (Stage 23)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Let the Adventures Begin: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
Go behind the scenes at The Walt Disney Studios with this revealing look at our upcoming roster of live-action adventures from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Fans will enjoy exclusive video clips, filmmaker discussions, and star appearances at this session hosted by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, Disney Live Action Production President Sean Bailey, and Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige. With Marvel’s Thor: The Dark Worldand Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Disney’sMaleficent, Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland, and Muppets Most Wanted, coming down the pike, make sure to claim your spot for the total package—surprises included!Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation. (D23 Arena)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Charles Phoenix Presents
For his D23 Expo debut, pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix (Conan, Martha Stewart Show, NPR) guides you on a fun-filled time-travel tour of the granddaddy of all theme parks. Experience the backstories and glories of the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland—all in dazzling Kodachrome color. With his gracious wit and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles shares spectacular views of beloved and gone-but-not-forgotten Disneyland attractions, as well as Anaheim’s midcentury motels and a side trip to the ill-fated Disneyland wannabe theme park, Freedomland, U.S.A. Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired and your spirit to soar! (Stage 28)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ABC’s Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale
Catch a special sneak peek of the upcoming season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time and all-new series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, followed by a Q&A with show creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. (Stage 23)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
The 2013 Disney Legends Awards, hosted by Disney CEO Bob Iger and 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 people who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy. Since 1987, 249 men and women have been named Disney Legends in honor of their work at The Walt Disney Company. This year, Monsters, Inc. andMonsters University stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman, technology visionary Steve Jobs, television icon Dick Clark and four others—Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn—will be named and honored as official Disney Legends. (D23 Arena)
Sunday, August 11
9:30 a.m. – 10:30am Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60th: Working with Walt
Leading off the first of five panel discussions celebrating 60 years of Imagineering, we go back to where it all began, and the man who started it all—Walt Disney. Join moderator and Disney Legend Marty Sklar and his equally legendary panel of X Atencio, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr as they share what it was like to work with Walt, bring his creative visions to life, and establish the foundations of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. (Stage 23)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Secrets of the Lost Chords
Grammy Award-winning producer and resident Disney music historian Randy Thornton reveals some of the secrets behind Disney’s Lost Chords. Go on a musical journey as Randy tells the inside stories of songs written for classic Disney films by legendary Disney composers (such as the Sherman Brothers) that were essentially lost for decades—until now.
StagePass not available.
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Cast of Sofia the First
See Sofia the First stars and Sofia, including Wayne Brady. (Disney Channel Pavilion)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. To Infinity and Beyond: Disney Interactive Takes the Stage
Disney Interactive invites you into its workshop for a first look at its upcomingslate of digital products, including reveals of never-before-seen Disney games,mobile apps, and online shows. Presented by Disney Interactive Co-PresidentsJimmy Pitaro and John Pleasants, this session will include the world premiereof Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, the upcoming web series based on theVinylmation franchise, and a demo of the just-announced video gameFantasia:Music Evolved, 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. The first 5,000 arena attendees will leave the presentation with an exclusive giveaway of a never-before-seen Disney Infinity figure! (D23 Arena)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exclusive Screening of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Join Marvel’s head of Television and series Executive Producer Jeph Loeb as he hosts a special screening of ABC’s new series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., exclusively for D23 attendees! Airing Tuesday nights this Fall, this all new series begins where Marvel’s The Avengers left off—now that the existence of super heroes and the incredible have become public knowledge, the world is trying to come to grips with this new reality. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is back in action and has assembled an elite group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division) with an important mission: to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary and show the world that not all heroes are super. (D23 Arena)
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