Disney has unveiled their official, show-stopping lineup for their biennial expo D23, a Comic-Con like showcase for upcoming projects under the House of Mouse mantle.
Every other year, Disney holds this event during the summer to celebrate their upcoming slate of films. A lot has changed in the two years since the last expo, and this year's edition has to be one of the most anticipated in its history. On the horizon in the next twelve months alone are major marquee films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Avengers: Infinity War, and The Incredibles 2. This expo is a prime opportunity for casting announcements, sneak-peek footage, and other major news.
As usual, the two major conferences are split into animation and live-action, with Disney Animation and Pixar holding their John Lasseter-hosted panel on Friday afternoon and Marvel, Lucasfilm and Disney Live-Action projects getting their turn on Saturday morning. The only films confirmed to be showing footage are Pixar's Thanksgiving release Coco and next year's sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It-Ralph 2, but that almost certainly will not be the case, as fans can expect plenty of surprises.
Along with the major panels, Disney will be hosting a celebration of The Lion King with director Rob Minkoff and other special guests, plus a sneak peek at the new Frozen short Olaf's Frozen Adventure and a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Bambi. For more information, check out the comprehensive schedule for D23 below, courtesy of BusinessWire.
HALL D23 PRESENTATIONS:
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John LasseterFriday, July 14, 2:30 p.m. – Hall D23Were you there in 2015 when Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson wowed the crowds? When Zootopia’s sloth scene screened for the very first time? And when Randy Newman, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody celebrated the 20th anniversary of Toy Story? Then you know the Animation presentation at Hall D23 is a MUST. Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he presents Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films. Never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco and Disney Animation’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be unveiled, as well as surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm – Live Action at The Walt Disney StudiosSaturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. – Hall D23The Walt Disney Studios is home to the biggest and most beloved brands in filmmaking today, with a number of highly anticipated projects from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm in the works. At this exclusive Hall D23 presentation featuring never-before-seen footage, surprise star appearances, and more, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an exciting array of spectacular films on the horizon from these world-class studios. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
CALENDAR OF KEY EVENTS:
The Power of the PrincessSaturday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. – Stage 28Walt Disney Animation Studios invites you to The Power of the Princess, featuring Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana)—the talented actresses who brought these iconic characters to life—as they share stories of making their films and the impact of their characters on people around the world. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki.
Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s UniverseSaturday, July 15, 12:15 p.m. – Stage 28Pixar’s films are filled with beloved characters living in relatable yet previously unimagined worlds. Join Pixar production designers and artists who have created the mountain tops, oceans, and “monstropolises” in which your favorite characters live. These artists create the setting and cultivate the mood of every scene using extensive research, incredible imagination, and each individual director’s vision, giving life to the amazing worlds in Pixar’s movies.
Olaf's Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen FeaturetteSaturday, July 15, 2:30 p.m. – Stage 28Be among the first to see both exclusive and behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest Frozen holiday featurette, the highly anticipated Olaf's Frozen Adventure. The film, which features the talents of the original Frozen cast, as well as brand-new songs, is directed by the Emmy®-winning team Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (Prep & Landing) and produced by Oscar®-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6, Tangled).
The Evolution of Pixar’s CharactersSaturday, July 15, 6 p.m. – Stage 28From the waves in their hair to the shoes on their feet, Pixar characters are designed to be full of personality and to tell a story. Hear from the legendary Pixar artists who have created the most memorable characters in Pixar’s history. These are the visionaries who start with an initial doodle and see the evolution of a character through to final animation—the people who let technology influence the art and make the impossible, possible.
Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion KingSunday, July 16, 10 a.m. – D23 Expo ArenaJoin a Disney celebration of the magic, the music, and the majesty of the animated classic The Lion King. Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, and animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, along with some very special guests, reveal the secrets behind the making of the timeless animated classic.
Bambi’s 75th AnniversarySunday, July 16, 11:30 a.m. – Walt Disney Archives StageJoin us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection release of Bambi, the endearing, timeless tale of a wide-eyed fawn that has touched generations. Audiences can look forward to hearing personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and its exquisite hand-drawn artwork, and much, much more. It’s groundbreaking animated classics like Bambi that were created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney and still influence many great visionaries and animators today.
ALL WEEKEND ON THE D23 EXPO SHOW FLOOR
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation StudiosPixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios once again join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23 Expo. Artist demonstrations, autograph signings with top filmmakers, fan giveaways and interactive displays featuring the latest films including Cars 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, make this booth one to visit over-and-over again.
Marvel Studios PavilionAt the Marvel Studios Pavilion, fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from Thor: Ragnarok, including photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film, as well as incredible costumes from Black Panther. Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.
Disney Music Emporium – Album Signings and Exclusive ProductsDisney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2017 with a pop-up store on the show floor. Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Emporium will feature album signings by artists and award-winning composers. Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and Disneyland attraction picture discs, plus lithographs, Crosley turntables, and posters. For a complete list of talent appearances and album signings, visit http://waltdisneyrecords.com/d23expo/signings.html.
Disney Movie Rewards and Disney Movie ClubThroughout the D23 Expo 2017, Disney fans will be able to experience a unique augmented reality photo booth presented by Disney Movie Rewards, the premier loyalty program for all your favorite Disney Movies. Fans will be able to earn mystery points which can be used for great rewards like Blu-rays, movie tickets, and exclusive collectibles only available at DisneyMovieRewards.com. Disney Movie Club, the ultimate source for building your Disney movie library, will also be there hosting a special augmented reality gallery. Come by for free giveaways and a special sign up offer just for D23 Expo 2017 attendees. For more magic and savings visit DisneyMovieClub.com.
Disney Family MoviesThe subscription, video-on-demand service Disney Family Movies provides the ultimate in family entertainment from one of the world’s largest film libraries, giving viewers unlimited access to a selection of beloved classic and contemporary films and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios. Each of the 12 titles remains in rotation for a month, with new movies added weekly. Stop by our booth in Hall C to learn about this fun service, available through your television provider.
Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.
With few official announcements on what films will be featured, other films besides the aforementioned show-stoppers that may be in play for footage reveals are Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ava Duvernay's A Wrinkle in Time, and Mary Poppins Returns. This also would be a good time for Disney to address the controversy over on the production of the Han Solo spinoff film and quell some fears with first-look footage.
D23 takes place in Anaheim from July 14-July 16, 2017.