D23 Expo 2017

Every two years Disney has it’s D23 Expo (“D” is for Disney; “23” is 1923, the year the company originated) in Anaheim California.  This has become the must-attend event for passionate fans of the golden franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. Just two years ago I was there when all the movies were announced. I’ve now covered all of them. This makes D23 Expo 2017 that more exciting!

D23 Expo 2017

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Friday, July 14

Disney Legends Awards Ceremony in Hall D23
Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and other remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy will be honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2017. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center, and will include special musical performances. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987.

D23 EXPO show floor


Some of the coolest ladies here! #D23EXPO

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I LOVE the Expo floor. Not only for all the crazy costumes, I mean, yes, it’s a huge part of it, but also for being with my like-minded Disney fans. We all share the same adoration for what Walt created all those years ago that has turned into the most know worldwide brand.

Possible my photo of the day. Though the say is still young. #D23EXPO #InsideOut

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Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter panel in Hall D23 

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. Watch never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature COCO and Walt Disney Animation’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2, and be prepared for surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent.

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I love Disneyland, and Disneyland at night is always a special treat. But to get to do BOTH parks! Bonus! I also will get to take a ride on the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride since it’s now open! So that along with celebrating the Summer of Heroes at California Adventure Park, it’s going to be fun!

Saturday, July 15

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After watching an episode we will have a Q&A with Executive Producer Matt Youngberg and Co-Producer / Story Editor Francisco Angones.

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Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm – Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios panel in Hall D23
The 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.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts panel in Hall D23
Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek will take the stage during this presentation to share what’s new and what’s next at Disney Parks and Resorts around the globe.

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More Disneyland fun!

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Sunday, July 16


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Exclusive access to the Walt Disney Archives exhibit “A Pirates Life For Me” on the D23 EXPO show floor
Walt Disney Archives Presents––A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs” is a 12,000-square-foot exhibit, located on the Expo show floor, that will honor Disney’s treasured pirates from film, television, and the beloved Disney parks attraction that has thrilled guests from Anaheim to Shanghai. Hundreds of props, set pieces, photographs, costumes and never-before-seen items will be on display.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY (March 13, 2017) – Walt Disney and Marc Davis, a Disney Legend, animator and artist, have some fun developing the Audio-Animatronics figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. This was the last Disneyland attraction Walt Disney personally supervised. Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Exciting festivities honoring its 50-year legacy begin Thursday, March 16 and include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. (Disneyland Resort)

Included in this collection will be a 23-foot-tall set model of the Black Pearl ship, the Dead Men’s Chest, and more original props and set pieces, including items from the new film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

Also on the show floor, the Archives will present “Fantastical Fashions,” a dazzling selection of dresses worn by beloved heroines and sinister villainesses. Costumes from six of Disney’s live-action fantasy films will be showcased including Enchanted, Maleficent and Beauty and the Beast.

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Celebration of an Animated Classic: THE LION KING panel in the D23 Expo Arena
Join 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.

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Checking out all they have to offer! #DMED23EXPO #D23Expo

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Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood overview at the Disney Music Emporium
The Disney Music Emporium is a pop-up store on the D23 EXPO floor that sells collectible Disney music-related products Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood, a two-disc set, will be released for the first time during the expo. Disc one of the collection includes the songs and score, and disc two includes previously unreleased demos and bonus tracks performed by Louis Prima. Also included are extensive liner notes by Disney historian and writer Paula Sigman-Lowery. The CD cover and 20-page booklet feature newly created artwork inspired by ROBIN HOOD from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph).

A Whole New World of Alan Menken concert in Hall 23
“Under the Sea.” “Be Our Guest.” “Colors of the Wind.” This is just some of the unforgettable music written by Disney Legend Alan Menken over the course of his unrivaled career. Menken’s iconic melodies have been stuck in our heads and are firmly imprinted on our hearts—and now he’s giving us the chance to hear them like never before. Menken will present a brand-new one-man show, A Whole New World of Alan Menken, in which the Disney Legend will perform songs from beloved Disney films and share stories from his incredible career in film, TV, and theater. This special concert will be filled with magical musical memories that will make your heart sing.

Make sure to follow all the mentioned hashtags for all the latest news live from the event and continuing coverage here on the blog in the upcoming weeks ahead.

*I was invited by Disney to the D23 Expo 2017 to cover the stories shared. All opinions are my own. 
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