The roster of talent and panels continues to grow for D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, taking place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort. Avatar creators James Cameron (writer, director, producer) and Jon Landau (producer) will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora: The World of Avatar, a presentation where they will unveil new details about the immersive, 12-acre land coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Tickets for the fifth Disney D23 Expo, taking place July 14 – 16, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center will go on sale on Thursday, July 14 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media; and Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney).
Since Walt Disney first brought his groundbreaking True-Life Adventures to the big screen, adventure has played a pivotal role in Disney entertainment, from the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean to the new planet of Pandora, which will soon be unveiled at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This year, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are invited to join the excitement at D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures, a celebration of these landmarks of the past, present, and future. The two-day event will take place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Walt Disney Company today announced that the Disney D23 Expo 2017 will take place once again at the Anaheim Convention Center in California the weekend of July 14–16, 2017. Tickets will go on sale on July 14, 2016.
Highlights planned for D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade will be forthcoming.)
One of the new experiences to be found at D23 Expo this year will be ‘interactive’ photo opportunities spread throughout the floor. Among these photo-ops will be a fan-built WALL-E and EVE pair of robots as built by hobbyist Mike Senna.
By joining EVE and WALL-E together, Senna is able to create the illusion that EVE is actually hovering as she walks hand-in-hand with WALL-E. In the video below, courtesy of Senna’s YouTube page, Senna demonstrates how EVE is able to blink and otherwise manipulate her eyes.
Just ahead of Disney’s D23 Expo taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California, Disney Store has released product images and new details for its upcoming collection debuting at the convention, the ‘Good vs Evil’ Fairytale Designer Collection.
Consisting of five sets of dolls: Elsa and Hans of Frozen; Ursula and Ariel of The Little Mermaid; Snow White and the Old Hag of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Rapunzel and Mother Gothel of Tangled; and Captain Hook and Peter Pan of Peter Pan, the collection as a whole as an edition size of 6,000 globally. The dolls will first be available for pre-order at D23 Expo as a collection and will presumably be available individually on a release schedule to be announced later.
At BookCon earlier this year, New York Times best-selling author and author of Disney Descendants prequel, Isle of the Lost, Melissa de la Cruz, announced that there would be a sequel to the book, expected in May of 2016.
Today, additional details of the upcoming title have been released. Return to the Isle of the Lost is now slated for publication on May 10, 2016, presumably aligned for a sequel to the telefilm for summer 2016 as well. Like the original book, Disney is listing a pagecount of 320 pages for the upcoming sequel. The preliminary publisher’s description is as follows:
Hallmark has provided us with this first look at their D23 Expo 2015 exclusive itty bittys set of Wedding Cinderella and Prince Charming, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Walt Disney animated classic. The set will be sold exclusively at their booth which will be located in Hall A, located near the StagePass distribution.
We hope to have pricing and edition sizes soon, which we will provide as soon as that information becomes available to us.
In addition to the itty bittys, Hallmark will also offer an exclusive black & white paint version of their 2013 Band Concert Keepsake Ornament, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the animated short.
UNIQLO today announced its ‘Magic for All’ global collaboration with Disney Consumer Products. The unique initiative will add a touch of Disney enchantment, Marvel action, Star Wars adventure and Pixar creativity to everyday UNIQLO LifeWear fashions as well as introducing innovative new products, pop-up displays, and in-store and online customer experiences.
Through ‘Magic for All,’ UNIQLO will extend its existing collaboration beyond the UNIQLO T-shirts (UT) and sweat parka lines and introduce new LifeWear items beginning in fall 2015. Products will range from Ultra Light Down, Fleece, and flannel shirts to umbrellas, plush toys, and other offerings featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and then expand to include popular characters from Star Wars, Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story, Marvel’s Avengers and Disney’s Frozen.
Less than a year after Mickey Mouse’s debut in Steamboat Willie, the Walt Disney Studio embarked on a decade-long series of music-driven shorts whose breakthroughs would forever change the direction of animation and would have a massive impact on popular culture. The 75 cartoons – called Silly Symphonies – pioneered “three-strip” Technicolor, introduced Donald Duck, and created a pop music phenomenon with “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” They won seven Academy Awards® for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) between 1932 and 1939.