Readers are offered a look at how the resort was created, including revealing details behind the mysterious operation to acquire the vast expanse of Florida land needed to build Walt’s “vacation kingdom of the world.” With its nostalgic look back at attractions that have vanished but remain in the hearts of multiple generations, this commemorative issue also takes readers on an exclusive visit to the Magic Kingdom’s underground “city.” Readers are privy to a host of little-known facts that contribute to Walt Disney World’s remarkable history and give the Florida theme park its unique identity. An illuminating all-encompassing interview with Imagineering dynamo Eric Jacobson rounds out the issue, as he tours the Magic Kingdom with Disney twenty-three, pointing out some of his park favorites and giving readers a preview of the new, expanded Fantasyland.
Most of the lots for the Disney D23 Expo auction have been published and there are definitely some goodies to be had for the right price.
Props include items that once found a home around the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort such as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum sculptures from the World of Disney, a giant snow globe featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle, a cannon from Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, a zebra destined for Jungle Cruise (but never quite found his way), a replica of the Pirates of the Caribbean barker pirate by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily and the actual Hitchhiking Ghost figures from Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion, that would materialize inside guests’ doom buggies. Also up for auction, like at D23 Expo 2009, is a Peter Pan’s Flight vehicle, which (if memory serves) sold for $20,000 in 2009.
Fans attending Disney’s D23 Expo August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center will have the chance to experience “a great big beautiful tomorrow” as they immerse themselves in the future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which is currently in the biggest period of global expansion in its history.
Drawing inspiration from a classic attraction that debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and has made stops at Disneyland in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts invites attendees to hop aboard the “Carousel of Projects” for a sneak peek at concepts, designs, models, storytelling tools, and technologies currently being developed at Walt Disney Imagineering for Disney parks around the world.
A strong commitment to corporate citizenship is as much a part of The Walt Disney Company’s heritage as the family entertainment that has delighted and captivated audiences for decades. Disney opens a new chapter in that level of commitment at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011 in the Anaheim Convention Center Main Hall. A special announcement will be part of a storytelling event featuring two of America’s best-known and most popular writers, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and David Arquette, star of Disney Junior’s #1 series, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”
Coolwaters Productions, who have partnered with Disney D23 in bringing their celebrity clientele to the 2011 D23 Expo for autograph sessions, have announced further specifics in terms of pricing and available items to be signed, including special limited edition items and prints created just for Disney D23 (Disney D23 membership will be required to purchase these select items).
The schedule and available details are as follows:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 (‘Marvel Day’)
The D23 Expo 2011 is proud to announce the Arena schedule for The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. From August 19 – 21, Expo guests will have exclusive access to presentations from The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Channel and Marvel Comics – plus they will be able to experience the 2011 Disney Legends Ceremony. In addition to the spotlight arena presentations, this year’s Expo will feature screenings, celebrity panels and autograph signings, eye-popping pavilions, exclusive insights into TV shows, theme parks, animation, Disney history and more, to be announced in the coming weeks. Arena presentations will include
Disney D23 has confirmed to us (as well as announced it on Twitter) that the dates for the 2011 Sip’n'Stroll event, held during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival have changed. The previous dates were October 14-15, but have been moved slightly to October 16-17.
In addition, we have been advised that not only will the dates for the Magic & Merriment holiday event change, but that a second event will be added to accommodate the high demand for the popular event. The new dates will be December 9-10 and December 11-12.
We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
Restored to its former glory as the El Capitan Theatre by the Walt Disney Company, the first film to hold its premiere at the historic palace was The Rocketeer starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. Twenty years later, Disney D23 organized an anniversary screening event which included a panel that reunited its cast and crew. Our own Kelly Noble was invited to attend the event which was held on Tuesday night.
The panel, which was hosted by director/writer/actor Kevin Smith, consisted of director Joe Johnston, Billy Campbell, screenwriters Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, film make-up artist Rick Baker and — representing Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens — illustrator William Stout. Stevens’ mother and sister were also in attendance for the event.
Celebrity management company Coolwaters Productions LLC is bringing a cavalcade of talent to the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, August 19 – 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Each day at the Coolwaters booth, located in the Collectors Forum, fans will enjoy celebrity meet and greets and autograph signings, including rare photographs and limited-edition Tron pin sets created by D23 especially for this event.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: MARVEL DAY
- Doug Jones: Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (also starred as Billy Butcherson in Disney’s Hocus Pocus and will be signing images from both films)
D23 Expo attendees who have purchased tickets at the sorcerer ($1000) and premiere ($500) package levels are now being invited by email to either outright pre-purchase D23 Expo special merchandise, Dream Store merchandise and other merchandise via Random Selection Process (RSP). For those that are eligible, the sales begin later today.
However, for those who do not qualify for the pre-sales, this is still a valuable opportunity to do some window shopping ahead of the Dream Store opening at the D23 Expo on August 19, 2011. For example, pictured to the left is the official D23 Expo 3″ vinylmation figure designed by Maria Clapsis. It’s limited to an edition size of 4800 pieces and retails for $13.95.