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.
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.
Bursting with D23-themed merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the Dream Store returns to D23 Expo 2011 with something magical for Disney fans of all ages. From Disney-inspired art and collectibles to classic character collections featuring such beloved characters as Mickey Mouse and Dumbo among others, the D23 Expo Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true. Highlights include:
D23 Expo Logo Merchandise will allow D23 fans to take home a piece of the magic from this year’s D23 Expo, with an assortment of merchandise including apparel, headwear, pins, and Vinylmation™. The heart of this collection is the official logo of the D23 Expo 2011.
Following the announcement of 2011 D23 Legend award recipients earlier today, Disney D23 has begun updating its schedule for the three day event, taking place August 19 through August 21 (as well as August 18 if you include the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament rounds leading up to the finals).
At this time, nothing new has been announced in way of panels or events, but items previously announced have now been slated to benefit the scheduling of those attending the official celebration of all things Disney.
On Friday, August 19, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, the Disney Legends Award presentation will take place in the arena.
Television icon Regis Philbin, Muppets creator Jim Henson, the extraordinary actresses who vocally brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) plus other equally impressive contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during the D23 EXPO at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 19, in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.
Fans attending Disney’s D23 Expo (August 19-21, 2011) will have access to an exclusive advance screening of “The Lion King” in Disney Digital 3D™, ahead of the film’s highly anticipated theatrical and home entertainment releases, The Walt Disney Studios announced today. The screening will be held August 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
“With Disney fans coming from all over the world to experience the D23 Expo, we’ve got the perfect setting and the perfect audience to share in the 3D launch of ‘The Lion King,’ ” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “We’re thrilled to bring our most devoted fans an exclusive look at one of the most iconic and beloved Disney films of all time. This is Pride Rock in a way it’s never been seen before.”
The first-ever D23 Expo in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. From August 19–21, 2011, the Expo returns, bringing all the wonderful worlds of Disney under one roof at the AnaheimConvention Center for three remarkable days. From celebrity appearances and eye-popping pavilions to fascinating presentations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, there’s plenty of magic for everyone at D23 Expo 2011. Highlights of the Expo will include:
The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse at the exciting roster of projects on the horizon. From exclusive video clips and live performances to filmmaker discussions and star appearances, audiences will be treated to an up-close look at select movies from the Studio’s upcoming film slate.
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives are proud to announce the return of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit to the D23 Expo. During the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 19-21, 2011, the 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which has doubled in size since the 2009 Expo, will give fans unprecedented access and insight into more than eight decades of Disney history.