Walt Disney Studios Announces Plans for D23 Expo, Screenings Include Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D and More!

Burbank, California – August 19, 2009 — The Walt Disney Studios is jumping on the D23 Expo bandwagon with four-days (September 10-13) of exciting programming that includes major overviews of upcoming films by Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook and Disney-Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, plus a full schedule of events spotlighting new releases and newly restored digital versions of classic favorites.

Cook will present exclusive sneak peeks at such highly anticipated Disney features as “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Old Dogs” (with Robin Williams and John Travolta), “Prince of Persia” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (both from producer Jerry Bruckheimer), “Tron: Legacy,” plus updates on many more exciting projects.  Lasseter will discuss and show materials from such upcoming Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ motion pictures as “The Princess and the Frog,” “Rapunzel,” “Toy Story 3,” etc.  Both presentations will be held at The Anaheim Convention Center in a 4000-seat arena.

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D23 Expo Outlines Costume/Cosplay Guidelines for Expo Attendees: Characters Wanted

D23 has just published the following guidelines for Expo attendees wishing to attend the event in costume/Cosplay: All event attendees — including adults — may attend the D23 Expo in costume dressed as their favorite Disney Character.

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In Case You Missed It, More D23 Expo Updates…

A few additional announcements surrounding the D23 Expo made yesterday:

- The Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) detailed its plans for the Expo, which includes The ABCs of Disney  we first reported almost a week ago. You can see the details announced here.

- On that token, the screening/presentation of Prep & Landing has been scheduled to take place on Saturday at 5:30 PM in the ‘Walt Disney Studios Theater’

- As you probably are already aware, while the floor opens daily at 9 AM, D23 members have access to the floor beginning an hour earlier at 8 AM. It has been clarified that only one D23 membership per family is required for the entire group to get in at 8 AM.

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D23 Expo Details the ABC Television Pavilion Featuring ‘The ABCs of Disney’

Want to be among the first to watch ABC’s new series? Would you like the chance to see some of television’s biggest stars in person? Fans will have those opportunities and many more at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney comes together under one roof, Sept. 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

ABC proudly presents “The ABCs of Disney,” an exclusive D23 EXPO event in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Emmy®-nominated Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”), “The ABCs of Disney” presentation features Steve McPherson, President of the ABC Entertainment Group, unveiling sneak peeks at many of the fall TV season’s most anticipated new shows.

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Time Stands Still as Stitch Kingdom Unofficial D23 Expo Countdown Clock Strikes 23:23:23:23

D23 Countdown ClockJust moments ago, time froze (for a second) as the unofficial D23 Expo Countdown clock rang 23 days, 23 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds until the official start time of the first annual Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on September 10, 2009.

Let us all bow our heads in a second of silence for this momentous occasion.

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D23 Expo News That Doesn’t Quite Deserve Its Own Article (Crude, but True)

With less than a month to go before the D23 Expo, the good folks at Disney and D23 are scrambling to dot all the t’s and cross all the i’s and get this information out so that we’re all best prepared before we step foot onto the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center.

Many of the news items we have already shared with you. From the ABC panel hosted by Tom Bergeron to the Live Auction details and lots and performance by artist David Garibaldi to the Wizards of Waverly Place event and more.

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Preview of D23 Live Auction Lots Now Available

D23 Expo Live Auction

From paintings to props to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, now’s your chance to check out some of the items up for auction at D23 Expo’s Live Auction taking place Saturday, September 12 in the Arena.

Don’t forget, you will need to purchase an auctioneer’s package for the right to participate in bidding on the items in addition to D23 Expo admission.

D23 Expo Live Auction Catalog

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D23 Expo Trading Pins and Charter Year Member Exclusive Pins Announced

Details have been released on the Disney pins that will be released at the first annual Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, California from September 9 – 13, including D23 members only charter year exclusive pins.

The pins will be available for purchase in the Disney Dream Store located in Exhibit Hall C.

To see a larger version of each pin, click on the thumbnail. To see all of the pins being released at D23 Expo, click here.

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Tom Bergeron to Host Panel on ABC Television at D23 Expo with Steve McPherson

Not too many details have been released yet, but Tom Bergeron (host of America’s Funniest Videos and Dancing with the Stars) is set to host a panel titled The ABCs of Disney at the D23 Expo on Thursday, September 9 at 3 pm. Alongside Tom will be Steve McPherson, president of the ABC Entertainment Group, who will be introducing Expo attendees to sneak peeks at upcoming ABC television series.

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‘Rhythm and Hue’ Artist David Garibaldi to Perform at D23 Expo Prior to Live Auction

Disney Fine Artist David GaribaldiDisney Fine Artist David Garibaldi will offer his ‘Rhythm and Hue’ performance at the D23 Expo prior to the Live auction on Saturday, September 12. Garibaldi’s act infuses music with his style for producing rapid portraits of famous people in under ten minutes. In addition to his many televised appearances, he was also the opening act for the Blue Man Group tour in 2008. Garibaldi will perform in the Arena at the D23 Expo at 6:30 pm on Saturday. Admission to the D23 Expo is required to see his special performance.

Below is a video of Garibaldi painting a portrait of Walt Disney:

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