D23 Expo: ‘Steamboat Willie Redux’ Animated Short Advance Screening

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Steamboat Willie ReduxOnly one of three Disney characters to have a recognized birthday (co-star Minnie being another), Mickey Mouse entered the world of pop culture phenomena on November 18, 1928 — the day Steamboat Willie premiered at New York’s Colony Theatre.

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D23 Expo: ‘Phineas and Ferb’ to Bring Real-Life ‘Waffle-inator’ ‘Mission Marvel’ Challenge

Dr. Doofenshmirtz is primed to take over Disney’s D23 Expo…and the Tri-State Area with his most wacky ‘-inator’ yet — ‘The Waffle-inator’ — a spectacular 40-foot high interactive game, combining physical and digital worlds — and simulated waffles — in an epic showdown to free Agent P from the clutches of Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Kids, tweens and families can hop aboard and wield the life-size invention to play ‘The Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge,’ over three days at Disney’s D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans, at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9-11.

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D23 Expo: Hewlett-Packard to Showcase Aurasma Augmented Reality Technology

Aurasma by HPBriefly appearing on the official D23 Expo website prior to its removal, Hewlett-Packard (the expo’s sorcerer sponsor) advertised that it will be bringing its augmented reality experience, Aurasma to the show.

Throughout the show floor, there will be several opportunities to experience the app, indicated by the Aurasma A-shaped icon. By scanning the icon, an ‘aura’ will be revealed through the app. According to the supplied description, ‘auras can be as simple as a video and a link to a web page or as complex as a lifelike 3D animation.’

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D23 Expo: Major Schedule Updates Include ‘Frozen’ Panel, Brad Bird Signing

Late last night, the D23 Expo schedule received a major overhaul with appearances, signings, panels and other events as well as more specific start — and more importantly — end times. While each attendee should carefully pour over the additions, here are just a few of the highlights we spotted:

  • Disney Animation (Friday, Arena, 10 am) – allotted a whopping 2 1/2 hours. The Studios presentation (Saturday, Arena, 10:30 am) is given 2 hours.
  • Pixar’s Angus MacLane Buzz Lightyear Small Fry action figures signing (Friday, Disney Living, 4:30 pm)
  • Marty Sklar signing (Friday, Talent Round-Up, 4:15 pm)

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D23 Expo: Disney Parks to Tease New Star Wars, Avatar Attractions

Iron Man and Captain America (DISNEY XD/Rick Rowell)According to a new article from Disney Insider, the Disney Parks pavilion at the upcoming D23 Expo will offer more than just a look back at Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60 year history.

Speaking with the show producer of the D23 Expo Disney Parks pavilion, Dave Fisher, the article mentions many things the pavilion will offer attendees, which include teasers of brand new attractions coming to Disney Parks based on Disney’s Star Wars property as well as Avatar. In addition, the pavilion will be play testing a new project Imagineering is working on titled ‘Adventure Trading Company.’ The pavilion will also offer two virtual ride-throughs using their pre-vis DISH (Digital Immersive Showroom) technology and a meet and greet with Captain America.

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D23 Expo Updates Round-Up #2 – Official App, Exclusives and More

Cinderella's Castle Ornament D23 Expo Exclusive from HallmarkIt’s been a few weeks since our first round-up of Disney D23 Expo updates featuring little tidbits you should know that haven’t earned themselves a dedicated mention, however if you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook, you’re likely to have come across our mentions of them as they have come. That said, there’s plenty here we haven’t mentioned elsewhere including the release of the official D23 Expo App, so, on with the show!

The biggest update so far is no doubt the release of the official D23 Expo App available now for free for Apple iDevices from the App Store as well as Android devices from Google Play.

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D23 Expo: Additional Panels; Harrods’ Princess Dresses Come Stateside

A stunning display of exclusive gowns inspired by Disney’s iconic Princesses will make their U.S. debut at the D23 Expo inside the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit. These handcrafted designs by world-leading designers will be available for viewing each day of the event, August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Included are works inspired by the individual stories of the Disney Princesses by Ralph & Russo (Tiana), Versace (Cinderella), Elie Saab (Aurora), Marchesa (Ariel), Escada (Jasmine), Missoni (Mulan), Roberto Cavalli (Pocahontas), Jenny Packham (Rapunzel), Valentino (Belle), and Oscar de la Renta (Snow White). The stunning dresses were first showcased in an ultra-glamorous set of window displays at Harrods, the luxury store in Knightsbridge, London, during the 2012 holiday season.

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‘Disney twenty-three’ Fall 2013 Edition Gets ‘Frozen,’ Visits New Attractions Around the World

Disney twenty-three Fall 2013Disney twenty-three — the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club—ushers in winter early, celebrating Disney’s new animated film Frozen. The cover story features exclusive interviews with the film’s cool voice actors Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, as well as a visit with the filmmakers as they bring Frozen’s wintery wonderland to life in Disney’s 53rd animated feature, coming to theaters this November.

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D23 Expo: Disney VoluntEARS Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Projects

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, Disney Citizenship invites fans and families to give back to their communities as ‘honorary’ VoluntEARS for the day at the D23 Expo. The Ultimate Disney Fan Event takes places August 9 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

‘Honorary’ VoluntEARS will work alongside Disney employees and nonprofits, including Feeding America, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Inside the Outdoors, First Book and local Boys & Girls Clubs on one of three service projects:

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‘Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ Exhibit to Open at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at MSI ChicagoD23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, an exhibition which encompasses nearly 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on October 16, 2013 (the actual 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company) and continues through February 17, 2014.

Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago’s native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features many artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public—including drawings; props; costumes; artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films; plus items from contemporary Disney milestones.

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