Disney D23 today announced a new alternate reality game (ARG) dubbed ‘The Optimist,’ as a joint venture between Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development and the Walt Disney Studios. The game focuses on a young undergrad named Amelia (on Twitter as @storyorbit) who is working on a documentary about her grandfather, Carlos. Recently deceased, Carlos was a writer who would inspire a young Amelia with his stories. After his passing, Amelia stumbled upon many of his old documents and began compiling everything she could find for her documentary as a tribute to him.
Making the rounds on the interwebs this weekend, and even hinted at by Disney Store designer Steve Thompson, is our first look at the fabled upcoming Disney Fairytale Designer Collection featuring several Disney Princesses alongside their romantic counterparts.
Expected to be an actual doll collection in the vein as the Disney Princess Designer collection as well as the Disney Villains designer collection, the Disney Fairytale Designer Collection is expected to be formally announced later this month and is expected to feature the couples boxed together at a retail cost of around $130 US per set.
Each year of the D23 Expo, we stumble upon various bits and pieces of information that — although announced through official channels — just don’t lend themselves to full on posts. Most of the time we share these tidbits as they come up via our official Twitter and Facebook outlets, but every now and then we like to compile what we’ve found so far in a bit of an updates roundup to keep everyone informed of the latest changes.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Disney D23, the official fan club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced the initial line up of exhibitors at its upcoming D23 Expo, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9-11, 2013, via its dedicated Exhibitors page. Below is a round-up of the additions along with what they will be offering attendees of the Expo:
American Tourister – The official luggage provider of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, American Tourister will be showcasing and offering some of their line of luggage for sale, including D23 exclusive luggage inspired by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with Minnie Mouse luggage tags. Photos of the D23 exclusive luggage can be found on the American Tourister page.
Disney D23, the official fan club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, has updated the Friday schedule for its upcoming D23 Expo (August 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center) to include some key information on additional panels, which are listed below:
Voices of the Disney Parks (Friday, Stage 23, 10:30 am)
Back by popular demand, this panel of famous Disney voices will gather for an encore panel discussion, including recreations of some unforgettable Disney Parks sayings.
Undiscovered Disneyland (Friday, Stage 23, 12:30 pm)
Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares rare and never-before-seen footage of the early days of Disneyland, from design and construction through opening day.
Disney D23, the official fan club of fans of The Walt Disney Company, has announced that in honor of the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney Imagineering and the origins of Disney Parks and Resorts, Walt Disney Imagineering will be hosting an ‘open house’ at its pavilion at the D23 Expo, taking place August 9 – 11. The pavilion will be opening the doors of WDI’s unique facilities and offering an unprecedented look at its creative processes — all on the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. In addition, Imagineers past and present will host an entire day of panel discussions on Sunday, August 11, celebrating their 60 magical years of ‘dreaming and doing.’
Disney D23, the official fan club for fans of the Walt Disney Company, has updated its Things to Know page to include some additional basic information such as floor hours as well as advanced details on the new StagePass offering for attendees to allow for ‘reserved’ access to various presentations.
The world of women’s sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999. Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on television, the women’s soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty kick shootout victory over China to win the Women’s World Cup. As part of ESPN Films’ new ‘Nine for IX’ series, The ’99ers explores the story behind this incredible team. Attendees of the D23 Expo 2013 can catch an exclusive advance screening of this film featuring a Q&A with director Erin Leyden and producer (and ’99er) Julie Foudy. The screening and panel will take place in Stage 28 on Sunday, August 11 at 2:30 pm PT.
Disney D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced that it will debut a new experience at its upcoming 2013 D23 Expo: the À La Mode Costume Contest. The contest is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Stage 23 venue.
À La Mode, named after The Incredibles’ couture genius Edna Mode, is the first competition of its kind to showcase fans’ creativity through costumes inspired by all things Disney, including Motion Pictures (Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm); Parks & Resorts; Consumer Products; Media Networks (including Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN); and Interactive.
D23, the official club for fans of the Walt Disney Company has announced it has received a limited number of invites for its members to attend the launch of Old Navy’s new ‘Mickey through the Decades’ vintage-style tees collection at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California on July 13, 2013. Tickets are free for silver and gold level members (plus up to two guests), available on a first come, first serve basis beginning June 28 at 10 am PT. The event itself will take place on July 13, 2013 from 12 – 3 pm PT.