Since Walt Disney first brought his groundbreaking True-Life Adventures to the big screen, adventure has played a pivotal role in Disney entertainment, from the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean to the new planet of Pandora, which will soon be unveiled at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This year, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are invited to join the excitement at D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures, a celebration of these landmarks of the past, present, and future. The two-day event will take place November 19 and 20, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Walt Disney Company today announced that the Disney D23 Expo 2017 will take place once again at the Anaheim Convention Center in California the weekend of July 14–16, 2017. Tickets will go on sale on July 14, 2016.
Highlights planned for D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade will be forthcoming.)
The animated series “The Lion Guard” will premiere FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 (9:30 a.m., EST/PST) on Disney Channel and encore throughout the weekend on Disney Junior and Disney Channel. Its story – introduced last month in a Disney Channel movie which posted commanding ratings among Kids 2-5 and Total Viewers – continues the “The Lion King” epic. It follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse group of friends, each with a unique skill, as they unite to protect the Pride Lands.
In 2016, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will expand member events with more experiences on the East Coast and new twists on current favorites.
D23 BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXPERIENCES: In 2015, D23 Members had the opportunity to explore hidden Disney gems—such as the Animation Research Library—while hearing stories from Disney luminaries such as Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith and animator Andreas Deja. In 2016, D23 will bring back this popular event with incredible guests and new locations, while adding even more surprises and a special gift.
The epic storytelling of Disney’s The Lion King continues with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a primetime television movie event premiering on November 22 at 7 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie is a precursor to ‘The Lion Guard’ television series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe.
One of the new experiences to be found at D23 Expo this year will be ‘interactive’ photo opportunities spread throughout the floor. Among these photo-ops will be a fan-built WALL-E and EVE pair of robots as built by hobbyist Mike Senna.
By joining EVE and WALL-E together, Senna is able to create the illusion that EVE is actually hovering as she walks hand-in-hand with WALL-E. In the video below, courtesy of Senna’s YouTube page, Senna demonstrates how EVE is able to blink and otherwise manipulate her eyes.
The epic storytelling of Disney’s The Lion King continues with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a primetime television movie event premiering in November on Disney Channel. The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie is a precursor to ‘The Lion Guard’ television series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Sunday, August 16.
Just ahead of Disney’s D23 Expo taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California, Disney Store has released product images and new details for its upcoming collection debuting at the convention, the ‘Good vs Evil’ Fairytale Designer Collection.
Consisting of five sets of dolls: Elsa and Hans of Frozen; Ursula and Ariel of The Little Mermaid; Snow White and the Old Hag of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Rapunzel and Mother Gothel of Tangled; and Captain Hook and Peter Pan of Peter Pan, the collection as a whole as an edition size of 6,000 globally. The dolls will first be available for pre-order at D23 Expo as a collection and will presumably be available individually on a release schedule to be announced later.
Hallmark has provided us with this first look at their D23 Expo 2015 exclusive itty bittys set of Wedding Cinderella and Prince Charming, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Walt Disney animated classic. The set will be sold exclusively at their booth which will be located in Hall A, located near the StagePass distribution.
We hope to have pricing and edition sizes soon, which we will provide as soon as that information becomes available to us.
In addition to the itty bittys, Hallmark will also offer an exclusive black & white paint version of their 2013 Band Concert Keepsake Ornament, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the animated short.
UNIQLO today announced its ‘Magic for All’ global collaboration with Disney Consumer Products. The unique initiative will add a touch of Disney enchantment, Marvel action, Star Wars adventure and Pixar creativity to everyday UNIQLO LifeWear fashions as well as introducing innovative new products, pop-up displays, and in-store and online customer experiences.
Through ‘Magic for All,’ UNIQLO will extend its existing collaboration beyond the UNIQLO T-shirts (UT) and sweat parka lines and introduce new LifeWear items beginning in fall 2015. Products will range from Ultra Light Down, Fleece, and flannel shirts to umbrellas, plush toys, and other offerings featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and then expand to include popular characters from Star Wars, Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story, Marvel’s Avengers and Disney’s Frozen.