Oh dear. With just two weeks or so left to go, the information on the 2011 Disney D23 Expo is pouring in so fast, I’m afraid that come the weekend, the update would be a novel, so I’m forced to make a mid-week update post to keep you informed on all the latest and greatest news emerging on the Disney D23 Expo that you’ll be hard-pressed to find most anywhere else. Heck, I’m not even sure where to begin.
As part of the Disney D23 Expo, taking place August 19 – 21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney Consumer Products has lined up an exciting array of products and opportunities for attendees to experience throughout the weekend.
Beginning on Friday, August 19, attendees will get a first look at special Disney Store 25th Anniversary merchandise along with Disney Store artist signings at the Disney Living Pavilion at 10 am.
On Saturday, August 20, there will be a Disney Store Designer Princess Doll artist signing at 10 am, followed later in the day by a Disney Store Halloween Fashion Show at 1 pm.
Available in limited quantities for pre-order beginning August 8 at 12 pm ET/9 am PT, each will sell for $19.99 and has a maximum order quantity of six pieces. Additional items will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the D23 Expo, but the pre-order guarantees the items will be available for pick-up at anytime throughout the convention.
This past weekend, we brought you a brief update regarding schedule additions and changes, including special D23 Member only presentations. Today, the official D23 Expo calendar has been updated to reflect some of the new presentations, panels and artist signings for members as well as all attendees and we are happy to be one of the first to share them with you. The new calendar additions are as follows:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19:
- Radio Disney Road Crew (9:00a – 10:00a, D23 Members Only, Disney Channel Pavilion) – Pump up the music with a dance session and Radio Disney fun for kids and families.
Be among the first to watch ABC’s most anticipated new fall series and animated holiday special and have a chance to learn the secrets behind how they were made. Fans will have those opportunities at the D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney comes together, August 19 and 20, at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Disney D23 recently posted an advisory regarding the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament, which is awarding a preview cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy to the winner. While Disney D23 wants to emphasize that those wishing to participate must audition on THURSDAY, August 18, one day prior to the Expo’s start, the newly released gotcha is that the line will be cut off at 9:45 am (the selection process begins at 7:30 am, but hopefuls are invited to line up as early as 6 am at the Anaheim Convention Center).
Disney fans attending the first day of Disney’s D23 Expo, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be able to end their day with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway, and film star Dick Van Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians—Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima and Eric Bradley. The group will appear in concert on Stage 23 at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.
Earlier this month, we shared the plans Disney Parks and Resorts has for its presentations at the 2011 D23 Expo taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 19 – 21. D23 has now released the full schedule for the Disney Parks panels, which are in addition to the keynote arena presentation by Parks Chair Tom Staggs on Friday, August 19 at 3:30 pm. The individual panels and schedule are as follows:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
- The Making of The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Stage 23) – Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Larry Nikolai, and Chris Crump take you behind the scenes.
Kids, tweens and families can meet their favorite stars of Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, over three fun-filled days, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19–SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, at the ultimate event for Disney fans, Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The schedule includes a musical performance by actress and Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain (Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm”), a martial arts performance by actor Leo Howard (Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It”), musical performances from Radio Disney’s newest N.B.T. Artists, Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones and a boisterous performance by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band (from Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”).
Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) invites Disney fans and families to step into its pavilion at the D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—for hands-on fun with the latest interactive entertainment products for video game consoles, mobile devices and online, based on beloved Disney stories and characters. Every day of the D23 Expo, taking place August 19-21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center, will be packed with hours of game play, special guests, interactive art contests, giveaways and more!
Guests of the D23 Expo will be able to suit up, power up and team up as they enter Disney Universe, a multiplayer action-adventure video game set in a mix-up of Disney and Disney/Pixar inspired worlds that will be released this fall.