D23 EXPO: WALL-E and EVE Interactive Photo-Op Sneak Peek

WALL-E and EVE by Mike SennaOne 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.

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‘The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar’ in November with Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, James Earl Jones; Preview at D23 Expo

The Lion GuardThe 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.

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D23 EXPO: Disney Store ‘Good vs Evil’ Fairytale Designer Collection First Look

Good vs Evil Fairytale Designer CollectionJust 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.

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D23 EXPO: Hallmark Exclusive Limited Edition Itty Bittys First Look

Hallmark D23 Expo 2015 Exclusive Itty BittysHallmark 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.

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D23 EXPO: UNIQLO to Debut ‘Magic for All’ Collection with Limited Edition Items; Disney Springs in 2016

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.

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D23 EXPO: ‘Silly Symphony’ Collection Box Set Details

Silly Symphony Collection Cover ArtLess than a year after Mickey Mouse’s debut in Steamboat Willie, the Walt Disney Studio embarked on a decade-long series of music-driven shorts whose breakthroughs would forever change the direction of animation and would have a massive impact on popular culture. The 75 cartoons – called Silly Symphonies – pioneered “three-strip” Technicolor, introduced Donald Duck, and created a pop music phenomenon with “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” They won seven Academy Awards® for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) between 1932 and 1939. 

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D23 EXPO: Mickey Mouse Club and ‘A Goofy Movie’ Anniversaries, PBS Walt Disney Documentary Sneak Peek

Members of the original Mickey Mouse Club will join the fun at D23 EXPO 2015 during a special presentation to commemorate the show’s 60th anniversary. Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club — 60 Magical yEARS, hosted by author Lorraine Santoli (The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book), will take place Sunday, August 16 at 5 p.m. in Stage 23. The panel, featuring original Mouseketeers Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey, along with actors Tim Considine (Spin Evans) and David Stollery (Marty Markham), will include a one-of-a-kind performance filled with memories, music, and magic. D23 EXPO 2015, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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D23 EXPO: Pixar Announces Panels, Presentations and More Including Lasseter’s Gallery of Shirts

Buzz Lightyear will welcome visitors to D23 EXPO 2015 as Pixar Animation Studios celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Toy Story, among a host of exciting presentations, demonstrations and panels that pay homage to Pixar’s past while looking ahead to its roster of exciting new films. The fearless space ranger, who appeared in Pixar’s groundbreaking CG-animated feature-film debut Toy Story in 1995, as well as Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010), has taken flight in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade six times as a giant character helium balloon, measuring 67.7-feet long, 39.9-feet wide and 34.3-feet tall. This summer, the Disney/Pixar Buzz Lightyear balloon travels to the West Coast for the first time ever, welcoming guests to D23 Expo 2015 as it soars outside the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, August 14 – 16, 2015.

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D23 Expo: Disney Consumer Products Details Pavilions, Presentations

Disney Consumer Products will unveil unique product experiences and exclusive merchandise at this year’s D23 Expo, Disney’s ultimate fan event, held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16. Reflecting a ‘Tradition Meets Innovation’ theme, the expansive Disney Consumer Products pavilion will provide interactive opportunities for fans of all ages to explore exciting stories and engaging experiences and products celebrating everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stories.

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D23 EXPO: Overnight Queuing Policy, New StorePass Offers ‘FASTPASS’ For Shopping Opportunities

We’re just about two months away from this year’s Disney D23 Expo and the news and updates are starting to roll in, with two major announcements being made this evening on the Expo’s ‘Things to Know‘ page.

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