StarWars.com checks in with popular Walt Disney Imagineer and Last Tour to Endor show director Jason Surrell as he talks about the preparation going into some of the exclusive events guests will get to experience first hand as part of the special hard-ticket event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 14 commemorating the transition of Star Tours into Star Tours II.
In addition to the appearance of characters from the Star Wars trilogies, Surrell offers up juicy details on Sorcery in the Sky, the first fireworks show designed by Disney inspired completely by Star Wars. In just 12 minutes, the story of all six films will be told through the music of John Williams, the dialogue from the films and many of the classic sound effects. Says Surrell: ‘My only regret is that we’re only going to do this once!’
In the interview, which can be found here, Surrell also provides a bit of insight into the Death Star Disco Dance Party.
The following is a list of confirmed seminars that will be taking place at Stage 23 during the D23 Expo. More information will be provided as it becomes available:
Early Bird Books Seminars
Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers Book Series with Ridley Pearson (in person) and Dave Barry (via Satellite)
September 11, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age with author Don Hahn
September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
South of the Border with author JB Kaufman
September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Haunted Mansion: Sounds of Spooks and Music of the Macabre
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Randy Thornton of Walt Disney Records will present a fascinating retrospective of Disney’s most mysterious music and spooky soundtracks, including a behind-the-scene glimpse of what it takes to turn your favorite music tracks from parks and film into the official albums that “follow you home!”
September 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jason Surrell Discusses the Haunted Mansion
Jason Surrell, author of The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, discusses the evolution of our Mansion from beloved attraction to major motion picture.
September 11, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase
Guests will go “behind the fairy tale” at the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings showcase; they will hear from celebrity wedding designer David Tutera and couture wedding gown designer Kirstie Kelly who will unveil the first public viewing sketch of the Princess Tiana-inspired wedding gown releasing this October.
September 12, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
As a reminder, Stage 23 will be cleared between presentations
Disney Consumer Products Unveils D23 Expo Plans: Dream Home, Tiana Wedding Gown, Lifesize LEGO Mural, So Much More
ANAHEIM, Calif. — August 20, 2009 — Disney’s spectacular product lines will come to life like never before in over 20,000 square feet of fun-filled interactive experiences and activities at the inaugural D23 Expo, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will treat fans to a sneak peek of the latest and most innovative Disney products as well as the chance to meet and hear from the artists and designers that bring them to life.
D23 Expo attendees will have the premier opportunity to visit the first-ever Disney Dream Home, stroll through 30 years of history of Disney-inspired Hallmark keepsake ornaments, witness Disney Fine Art created right before their eyes, and immerse in the magic of a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding where guests will get a first look at the yet-to-be-unveiled Princess Tiana wedding gown inspired by The Princess and the Frog. They will go behind the scenes of Disney products through a series of events and presentations including fashion shows, art galleries, appearances by best-selling authors such as Ridley Pearson and artists such as Thomas Kinkade, and seminars describing the creative process by Disney toys and electronics designers.Plus, they will be part of a special introduction to the history and future of Disney Store by Disney Stores Worldwide president, Jim Fielding, and much more.
There will be fun for the whole family at the Disney Creativity Center hosted by Crayola, the Disney Princess Story time and Royal Manners event, the Baby Einstein World of Discovery Center, and a magnificent live LEGO building event of Disney characters with the help of Master Builders.
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