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I still can’t believe this is real life. I’m actually headed to Anaheim, California on Wednesday to cover the bienniel D23 Expo, which is the ultimate Disney fan event.
When people who haven’t heard of it ask what it is, I compare it to ComicCon for Disney Dorks.
People go in full costume while othersDisneybound by wearing regular-looking outfits inspired by Disney characters.
I’ll be Disneybounding each day!
While I know how important it is for you to see me in various forms of Disney dress, you really should follow along because I’ll be attending some epic panels. One panel is even focused on honoring LEGENDS in the Disney family including Carrie Fisher.
Scroll down to get a feel for what to expect at The 2017 D23 Expo July 14 – 16.
Friday, July 14
10:00am – 12:00pm: Disney Legends Awards Ceremony in Hall D23
Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and other remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy will be honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2017. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center, and will include special musical performances. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987.
I cannot promise that I won’t cry my eyeballs out during the Carrie Fisher tribute, but I’m hoping that Gary Fisher makes an appearance in place of his mama, and that at least some of these contributors show their faces. I bow down.
Time to Explore the Expo Floor
My birthday is July 23. I will be buying something for myself with birthday money.
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter
Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he presents Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films. Watch never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature COCO and Walt Disney Animation’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2, and be prepared for surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent.
I’m not-so-secretly hoping for an appearance by King Candy’s voice actor, Alan Tudyk at this panel.
Time at Disneyland and California Adventure – #SummerofHeroes #Disneyland
Yeah, so after the Expo that day, we will get time at Disneyland and California Adventure which is beyond. Like WAY beyond. I grew up at the Walt Disney World parks and am a current annual passholder. I was at Epcot when it opened. Yeah, I was an infant and totally don’t remember it, but hello, bragging rights! Getting to go to Disneyland and California Adventure is icing on the cake. I just wish my Papa were still alive so I could share this experience with him.
Saturday, July 15th
Once we arrive at the Expo, we’ll get individual photos at Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin and ‘swim’ away with a professional 180-degree video capture. I’m hoping to also get a picture with my friends, Carol & Jana who will be Disneybounding with me that day. STAY TUNED!
THEN, we’ll have breakfast and screen the first episode of “DuckTales”. Yes, y’all, it’s ON! DUCKTALES, WA-AHOO!
9:30am – 10:00am: Q&A with DuckTales Executive Producer Matt Youngberg and Co-Producer / Story Editor Francisco Angones
This is the part where I hope that David Tennant and Lin-Manuel Miranda show up, because #iDie
Drumroll for this one, please
10:30am – 12:30pm: Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm – Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Studios is home to the biggest and most beloved brands in filmmaking today, with a number of highly anticipated projects from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm in the works. At this exclusive Hall D23 presentation featuring never-before-seen footage, surprise star appearances, and more, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an exciting array of spectacular films on the horizon from these world-class studios.
I want to point you in the direction of the line that says, “surprise star appearances”. Just pause for a moment at what that might mean. Hi, Daisy Ridley! What’s up, John Boyega?! Um…yo, Mark Hamil! or SWOON, ADAM DRIVER! or Hey there, Oscar Isaac! or Hi, Lupita Nyong’o, remember me and my henna?! . And that’s just Star Wars! What about Marvel?! ANY of the superheroes can descend upon that room and I would be, quite possibly, the happiest person on earth.
More time on the Expo Floor
Then more time at Disneyland and California Adventure – #Disneyland #SummerofHeroes
Sunday, July 16
8:30am – 9:30am: Exclusive access to the Walt Disney Archives exhibit “A Pirates Life For Me” on the D23 EXPO show floor
“Walt Disney Archives Presents––A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs” is a 12,000-square-foot exhibit, located on the Expo show floor, that will honor Disney’s treasured pirates from film,television, and the beloved Disney parks attraction that has thrilled guests from Anaheim to Shanghai. Hundreds of props, set pieces, photographs, costumes and never-before-seen items will be on display.
Included in this collection will be a 23-foot-tall set model of the Black Pearl ship, the Dead Men’s chest, and more original props and set pieces, including items from the new film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.
Also on the show floor, the Archives will present “Fantastical Fashions,” a dazzling selection of dresses worn by beloved heroines and sinister villainesses. Costumes from six of Disney’s live-action fantasy films will be showcased including Enchanted, Maleficent and Beauty and the Beast.
I’ve always been a villainess at heart.
12:30pm – 1:00pm: Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood overview at the Disney Music Emporium
The Disney Music Emporium is a pop up store on the D23 EXPO floor that sells collectible Disney music-related products
Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood, a two-disc set, will be released for the first time during the expo. Disc one of the collection includes the songs and score and disc two includes previously unreleased demos and bonus tracks performed by Louis Prima. Also included are extensive liner notes by Disney historian and writer Paula Sigman-Lowery. The CD cover and 20-page booklet feature newly created artwork inspired by ROBIN HOOD from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph).
Robin Hood is a classic and was one of the most well-loved Disney movies in our home. My kids haven’t seen it yet, so I’m really excited for the release of this two-disc set this year!
A Whole New World of Alan Menken concert in Hall 23
“Under the Sea.” “Be Our Guest.” “Colors of the Wind.” This is just some of the unforgettable music written by Disney Legend Alan Menken over the course of his unrivaled career. Menken’s iconic melodies have been stuck in our heads and are firmly imprinted on our hearts—and now he’s giving us the chance to hear them like never before. Menken will present a brand-new one-man show, A Whole New World of Alan Menken, in which the Disney Legend will perform songs from beloved Disney films and share stories from his incredible career in film, TV, and theater. This special concert will be filled with magical musical memories that will make your heart sing.
DO YOU SEE THIS?!?! Alan Menken. Performing. For me…and everyone else too, but I’ll be there.
More time on the Expo floor for SHOPPING
Then it’s over and I have to leave California and head back to Florida where I’ll be following the trip up with lots and lots of articles to fill you in on anything you missed on Instagram and Twitter.