We’ve been waiting for this big announcement and it’s finally here! D23 is giving us an inside look at what we can expect from Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products at D23 Expo this August.
At the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion, you can expect a peek inside the exciting developments underway at Disney Parks around the globe. From Epcot’s transformation at the Walt Disney World Resort to the latest plans for Marvel-inspired lands in Hong Kong, Paris, and California, guests can get a close-up look at what’s to come!
Here’s the breakdown of events we can’t wait to scope out:
The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Sound design is an instrumental part of telling every Disney story. In this D23 Expo Arena panel on Friday, August 23 at 12:30pm, Matt Walker of Imagineering Music Studio will share the process behind the music and sounds heard throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years
Join your ghost host on Saturday, August 24 at 12:30pm in the Expo Arena, to celebrate 50 years of 999 happy haunts!
Immersive Worlds: Bringing Stories to Life in Disney Parks
Join famed Imagineers Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge at Stage 28 on Saturday, August 24 at 3:30pm to learn about the creative process for dreaming up the themed worlds that fill our beloved Disney Parks.
Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers
Celebrate Disney Legend Marty Sklar as his Imagineering colleagues, mentees, and family recount his journey and lasting impact on The Walt Disney Company. (Saturday, August 24 at 6pm)
Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between
Go behind the scenes with the team that crafted the dazzling new Walt Disney Archives exhibit on the D23 Expo show floor to celebrate the detail of Disney costumes. (Sunday, August 25 at 10am)
Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Meet some of the talented women who helped bring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. The panel will take place on Sunday, August 25 at 2pm at Stage 28.
Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career with Kevin Rafferty
Imagineer Kevin Rafferty shares his path to Imagineering and reminisces about his 40-year career. (Sunday, August 25 at 6pm at Walt Disney Archives Stage)
Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Park
Chief Creative Office of Pixar and Author Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt reveal their magnificent two-volume tribute to the artwork and career of Disney Legend Marc Davis. (Sunday, August 25 at 6pm at Stage 28)
Plus, we can’t wait to visit Talent Central to have some of our favorite artists sign exclusive merchandise:
Disney Pixar Tiki Mug Signing with Jerome Ranft (Friday from 4-5pm )
Midnight Masquerade and Animator Villains Collections with Steve Thompson and Courtney Watkinson (Saturday from 11am-12pm)
The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Collection with Steve Thompson, Bryan Mon, Daria Vinogradova, Diana Tran, and Cathy Clark-Ramirez (Saturday from 4-5pm)
Disney Parks Designer Collection Artist Jerrod Maruyama (Friday 5-5:30pm, Saturday 12:30-2pm)
Disney Parks Designer Collection Artist SHAG (Saturday 2-3:30pm)
Disney Parks Designer Collection Artist Noah Fine Art (Saturday 2-3:30pm)
Disney Parks Designer Collection Artist Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe (Saturday 9:30-11am, Sunday 5-6:45pm)
We’re already planning our schedules, and can’t wait to see you there!
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Author: Ilana Gelfand