This year is a very special year – it marks the 20th anniversary of Pixar’s “Toy Story”, the 60th anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club, the 20th anniversary of “A Goofy Movie” and another magical year at the renowned and prestigious D23 Expo to celebrate all these marvelous milestones! The spectacular and unforgettable three-day event at the D23 Expo has a lot of excitement planned for attendees that you certainly do not want to miss – from engaging and interactive panels and presentations to chances to go to autograph signings and even see performances from sensations including Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Olivia Holt, Bea Miller, Sabrina Carpenter and more – the D23 Expo is back and bringing even more magic to this fabulous three-day event at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 14th – August 16th.
In honor of the Mickey Mouse Club’s 60th anniversary celebration, the D23 Expo will be having a presentation called: “Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club – 60 Magical yEARS” on Sunday, August 16th at 5:00 PM at the Stage 23 which will be hosted by The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book author, Lorraine Santoli. According to the press release, “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.”
To continue off this wonderful celebration, the Disney Dream Store will have a small collection of 60th anniversary Mickey Mouse Club items. Want to have the once in a lifetime opportunity of meeting some of the Mousekeeters? The D23 Expo is giving D23 attendees the fabulous opportunity to attend a special autograph signing event with the Mousekeeters at the D23 Autograph Central on Sunday from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. D23 attendees will also be able to view Mouseketeer Annette Funicello’s original Disney Legend handprints which honored her as a Disney Legend on October 21, 1992. Annette Funicello’s Disney Legend handprints will be at one of the show’s “photo spots”. “There will also be a collection of props and costumes from Mickey Mouse Club Circus in Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” (source: press release).
Many more phenomenal and mesmerizing events, panels and presentations are planned out for all you amazing D23 attendees! Check them out below and start making your D23 Expo schedule of what panels, presentations and events you will be going to! (source: press release)
For more information on buying tickets and ticket prices for the D23 Expo, visit www.D23Expo.com! The D23 Expo is one marvelous and exceptional event for families, friends and people of all ages to enjoy together! It makes the perfect gift for a Disney fan or a perfect place for friends to go to together and make new friends. The D23 Expo is one excellent event with so much planned for its attendees – this three-day event is bound to make Disney history, don’t miss out and get your tickets at www.D23Expo.com!
Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show!
Friday, August 14, 10 a.m., Stage 28
Be prepared for your Disneyland-loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it opened. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century-era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, the Indian Village, PeopleMover, House of the Future, Carousel of Progress, and the original Tomorrowland—promoted as “The World of 1986”—and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967. Your imagination will be inspired!
Disneyland Home Movies
Friday, August 14, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28
While Disneyland is one of the most photographed places on earth, this collection of one-of-a-kind footage and photography offers a unique viewpoint from another time. From the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs; Lynne Kirste, Special Collections Curator; and surprise special guests will take guests on a journey from Walt’s inspirations for Disneyland to the park’s opening and evolution, as captured on film. Suzanne Lloyd joins the presentation to showcase her grandfather Harold Lloyd’s stunning photography of Disneyland taken the week before the opening and on opening day.
A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!
Friday, August 14, 6 p.m., Stage 28
Fans of A Goofy Movie won’t want to miss this special commemoration of the beloved Disney animated feature, which turns 20 in 2015. Film producer Don Hahn hosts a panel of A Goofy Movietalent––including Disney Legend Bill Farmer (Goofy), Jason Marsden (Max), Jim Cummings (Pete), Rob Paulsen (P.J.), and writer Jymn Magon––who will share behind-the-scenes stories and surprising anecdotes from the fan-favorite musical.
The Making of American Experience: Walt Disney
Saturday, August 15, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28
This fall, PBS will premiere a new two-part, four-hour film exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney as part of the American Experience series. Go behind-the-scenes with the team who brought the project together for a special sneak peek of the film: moderator Don Hahn (film producer, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King), Sarah Colt (director/producer, American Experience: Walt Disney), Neal Gabler (biographer, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination), and Becky Cline, the Director of the Walt Disney Archives.
Best of Destination D
Sunday, August 16, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28
Since 2010, D23 Destination D events have offered D23 Members the chance to celebrate their favorite Disney subjects with unique and in-depth presentations from Disney Legends, Imagineers, animators, and others who have made magic on film, at Disney theme parks, and beyond. At D23 EXPO 2015, D23 is bringing two popular presentations from prior Destination D events together for a celebration of Walt Disney World® Resort—including a look back to its construction, early development, and favorite attractions of the past with Disney Legend and Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith. Then, Imagineer Jason Grandt will provide a modern look at Disney Parks and offer a designer’s point of view of details and “Easter Eggs” found throughout different attractions.
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