The Ultimate 2013 D23 Expo News and Information Post

Anaheim, CA, August 9-11, 2013, D23, the ultimate Disney fan club, will present the ultimate Disney fan event – the 2013 D23 Expo.  This is the third iteration of the biannual event, and we figured, why not compile all the news, announcements, and information for the 2013 D23 Expo here in one handy place – think of it as the ultimate Disney fan post on the D23 Expo.  Continue reading for the official information from Disney on events, speakers, merchandise, etc. as we gear up for the Disney extravaganza.

2013 D23 Expo

From Disney’s D23 Press Release

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Update August 6, 2013

Executive Producer Jeph Loeb hosts screening of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on August 11

Guests at the D23 Expo will be among the first to see the highly anticipated one-hour drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Sunday, August 11 at 3:00 pm in the D23 Expo Arena.  Marvel’s Head of Television & Series executive producer Jeph Loeb will introduce the screening.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The series begins where Marvel’s The Avengers left off.  It’s just after the battle of New York, and now that the existence of Super Heroes and the incredible has become public knowledge, the world is trying to come to grips with this new reality.  Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is back in action and now has his eye on a mysterious group called The Rising Tide.  In order to track this unseen, unknown enemy, he has assembled a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division).  The S.H.I.E.L.D. team has a mission: To investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on ABC September 24 at 8:00 p.m., ET, but guests at the D23 Expo have the opportunity to see this dynamic show over a month before it debuts.

Update July 29, 2013

Additional details were released on the Walt Disney Studios panels, celebrity appearances, and screenings at the D23 Expo including: Disney’s Frozen, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, Toy Story OF TERROR!, as well as celebrity appearances by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and many more stars.  Click here for the entire schedule.


From Disney•Pixar comes a spooky new tale featuring all of the favorite characters from the "Toy Story" films. What starts out as a fun road trip for the "Toy Story" gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. ©2013 Disney•Pixar

Update July 26, 2013

Fans can Behold and then Play Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Most Grandiose Invention Yet, a 40-Foot Tall Waffle-Inator

“The Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge” Celebrates Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel” TV Special

D23 Expo Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge

Dr. Doofenshmirtz is primed to take over Disney’s D23 Expo… and the Tri-State Area with his most wacky “-inator” yet — “The Waffle-inator” — a spectacular 40-foot high interactive game, combining physical and digital worlds — and simulated waffles — in an epic showdown to free Agent P from the clutches of Dr. Doofenshmirtz.  Kids, tweens and families can hop aboard and wield the life-size invention to play “The Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge,” over the entire three days of Disney’s D23 Expo, August 9 – 11, 2013.

The Waffle-inator is depicted in “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel,” the highly anticipated event episode of the #1 animated series for kids and tweens, premiering FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 (10:00 a.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD.  In the storyline, Phineas and Ferb, team up with the Marvel Super Heroes to help them regain their powers and defeat Marvel Super Villains and Dr. Doofenshmirtz, in an epic battle of good versus evil, where the dastardly delicious device “The Waffle-inator” comes into play.

Stars from Marvel Universe – Adrian Pasdar, Drake Bell, Fred Tatasciore, Roger Craig Smith, Bumper Robinson and Laura Bailey – will join the line-up of stars across Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior who will meet fans at Disney’s D23 Expo, including “Teen Beach Movie,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Shake It Up,” “Jessie,” “Gravity Falls,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Liv and Maddie,” “Kickin’ It,” “Dog With A Blog,” “Lab Rats,” “Crash & Bernstein,” “Wander Over Yonder” and “Sofia the First.”  Fans can also catch live performances from Hollywood Records’ recording artists Bridgit Mendler and R5 featuring Ross Lynch, and meet favorite characters Princess Sofia (“Sofia the First”), Doc McStuffins, Jake (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”), Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Popular radio personalities Ernie D, Morgan & Maddy, Jake and Candice from Radio Disney will join in the fun with prizes and activities to entertain Disney fans of all ages.

To play the “The Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge,” fans are invited to man one of four colorful, full-scale “Waffe-inators” to unleash flying foam waffles and to move Phineas and Ferb up a towering screen, while outmaneuvering Dr. Doof’s evil creations, to free a trapped Agent P before time runs out.  “The Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge” will be located in the Grand Plaza near the D23 Expo entrance for fans to enjoy Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Update July 24, 2013

ABC Television Screenings and Q&As with Creative Forces Behind Once Upon A Time

Creators Panel with Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz on Once Upon A Time as well as New Series, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland

Guests Can Board Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger on the D23 Expo Show Floor

D23 Expo Once Upon A Time

Executive Producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will be featured at a panel titled “ABC’s Once Upon A Time: Behind The Fairytale” on Saturday, August 10 at 1:00 pm at Stage 23.  Eddy and Adam will talk about exciting developments for season three of their hit series Once Upon A Time as well as their new fall series, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, which takes place in the Victorian England of Alice and the strange new land that exists on the other side of the rabbit hole.  The Q&A with the executive producers will be moderated by D23’s Jeffrey Epstein.

D23 Expo Once Upon A Time In Wonderland

Guests on the D23 Expo show floor are invited to come aboard the Jolly Roger for a swashbuckling good time with some of your favorite fairytale characters from ABC’s hit series Once Upon A Time.  Explore the famous pirate ship and feast your eyes on original props from the set.  You will also find Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Captain Hook, and Emma Swan (and Emma’s red leather jacket).  Every pirate who boards the ship gets to visit the Evil Queen’s vault.  And a surprise awaits when you unlock a box from Regina’s wall of hearts.  No pirate will leave empty handed!  Don’t let this exciting adventure sail by without you!

In addition, as previously announced, guests will be able to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the elaborate costumes from Once Upon A Time inside the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit located on the second floor of the Convention Center.

D23 Expo App Now Available

D23 Expo App

Guests attending the D23 Expo are now able to download the free D23 Expo app from the iTunes and Google Play stores.  Included in the app:

  • The most up-to-date schedules for all Expo presentations
  • Sneak peeks at merchandise and collectibles that will be available for purchase exclusively at the event
  • The ability to push alerts of the latest Expo news including announcements and notifications when panels, presentations, and events are booked up
  • Map of the show floor
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Loads of Disney trivia
  • Bios of all talent who will be attending the Expo
  • Additional fun features such as a D23 Photo Booth, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Update July 22, 2013

Harrod’s Disney Princess Dresses Make U.S. Debut at Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

Plus, New Panels on “The Lost Chords” and Mary Poppins Announced

A stunning display of exclusive gowns inspired by Disney’s iconic Princesses will make their U.S. debut at the D23 Expo inside the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.  These handcrafted designs by world-leading designers will be available for viewing each day of the event, August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Included are works inspired by the individual stories of the Disney Princesses by Ralph & Russo (Tiana), Versace (Cinderella), Elie Saab (Aurora), Marchesa (Ariel), Escada (Jasmine), Missoni (Mulan), Roberto Cavalli (Pocahontas), Jenny Packham (Rapunzel), Valentino (Belle), and Oscar de la Renta (Snow White).  The stunning dresses were first showcased in an ultra-glamorous set of window displays at Harrods, the luxury store in Knightsbridge, London, during the 2012 holiday season.

D23 Expo Harrods-ArielD23 Expo Harrods-RapunzelD23 Expo Harrods-Tiana

In addition, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is announcing two additional presentations.  As we near the award-winning film’s 50th anniversary, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Archives Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith will host “Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins.”  Guests will learn the complete story of how Walt Disney first discovered the book, worked on the script with author P.L. Travers, brought in the Sherman Brothers to write a memorable score, selected an unforgettable cast, oversaw actual filming, and celebrated at a gala Hollywood premiere.

the boys: the sherman brothers'€™ story

(L-R) Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman and Walt Disney © Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.


During “Secrets of ‘The Lost Chords,’” Grammy Award-winning producer and resident Disney Music historian, Randy Thornton will reveal some of the secrets behind Disney’s “lost” songs written for classic Disney films by legendary Disney composers (such as the Sherman Brothers) that were essentially lost for decades—until now.  Plus, as a special part of this exclusive D23 event, guests will be among the very first to hear songs currently in production from a significant upcoming “Lost Chords” release.

Disney Artist and Historian Stacia Martin will present “Sounds Delightful: An Illustrated Audio Adventure,” which will take guests on an entertaining trip across the decades via vintage Disney Vinyl Recordings from her extensive personal collection.  Forgotten favorites from the family turntable of yesteryear will be heard along with rare promotional and production tracks… including never-before-heard musical moments from Walt Disney’s own “Journey down the Yellow Brick Road.”

Update July 19, 2013

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program, Disney Citizenship invites fans and families to give back to their communities as “honorary” VoluntEARS for the day at the D23 Expo.

Disney voluntEARS logo

“Honorary” VoluntEARS will work alongside Disney employees and nonprofits, including Feeding America, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Inside the Outdoors, First Book and local Boys & Girls Clubs on one of three service projects:

  • Create healthy snack packs for a local food bank: Fans will pack healthy snack bags for kids and families in Los Angeles County. Snack packs will be distributed through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
  • Plant seeds for school and community vegetable gardens: Working with Inside the Outdoors, “honorary” VoluntEARS will prepare vegetable and herb seedlings that will later be distributed to nearby school and community gardens.
  • Assemble creativity kits for kids: Guests will join First Book and Boys & Girls Clubs to decorate and fill creativity kits with school supplies and Disney books for thousands of kids heading back to school this fall.

While at the Citizenship pavilion, guests can share what inspires them to create a brighter tomorrow at the “Be Inspired” photo booth.  Fans can also boost their Disney Citizenship I.Q. and win prizes by participating in a virtual scavenger hunt that will lead them through the Expo in search of fun facts.  The scavenger hunt will be part of the D23 Expo app, available later this month in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Editor’s personal note: my daughters participated in the Disney VoluntEARS experience at the 2011 D23 Expo, and making care packages for our soldiers was one of the most memorable experiences for them during the event.

2011 Disney D23 Expo

Update July 16, 2013

Walt Disney Studios To Host TWO Arena Presentations Featuring Celebrity Appearances And Exclusive Sneak Peeks From Upcoming Films

The 2013 D23 Expo will celebrate its grand opening with a welcome from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger followed by the first of TWO arena presentations hosted by The Walt Disney Studios at the Anaheim Convention Center.  On Friday, August 9, The Walt Disney Studios will surprise and delight fans with sneak peeks of the incredible slate of upcoming animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios, hosted by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter.  Then, on Saturday, August 10, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will host The Walt Disney Studios live action arena presentation which will pull back the curtain on upcoming releases from Disney Live Action and Marvel Studios.  Both presentations will feature exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker discussions, and surprise celebrity appearances.

The 4,000-seat arena, the largest venue at The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, will for the first time feature a 2,000-seat overflow theater where guests will be able to watch these once-in-a-lifetime happenings though a live feed.


Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter at the 2011 D23 Expo © 2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.


Art and Imagination: Animation at The Walt Disney Studios (Friday, August 9, 10:00 am): Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, filmmakers and star talent will take guests on a journey through The Walt Disney Studios’ slate of upcoming animated features, including Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and Pixar Animation Studios’ The Good Dinosaur.  Plus, catch the U.S. debut of the new Mickey Mouse short Get A Horse!, major movie announcements, and a not-to-be-missed live musical performance.

Let the Adventures Begin: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios (Saturday, August 10, 10:30 am): The Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn will showcase the Studios’ exciting live-action release slate, including Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks and Tomorrowland, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and much more.


Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," releasing in U.S. theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and wide on December 20, 2013. Photo by, François Duhamel ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update July 16, 2013

runDisney “D2.3” Fun Run to Kick Off D23 Expo on Friday, August 9

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Limited number of D23 Members to experience run through Disney California Adventure

runDisney is excited to be at the start line of Disney’s D23 Expo and lead the way with the runDisney D2.3 Fun Run on Friday, August 9.

A limited number of D23 Members will get the opportunity to experience the magic of a runDisney event and take part in a 2.3-mile fun run.  The experience will include signature runDisney elements like Disney characters and the opportunity to run through a theme park, Disney California Adventure.  In addition, runners will receive a shirt for participating and enjoy a little extra pixie dust along the way.

“runDisney is committed to helping people live a healthy and active lifestyle by providing races of various distances so the entire family can participate,” said Faron Kelley, director of Marketing for Disney Sports.  “It’s exciting to be part of the D23 Expo and to provide a memorable runDisney experience for some of the most passionate Disney fans in the world.”

This experience will only be available to D23 Members and a Membership number will be required at the time of registration.  Fans can join D23 at and at  Details on how to register to be selected for the runDisney D2.3 Fun Run will be available the week of July 22 on the Disney Parks Blog, Facebook (runDisney), @runDisney, and @DisneyD23.

Update July 16, 2013

Joey Fatone, Ali Vincent, and Ryan Scott of the LIVE WELL TELEVISION NETWORK set to appear on Center Stage August 9–11, then meet and greet fans at the Expo’s Talent Round-Up.

Live Well Network

The Disney/ABC-Owned Live Well Network is excited to announce that three of its premiere personalities will be taking center stage at the D23 Expo 2013.

Friday, August 9 at 3:00 pm and Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 am, Ali Vincent, host of Live Big with Ali Vincent shares her fun ways to stay fit and pass the time while waiting in line at Disney theme parks.  Ali, the first female to win The Biggest Loser, will demonstrate quick and simple ways to squeeze in exercise while spending the day at a Disney park, and get participants excited about the Disneyland Tinker Bell Half-Marathon, Walt Disney World Princess Half-Marathon, and many other runDisney events.

Saturday, August 10 at 1:00 pm, Joey Fatone, host of My Family Recipe Rocks, teams up with Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park executive chef, Christine Weissman, to cook up a fun and interactive Disney family dish.  Join them to learn a Disney favorite that everyone in your home is sure to enjoy.

Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 pm, Ryan Scott, host of Food Rush, serves up simple and delicious home versions of Disneyland Park inspired foods.  Disney executive chef, Christine Weissman will also join the former Top Chef contestant on stage as a Disney culinary expert.  Together, they’ll show you how to whip up some fun Disneyland classics right in your own kitchen, keeping the Disney magic alive long after your vacation.  You won’t believe the creative twists Ryan can put into these classic “fun foods!”

After taking the center stage, each Live Well Network host will head over to the Expo’s Talent Round-Up area to meet and greet their fans.

Update July 12, 2013

Disney Interactive Division to offer sneak peek at un-announced projects, including Arena presentation with exclusive performances, reveals and D23 Disney Infinity giveaway

Disney Interactive is inviting fans to experience the latest digital offerings from Disney at the D23 Expo, giving fans hands-on experiences, first-look presentations, and exclusive D23 Expo giveaways.  With an unprecedented lineup of upcoming games and products, including Disney Infinity, Fantasia: Music Evolved and more, Disney Interactive is turning up the excitement with its largest D23 Expo presence ever including a show floor pavilion, daily presentations, and the D23 Expo Arena.

Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity © Disney. All Rights Reserved.


Arena Presentation: On Sunday, August 11, fans won’t want to miss “To Infinity and Beyond: Disney Interactive Takes the Stage,” Disney Interactive’s first ever D23 Expo Arena Presentation. Kicking off at noon, Disney Interactive Co-Presidents, Jimmy Pitaro and John Pleasants, host an inside look at the division’s upcoming slate of games, apps, and online shows including:

  • The world premiere of Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, the highly anticipated upcoming web series based on the Vinylmation franchise.
  • An Expo-exclusive demo of the just-announced video game Fantasia: Music Evolved, complete with a live performance from the Disney Chamber Ensemble.
  • Disney Infinity will pull out all the stops with several surprises fans won’t want to miss, including un-announced character reveals, brand new game features and an exclusive giveaway of a never-before-seen Disney Infinity figure for every fan in the audience!

Pavilion Experience: Located in Hall B, the Disney Interactive pavilion lets Guests step into the world of interactive storytelling through hands-on experiences with the latest games and products from Disney Interactive.  Gamers, fans and families will have the opportunity to discover Disney Interactive’s upcoming digital innovations bringing them closer to the characters and stories they love on the platforms and devices they use every day.

  • Just days before Disney Infinity arrives in stores, attendees will be among the first to experience the new gaming platform that lets fans play in the worlds of their favorite Disney and Disney/ŸPixar films.
  • Fans can assume the role of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the upcoming game Fantasia: Music Evolved and transform classic and contemporary music through motion-controlled movement like never before.
  • Guests can join the “D23 Expo Story Scavenger Hunt” by using Disney’s new personal storytelling app, Story, to share their favorite memories and moments from this year’s expo to win great prizes throughout the weekend.
  • Attendees will have the chance to demo an un-announced premium tablet experience which gives Guests unprecedented access to Disney’s rich heritage.
  • Catch exclusive trailers and sneak peeks from the latest online shows like Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story, apps, and games at the Disney Interactive Main Stage.

With exclusive collectible giveaways, still-to-be-announced panels and presentations, and first looks at the Fall’s hottest digital products, Guests won’t want to miss the surprises Disney Interactive has up its sleeve.

Update July 10, 2013

Probably my favorite part of the D23 Expo is the Disney Legends induction ceremony.  This is where notable performers, Imagineers, celebrities, etc. who made a sizeable impact on the Disney Company are inducted into Disney’s “Hall of Fame.”  D23 just announced the 2013 class of Disney Legends to be presented in a ceremony on Saturday, August 10.  The eight newest Disney Legends include: Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn.  Click here for all the details on the Disney Legends ceremonies as well as their contributions to the company.

Update July 9, 2013

Disney released details of the Disney Consumer Products pavilion including merchandise featuring Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters.  Disney fans will have the chance to follow their favorite products from “sketch to shelf” and learn how Disney Consumer Products extends storytelling from character and content extension to product development through featured discussions, art and sculptures and final product displays.  Presentation highlights include book signings by Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson and Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar.  Click here for all the details on the products and schedule of appearances at the D23 Expo.

Disney D23 Expo

Update July 1, 2013

D23 Expo Attendees to Be Among the First to See Disney’s PLANES in 3D with Special Appearances from Select Filmmakers and Stars

Disney's PLANES

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club reveals plans for a special 3D screening of the high-flying big-screen adventure Disney’s PLANES at the D23 Expo on the film’s opening day.  An action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure from Disneytoon Studios, Disney’s PLANES will take flight in theaters nationwide August 9, but D23 Expo guests will see this special 3D presentation featuring an introduction by some very special guests.  Dusty Crophopper dreams of competing as a high-flying racer, but he’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights.  So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him train to take on the defending champ of the race circuit.  Dusty’s courage is put to the test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.


"PLANES" (Pictured) DUSTY, voiced by Dane Cook. ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Directed by lifelong aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (King of the Hill, The Simpsons), and produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn, Disney’s PLANES features the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Sinbad, Gabriel Iglesias, Brent Musburger, Colin Cowherd, Danny Mann, Oliver Kalkofe, and John Ratzenberger.

The screening is slated for Friday, August 9, 2013, at 3 pm at the Arena inside the Anaheim Convention Center.  Disney’s PLANES was first announced at the 2011 D23 Expo in a presentation hosted by John Lasseter.  For more information about the movie, click here.

Update June 28, 2013


In honor of the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney Imagineering and the origins of Disney Parks and Resorts, Imagineering is hosting an “open house” at the D23 Expo, August 9-11, opening the doors of its unique facilities and offering an unprecedented look at its creative processes—all on the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center.  In addition, Imagineers past and present will host an entire day of panel discussions on Sunday, August 11, celebrating their 60 magical years of “dreaming and doing.”

Note: In an article appearing on Inside the Magic, D23’s Jeffrey Epstein said there will be NO large Disney Parks & Resorts presentation inside the D23 Arena at this year’s D23 Expo.

D23 Summer 2013 cover

Within the “open house” pavilion, D23 Expo guests will get an up close look at an eclectic array of Imagineering’s creative minds—ride engineers, model builders, pre-visualization artists, special effects designers, inventors, and show animators—as they share the skills and talents behind Imagineering’s creative process.  In addition, guests will have the chance to glimpse at the “workspaces” of several project teams from around Disney’s global portfolio of parks and resorts, perhaps spotting a few clues into coming attractions along the way.

Disney D23 Expo

For the first time at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Imagineering will be showcasing some of its most historical and revered concept art from its Art Library, including Herb Ryman’s original drawing of Disneyland.  Also in the Disney Parks pavilion, D23 Expo guests will again have the chance to explore Mickey’s of Glendale, an outlet of Walt Disney Imagineering’s employee-only store, to shop for unique souvenirs and collectibles and Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise not available anywhere else.

Herb Ryman Disneyland Map

In addition to the Imagineering Open House, D23 Expo attendees will be able to attend 12 unique presentations and panel discussions that will take fans on the incredible journey behind the latest Disney resorts, attractions, and entertainment including:

  • The Art and Artistry of Aulani – Imagineers Joe Rohde and Jeanette Lomboy will share the authentic tapestry of art and stories found at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa.  Click here for my one-on-one interview with Joe Rohde during the opening of Aulani.
  • Mayhem, Mischief, and Monkeys: The Magic of Mystic Manor – Join Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and others for the strange stories behind Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor, the newest and one of the most sophisticated attractions ever built.  During the 2011 D23 Expo, Joe Lanzisero gave a wonderful presentation on Imagineering the Disney Cruise Line.
  • Undiscovered Disneyland – Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares rare and never-before-seen footage of the early days of Disneyland, from design and construction through opening day.  Click here for my one-to-one interview with Tony Baxter on “The Importance of Being Twelve.”
  • Broadcasts from Buena Vista Street – Enjoy the latest ‘soundtrack’ from Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street, featuring a live performance of Scary Symphony from radio station KBVS and a panel discussion led by Imagineers.
  • Disney Ambassadors – Join current Disney Parks Ambassadors from around the world as they discuss this renowned program and share insights about its rich heritage, current outreach efforts, and the importance of sharing Disney goodwill.
  • Voices of the Disney Parks – Back by popular demand, this panel of famous Disney voices will gather for an encore panel discussion, including recreations of some unforgettable Disney Parks sayings.
  • Charles Phoenix Presents – Noted humorist and self-proclaimed “retro daddy” Charles Phoenix shares some of his favorite images from around Disney, featuring classic kitsch, clashing colors schemes, and hairdos that truly defy gravity.

Disney D23 Expo

The panels continue on Sunday August 11, with a full day dedicated to the celebration of Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60th anniversary.  The presentations in the 2,000-seat Stage 23 with current and former Imagineers will explore a wide range of topics, from working with Walt Disney himself and the exploration of creativity, innovation, and humor in the parks, to a lively discussion of what it’s like to lead one of the world’s most creative organizations.  More details on these exciting panels and presenters will be revealed soon.

Update June 27, 2013


The ’99ers is a documentary about the 1999 Women’s World Cup Soccer Team, and the exclusive film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Erin Leyden and producer Julie Foudy on Sunday, August 11 at 2:30pm.  During her 17 years on the U.S. women’s national soccer team, Julie Foudy won two World Cups and three Olympic medals (two gold, one silver), and served as captain for 13 years.

ESPN Films The '99ers

The '99ers - Photo courtesy of ESPN Films


The world of women’s sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999.  Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on television, the women’s soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty kick shootout victory over China to win the Women’s World Cup.  As part of ESPN Films’ new Nine for IX series, The ’99ers explores the story behind this incredible team.

The ’99ers is told through the voice of Foudy, a longtime team captain, who gives viewers an inside look at the strong team ethic and rare “do for each other” mentality that propelled them to victory that day and turned the team into a cultural touchstone. With unprecedented access, the film uses candid, behind-the-scenes footage shot by the players themselves during the tournament to present a unique portrait of the women who irrevocably changed the face of women’s athletics.  Reuniting key players from the 1999 squad and talking with current U.S. players as well, the film examines how women’s soccer – and women’s sports as a whole – has changed since that epic day at the Rose Bowl.

Attendees of the D23 Expo 2013 can catch an exclusive screening of this film featuring a Q&A with the director Erin Leyden and the producer Julie Foudy.  The screening/Q&A will take place at The Ultimate Disney Fan Event in Stage 28 at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sunday, August 11 at 2:30 pm PT.

Update June 25, 2013

Inaugural costume contest added to the D23 Expo.  The first À La Mode Costume Contest, will take place Friday, August 9 at 2:30 pm in Stage 23.

D23 Expo Costume Contest

À La Mode, named after The Incredibles’ couture genius Edna Mode, is the first competition of its kind to showcase fans’ creativity through costumes inspired by all things Disney, including Motion Pictures (Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm); Parks & Resorts; Consumer Products; Media Networks (including Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN); and Interactive.

Five collectible trophies—specially designed for the À La Mode Costume Contest—will be awarded to the most magical costumes in the following categories: Original Design (or inspired by…), Re-creation, Craftsmanship, Young Fan, and Best in Show.

Star Wars Celebration VI

The contest will be two (2) hours in length, and, therefore, the number of entrants is limited.  Guests interested in participating MUST complete an entry from, available now at  Closing date for entry is July 21.  Not all applications for entry will be accepted.  Applications will be evaluated on the merits of quality and quantity and selected at the producers’ discretion.

Update June 15, 2013

Fans of Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Radio Disney will be able to meet stars, experience live performances, get autographs and rock out to tunes over three fun-filled days at the D23 Expo Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11.  Notable performances include Bridgit Mendler, R5 band, Marvel Universe stars Spider-Man and Iron Man, Wayne Brady, and Mickey Mouse shorts screenings.  Click here for the complete lineup and schedule.

Disney Channel - TEEN BEACH MOVIE

Disney Channel will premiere "Teen Beach Movie," a modern take on classic beach party movies, FRIDAY, JULY 19 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). Photo by Francisco Roman, courtesy of Disney Channel © 2013 Disney | ABC Television Group. All rights reserved.

Update June 11, 2013

One night only “Broadway and Beyond” show added to the D23 Expo schedule spotlighting Disney Theatrical Productions featuring a theatrical performance by Disney’s Broadway leads including: Heidi Blickenstaff, Ashley Brown, Merle Dandridge, Josh Strickland and Alton Fitzgerald White.  Click here for more information.

Newsies, the musical

Newsies, a Disney Theatrical Production under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, Photo by Deen can Meer © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Update May 30, 3013

Disney released information on the return of the D23 Expo Dream Store and Silent Auction that will include D23 and D23 Expo logo apparel, products, books, and artist signings.  Some of the highlights of the D23 Expo Dream Store include:

D23 Expo Dream Store Donald Pin

Official D23 Expo Merchandise will allow Disney fans to take home a piece of the magic from this year’s expo, with an assortment of official D23 Expo inspired merchandise including tees, baseball cap, fleece, jewelry, drink ware, accessories, pins, and Vinylmation.

HARVEYS Seatbeltbags are sure to make a statement at this year’s D23 Expo.  This new collection which features Sorcerer Mickey, classic D’s and more on some of HARVEYS most popular silhouettes, were created especially for this year’s 2013 Expo.

Harveys Seatbeltbag D23 Expo

Disney Theme Park Merchandise will showcase some of its newest releases from Disney licensees and artists, including ACME Archives Limited, Dave Avanzino, Disney Design Group, Dooney & Bourke, Duffy the Disney Bear, Noah, Robert Olszewski, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Jim Shore, and more.

D23 Expo Dream Store - Jim Shore Cheshire Cat Tea Cup

ACME Archives Limited invites guests to make the magic come alive in your home with the latest releases from Disney•Pixar, Disney Studio Art, Disney Limited, Disney Underground and more.

Disney Design Group highlights a new Signature Collection of artwork including four captivating pieces filled with imagination, which bring to life Sorcerer Mickey and some of Disney’s most beloved characters.

D23 Expo Dream Store - Darren Wilson

Disney Dream Collection and D23 Expo-Exclusive Jewelry will dazzle audiences with a sparkling new selection of fine jewelry debuting as part of this year’s D23 Expo and featuring classic Disney icons and characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell, among others.

Dream Store Autograph Sessions will give Disney fans the opportunity to meet and greet some of their favorite authors, artists, Disney Legends and other notable celebrities.  Autograph sessions will be posted daily at the D23 Expo Dream Store.

D23 Expo

D23 Expo 2013 Silent Auction offers Disney enthusiasts the rare opportunity to bid on unique artifacts, artwork, experiences, props and more.  The D23 Expo 2013 Silent Auction takes place Saturday, August 10, 2013.  Tickets for the Silent Auction go on sale June 11, 2013, at 11:00 am (Pacific) via  Separate D23 Expo admission is required.

Update May 16, 2013

Disney Legends and 10x Oscar Winning Composers Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken will perform a concert together at the D23 Expo Arena.  The concert titled “Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook” will take place Saturday, August 10, 2013 in the 4,000 seat arena and also simulcast to a 2,000 seat overflow venue.  Click here for more details.

Richard Sherman and Alan Menken in concert

Update May 11, 2013

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mary Poppins, ABC Television’s Once Upon a Time, connections between Disney and Oz, and more.  Click here for more details on the Walt Disney Archives exhibit, traditionally one of the highlights of the D23 Expo.

2013 D23 Expo Treasures Exhibit Treasures

Ticket pricing structure for 2013 D23 Expo, August 9-11, 2013 in Anaheim, CA

Disney D23 Expo

Tickets are already on sale for the 2013 D23 Expo; click here to purchase admission to the show, and, depending when you read this, people may already be camped out for the event as well.  For more family entertainment news be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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