D23 EXPO 2015: Secrets Revealed!

Jeffrey Epstein, D23 Expo Spokesperson, reveals NEW exciting STAR WARS and Lucasfilm-related panels and happenings at the D23 EXPO 2015. He confirms that the maker himself, George Lucas, will be in attendance, and whets our appetites for the Disney Archives Exhibit, plus much, much more. We can’t wait!! Listen in at 13:12 for his interview, and then read on for further details and links.



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On August 14-16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center, D23 EXPO 2015 will be the fourth iteration of the biennial event that celebrates every aspect of Disney’s past, present, and future in entertainment. Because it is so big and covers so much, I asked Jeffrey Epstein to boil it down to the aspects a STAR WARS fan can enjoy at this Disney convention. I was not disappointed!

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, August 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. Among the honorees is George Lucas! Jeffrey Epstein confirmed that Lucas will be in attendance, so this is your chance to be in the same room with the maker!

D23 Expo George Lucas

Now some of you may be wondering why George Lucas is being inducted as a Disney Legend when the Walt Disney Company only bought Lucasfilm in 2012. But the collaboration between Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company goes WAY back to the 1970’s, even before Star Tours and the Indiana Jones ride! Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Records released a series of Star Wars LP’s starting in 1979, that included adaptations of scripts, music and other materials. Twenty-four-page books came with each record and some fans may remember reliving the Star Wars saga through these records. Needless to say, it’s a long-standing history that the Walt Disney Company has with George Lucas and the Star Wars Universe. Click here for the entire list of Disney Legends and ceremony details.

Disney D23 Expo

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 15, join Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, for a behind-the-scenes peek at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world. There are plenty of rumors that he may announce a “Star Wars Land” coming to either Disneyland or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s “Dream Store” – Star Wars Merchandise

If there’s one thing Star Wars fans love, it’s merchandise! Disney Store will launch an exclusive collection of Star Wars items at the EXPO on Friday, August 14. The collection will feature apparel, collectibles, and toys, including the Star Wars Elite Series, a new line of highly articulated and detailed die cast action figures, representing characters from Star Wars Episodes I-VI.

Disney’s popular “Dream Store” will also include Disney-inspired apparel, art and collectibles, accessories, books, and more. Star Wars highlights include an “R4-D23” droid and Princess Kneesaa the Ewok plush. Jeffrey thinks the R4-D23 droid is particularly perfect, and I do too!

D23 EXPO Dream Store

Additionally at D23 EXPO, Disney Store will introduce Star Wars Legion Helmets, a series of eight vinyl collectible helmets inspired by the Star Wars Legion Helmet project launched in early 2014. Celebrating creativity and Star Wars, the project pulled together artists from across The Walt Disney Company, resulting in 300 Stormtrooper helmets being transformed into diverse pieces of art, which inspired these collectible recreations – epic additions to every Empire.

Star Wars Legion Helmet

 

The Disney Store shop at D23 EXPO can be found in the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion.

Disney Interactive

D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the biggest Star Wars and Disney video games in a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater and in Disney Interactive’s pavilion on the show floor.

DISNEY INFINITY 3

In the Hall D23 presentation on Sunday, August 16 at 11 a.m., Disney Interactive will reveal MORE gameplay and news from Disney Infinity 3.0 EditionStar Wars Battlefront from Electronic Arts and KINGDOM HEARTS III from Square Enix. Disney Interactive will showcase more Star Wars characters and Play Sets new to Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and provide the entire audience with limited-edition giveaways exclusively for Hall D23. Electronic Arts will give guests an in-depth look at Star Wars Battlefront, the authentic Star Wars gaming experience coming November 17. I cannot WAIT for this presentation!! Who will be there with me??

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT

In the Disney Interactive pavilion on the show floor, Jeffrey Epstein confirmed that we will be able to play Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and Star Wars Battlefront, something I am looking forward to with utmost excitement. Disney Infinity will also be giving away thousands of pre-release Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition figures featuring popular characters from across The Walt Disney Company (while supplies last).

Walt Disney Archives

The Walt Disney Archives will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park’s incredible history. “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO.

D23 Expo 2015 Archives Exhibit

The 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which will be located on the Expo show floor for the first time, will include themed areas that honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey Mouse Club at Disneyland, Club 33, and collectible merchandise, as well as the park’s iconic lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Critter Country/Bear Country. Each area will contain items from Disneyland’s past, including attraction vehicles, costumes, props, and even Audio-Animatronics figures. Jeffrey Epstein confirmed that Captain Rex and a Star Speeder model from the original Star Tours will also be on display!

Other Star Wars

  • Composer Kevin Kiner will be signing vinyl copies of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS soundtrack at The Disney Music Emporium.
  • FORCE FOR CHANGE will be on the show floor with an obstacle course that will benefit UNICEF.
  • Jedi Training Academy, presented by Target, will be at Center Stage several times a day.
  • Family Game Zone is a great space where families can go and draw Disney characters, lounge, crafts, and their may be some appearances from some Disney friends as well…

Sounds completely fun, and now I just have to decide what to do first! Help!

 

For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

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About Richard & Sarah Woloski

Richard and Sarah Woloski are the co-hosts and creators of the Disney / Star Wars Podcast Skywalking Through Neverland. The husband and wife team strives to create a polished, positive and fun weekly show celebrating fandom. They also love writing for Adventures By Daddy. Find them @SkywalkingPod