Disney has an annual convention, D23 Expo, in the Anaheim Convention Center. It's August 9th, 10th, and 11th

the schedule for the Expo is at https://d23.com/d23-expo/schedule/friday-august-09-2013/ and near the top below the word Schedule are the days in blue, so click on them to see the schedule of events for Saturday or Sunday... but the major highlights are at https://d23.com/d23-expo/venues/ and Talent Round-up https://d23.com/talent-round-up/ says that Noah http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2013/07/from-scrappy-beginnings-has-evolved.html will be there

plan ahead, read through and find what you don't want to miss, because about 40,000 people are going to be in the expo. There may be lines to get into the rooms, I don't know. Considering the grand opening presentation already has a 4000 person seating, but added a 2000 seat overflow, they know that it's not going to fit everyone that wants to see it....

On Friday, 10am to 1230pm, Pixar major domo John Lasseter is starting the expo with sneak peaks of Disney and Pixar animated films, (the new film Frozen looks good! Pixar's the Good Dinosaur also to be previewed)
at 3 to 5 pm is a 3D screening of Planes

On Saturday, the opening event is a Disney live action and Marvel Studios presentation ( Thor - The Dark World, Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland)

These day starters will likely have surprise celebrity appearances, in the past the celebs have included the cast of Avengers, Monsters Inc...

Think about this, Disney now owns Pixar, Lucasfilm, ESPN, Marvel, ABC, and other well known entertainment companies.

You can see the screening of the ESPN film of the 1999 Women's World Cup Team for example, and you might not have known that.

some big events to see

feature animation art concepts, storyboards, and products from the mystical world of Frozen, the daring comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios releasing in November 2013

Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. 


For more about Frozen, and the next movie, Big Hero 6 : http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-disney-big-hero-6-frozen-20130508-dto,0,4722556.htmlstory

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Big Hero 6,” an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.


check out products on the cutting edge of product innovation and design featuring one of the most popular Super Heroes in the world, Spider-Man, in Marvel’s first-ever appearance at the D23 Expo.

Star Wars fans can have access to experiences created for them by Lucasfilm and Disney. Darth Vader: The Evolution of a Villain, located in the DCP pavilion, showcases the development of the iconic villain from early concepts to striking realization. Crash Course in the Force: Star Wars Saga 101, presented by Lucasfilm’s resident authority Pablo Hidalgo in Stage 23, will give Star Wars newbies and experts alike a thorough grounding in all matters of the Force and the Star Wars legacy.

Fans can participate in other immersive experiences, including:
Find Your Voice with The Little Mermaid, a karaoke experience celebrating the music from the film;
Journey through the Art of Tink, a gallery where Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world have re-imagined our magical, sassy and feisty fairy, Tinker Bell;
What Makes a Puppet a Muppet?, which will help fans learn what it takes to create a Muppets “plush”; Take a Ride with Disney•Pixar’s World of Cars and Disney’s Planes, which explains how the highly collectible diecast vehicles are made;
 Assembling The Avengers Franchise, an exclusive tour through the history of The Avengers and the chance to see the latest The Avengers products; and
 I heart Mickey & Minnie, a rarely seen collection of beloved Mickey Mouse toys, apparel, and accessories from past decades, along with a showcase of Minnie Mouse-inspired fashions from around the world.

Prices, $57 per adult per day, $47 per child

The D23 Arena entrance will open as early as 8:00 a.m. to all attendees for the Friday and Saturday morning sessions. Since recording devices will not be allowed at select D23 Arena presentations, a camera check location will be available. 

Military Discounts
There are no military discounts at D23 Expo 2013.
Public parking is available at the Anaheim Convention Center. The cost is $12 per entry and $24 per entry for oversized vehicle
StagePass TicketsNew this year, you may choose to retrieve a limited number of StagePass tickets, at no additional charge, to guarantee seating at select sessions in Stage 23 and Stage 28. Visit our ticket distribution area, located in between Halls A and B on the show floor, during normal operating show floor hours. Choose which show you wish to attend. Present your D23 Expo ticket to receive a StagePass ticket for your selected show. You are limited to one StagePass ticket for one session taking place during 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You are welcome to return to the distribution line after 12:30 p.m. to receive one StagePass for a later session. Arrive at Stage 23 or Stage 28 by 15 minutes prior to the start of the session, with your StagePass ticket, to guarantee your seat.  If you do not arrive by this time, standby guests will fill your seat. StagePass tickets are not available for D23 Arena sessions, and for presentations scheduled prior to 11:00 a.m. in Stage 23 and Stage 28. Stage 23 and Stage 28 are general admission seating only, filled on a first-come, first-served basis. StagePass tickets are not assigned to a specific seat.  https://d23.com/d23-expo/things-to-know/
they even made a cell phone app: https://d23.com/d23-expo-app-now-available/

some of the pavilions:

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney Imagineering and the origins of Disney parks and resorts, Imagineering is hosting an “open house” in Hall C, throwing open the doors of its unique facilities and offering an unprecedented look at its creative processes.

 You’re invited to enter the Imagineering “dream factory” at “1401 Flower Street” to get a rare opportunity to meet and interact with an eclectic array of Imagineering’s creative minds—ride engineers, model builders, pre-visualization artists, architects, special effects designers, inventors, and show animators—and join them as they share their skills and talents.

 In addition, you’ll have the chance to glimpse the “workspaces” of several project teams from around Disney’s global portfolio of parks and resorts, perhaps spotting a few clues to coming attractions.

• A sneak peek at Disney Springs, a reimagining and reinvention of Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort that transform it into a timeless and vibrant place that celebrates the turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape.
• The opportunity to meet one of Marvel’s Avengers before he sets sail on a new adventure.
• The chance to experience some recently opened Disney attractions in a unique way.
• A glimpse into the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library that will feature rarely seen models of concepts that were never built, as well as historical and revered original concept art from the early days of Imagineering, including Herb Ryman’s sketch of Disneyland and Peter Ellenshaw’s “surprise” rendering for the Disneyland television show.
• 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.

 As the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins approaches, the Archives presents a wide array of iconic display from the Academy Award-winning 1964 film, including
concept art and matte paintings,
Mary and Bert’s carousel horses,
 the snow globe from the “Feed the Birds” sequence,
costumes worn by many of the central characters,
and the recently acquired carpet bag, which Mary famously uses to carry her assortment of magical belongings that bring inspiration and wonder to the Banks household.

 On the heels of the global success of Oz The Great and Powerful, the Archives is proud to assemble artifacts illustrating Disney’s long association with L. Frank Baum’s Oz books.

Highlights include a costume from 1957’s “The Rainbow Road to Oz”—a segment from The Fourth Anniversary Show, which celebrated Walt’s four years on television, starring many of the Mickey Mouse Club’s Mouseketeers—as well as concept art from unrealized attractions and Disney Studio productions. Also featured are props and costume pieces from 1985′s Return to Oz, including Tik-Tok, the “Powder of Life” tin, and Dorothy’s costume and slippers. And, of course, there will be an assortment of costumes from this year’s Oz The Great and Powerful.



Only registered Guests may participate in the Silent Auction. Tickets for the D23 Expo Silent Auction Package are $23.00 each. No discounts will be offered in conjunction with this package. Separate D23 Expo admission is required.

to see the things that are going to be auctioned: http://www.disneynow.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x45411db5f

for not available to the public merchandise and collectibles:

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.
 For three days only, the private store for Imagineers is coming to the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion at the D23 Expo. For these precious few days, you can purchase WED and Walt Disney Imagineering apparel, collectibles, and office accessories previously unavailable to the public. https://d23.com/mickeys-of-glendale-d23-expo-shopping/


Also, being a fan of magazines, I wanted you to know that the Gold Level D23 club membership includes a subscription to the D23 magazine.  Beginning August 2, it is available at select retail locations for $15.95 To become a D23 Member, visit https://d23.com/?cmp=d23_OFC_D23_vanity_d23_Extl

The Disney twenty-three cover story features exclusive interviews with the film’s cool voice actors Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, as well as a visit with the filmmakers as they bring Frozen’s wintery wonderland to life in Disney’s 53rd animated feature, coming to theaters this November.

 Also, in this issue, Walt Disney lives on in “Every Picture Tells a Story,” an article showcasing newly discovered photos Walt shot with his personal camera. The photos provide a unique opportunity for fans to see Disney’s world through Walt’s eyes.

D23 Members will also get a special treat as former International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Legend Marty Sklar welcomes readers inside his home to discuss the fascinating new book about his career shaping timeless Disney icons: Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms.

And a look at Disney parks around the world; journey across the Pacific Ocean to Tokyo Disneyland to celebrate its joyful 30th anniversary in “Happiness in the Park,” and head to Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor to explore one of Walt Disney Imagineering’s most multifaceted and exhilarating attractions yet.

All images used with permission, all images ©Disney. Offficial announcements are on www.D23.com/media and www.D23medianet.com and http://blog.disneystore.com/


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