It’s that time again! Time for the D23 Expo 2017 to roll into Anaheim, California. Fans attending the event can expect a full weekend of announcement, presentations, displays, sneak peeks, and giveaways. We will be there to share it all with you, of course.
Highlights at this year’s event will include artist demonstrations, autograph signings with top filmmakers, fan giveaways, and interactive displays featuring the latest films, including Cars 3, Coco, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Here is a lineup of some of the events taking place this year at the D23 Expo.
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2:30 P.M. – HALL D23
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter
Join host John Lasseter (who will hopefully be wearing one of his fabulous shirts!), chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he presents Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films. Never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco and Disney Animation’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be unveiled, as well as surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent.
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 10:30 A.M. – STAGE 28
The Power of the Princess
Walt Disney Animation Studios invites you to The Power of the Princess, featuring Jodi Benson (Ariel), Ming-Na Wen (Mulan), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana)—the talented actresses who brought these iconic characters to life—as they share stories of making their films and the impact of their characters on people around the world. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki. This is currently a must see for me. I cannot wait!
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 12:15 P.M. – STAGE 28
Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s Universe
Join Pixar production designers and artists who have created the mountain tops, oceans, and “monstropolises” in which your favorite characters live. These artists create the setting and cultivate the mood of every scene using extensive research, incredible imagination, and each individual director’s vision, giving life to the amazing worlds in Pixar’s movies.
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2:30 P.M. – STAGE 28
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Short Film
Be among the first to see both exclusive and behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest Frozen holiday short film event, the highly anticipated Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The film, which features the talents of the original Frozen cast, as well as brand-new songs, is directed by the Emmy®-winning team Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters (Prep & Landing) and produced by Oscar®-winning producer Roy Conli (Big Hero 6, Tangled).
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 6 P.M. – STAGE 28
The Evolution of Pixar’s Characters
Hear from the legendary Pixar artists who have created the most memorable characters in Pixar’s history. These are the visionaries who start with an initial doodle and see the evolution of a character through to final animation—the people who let technology influence the art and make the impossible, possible.
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 11:30 A.M. – WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES STAGE
Bambi’s 75th Anniversary
Commemorate the 75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection release of Bambi, the endearing, timeless tale of a wide-eyed fawn that has touched generations. Audiences can look forward to hearing personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and its exquisite hand-drawn artwork, and much, much more. It’s groundbreaking animated classics like Bambi that were created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney and still influence many great visionaries and animators today.
Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.
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