This year’s D23 Expo promises a jam-packed weekend of major announcements, presentations, displays, and giveaways. As in past years, Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios will be featured both on the show floor and in presentations. Here is some of what you can expect in the Anaheim Convention Center this year.
On the show floor, the two studios join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23 Expo. 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, make this booth one to visit over and over again.
The lineup of presentations begins with an Expo tradition no animation fan should miss:
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2:30 P.M. – HALL D23
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter
Were you there in 2015 when Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson wowed the crowds? When Zootopia’s sloth scene screened for the very first time? And when Randy Newman, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody celebrated the 20th anniversary of Toy Story? Then you know the Animation presentation at Hall D23 is a MUST. Join host John Lasseter, 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. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
Additional animation-focused panels include:
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.
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 12:15 P.M. – STAGE 28
Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s Universe
Pixar’s films are filled with beloved characters living in relatable yet previously unimagined worlds. 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
From the waves in their hair to the shoes on their feet, Pixar characters are designed to be full of personality and to tell a story. 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
Join us as we 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 $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.
The D23 Expo runs July 14-16 in the Anaheim Convention Center. Do any of these sessions or exhibits sound interesting to you?