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D23 Expo expands in 2015

At this year’s Disney fan festival, D23 Expo, there will be more to see and do than ever. Now that Disney has added Star Wars to its lineup, it’s expanding its venue, and event lineup to accommodate more fans. As with last year, Disney has… Read More »D23 Expo expands in 2015

D23 Expo returns to Japan in November

2015_Japan_Expo_KeyArtThe love of Disney knows no international borders. You’ll find Mickey & Minnie on t-shirts and toy shelves nearly anywhere you visit on the planet. There is one place that takes its mouse worship to a new level however. That is the country of Japan. The Walt Disney Company Japan has just made an announcement that will make those fans very happy, it will stage D23 Expo Japan 2015, a special event for Disney fans created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. The Expo will take place over three days from November 6 to November 8, 2015 in Maihama in Tokyo Disney Resort.

“We heard from a lot of fans about how delighted they were with the D23 Expo we held in 2013, and this Expo promises to be even more spectacular,” said Walt Disney Japan President Paul Candland. “We’re very excited about being able to present this great event once again, and we know our guests will have an incredible experience during the three days we have planned for them. ”

D23 Expo is a special event held every two years in the U.S. as part of D23’s ongoing engagement with Disney fans. In 2013, Disney launched D23 Expo Japan, a uniquely Japanese event that remains true to D23’s vision for “the ultimate fan event.” The program includes thrilling performances, as well as engaging presentations by Disney executives, and showcases what’s on the horizon from across The Walt Disney Company, including theme parks, movies, television, and music. Themed around “the power of story,” D23 Expo Japan 2015 will bring together fascinating tales from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel.

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Is Marvel skipping San Diego Comic Con for D23?

Loose lips sink ships. That’s what they said during World War II reminding dock workers not to talk about the comings and goings of ships involved in the war effort. Yesterday in a Q&A session on Facebook, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn may… Read More »Is Marvel skipping San Diego Comic Con for D23?

Angelina Jolie graces cover of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine as Maleficent

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The summer issue of Disney Twenty-Three magazine will feature Angelina Jolie discussing her title role of Maleficent. The magazine of Disney’s official fan club talks with the iconic actress and the creative team behind the film. Plus the issue dives into the creation of Walt Disney’s classic film Sleeping Beauty and explores galaxies far away in the Star Wars Universe and not-so far away in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

“I was afraid of her, and I loved her,” Jolie confesses in the cover story. Accompanying the piece is an in-depth look by animation historian Charles Solomon at the development of Walt Disney’s 1959 creative masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty, with rarely seen concept art and drawings.

The summer issue also includes a behind-the-engine look at Walt Disney World’s newest theme park attraction, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, featuring striking images and interviews with the team responsible for creating the experience, which is based on the world’s first animated feature.Read More »Angelina Jolie graces cover of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine as Maleficent

D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind Event coming to Disney World this November

Disney Legend, former Walt Disney Imagineering President, Marty Sklar

Disney Legend, former Walt Disney Imagineering President, Marty Sklar

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough stories about the history of Disney’s most beloved attractions. This year’s D23 Destination D event is all about those classic attractions from yesteryear. On November 22 and 23 Disney fans can join D23: The Official Disney Fan Club as Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries all come together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

Scheduled presenters and panelists include Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley.

The weekend will end with an exciting evening event—Pleasure Island: Rewind. This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include areas dedicated to the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax. And of course there will be a “New Year’s Eve” celebration to cap the night.

Plus, for the first time, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, will set up a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. The shop will also carry a special line from H2O Plus, whose products are featured at Disney Resort Hotels.Read More »D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind Event coming to Disney World this November

Disney Fandom at D23 Expo

Do you know Traci Hines or Cassie Wanda. They’re both Disney cosplay fans who have built up a name for themselves via their amazing costumes, photos, and videos. Both are profiled as part of a Buzzfeed story on Disney Fans who made the journey to… Read More »Disney Fandom at D23 Expo