Disneyland New Upscale Hotel Indefinitely Put On Hold

According to the Orange County Register the new hotel that was planned to begin construction at Anaheim’s Downtown Disney last month has been indefinitely put on hold after Disney and the City of Anaheim could not agree over the terms of the development.

From previous reports the new upscale hotel had been slated to have 700 rooms spread over the west end of Downtown Disney. This included the site of the former Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone sports bar and restaurant, the AMC Theatres and the popular Earl of Sandwich restaurant, which closed in June to make way for the new construction.

Construction had been expected to start July 1.  The new hotel was scheduled to open in 2021, making it the fourth Disney-owned hotel at the Disneyland Resort.

According to the Orange County Register, Disney pulled the project because  they could not reach an agreement with the City of Anaheim over terms under which the hotel was to be constructed.

Disney’s move was in response to an August 6 letter in which Anaheim City Attorney Robert Fabela told Disney that a change in the site plan would make the hotel ineligible for expected tax incentive rebates.

“Given the city’s position that our project does not comply with the requirements of the Agreement, you have given us no other choice other than to put construction of the hotel on indefinite hold,” David Ontko, chief counsel for Disneyland Resort and International Parks & Resorts wrote to the city attorney Wednesday.

It was unclear late Thursday whether the city would revisit the issue, now that the hotel has been removed from the planning agenda.

What is not known is how this development will affect any construction already under way and the what will happen with locations that formerly housed the above restaurants and theater.

 

 

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D23 Announces the Nine Disney Legends to be Honored at D23 Expo

The Disney Legends Award ceremony is one of many highlights during D23 Expo, and D23 is excited to share this year’s class of legendary honorees! Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Disney Legends Award was first given to Fred MacMurray in 1987, and has since honored 276 Disney Legends (including this year’s honorees). “The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor our company can bestow on an individual, reserved for those few who have truly made an indelible mark on the history of The Walt Disney Company,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “It’s a celebration of talent, a recognition of achievement, and an expression of gratitude to the men and women whose work has significantly contributed to Disney’s enduring reputation for creative excellence.”

Since the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, fans have been able to enjoy the ceremony live, and this year is no different! Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Award ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14, in Hall D23 during D23 Expo. Read on to see which legendary contributors to The Walt Disney Company will be honored this year.

CARRIE FISHER is known best by Disney fans as Princess Leia, a role she originated in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. In addition to reprising the role in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Carrie’s Disney appearances also include Scream 3 (2000) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) for Dimension Films. Outside of her notable acting career, Carrie was also an accomplished author, playwright, screenwriter, and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.

CLYDE “GERRY” GERONIMI (pictured left) joined the Disney Studio in 1931 and animated several memorable Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony, and Pluto cartoons. Throughout his career, Gerry contributed to more than 50 of the Studio’s shorts. Gerry made the leap to sequence director with 1943’s Victory Through Air Power, and he subsequently contributed to The Three Caballeros, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He also directed segments for television’s Mickey Mouse Club and contributed to episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Gerry also had the honor of serving as supervising director for the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty.

MANUEL GONZALES was one of 33 artists selected from thousands of applicants to join Disney in 1936. In 1938, he took over penciling duties on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip from Disney Legend Floyd Gottfredson. He brought Mickey Mouse to newspapers nationwide for nearly 40 years. His Mickey-starring comic strip appeared in 120 newspapers around the world with a collective circulation of more than 20 million readers each week. Manuel is one of a few to receive a “Mousecar” award from Walt Disney himself in 1966.

MARK HAMILL is best known as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, but Mark’s Disney roots can be traced back to a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital and a starring role in MTM’s The Texas Wheelers.A prolific voice actor, he has performed on Disney’s Miles from Tomorrowland and Milo Murphy’s Law, and has also provided the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series, a role that recently earned him a BAFTA Award. He returned as Luke in The Force Awakens and will reprise the role in the upcoming The Last Jedi.

WAYNE JACKSON began his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer in October 1965, and he put his technical skills to great use in the development and installation of Disney attractions around the world. Originally trained in aircraft tooling, he began as a technician and machinist assigned to rebuild the shows from the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair that were slated for installation at Disneyland. Instrumental in the early development of Audio-Animatronics® technology, Wayne would go on to help create Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Wayne would eventually work on the construction and installation of attractions and show systems at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris.

STAN LEE got a job as an office assistant at a comic publisher in 1939 called Timely Comics—forerunner of the powerhouse we all know as Marvel. Stan made his debut with a Captain America story in 1941, and by the next year, at the age of just 18, he was promoted to editor. In 1961, Stan teamed up with Jack “King” Kirby to create the Fantastic Four and ushered in a spectacular new age of comics. Stan co-created an enormous roster of Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Daredevil, and Falcon. He became Marvel’s editorial director and publisher in 1972, and eventually was named chairman emeritus.

GARRY MARSHALL began his career in Los Angeles writing for a number of hit shows, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Lucy Show. But his big break came in 1970, when he produced The Odd Couple for ABC, the first of many big hits he created for the network. Beginning with Happy Days in 1974, he developed a shared universe of spinoffs including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. He also produced Angie, The New Odd Couple, and Blansky’s Beauties for ABC. In addition to his television work, Garry directed 18 films, including multiple films for Disney, like Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts, and The Princess Diaries with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. Garry was known for his acting, as well, and he appeared in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain and Hocus Pocus.

JULIE TAYMOR is a Tony®-, Emmy®-, and Grammy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated filmmaker who has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, and became the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played in more than 100 cities in 19 countries. It received 11 Tony Award nominations, earning Julie Best Director, Costume Designer, and Best Musical. She is currently directing M. Butterfly on Broadway, opening Fall 2017.

OPRAH WINFREY is a renowned award-winning producer, actress, talk show host, and philanthropist. For 25 years, she was the host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 seasons in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. In 1998, she produced and starred in Beloved for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures. Oprah also produced and starred in ABC’s 1989 limited series The Women of Brewster Place, and would go on to produce many films for ABC, including Tuesdays with Morrie, Before Women Had Wings, and Their Eyes Were Watching God under the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. She voiced Eudora in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog in 2009 and will co-star as Mrs. Which in Disney’s 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

 

D23 Announces Ticketing Information for 2017 D23 Expo

On Thursday, July 14, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place July 14–16, 2017, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media; and Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney). D23 Expo 2017 marks the fifth biennial event held in Anaheim.

Once again the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. D23 Expo 2017 marks the return of fan favorites, including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; an exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives, which spotlights costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history; and the Mousequerade costume contest.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will be available at a discounted price for a limited time. From July 14–December 31, 2016, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $46 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $57 for a one-day adult admission and $41 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $296 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

To celebrate the launch of ticket sales, D23 will be streaming select presentations from D23 Expo 2015 at D23Expo.com from Wednesday, July 13, through Sunday, July 17. Presentations include “Once Upon a Time: An Evening with Snow White & the Evil Queen” (featuring Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parilla), “A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Celebration!” (including stars Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, and Jim Cummings), “Disneyland: Fond Memories of the Past” (with Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline), and “In Conversation with the Filmmakers and the Emotions Behind Inside Out” (featuring Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, and a special appearance by Sadness herself, Phyllis Smith).

D23 Expo 2017 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2015, celebrity appearances included Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Evans, Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Dwayne Johnson. The event also featured performances by Ne-Yo, Sabrina Carpenter, the cast of Teen Beach 2, and stars of Disney’s shows on Broadway. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

A limited number of VIP Sorcerer Packages for D23 Expo 2017 will be available. The Sorcerer Package includes:

  • Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
  • Reserved seating at presentations in Hall D23, Stage 23, and Stage 28
  • Limited-edition D23 American Tourister boarding bag
  • Pre-Expo tour of select exhibits including Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
  • Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
  • Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
  • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
  • Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
  • A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
  • Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
  • Meet and Greet with a special Disney guest
  • “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
  • Plus, access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge and other benefits

Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,250 per ticket. Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and benefits are highlighted at D23Expo.com.

D23 Gold and Charter Members will be entitled to special benefits throughout the weekend. Look for announcements about these opportunities in the coming months.

D23 Expo 2015—Where the Art Is

Disney fans come to D23 EXPO to see things they simply can’t see anywhere else. And Collectors Editions will be presenting three brand-new works from notable Disney artists at D23 EXPO 2015, where Disney fans will have the opportunity to purchase them for the first time anywhere.

D23 Expo - Colorful Mind

Collectors Editions’ Official D23 Fine Art offering of Tim Rogerson’s “A Colorful Mind” will launch at EXPO and will be available in various editions, including the original.

“Six years ago, I had the honor of painting “In Company of Legends,” the official art for the first-ever D23 EXPO,” Rogerson says. “It was a painting that celebrated The Walt Disney Company and how ‘it was all started by a mouse.’ When it came time to create the next official art for D23 EXPO 2015, I felt compelled to create a piece that celebrated the man behind the mouse. Walt Disney was a master storyteller who created the most beloved and cherished characters the world over. From cheerful Mickey Mouse, to sassy Tinker Bell, to the terrifying Chernabog, Walt Disney created hundreds of unforgettable characters in his career, from early black-and-white cartoons to colorful full-length feature films. My newest work of art, ‘A Colorful Mind,’ celebrates those amazing characters that Walt himself had a hand in bringing to life.”

Disney Fine Art will also be presenting two D23 EXPO 2015-exclusive releases from legendary Disney artist Eric Goldberg to coincide with the launch of his new book, An Animator’s Gallery: Eric Goldberg Draws the Disney Characters. “Genie’s D23 Vacation” and “The D23 Gang” will also make their debut at D23 EXPO 2015.

Both of these programs will appeal to all levels of art collectors, offering a variety of formats, sizes, and price points.

Look for these exclusive images at D23 EXPO 2015, where Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions presented by Stage 9 will be located in Hall B.

Walt Disney Archives to Present ‘Disneyland: The Exhibit’ at D23 Expo

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From the Los Angeles Times – 

Here’s a challenge: Try to condense 60 years of Disneyland history into a single museum-like exhibit.

That’s the test facing Becky Cline, Walt Disney Archives director. She’s putting the finishing touches on “Walt Disney Archives Presents — Disneyland: The Exhibit,” which in August will attempt to encompass the theme park’s past six decades for D23 Expo, Disney’s biennial fan event.

Now factor in that for many of the Disney fans attending D23 Expo, there is more than one Disneyland.

There’s the Disneyland that opened to the paying public July 18, 1955, on a plot of land in Anaheim about 27 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

This is the Disneyland that contains American cultural landmarks such as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Mad Hatter’s spinning teacups. It’s the Disneyland that Walt Disney himself set foot in, and, as this very newspaper described two months before the park’s opening, would ultimately threaten “Santa Claus as a ranking childhood favorite.”

Then there are the Disneylands that exist as personal places in the minds of nearly everyone who visited the park at a young age.

Maybe it’s the Disneyland in which the Jungle Cruise must be ridden at least twice on any single visit because someone’s father always laughed at the skipper’s joke involving the “backside of water.” Or the Disneyland in which the Enchanted Tiki Room is to be avoided because someone’s mother has a paralyzing fear of birds.

Facts don’t matter so much at this Disneyland. Maybe, for instance, you remember seeing real-life mermaids — or rather, real-life women in mermaid costumes — in the submarine lagoon. Or maybe you just saw a picture of them when you were 5 years old and that was real enough.

Finally, there is the Disneyland that no longer exists. This is the Disneyland in which a ride like Adventure Thru Inner Space was a Tomorrowland centerpiece, at least until Star Tours moved into town. It’s the Disneyland in which Main Street U.S.A once had a lingerie shop, and Frontierland once had a calm train rather than a runaway one. This, of course, is the Disneyland forever lost to technological progress — or branding acquisitions.

Cline is hip to all these Disneylands. As the principal architect of “Disneyland: The Exhibit,” Cline has been taking an experiential rather than purely sequential point of view.

For Disneyland is no longer just Walt Disney’s story or the narrative of a company. A certain ownership is placed on anything that touched us at a young age, and only a few escaped into adulthood without being touched by Disneyland, the kingdom of all escapism. Disneyland belongs to all of those who value a playground dedicated to the mind’s eye, where the surreal, the haunted, the childish and the prehistoric can transport each of us to somewhere unique within our own imaginations.

To this day I can’t ride Pirates of the Caribbean without hearing the voice of my late cousin, insisting that the Anaheim edition is far superior to the one at Florida’s Walt Disney World. In that moment, cousin Steve and his stories and exaggerations are as real as they’ve ever been.

So to tell the story of Disneyland at the D23 Expo, which runs Aug. 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Cline opted not for a point-by-point retelling of how Walt Disney built the park.

“How do I tell this humongous story?” she asked. “I thought, ‘I don’t really want to tell this story in a linear fashion.’ I don’t want to do a chronology, like ‘Walt figured it out here. He built it and designed it and then this happened and this happened.’ ”

Instead, “Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be laid out much like the park — by theme, from the orange groves that once sat on the plot to Main Street U.S.A. and beyond, even touching on aspects of the park typically off limits to us commoners such as the members-only Club 33. Opening the presentation will be some recently acquired surveying equipment used in Disneyland’s construction. Like anything associated with a Disney park, the construction tools are, if not a collectible, priceless to someone.

“The equipment was discovered and turned over to the archives a couple years ago. We haven’t shared it with anybody yet. There’s brass survey markers and 1950s surveying equipment. It’s vintage looking,” Cline said.

To be spread across 12,000 square feet on the Anaheim Convention Center floor, the archival piece isn’t lacking in artifacts that are “vintage looking” — or items that some thought were long lost to history. At least one age-old window decoration at Main Street U.S.A shop the Emporium, for instance, will once again be on display.

“The Emporium would have these very special windows that were created to highlight an anniversary of a film, for example,” Cline said. “Then those window displays actually become historic later on.”

There will be a retired animatronic from Pirates of the Caribbean, costumes worn by “Mickey Mouse Club” cast members when they visited the park, the first-ever ticket sold, which was purchased by Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney, and a deconstruction of a ride that aims to show the Imagineering process.

“We’re trying to give you a feel of what it would be like to spend a day at Disneyland over the different decades,” Cline said.

Disneyland to this day remains in a constant state of flux. If you’re really young, you may associate the park with “Frozen.” Children of the ’70s may swear by America Sings. Those who grew up going to Walt Disney World across the country may be obsessed with all things related to Epcot’s purple dragon Figment (hand raised), while West Coasters may swear by the Abominable Snowman.

With the reopening on May 22 of the Matterhorn Bobsleds with new animatronics, the original Abominable Snowman will be retired to the Disney archives and shown at D23 Expo. By the time the exhibit is finalized, Cline expects around 300 pieces in total. One of the more detailed displays will be dedicated to Fantasyland ride Alice in Wonderland, which opened in 1958 and will aim to show how a ride is made from the ground-up.

Among the pieces on display will be a wheel-less prototype of the caterpillar-shaped Alice ride vehicles. The plywood mock-up was used to gauge whether a caterpillar-shaped vehicle could be practical, in terms of housing multiple guests.

“We’re calling it ‘Alice in Wonderland: The Anatomy of an Attraction.’ It tells the story of how an attraction comes to be,” Cline said. “It goes from the original inspiration, which is, of course, the animated film that came out in 1951, and takes that and shows how some of the artwork from the film inspired the ride and how the ride was developed. There are some pieces from the final attraction that are now assets in the archives. It’s a vignette that’s not just show and tell.”

Some of the artifacts, including relics from the six-week run of the “Mickey Mouse Club” Circus, are so rare, Cline said, Disney has never shown them publicly before. Just before the circus was introduced in November 1955, Walt Disney touted to The Times that the park was averaging attendance of 50,000 per week and that guests were spending about $2 per person. They weren’t, however, taken with the circus, despite the fact that it featured the “Mickey Mouse Club” cast.

“The Mouseketeers would perform a musical variety act within the circus itself. It was a fascinating experiment,” Cline said, adding that a “two-hour circus kind of took” a little too much of the guest’s time.

Cline was hesitant to say whether “Disneyland: The Exhibit” would have a life outside of the D23 Expo, but with Disneyland’s 60th anniversary festivities launching on May 22, she wouldn’t rule out part of the presentation making its way to the resort.

“Once our exhibit is over we may find other ways to share these assets,” she said. “Time will tell.”

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Draws Record Number of Runners

Tinker Bell 1:2 Marathon

A record of 16,000 runners have entered Sunday’s fourth annual Tinker Bell Half Marathon through the Disneyland Resort and streets of Anaheim, being held on Mother’s Day for the first time.

The field for the 13.1-mile race is 87 percent female, with runners from all 50 states and 22 nations participating, according to Raquel Giorgio of Disney Sports Public Relations.

The course begins on Disneyland Drive, goes through Disney California Adventure, Disneyland and Downtown Disney, downtown Anaheim, the Anaheim Center Street Promenade, past the Anaheim Ice skating rink, City Hall and Anaheim GardenWalk shopping center, concluding near Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

Organizers have added the Pixie Dust Challenge, awarding a special medal for runners who finish both today’s Tinker Bell 10K and the half-marathon. About 5,000 runners have entered both races, Giorgio said.

Disney’s Global Technology Group for its Parks Getting Restructured

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From the Orlando Sentinel

Disney’s global technology group for its parks-and-resorts division is undergoing a sweeping reorganization that is expected to result in some employees losing their jobs.

Disney said it is eliminating some positions and replacing them with others that will help the company reach more long-term technology goals. The company would not provide specifics but said the net number of workers after the restructuring will be “similar” to its current level.

Disney is also outsourcing additional information technology jobs.

Most of the positions affected are in Orlando. Some are in Anaheim, Calif., where the company has Disneyland.

Spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said in a prepared statement Disney is “restructuring our global technology organization to support future innovation and new capabilities.”

Less than 30 percent of the technology staff works in roles Disney considers “new capabilities development.” In the new organization, that will become 65 percent.

“That says you’re moving people away from maintenance into development and you want to get into a type of situation where you’re really kind of reinventing the way you’re managing your technology,” said Robert Niles, publisher of ThemeParkInsider.com.

Employees have 90 days to apply for new positions within the company as part of the restructuring, Disney said. Disney will provide severance packages and job assistance for workers who do not qualify for other positions. Employees can also apply for roles with Disney’s vendors, the company said.

Outsourcing work is typical in information technology, said Duncan Dickson, an instructor with the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Last year, Disney laid off two information-technology vice presidents, Laura Hall and Allen Fazio, who had worked more than 20 years for the company. Two other vice presidents with different skill sets were later hired, Disney said.

Disney has been investing heavily in technology. One of its biggest priorities has been MyMagic+, which includes a “FastPass+” reservation system allowing customers to book ride times for attractions up to two months in advance. On Tuesday it announced the latest step in that system. Guests wearing the system’s MagicBands – essentially tickets you wear on your wrist – on certain attractions can automatically view photos on their online accounts.

Tickets For D23 Expo 2015: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event Go On Sale Thursday, August 14th

D23 Expo 2015

On Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 14–16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2015 marks the fourth bi-annual event held in Anaheim.

More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences.

D23 Expo 2015 marks the return of fan favorites including the Disney Legends Awards, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; andTreasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which spotlights costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history.

As in previous Expos, D23 Expo 2015 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2013, celebrity appearances included Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, with performances by Idina Menzel, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, and a once-in-a-lifetime concert with Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 14–December 31, 2014, tickets are $61 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $52 for a one-day adult admission and $37 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $268 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate.

Early Bird (August 14 – December 31, 2014)

D23 Members:           1-Day        3-Day

Adult                              $52            $149

Child                              $37             $104

General:

Adult                              $61             $176

Child                              $42             $122

Advanced Tickets (January 1 – June 30, 2015)

D23 Members:

Adult                              $58              $169

Child                               $42              $139

General:

Adult                                $67             $196

Child                                $48             $139

Expo Admission (July 1 – August 16, 2015)

D23 Members:

Adult                                 $65            $188

Child                                 $48             $139

General:

Adult                                 $74            $216

Child                                  $54            $156

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, an extremely limited number of D23 VIP Sorcerer Packages will once again be available. Based on fan feedback, even more benefits have been added this year including exclusive opportunities in the Walt Disney Imagineering pavilion and Mickey’s of Glendale.

The SORCERER PACKAGE includes:

  • Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
  • Reserved seating at all presentations in the main hall, Stage 23, and Stage 28 (must sign up for presentations in advance)
  • Commemorative Sorcerer level access credential
  • Exclusive D23 Expo 2015 Samsonite luggage piece
  • Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
  • Special tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion
  • Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
  • Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo opens to the public
  • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
  • Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
  • First opportunity to pre-purchase D23 Expo Dream Store select themed merchandise
  • Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
  • Saturday morning Meet and Greet Coffee with a special Disney guest
  • “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
  • Plus, daily access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge

Sorcerer member lounge: Open from (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

  • Complimentary snacks throughout day (11a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Cash Bar (noon – 6 p.m.)
  • Access to purchase food in Lounge
  • Archives exhibit
  • Dedicated Sorcerer Concierge desk
  • Baggage Check area
  • Masseur on site (for pay) (10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
  • One voucher for 20­-minute free massage

Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both Gold and Silver D23 Members at $2,000 per ticket. Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets.

D23 Gold and Silver Members are entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge.