Meet Auli’i Cravalho, Michael Giacchino and Others at Disney Music Emporium at D23 Expo

Disney Music Emporium returns to D23 Expo to celebrate the sounds, songs, and stars of Disney music past and present. The pop-up store, located on the show floor, will feature awesome products and a chance to meet some of the men and women behind favorite Disney tunes!

Album signings at the Disney Music Emporium shop include Oscar®– and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney•Pixar’s Up), composer Tyler Bates (Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1), Auli’i Cravalho (voice of Moana), Dove Cameron (Descendants 2, Liv and Maddie), Sofia Carson (Descendants 2), and Lorelay Bove (Visual Development Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studios), plus Hollywood Records artists Jordan Fisher and Temecula Road. With the purchase of select music products at the Disney Music Emporium Pavilion, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing.

Disney Music Emporium

The pop-up store will feature a wide assortment of music products, including new releases from some of Disney’s latest films including Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy (how awesome is this mixtape?), plus lithographs, turntables, and posters. Plus, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood will be available for the first time, featuring previously unreleased demos, bonus tracks performed by Louis Prima, and more. Theme park fans will be delighted by picture discs celebrating favorite attractions like Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and it’s a small world.

Disney Music Emporium

DuckTales, Tangled: The Series, and Descendants 2 Coming to D23 Expo

All the worlds of Disney will be under one roof at D23 Expo, including the many worlds of Disney television! Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior will be at the ultimate Disney fan event in full force, with exciting panels, appearances, and experiences taking place throughout the three-day weekend.

DuckTales money bin

All weekend long, you can take a dive in Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin on the Expo show floor. While you’re there, visit McStuffins Toy Hospital, where younglings can give toy babies a checkup and play with the brand-new Doc McStuffins Baby app, set to launch this summer. Read on to see what sorts of Disney magic you can expect from Disney Channel and Disney 😄 on each day of D23 Expo.

Descendants 2

Friday, July 14
Catch a special appearance from Descendants 2 stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, and Booboo Stewart, and Emmy® Award-winning director, executive producer, and choreographer Kenny Ortega.

DuckTales

Saturday, July 15
DuckTales Q & A panel (4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Stage 28)––Excited for the new DuckTales series on Disney XD? Want to learn more? Stars Ben Schwartz (Dewey), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), and Toks Olagundoye (Mrs. Beakley) will join executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones for a Q&A panel on the highly anticipated new show.

Tangled: The Series

Sunday, July 16
Tangled: The Series Q & A panel (10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Stage 28)––Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Eugene) will be joined by executive producer Chris Sonnenburg, co-executive producer Ben Balistreri, and Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Cassandra) and Jeremy Jordan (Varian) for this hair-raising panel on the new Disney Channel show.

Disney Dream Store Returns to D23 Expo with One-of-a-Kind Items and Unique Collectibles

There’s so much to see and do during D23 Expo 2017, taking place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and there’s a lot to shop, too! The Disney Dream Store returns to D23 Expo with brand-new items, exclusive collectibles and more––there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Read on for highlights from the D23 Expo show floor store.

Disney Theme Parks Merchandise––Collect merchandise celebrating some very special milestones from favorite attractions, like Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary, Space Mountain 40th anniversary, Epcot 35th anniversary, and Star Tours 30th anniversary, and marvel over more magical theme-park merchandise. Plus, add to your ALEX AND ANI collection, and enjoy a sparkling selection of jewelry designs from Crislu and Rebecca Hook.

D23 Expo 2017 merchandise

If you have an Ear headband for every occasion, get excited for the all-new Interchangeable Bow Collection, making its debut at the Disney Dream Store. The collection comes with a traditional Mickey Ears headband that guests can easily swap with one of the six specially designed bows available for purchase.

Official D23 Expo and Disney Legends 30th Anniversary Merchandise––Commemorate your weekend at the ultimate Disney fan event with official D23 Expo 2017 logo merchandise, including tees, headwear, drinkware, pins, and more. Plus, bring home your very own droid, “R5-D23,” and Brethupp the Ewok plush––both debuting at D23 Expo 2017. Celebrate 30 years of Disney Legends with a commemorative collection including a tee, limited-edition pin, and paperweight.

D23 Expo 2017 merchandise

Guests can find an exciting assortment of items showcasing product debuts, original artwork, giclées, deluxe prints, and more from the following: Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, David Bird, Britni Brault, Choice Collectibles, Joey Chou, John Coulter, Daniel’s Woodland, Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions, Dooney & Bourke, Craig Fraser, Jeremy Fulton, HARVEYS, Brian Kesinger, Daniel Killen, Ink & Paint Artists, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, Mark Page, Mike Peraza, Patty Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Noah, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Shag, Jim Shore, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Sketch Artists, Vinylmation™, Joe Yakovetic, Kenny Yamada, and more!

Dream Store Autograph Sessions––Meet some of your favorite authors and artists during autograph sessions at the Dream Store. Schedules will be posted daily via the D23 Expo Mobile App (coming soon!) and daily at the Disney Dream Store.

Details about Dream Store merchandise offerings, special artist appearances, and more will continue to be updated on www.D23expo.com, www.DisneyParksBlog.com, www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com, and right here on D23.com!

Come Face-to-Face with Freeform Stars at D23 Expo

D23 Expo truly is the ultimate Disney fan event, which means guests can celebrate their favorite stars, shows, songs and more from throughout the many worlds of Disney, including Freeform! Home to hit shows like the long-standing Pretty Little Liars to newer favorites like Shadowhunters, Freeform will host stars from four of its shows in “Talent Center” in Hall A. D23 Expo attendees can have the chance to meet members of The FostersStitchers and Shadowhunters, and welcome cast from a brand-new series, The Bold Type, to the Freeform family. See the appearance schedule below (subject to change, times and cast to-come) and stay tuned for more updates!

FRIDAY, JULY 14
Stitchers
The Fosters

SATURDAY, JULY 15 
Shadowhunters
The Bold Type

D23 Expo Announces Schedule for Hall D23

D23 recently shared that Disney Legend Alan Menken would perform a one-man concert (twice!) in Hall D23 at D23 Expo. Now, we’re excited to share the full schedule of amazing panels and presentations coming to our biggest D23 Expo stage, Hall D23. Take a look at the lineup below, and learn more about the ultimate Disney fan event here.

John Lasseter D23 Expo

Friday, July 14

Disney Legends Awards Ceremony (10 a.m.)––Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger will kick off this year’s D23 Expo with the special ceremony that honors this year’s Disney Legends Award recipients. See the full list of 2017 honorees here.

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios (2:30 p.m.)––See what the artists behind these two acclaimed animation studios are dreaming (and drawing) up. With such an exciting lineup of films––Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2, Coco, and The Incredibles 2, just to name a few––we’re sure this presentation will be full of surprises.

Disney Parks

Saturday, July 15

The Walt Disney Studios Live-Action Films (10:30 a.m.)––The wonderful worlds of Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm come together to showcase their exciting slate of upcoming films. At D23 Expo 2015, we got our first glimpses at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Beauty and the Beast, Doctor Strange, and more fan favorites… We can’t wait to see what’s on deck for this year’s presentation!

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (3 p.m.)––Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek will take the stage during this presentation to share what’s new and what’s next at Disney Parks and Resorts around the globe.

Alan Menken

Sunday, July 16

A Whole New World of Alan Menken (1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.)––Celebrate the magic of Disney music with Disney Legend and eight-time Oscar®-winner Alan Menken in his brand-new one-man show. Alan will perform his own music and tell tales from his storied career.

Alan Menken Will Offer Tales and Tunes at Disney’s D23 Expo

Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken will present his solo show, A Whole New World of Alan Menken at Disney’s upcoming D23 Expo. The composer will offer audiences performances and anecdotes capturing his illustrious career July 16 at 1:30 PM and 5 PM in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

The show, written and performed by Menken, will be directed by Richard Kraft, who helmed The Little Mermaid in Concert and the upcoming La La Land in Concert: A Live-To-Film Celebration—both at the Hollywood Bowl.

D23 Expo—billed “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event”—will take place July 14–16. The annual event offers unprecedented access to presentations, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, and more. For tickets and more information, visit D23.com.

With eight Academy Awards, Menken holds the record for most wins for any living individual. He picked up Oscars for both Best Original Score and Best Original Song for his work on Pocahontas, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. In 2012, he won a Tony Award for his score for Newsies, based on the 1992 movie musical. His additional credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Leap of Faith, Sister Act, and the new musical A Bronx Tale on stage, as well as Tangled, Enchanted, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Galavant on screen.

A Whole New World of Alan Menken received its world premiere in September 2016 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California.

From Playbill

 

Disney’s Pirates are Coming to D23 Expo in Brand-New Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

If ye be seekin’ adventure at D23 Expo, don’t miss this year’s exclusive exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents––A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs.” Located on the Expo show floor, this 12,000-square-foot exhibit will celebrate some of Disney’s most popular pirates with unproduced artwork, attraction vehicles, and Audio-Animatronics® figures, and props and set pieces from the film franchise. The exhibit will be on display throughout D23 Expo, July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Keep a weather eye out for…

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Unbelievable artwork and imagery
Concept art from Peter Pan, artwork from Treasure Island, and imagery from an unproduced Donald Duck animated short, where we find everyone’s favorite quack-up on a search for pirate’s gold.

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Treasures from beloved attractions
An exhibit about Disney’s pirates wouldn’t be complete without the Pirates of the Caribbean! Audio-Animatronics® figures from the original Disneyland attraction will be on display, along with a pirate ship ride vehicle from Peter Pan’s Flight.

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Pirate props and set pieces
All five Pirates of the Caribbean films will be represented in the exhibit: original costumes worn by the iconic cast, Davy Jones’ pipe organ, a 23-foot-tall set model of the Black Pearl ship, the Dead Men’s chest, and more original props and set pieces, including items from the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will all be on display.

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Elsewhere on the show floor, the Walt Disney Archives will present “Fantastical Fashions,” a selection of dresses worn by heroines and villains in six of Disney’s live-action fantasy films including Enchanted (2007), Maleficent (2014), and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

Special Perks and Benefits You Need to Know About if You’re Coming to D23 Expo

Whether you’ve been a D23 Gold Member since the very beginning, or if this is your very first D23 Expo, there are special benefits for everyone to enjoy during the ultimate Disney fan event. Read on and stay tuned for more D23 Expo news!

D23 Fan Lounge––Need to recharge in between panels, presentations, and exploring the Expo? Everyone is welcome to enjoy the D23 Fan Lounge, which will be located in the heart of the show floor. Here, you can charge your phone at complimentary stations, take Insta-worthy shots at fun photo spots, and learn more about D23. The lounge is located directly in front of Center Stage, and you won’t be able to miss it––it will feature décor inspired by everyone’s favorite lucky rabbit, Oswald!

D23 Gold Member Benefits––If you’re a D23 Gold Member be sure to take advantage of several benefits, including priority seating for presentations in Hall D23 and the D23 Expo Arena, a complimentary Expo-exclusive print, and special offers and discounts from Disney partners including Havaianas, Ozobot, Steiff, and Thomas Kinkade (Stay tuned for the full list of Disney partners and offers).

D23 Charter Member Lounge––If you’ve been with us since the very beginning, don’t forget to stop by the D23 Charter Member Lounge. D23 Charter Members (who joined in 2009 and have maintained their Gold Membership status) will have exclusive access to this private lounge off the show floor, where they can relax and purchase food and beverages.

For more information on D23 Expo, visit D23expo.com

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 Expo Japan to Return February 10–12, 2018

After an unbelievable event in 2015, D23 Expo Japan is back in 2018! This special event for Disney fans, created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place February 10–12, 2018, at Tokyo Disney Resort. The first D23 Expo in Japan was held in 2013, inspired by the original D23 Expo held in Anaheim, California (returning this summer, July 14–16!), and returns for a third time next year.

“We heard from a lot of fans about how delighted they were with the D23 Expo Japan 2013 and 2015. D23 Expo Japan 2018 promises to be even more spectacular,” said Paul Candland, President, Walt Disney Asia and President, The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. “2018 marks The Walt Disney Company’s 95th anniversary and Mickey Mouse’s screen debut’s 90th anniversary. In Japan, it marks Tokyo Disney Resort’s 35th, Disney Channel’s 15th, and the Disney★JCB Card’s 10th. 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.”

For more information, visit Disney.jp/D23.

Stay tuned for more D23 Expo Japan updates and Disney news!