Exciting New Headwear Coming to the Disney Dream Store at D23 Expo 2017

The D23 Expo 2017 returns to the Anaheim Convention Center from July 14-16 across the street from Disneyland Resort. This Ultimate Disney Fan Event brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, and sneak peeks. Today, D23 is giving a first look at products coming to the Disney Dream Store, the spot to find Disney Parks-inspired apparel, art, collectibles and much more.

Hats Off to New Headwear Coming to the Disney Dream Store at D23 Expo 2017 - Ear Hat

“Disney ear hats are must have item from Disney Parks, so we’re delighted to offer a specially designed ear hat at D23 Expo 2017,” explained Jeanne Lewis, merchandise product developer for headwear. “In addition to the ear hat, we will debut the new Interchangeable Bow Collection that’s coming to Disney Parks this fall. We love being a part of the Disney Dream Store as it’s a wonderful way to introduce new products to our most enthusiastic Disney Parks’ fans.”

Hats Off to New Headwear Coming to the Disney Dream Store at D23 Expo 2017 - Interchangeable Bow Collection

To start your headband collection, you will need the mouse-eared headband that comes with a removable sequin-covered bow. This starter headband contains three spaces where an interchangeable bow can be attached using a clip.

Hats Off to New Headwear Coming to the Disney Dream Store at D23 Expo 2017 - Interchangeable Bow Collection

Guests will also find six Disney character-inspired bows sold separately, which can be easily attached to the starter headband. Jeanne told me there will be 10 specially designed bows available when the collection is officially released this fall at Disney Parks.

Hats Off to New Headwear Coming to the Disney Dream Store at D23 Expo 2017 - Leather Hat

Finally, Jeanne shared with me a limited edition, genuine leather hat that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Presented in a decorative treasure box, this hat will contain a pirate-themed metal medallion, and will have an edition size of 230. It’s the perfect hat to wear when visiting the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit, “A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs,” at the D23 Expo this year.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional looks at commemorative products coming to the Disney Dream Store. You can also discover the latest D23 Expo 2017 news by visiting D23expo.com.

See What The Walt Disney Studios is Bringing to D23 Expo

At D23 Expo 2015, we met the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at The Walt Disney Studios live-action panel, were the first to hear new details about Toy Story 4 at the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Panel, and were thrilled by so much more throughout the three-day event. These two can’t-miss panels are back for D23 Expo 2017, along with new presentations that will bring some of your favorite characters and films to life in a whole new way. Take a look at the schedule below and get ready for D23 Expo!

Friday, July 14

John Lasseter at D23 Expo

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter (2:30 p.m., Hall D23) –– Join host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he shares never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Plus, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

Saturday, July 15

Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm – Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios (10 a.m., Hall D23)–– At this exclusive Hall D23 presentation featuring never-before-seen footage, surprise star appearances, and more, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an exciting array of spectacular films on the horizon from these world-class studios. Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

Moana, Ariel, and Tiana

The Power of the Princess (10:30 a.m., Stage 28)––Join Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana) as they share stories from the making of these iconic films and how these characters have impacted fans across the globe. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki.

Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s Universe (12:15 p.m., Stage 28) –– Pixar production designers and artists will literally take guests behind the scenes on a visual tour of the amazing worlds created in Pixar films––from oceans and outer space, to mountain tops and “monstropolises.”

Olaf's Frozen Adventure

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Short Film (2:30 p.m., Stage 28) –– Be among the first to see 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).

The Evolution of Pixar’s Characters (6 p.m., Stage 28) –– Pixar characters are full of personality––from the waves in their hair to the shoes on their feet. Join some of the legendary Pixar artists behind its most memorable characters as they share what it’s like to draw these lovable characters to life.

Sunday, July 16

The Lion King

Celebration of an Animated Classic: The Lion King (10 a.m., D23 Expo Arena) –– Join a Disney celebration of the magic, the music, and the majesty of the animated classic The Lion King. Producer Don Hahn, director Rob Minkoff, and animators Tony Bancroft and Mark Henn, along with some very special guests, reveal the secrets behind the making of the timeless animated classic.

Bambi’s 75th Anniversary (11:30 a.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage) –– Celebrate the 75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection release of Bambi with personal stories from the voice cast, anecdotes behind the making of this film and its exquisite hand-drawn artwork, and much, much more.

Throughout the weekend, be sure to check out these five sweet spots on the show floor:

Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios once again join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23 Expo. Don’t miss 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.

Marvel Studios Pavilion
At the Marvel Studios Pavilion, fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from Thor: Ragnarok, including photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film, as well as incredible costumes from Black Panther. Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Disney Music Emporium
Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, the Disney Music Emporium will feature album signings by artists and award-winning composers. Limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and Disneyland attraction picture discs, plus lithographs, Crosley turntables, and posters. For a complete list of talent appearances and album signings, visit http://waltdisneyrecords.com/d23expo/signings.html.

Disney Movie Rewards and Disney Movie Club
Disney fans will be able to experience a unique augmented reality photo booth presented by Disney Movie Rewards. Fans will be able to earn mystery points which can be used for great rewards like Blu-rays, movie tickets, and exclusive collectibles only available at DisneyMovieRewards.com. Disney Movie Club, the ultimate source for building your Disney movie library, will also be there hosting a special augmented reality gallery. Come by for free giveaways and a special sign up offer just for D23 Expo 2017 attendees.

Disney Family Movies
Stop by the Disney Family Movies booth in Hall C to learn about this fun subscription, video-on-demand service.

Wicked Cool Disney Stamps Coming to D23 Expo

Sending some snail mail? Make your mark with the Disney Villains Forever stamps, a celebration of the historic Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department. The collection highlights 10 classic villains, from The Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Lion King’s Scar. The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate these delightfully devilish stamps at D23 Expo 2017, on July 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Center Stage. Plus, the collection will be available for purchase following the dedication!

Take a look at the collection below, and stay tuned for more D23 Expo updates!

USPS Disney villain stamps

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Once Upon a Time, Meet the Stars of Your Favorite ABC Shows, and More at D23 Expo

Coming to D23 Expo? See some of your favorite ABC shows jump off the screen and on to the stage with awesome panels and meet and greets from the casts and crews of Once Upon a Time and black-ish, ABC Summer Fun & Games, plus more all weekend long at the ultimate Disney fan event. See the full lineup below and stay tuned for more D23 Expo details.

Michelle Stafford

Friday, July 14
Meet General Hospital stars Michelle Stafford and Chloe Lanier (4–5 p.m., Talent Central)

Saturday, July 15

Nolan Gould

ABC Summer Fun & Games (10 a.m., D23 Expo Arena)––Modern Family’s Nolan Gould hosts a game of Celebrity Family Feud with some of your favorite ABC Comedy kids, including Daniel DiMaggio and Logan Pepper from American Housewife; Miles Brown and Marsai Martin from black-ish; Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen from Fresh Off the Boat; Aubrey Anderson-Emmons from Modern Family; and Kyla Kenedy and Mason Cook from Speechless. Plus, the stars will take questions from the audience after the game!

Miles Brown and Marsai Martin

Meet black-ish stars Miles Brown and Marsai Martin (1–2 p.m., Talent Central)

Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen

Meet Fresh Off the Boat stars Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen (1:30–2:30 p.m., Talent Central)

Daniel DiMaggio

Meet American Housewife stars Daniel DiMaggio and Logan Pepper (2:30–3:30 p.m., Talent Central)

Colin O’Donoghue

Once Upon a Time (3:15 p.m., D23 Expo Arena)––Join co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz (Lost), along with series star Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook), as they discuss what’s in store for our returning favorites, as well as the new additions to the Once Upon a Time universe. The panel will be moderated by D23’s Jeffrey Epstein.

Meet Once Upon a Time star Colin O’Donoghue and co-creators/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (5:15–6:15 p.m., Talent Central)

Disney Store to Unveil New Product Collections and Collectibles at D23 Expo 2017

Disney Store today announced the new collections and Limited Edition sets to launch at this year’s D23 Expo 2017, Disney’s ultimate fan event held at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14–16. The never-before-seen collections celebrate milestone anniversaries and everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars characters.

D23 Expo 2017 attendees will be introduced to the new Disney Designer Collection and get a first look at the newest collections debuting at this year’s event, including exclusive Disney Store pieces from Her Universe, the Art of Snow White collection, MXYZ Vinyl Mini Blind Box Collectibles, and, for the first time ever, a D23 Expo Marvel collection from Disney Store.

In addition to the chance to shop special products not yet available to the general public, fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the artists and designers who created these exciting new collections.

Highlights of the collections include:

  • Disney Designer Collection: Formerly known as the Disney Fairytale Designer Collection, the Disney Designer Collection takes the classic assortment beyond the fairytale to tell the iconic stories of Disney’s legacy of film history and introduces three series: Fairytale Series, Folktale Series, and Pixar Animation Studios Series. Three of the new Limited Edition dolls will be available for purchase:
    • Fairytale Series: Pinocchio (limited to an edition size of 1,023)
    • Folktale Series: Mulan (limited to an edition size of 523)
    • Pixar Animation Studios Series: The Incredibles (limited to an edition size of 1,023)

D23 Expo attendees can also preview and pre-purchase a set of the five limited edition dolls releasing at Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com September–November (each limited to an edition size of 6,000):

  • Fairytale Series: The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Robin Hood
  • Folktale Series: Moana, One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • Disney•Pixar: In partnership with John Lasseter and the Pixar Animation Studios team, the Disney Store shop at D23 Expo will offer a special collection featuring some favorite Pixar characters.
  • MXYZ Vinyl Mini Blind Box Collectibles: The newest vinyl blind box collection features eight iconic characters in the Disney Store MXYZ art style—perfect for collecting and trading. Retailing at $5 each, the mini-sized characters come with a key chain attachment to personalize accessories, bags, and more.

Disney Store D23 Expo Star Wars Troopers

  • Star Wars: The Disney Store shop will feature Star Wars apparel, accessories, drinkware, and, of course, collectibles. Notable highlights of the assortment are the limited-edition Star Wars Elite Series Premium Action Figures, featuring iconic hero and villain duos: Princess Leia and Darth Vader; Rey and Kylo Ren; and Jyn Erso and Director Orson Krennic. Each duo retails for $79.95 and is limited to an edition size of 1,000.

Disney Store D23 Expo Oswald

  • Milestone Anniversaries: Disney Store will celebrate three milestone anniversaries at D23 Expo––Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’s 90th, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ 80th, and Bambi’s 75th––each with a special assortment.
  • Disney Tsum Tsum: Disney Tsum Tsum fans will be delighted with a new limited-edition set released each day during D23 Expo.

Disney Store D23 Expo Minnie Signature Collection

  • Minnie Mouse Signature Collection: Spotted––a collection of apparel, accessories, and a limited-edition Minnie doll, looking stylish as always.
  • Marvel: For the first time ever, Disney Store will offer a Marvel collection at D23 Expo––featuring limited-edition collectibles, a pin set, lithograph set, and ornament set.
  • Her Universe: Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, created exclusive pieces for Disney Store that will be available for the first time at D23 Expo. The never-before-seen products are featured within the Minnie Signature, Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel collections.

Don’t forget to grab your D23 Expo items made in partnership with D23 and Disney Store, which will feature items created just for the event.

StorePass tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the StorePass desk located adjacent to the StagePass distribution area in Hall A. The StorePass will provide Guests with a shopping experience timeslot, between 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Disney Books
Purchase the latest best-selling books and D23 Expo-exclusive titles in the DCPI Pavilion and the Disney Dream Store, including select titles available for purchase only to D23 Expo attendees before they go on sale to the public this summer, including:

A Kiss Goodnight (Richard Sherman, Floyd Norman)
On sale August 22, 2017

Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation

Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (Mindy Johnson)
On sale September 5, 2017

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons (Dave Bossert)
On sale August 29, 2017

Art of Coloring: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
On sale July 18, 2017

Want to meet some of the magic makers behind these books? Check out these signings:

Friday, July 14
Alex Hirsch, Rob Renzetti, Stephanie Ramirez, Gravity Falls: Journal 3 (12:30–1:45 p.m., Talent Central)

Daron Nefcy, Dominic Bisignano, Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension (12:30–1:45 p.m., Talent Central)

Pam Brandon, Delicious Disney (3:45–4:45 p.m., Disney Dream Store)

Jessica Fuchs and Steve Thompson, Disney Folktale Series Artists (5 p.m., TBD)

Michael Singer, Disney Pirates: The Definitive Collector’s Anthology (5:30–7 p.m., Talent Central)

Mindy Johnson, Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (6–7 p.m., Disney Dream Store)

Saturday, July 15
Pam Brandon, Delicious Disney (1:15–2:15 p.m., Disney Dream Store)

Ridley Pearson, Kingdom Keepers (4:15–5:15 p.m., Talent Central)

Victoria Saxon, Poster Art of Cars (4:15–5:15 p.m., Talent Central)

Jessica Fuchs and Steve Thompson, Art of Snow White Artists (5:30 p.m., TBD)

Dave Smith, Disney Facts Revealed (6–7 p.m., Talent Central)

Sunday, July 16
Dave Smith, Disney Facts Revealed (10–11 a.m., Talent Central)

Dave Bossert, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons (1–2 p.m., Talent Central)

Marty Sklar, Vanessa Hunt, Maps of the Disney Parks (1:30–2:30 p.m., Talent Central)

Floyd Norman, A Kiss Goodnight (2:30–3:30 p.m., Talent Central)

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Announces Action-Packed Programming Schedule for D23 Expo

At the upcoming D23 Expo 2017, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) will showcase a blockbuster slate of programming from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. Fans will get an inside glimpse into Disney products and collectibles during a presentation on the Walt Disney Archives Stage, while exclusive news about games and interactive experiences will be unveiled during a presentation in the 3,400-seat D23 Expo Arena. In addition to the DCPI pavilion on the show floor, Disney Publishing Worldwide will go “behind the pages” of some of their upcoming books during a series of panels throughout the weekend. Oh My Disney will also bring fun, fan-focused live activations to the heart of the DCPI pavilion all three days on the Oh My Disney Stage.

Programming kicks off on Friday, July 14, the first day of the Expo and continues through the weekend:

The Walt Disney Company’s Celebrated Product Legacy and the Exciting Future Ahead
Friday, July 14, 10 a.m., The Walt Disney Archives Stage
Fans and collectors are invited to the ultimate inside look at how products and collectibles have become an essential part of the fan experience for Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. This session will provide a look back at the important role consumer products have played in the history of the Company, as well as a sneak peek at the product development process. Attendees will also get a first look at some of the most exciting upcoming and new product lines. And they can also expect a few surprises that no fan will want to miss!

Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase
Saturday, July 15, 1 p.m., D23 Expo Arena
At the Games showcase, fans will experience never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, special guests, and other unforgettable surprises from across the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel games portfolios. Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, DCPI, will kick off the presentation, which will feature many show-stopping moments including announcements from Marvel, and more information about highly anticipated games, including Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts, KINGDOM HEARTS III from Disney and Square Enix, and more.

Disney Books Panels and Presentations
Friday, July 14, Sunday, July 16, various stages
Guests will be able to go inside the pages of their favorite classic and contemporary stories during Disney Publishing Worldwide’s series of exclusive panels and presentations.

●      On Friday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, Gravity Falls series creator Alex Hirsch and Star vs. The Forces of Evil series creator Daron Nefcy will discuss what it’s like to bring hit Disney XD series from the screen to page with bestselling titles Gravity Falls: Journal 3 and Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension.

●      Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, will interview a panel of animators past and present and share how women make remarkable contributions to the legacy of Walt Disney’s animation studio. The presentation will take place on the Walt Disney Archives Stage on Friday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m.

●      Disney Legends Richard Sherman and Floyd Norman will invite fans to the D23 Expo Arena on Saturday, July 15, at 6 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind discussion about their upcoming book A Kiss Goodnight.

●      Marcy Smothers, author of the upcoming title Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food, will show guests in the Walt Disney Archives Stage on Sunday, July 16, at 10 a.m. how Walt Disney infused fun and creativity into his food—from his family’s kitchen table to the Happiest Place on Earth.

●      On Sunday, July 16, at 4:15 p.m. on Stage 28, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson, Disney Legend Marty Sklar, and fellow Imagineers will explore the history of Disney Parks through Maps of Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai.

●      Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Dave Bossert and David Gerstein, authors of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, will showcase the definitive history of the iconic character on Sunday, July 16, at 6 p.m. on Stage 28.

Throughout the weekend, select authors and artists will be available for signings and meet and greets at Talent Central and the Disney Dream Store.

DCPI Pavilion and Oh My Disney Stage
In the DCPI pavilion on the show floor, fans can “Live the Magic” and experience how Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel can enrich their daily lives. Divided into four distinct lifestyle environments, guests will be able to preview and experience all-new cross-category offerings from Disney’s licensees, authors and artists, including playing the latest games from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, immersing themselves in the pavilion’s park environment of outdoor play and creativity, or watching cooking demos in the kitchen environment featuring influencers from Disney Family and Disney Publishing Worldwide.

At the heart of the DCPI pavilion is the Oh My Disney Stage, which will bring the fun, fresh voice of Oh My Disney to life through daily surprise-and-delight moments, including celebrity guests, panels, performances, game shows, toy unboxings, first looks, and a live taping of The Oh My Disney Show hosted by Maker creator Alexys Gabrielle. The stage’s events, programs, and shows will be shared live across the Disney Digital Network’s editorial channels like Oh My Disney, Disney Style, Polaris, and Disney Family and social accounts for every Disney character, franchise, and film. The full Oh My Disney Stage schedule and live streams will be revealed in July.

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.

Jack Kirby to Be Named “Disney Legend” at D23 Expo

A month ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday, Disney and Marvel Entertainment will celebrate the career of Jack Kirby, with the announcement that he will be named a Disney Legend during July’s D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California.

The recognition is an odd one; Kirby will be one of two initial Marvel honorees for the Disney award — Stan Lee being the other; both men will receive the award during the July 14 event, led by Disney CEO Bob Iger, with other honorees recognized being Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oprah Winfrey, Julie Taylor and Garry Marshall, as well as Disney artists Manuel Gonzales and Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi — but, although he is doubtlessly a comic book legend, being responsible for the creation of much of the Marvel line, and a fair number of characters and concepts for other publishers, including DC, he’s not exactly a Disney legend.

In fact, beyond the fact that Kirby’s work for Marvel now belongs to Disney following the latter’s purchase of the comic company in 2009, Kirby’s connection to Disney amounts to little more than a comic strip adaptation of the studio’s 1979 sci-fi movie The Black Hole created for newspapers at the time of the movie’s release, facilitated by his regular collaborator Mike Royer, who at the time worked directly for Disney. His Marvel work — indeed, his entire comic book career ahead of his death in 1994 — predated any Disney connection by a number of decades.

The Disney recognition comes at a strange time for Kirby’s creative legacy within Marvel’s comic book line, as well; currently, many of the characters he created or co-created have been replaced with altered or updated versions, with some of the most iconic — the original Hulk, Iron Man and X-Men‘s Professor Xavier and Cyclops — left for dead as the result of recent storylines. His signature series at the company, Fantastic Four— the series that launched the Marvel universe as it exists today — hasn’t been published since 2015, and the character many fans most closely associate with him, Captain America, has been transformed into a fascist for the purposes of Marvel’s tentpole 2017 storyline.

It’s possible that Kirby, himself a restless innovator who preferred to come up with new ideas rather than rehash old glories, would approve of these changes. If nothing else, it should be noted that the relationship between the Kirby estate and Marvel is healthier now than it has been in some years, following the 2014 settlement of a long-running lawsuit over ownership of many Marvel characters Kirby had created or co-created for the company.

With Kirby’s 100th birthday approaching on Aug. 28, the Disney Legend award could be seen as a well-deserved tribute to the man who was instrumental in building the company that now rules the box office with movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange. (Neither based on Kirby characters, notably; this November’s Thor: Ragnarok sees a return to his contribution, however.) For others, though, the question of how deserved it is underscores the complicated relationship Marvel, and by extension, corporate parent Disney, have shared with Kirby.

From The Hollywood Reporter

Kingdom Hearts III, Gravity Falls, and More Coming to D23 Expo

Gamers, bookworms, and digital Disney fans unite! Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) has an awesome lineup of panels, presentations, and more throughout D23 Expo. Take a look at the schedule below!

Friday, July 14

The Walt Disney Company’s Celebrated Product Legacy and the Exciting Future Ahead (10 a.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage)––Get an inside look at the history of Disney’s beloved products and collectibles throughout the years, and a sneak peek at the product development process and some new products coming soon!

Gravity Falls: Journal 3 and Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension

From Screen to Page: Gravity Falls and Star vs. The Forces of Evil (10:30 a.m., D23 Expo Arena)––Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Star vs. The Forces of Evil creator Daron Nefcy will join forces to share the unique process of taking a show from screen to page with bestselling titles Gravity Falls: Journal 3 and Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension.

Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (4:30 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage)—Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, will interview a panel of female animators past and present who will share their remarkable contributions to the historic animation studio.

Saturday, July 15

Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts

Level Up! The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase (1 p.m., D23 Expo Arena)—Experience never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, special guests, and other unforgettable surprises from across the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel games portfolios in this must-see showcase. Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, DCPI, will kick off the presentation, which will feature many show-stopping moments including announcements from Marvel, and more information about highly anticipated games, Star Wars Battlefront II™ from Electronic Arts, KINGDOM HEARTS III from Disney and Square Enix, and more.

A Kiss Goodnight with Disney Legends Richard Sherman and Floyd Norman (6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena)––Join Disney Legend and music master Richard Sherman and Disney Legend and iconic animator Floyd Norman as they discuss their upcoming book, A Kiss Goodnight.

Sunday, July 16

Writing with Walt: Researching in the Magic Kingdom of Good Eating (10 a.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage)––Join Marcy Smothers, author of the upcoming book, Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food, as she shows how Walt Disney infused fun into his food—from his family’s kitchen table to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons

90 Years of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (6 p.m., Stage 28)—Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Dave Bossert and David Gerstein, authors of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, will showcase the definitive history of the iconic character

While you’re on the show floor, don’t miss the DCPI pavilion, where guests will be able to preview and experience all-new cross-category offerings from Disney’s licensees, authors, and artists, including playing the latest games from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, immersing themselves in the pavilion’s park environment of outdoor play and creativity, or watching cooking demos in the kitchen environment featuring influencers from Disney Family and Disney Publishing Worldwide. Plus, you can check out the Oh My Disney Stage, where you can find celebrity guests, panels, performances, game shows, toy unboxings, and first looks, all weekend long.

Celebrate 20 years of Hercules, 80 years of Snow White, and more at D23 Expo

From Mousequerade to the making of Hercules, there’s a lot in store during the three-day ultimate Disney fan event.

Friday, July 14

Mousequerade

Mousequerade (11 a.m., Stage 28) –– Join judges Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Kara Saun (costume designer for Descendants 2), Yvette Nicole Brown (ABC’s The Mayor), and the contest’s host, Disney’s Jim Babcock, to watch dozens of finalists take the stage in this fan-favorite costume competition for the $2,300 grand prize!

The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls: A Celebration of Friendship, Laughter, and Cheesecake (2:30 p.m., Stage 28) –– Join the show’s creators and other special guests—including author Jim Colucci; Golden Girls writers Barry Fanaro, Robert Spina, and Stan Zimmerman; and art director John Shaffner—for an unforgettable celebration of the enduring fan favorite, 25 years after the final episode.

Disney Legends 30th Anniversary (4:15 p.m., Stage 28) –– After the newest inductees are honored during the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, join historian Leonard Maltin to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the coveted award with a legendary lineup, including Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy and Pluto), Imagineering legend Bob Gurr, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, and 2017 inductee and Star Wars star Mark Hamill.

Whoope Goldberg

Melodies in Walt’s Time: The Music of Disney Live-Action Films (6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena) –– Celebrate the magical music of Walt’s live-action films with live performances of songs from Summer Magic, Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, and more. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, the extravaganza will feature Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Dotrice, and other renowned guest stars, live musical performers, and a 20-voice chorus.

Sunday, July 16

hercules

Zero to Hero: The Making of Hercules (12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena) –– Join directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (“Phil”) and Ken Duncan (“Megara”), and Megara and Hercules themselves––Susan Egan and Tate Donovan––as they share stories from the making of the 1997 fan-favorite film.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 80th Anniversary Screening (3:15 p.m., D23 Expo Arena) — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made its grand debut in 1937, and D23 Expo attendees can enjoy a special screening of the film that started it all.

Wayne Jackson, Tony Baxter, and Marty Sklar

Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering (6 p.m., D23 Expo Arena) –– Disney fan John Stamos leads this legendary conversation between Imagineers Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and 2017 Disney Legend inductee Wayne Jackson, who will share stories from the amazing Disney experiences they’ve had a hand in creating around the globe.

And, don’t miss these exciting events throughout the weekend:

Aimee Carrero

Center Stage –– Located at the center of the D23 Expo show floor, get ready for live performances from Aimee Carrero and Lou Diamond Phillips (Elena of Avalor), Temecula Road, Tomasina, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, and Susan Egan, singing favorites from Beauty and the Beast, drawing with Disney animators Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn and Marvel’s Brian Crosby, and the voice of Disneyland, Bill Rogers, will be on hand each day to record fans’ outgoing voicemail messages.

D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party –– For the first time at D23 Expo, take in a one-of-a-kind street party, right on the D23 Expo show floor! Making its way down Mickey Avenue twice daily, the street party will feature a live band, beloved Disney characters, and celebrity grand marshals. Newly inducted Disney Legends Stan Lee and Mark Hamill will grand marshal the first cavalcade on Friday, July 14, followed by the Descendants 2 cast later that day.

Walt Disney Archives Stage –– This popular stage returns to D23 Expo with 17 panels and presentations featuring special guests like director Pete Docter, Disney Legend Jim Cora, producer Don Hahn, Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse), Imagineers Diana Brost, Jason Grandt, and Chris Merritt, and many more. See the full schedule here.

D23 Expo Announces Walt Disney Archives Stage Schedule

The Walt Disney Archives Stage is back for D23 Expo 2017! See the schedule of panels and presentations below, and click here for the full D23 Expo 2017 lineup.

Friday, July 14

Zorro

“Out of the night, when the full moon is bright” – 60 Years of the Horseman Known as Zorro (11:30 a.m.) –– The story of Zorro was a special one for Walt Disney, but it wasn’t just because the legend of the masked avenger was so compelling. Walt viewed a Zorro television series as a source of funding for his long contemplated theme park. When Roy Disney refused to spend the company’s money on it, Walt bought the rights to Zorro with his own money and started work on a weekly series. The project went on the back burner when ABC television bought the weekly anthology series and the Mickey Mouse Club, but Walt turned back to Zorro to help finance his massive 1959 expansion of Disneyland. This presentation looks back at its sometimes rocky road to the screen, the many actors considered for the series, and some of the very special Disney touches that made it such a success. Hosted by Disney historian and author Bill Cotter.

Walking with Giants: A Virtual Visit to Walt Disney’s Hyperion Studio (1:30 p.m.) –– From 1926 to 1940, Walt Disney’s Hyperion Avenue studio was the vortex of unprecedented achievement. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Mickey Mouse, Snow White, and Pinocchio all came to animated life there––and along with them, an entirely new cinematic art form. Combining state-of-the-art technology with never-before-seen vintage imagery, fans will explore this legendary location where Walt and his team unlocked the secrets of animation and turned amusement into art. Hosted by animation historian Hans Perk.

Ludwig Von Drake

Ludwig Von Drake and Walt Disney’s Colorful TV Revolution (3 p.m.) –– In 1961 Walt transformed his hit television series into Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, the first weekly TV program designed to showcase color. Enjoy a “colorful” celebration of this classic Emmy®- and Peabody-winning TV series—featuring the only animated character Walt ever created for television, fan-favorite Ludwig Von Drake—as Disney writer and historian Jim Fanning shares a kaleidoscope of rare footage, seldom-seen stills, and some “kooky” (as Ludwig might say) surprises.

Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (4:30 p.m.) –– Women have been at the forefront of animation from the very beginning. Mindy Johnson, author of the forthcoming landmark volume Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation (Disney Editions), introduces you to a panel showcasing some of the extraordinary artists who’ve made remarkable contributions to Walt Disney’s animation.

Park Stars: Original Characters of the Disney Parks (6 p.m.) –– Figment, Big Al, Chandu, the Hatbox Ghost, and Liver Lips McGrowl are just a few of the many Disney characters created specifically for Disney Parks. Join Imagineers Jason Grandt and Diana Brost as they take you on a journey around the world to meet many of the fun personalities that appear in Disney Parks attractions and shows.

Saturday, July 15

Marc Davis

Marc Davis Goes to WED – The Amazing Artistry and Designs of the Legendary Disney Imagineer (10 a.m.) –– When Walt Disney asked directing animator Marc Davis to “take a look” at some of his attractions at Disneyland in late 1960, it began a second career for one of his top animators—who immediately began working for WED Enterprises, now known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Davis led the design efforts and strove to inject his trademark humor into attractions like the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, Country Bear Jamboree, America Sings, and many, many other Disney theme park classics. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Walt Disney Imagineering’s Christopher Merritt as they share amazing and unseen artwork and photographs they have discovered in the process of writing a new book on this Imagineering Legend.

The Hidden Art of Disney – A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the They Drew as They Pleased Book Series (11:30 a.m.) –– The groundbreaking book series They Drew as They Pleased features an in-depth exploration of the life and art of Disney’s concept artists, with each volume showcasing more than 400 pieces of pre-production artwork. Most of the material contained in each volume has never been seen before in book form. The series will eventually include a total of six books. In this panel, author Didier Ghez reveals the fascinating detective work behind the making of the books and an exclusive preview of the upcoming volumes in the series.

Walt, Kaye and Marceline: A Very Big, Small Town Story (1:30 p.m.) –– From numerous stays in her childhood home to one-of-a-kind Disneyland employment offers, Kaye Malins can reminisce about a lifetime of pixie-dust-filled moments with Walt, Roy, and Ruth Disney that seamlessly led her to her current role as Executive Director of the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in the heart of Missouri: “I grew up surrounded by special people like Walt and Roy Disney, and only now can I truly reflect back on how special my childhood was.” Visually supported by museum archival photography and photos from her personal collection, Kaye will walk you through a lifetime of Marceline memories that will remind you that sometimes dreams really do come true.

Disney and Pixar Did That? Advertisements and Animated Commercials (3 p.m.) –– Join archivists and research specialists from across The Walt Disney Company who help to oversee Disney and Pixar historical collections as they share with you rarely seen advertising campaigns and animated commercials spanning from the 1930s to Pixar’s efforts of the 1990s. Through artwork, film clips, and stories behind some of the familiar, yet no-so familiar projects, learn about a little-known aspect of the creative history of Disney and Pixar while gaining new perspectives on the productions and products themselves.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century (6 p.m.) –– Don Hahn’s new book Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century is a valentine to Disney of the 50s and 60s, an era of optimism, relaxed lifestyle, and innovative design. Author Don Hahn takes us on a lavishly illustrated journey through the era with rarely seen art and photography of the mid-20th century reflecting the unique style that Walt Disney and his artists pioneered. If you’ve seen Sleeping Beauty, read Dwell magazine, shopped at Design Within Reach, or watched Mad Men, this talk is for you and all those who love this extraordinary era at Disney.

Sunday, July 16

Writing with Walt: Researching in the Magic Kingdom of Good Eating (10 a.m.) –– This talk examines the research, interviews, and serendipity that led to the first food book about Walt Disney at home, the studio, and Disneyland. Marcy Smothers’ upcoming book, Eat Like Walt, is a culinary tour of the park’s six lands. Every attraction has a story, and so do many of the menu items. Disneyland’s food transports us as much as it satiates us, or as Walt declared, “The food is as fabulous as the fun, too.”

Bambi

Walt Disney Signature Collection Presents: The 75th Anniversary of Bambi (11:30 a.m.) –– 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 forever 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. Its groundbreaking animated classics like Bambi that have not only been created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney but have also influenced many great visionaries and animators through to today.

Magic in the Details: How Disney Historical Collections Continue to Inspire (1:30 p.m.) –– Join Disney archivists and collection managers as they explain how historical materials from company collections help to extend the life of a given story beyond a project’s completion or end credits. In highlighting various recent company projects, learn how preserved artwork, photography, and music have been used to inspire new generations of Disney artists.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough – Celebrating 60 Years of Walt Disney’s Most Charming Tableaux(3:30 p.m.) –– In 1956, Walt Disney tasked some of his most talented Imagineers to re-create scenes from the then-in-production animated film Sleeping Beauty inside Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. The result, opening on April 28, 1957, was a magical attraction that allowed guests to stroll through the previously unexplored winding passageways of the castle while viewing charming dioramas that re-created scenes from the beloved film. Join Imagineers Tony Baxter and Christopher Merritt as they take you through the history and development of this beloved attraction, from its beginnings in the 1950s, through to its “re-awakening” in 2008.

PopDisney: Six Degrees of Separation (5 p.m.) –– How were the many worlds of Disney—such as Marvel, Lucasfilm, and the Muppets—all connected long before they were part of The Walt Disney Company? Join archivist Justin Arthur and Disney Character Voice Bret Iwan on a lively exploration of Disney’s place in the pop culture spectrum, strange historical facts, and little-known connections across the years, featuring rarely seen clips and imagery.