The much-anticipated news is here. The D23 EXPO 2015 has just announced the roster of panels, presentations, and exhibits that will be awaiting fans of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Panel presentations include Imagineering, Disney Parks Merchandise, Disney Cruise Line and more. Noticeably missing is details about the 3pm Hall D23 presentation on Saturday that many hope will drop news, rumors, or announcements regarding some of Disney’s high profile expansion rumors for Marvel and Star Wars in the domestic parks. In particular, mums the word still for what exactly will be happening at Disney Hollywood Studios.
The Parks and Resorts Pavilion promises 12,500 square feet of goodness including a look Shanghai Disney and the Avatar project at at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Mickey’s of Glendale shopping experience also returns.
Full announcement below.
Parks Celebrates 60 Years of Innovation at D23 EXPO 2015
The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts show floor pavilion will give D23 EXPO 2015 guests a look into the much-anticipated Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as a preview of the Avatar project coming to Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plus, in addition to the previously announced Hall D23 presentation on Saturday, August 15, guests will have the opportunity to hear from executives, Imagineers, designers, Disney Legends and others directly involved with various projects for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in five engaging panels.
On The Show Floor
Located in Hall C, the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion is a 12,500-square-foot exhibit that gives guests a glimpse of the creative process in designing and building Shanghai Disney Resort, along with a preview of the Avatar project coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
In a celebratory exhibit on Shanghai Disney Resort, maquettes, artist illustrations, and media clips capture the designers’ journey as the resort comes to life. Guests can learn about the show design process and discover the tradition and innovation infused into the resort.
Guests will also get an in-depth look at Pandora when they explore what’s to come for the AVATAR project, with models, images, and exhibits on display.
Additionally, Mickey’s of Glendale, the Imagineering-exclusive merchandise store, will open an outpost at the Pavilion where guests will have the opportunity to purchase merchandise specially designed for D23 EXPO 2015.
Presentations and Panels
Friday, August 14
1:30–2:30 p.m. – 60 Years of Disney Parks Merchandise (Stage 28)
Join our talented Disney Design Group artists, merchandisers, and special guests as they take you from concept to reality with behind-the-scenes storytelling about classic Disney souvenirs and how they have become tangible lasting memories. Guests will get a first look at some of the exciting new merchandise coming to Disney parks.
3:15–4:15 p.m. – Safari So Good—60 Years of the World Famous Jungle Cruise (Stage 23)
Skippers from throughout the years reflect on their experiences at the Jungle Cruise, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary as one of Disneyland’s opening-day attractions. They will also discuss changes to the attraction over the years including recent holiday overlays and other additions.
5–7 p.m. – Imagineering 60 Years of Disneyland (Stage 23)
In a two-part panel discussion about Disneyland with Disney Legends and current Imagineers, panelists will discuss how it all began, what it took to carry on Walt Disney’s legacy, and how Imagineers are continuing to deliver magic well into the future. The panel is moderated by Academy Award®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks, who will present a new trailer from her forthcoming documentary about Walt Disney Imagineering.
Sunday, August 16
10–11 a.m. – Disney Kingdoms (Stage 28)
Guests will learn about Disney Kingdoms, a joint collaboration between Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Imagineering. Guests will hear how these popular comic book series got started and discover the creators and theme park inspirations behind these popular titles, including Seekers of the Weird,Figment, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
3–4 p.m. – Experience the World with Disney: Adventures by Disney, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, and Disney Vacation Club (Stage 28)
This panel will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how Disney is creating new vacation experiences for families all around the world. The first 400 guests in attendance will receive a D23 EXPO-exclusive gift.