We already knew that D23 Expo 2019 was going to offer an official Walt Disney Studios panel but now we have even more details about how the Walt Disney Animation Studios and the Pixar Animation Studios will be presented at the D23 Expo 2019!

Aside from the big panel and other smaller ones, guests can expect an exciting assortment of offerings including interactive displays, artist autograph signings, sharable photo opportunities, and giveaways all weekend long during the event! Here’s a taste…

Show Floor

WHERE: August 23–25, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

On the show floor, the two studios will once again team up for an immersive animation experience at D23 Expo. Expect big sections for FROZEN 2 and ONWARD plus be on the look out for:

  • Opportunities to meet the teams behind the movies
  • Autograph signings of exclusive art
  • Promotional item giveaways
  • A real-life version of Guinevere, the van from their upcoming film ONWARD. Decked out with crescent moon windows and a “Pegacorn” (part Pegasus, part unicorn) painted on her sides, Guinevere will offer guests a taste of the adventure that two teenage elf brothers will embark upon in the movie.
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Saturday, August 24


WHERE: 10 a.m. in Hall D23

As a part of The Walt Disney Studios presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter will present never-before-seen footage, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by all-star voice talent from the studios’ upcoming slate of animated films. Fans will get new looks at WDAS’ highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning feature film FROZEN when directors Chris Buck, Lee, and producer Peter Del Vecho reveal new details about FROZEN 2. Director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae will introduce fans to the characters in Pixar’s upcoming original feature film Onward, while Docter and producer Dana Murray share details about next summer’s original feature SOUL.

NOTE: Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.

Sunday, August 25

The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration! – Presented by H2O+ 

WHERE: 10 a.m., D23 Expo Arena

Fans of the classic film are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of THE LITTLE MERMAID, recognized around the world as one of the greatest animated films of all time. Hosted by the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson, it will be an unforgettable “Under the Sea” celebration.


Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy

WHERE: 12 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage

Fans will discover what it’s like to hold Disney history in their hands in this informative panel. The talented team at Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) preserves millions of pieces of original Disney Animation art from Steamboat Willie to the films of today. Attendees will learn how the ARL shares these hidden gems, inspiring artists and audiences alike.

World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit

WHERE: 4 p.m., Stage 28

In this exciting panel, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut SHORT CIRCUIT, an experimental short film program that will debut in Spring 2020 on Disney+. Talented artists and filmmakers will share their films for the first time anywhere and give behind-the-scenes insights.

See it for Yourself

D23 Expo 2019 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 23-25, 2019.

For tickets and info visit D23expo.com. The 3-day passes AND 1-day Saturday tickets are sold out BUT the 1-day tickets for Friday and Sunday event dates are still available. To join D23 and enjoy Gold Member benefits, visit D23.com/join.

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