Disney Reveals More D23 Expo Details for Theme Park Fans

July 24, 2015, 3:10 PM · Disney today released additional information detailing some of the offerings for theme park fans at its D23 Expo next month.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will have a pavilion on the show floor as well as hosting several sessions during the three-day event in Anaheim, California. The 12,500-square-foot pavilion will feature artists' illustrations, maquettes, and video clips detailing the process of designing and building the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland park. Disney also will feature models, images, and exhibits detailing the new Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, also now under construction.

Shanghai Disneyland concept art

Session highlights include a Friday afternoon panel discussion on 60 years of Disneyland, which will include as-yet-unnamed Disney Imagineers and Disney Legends. Leslie Iwerks, granddaughter of Mickey Mouse co-creator Ub Iwerks, will lead the discussion. Before that session, Disney will celebrate 60 years of the Jungle Cruise by inviting several former skipper back to talk about the attraction and share stories.

Disneyland's Jungle Cruise

A Sunday morning panel will present Disney Kingdoms, the joint collaboration between Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Imagineering that has created comics based on Thunder Mountain and Figment. Additional panels will cover theme park merchandise, as well as Disney vacations beyond the parks, including Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise Line and the Disney Vacation Club.

As of now, though, there are no details available for big Disney Parks and Resorts presentation that scheduled for the arena on Saturday afternoon, August 15.

The 2015 D23 Expo runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, just south of the Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available on the D23 Expo website.

Replies (8)

July 24, 2015 at 3:31 PM · As long as they finally announce what the heck is going on in Hollywood Studios.
July 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM · I know exactly what all you Universal fans are gonna say...blah blah blah no new attractions blah blah blah so lazy blah blah blah Star Wars and Avatar probably won't come for like another ten years blah blah blah the attractions won't be good blah blah blah ugly stepsisters blah blah blah screw FP+ blah blah blah Iger is evil blah blah blah money scandal blah blah blah Walt would be dissapointed blah blah blah Universal keeps building blah blah Universal #1 blah blah blah Hail Potter. Yup, sounds about right.
July 25, 2015 at 6:29 PM · There's someone happening here ....
July 26, 2015 at 2:44 AM · What it is, ain't exactly clear...

July 26, 2015 at 6:28 AM · Everyone please, I implore you. Do not, I repeat DO NOT get too excited in regards to any formal announcements and/or specifics regarding US based Disney parks at this year's D23. I can almost guarantee from what I've been hearing through the grapevine that nothing all that specific will be announced. We may be hearing about "plans" but don't expect specificity in regards to any new projects. I honestly hope I'm wrong but most signs I'm seeing are pointing to the vast majority of the conversation at D23 to be focused on AVATAR and the far east parks.
July 26, 2015 at 9:03 AM · Regarding announcements as D23 Mr. Catlett writes: "I can almost guarantee from what I've been hearing through the grapevine that nothing all that specific will be announced ... most signs I'm seeing are pointing to the vast majority of the conversation at D23 to be focused on AVATAR and the far east parks."

I Respond: Can you give us a link to these vines and signs?

July 26, 2015 at 2:37 PM · I can't wait to see the Avatar world model. I have a feeling that this land might turn out better than I originally thought.
July 28, 2015 at 8:36 AM · This just in - new theme park attraction news about WDW Theme Parks!
WDW will be adding 2 new parking garages, moving several sidewalks at Epcot, new restroom upgrades at Disney Studios, new signage and paint at several attractions and stores in MK, and 2 new vacation clubs to be built near Animal Kingdom!
Exciting times for theme park fans indeed.
Universal is finishing Kong Island E Ticket ride, ENTIRE new themed Water Park , Sapphire Falls 4 star resort, and upgrading Jurassic Park Island: all to be completed before the end of 2016. Yawn!
Give the guests what they demand Universal! More infrastructure upgrades...lay off the new attractions and resorts!
Oh, Universal upgrades infrastructure too?! Oh, I didn't know that.

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