This August is the third D23 Expo. The D23 Expo is a huge Disney comic-con type event that occurs every two years and shows what is to come for the Walt Disney Company.
10 Reasons to Visit the D23 Expo
#1 Third Times the Charm
Disney has put on two D23 Expos so far and for some reason their signature crowd control methods weren’t seen. Most people who visited the past expos hope that Disney will improve the visitor experience and change the system that people queue up for the presentations. (Fingers Crossed!)
#2 Richard Sherman and Alan Menken are Playing TOGETHER!
Alan Menken, the musician behind some of the greatest musical pieces in the last century will be playing at the expo. Menken is responsible for the music of “Aladdin,” “the Little Mermaid,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Richard Sherman may be the only other composer who could rival Alan Menken. Richard Sherman wrote the “it’s a small world” theme song and most, if not all of the songs for “Mary Poppins.” His brother Robert Sherman recently passed away.
Not only are Richard Sherman and Alan Menken playing music at the D23 Expo, they are playing music at the D23 Expo together! It is the first time that Alan Menken and Richard Sherman have ever appeared on the same bill.
“I can’t express how excited I am that my esteemed friend Alan Menken and I will be sharing the same bill for the very first time,” Sherman said in a statement. “Alan is an incredible talent, and I know we’re both thrilled to be performing for Disney’s most ardent fans—they’re the best and I can’t wait to be a part of what promises to be a very special night for all of us.”
#3 The Force is Strong…
The rumor is that Disney will announce the name of the new Star Wars Episode seven film by bringing J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher all on stage. Expect a long line for this presentation. Who knows, James Earl Jones might show up and announce a cameo?
#4 There’s a Snake in Walt’s Boot.
Tom Hanks, the voice of Woody from Toy Story, will probably be present at the Disney Studios presentation discussing his role as Walt Disney in the upcoming movie, Saving Mr. Banks. The presentation should be fantastic featuring a superstar that dates back to “Big,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and everyone’s favorite: “Toy Story.”
#5 Staggs Talks the Talk
Tom Staggs, the head of Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide will present the Disney parks presentation. Most people hope that a couple of huge new projects will be announced, like more Disney California Adventure expansion, a Hollywood Studios expansion (maybe Star Wars land), and a makeover of Tomorrowland in Disneyland. What do you want to see announced?
We will just have to see if he Walts the walk..er..walks the walk.
#6 The Best of the Best
Every two years at the D23 Expo Disney holds the Disney Legends Ceremony. Disney Legends are Cast Members who worked for the Disney company and are “those special few who best embody the Company’s unique creative spirit, personified by its founder.” Disney can crown any member of the company a Disney legend.
Currently the legends range from ESPN Sportscasters to the original nine old men who worked on Snow White and Seven Dwarfs for Walt Disney. See the full current list of recipients.
This is the Disney Legends award, seen here on the Disney studios lot in a courtyard that honors all Disney company legends.
#7 Shhhh!!! We are looking at Disney Stuff!
The Disney silent Auction features a mixture of very cool Disney merchandise that is up for auction. Some highlights from the last expo were ride vehicles and other assorted items that were very rare. This year Disney has already said that they were going to put a couple of old Matterhorn mountain ride cars up for sale as well as other ride vehicles and props. See the full listing here.
The DisneylandTraveler wishes that they would put them back on the track instead of selling them.
#8 Bring the whole family.
Disney just announced the full lineup of guest appearances for the Disney channel booth. They include some of the stars from the most popular shows. If you have a child, who watches the Disney channel, this won’t be something they will want to miss.
Disney Channel stars in attendance will include Bridgit Mendler of “Good Luck Charlie,” Zendaya of “Shake it Up,” and many more.
#9 Poppins Bottles in the Archives
“Mary Poppins” celebrates it’s 50th anniversary since release this year. Disney has created an entire Treasures of the Disney Archives exhibit geared around the movie. Here is my favorite Mary Poppins quote:
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We are still waiting to see if we will be lucky enough to visit the D23 Expo.
If you know anyone who is on the fence about wanting to go to the D23 Expo or not. Have them check out this article or Tweet to me @DisneyDose, I’ll set them straight.
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