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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Before anyone jumps out of your seat, I was being hypothetical. Just imagine……a cast member runs out of the Disneyana Shop on Main Street in Disneyland. He races up to and says,” It’s your lucky day,” and hands you a $1000 gift card to Disney. He then tells you that you only have an hour to spend it. Go.
You’ve got an hour to choose what you want, movies, jewelry, pins, collectibles. What will you get?
Because I can’t magically transport me and all of you to Disneyland to look around, lets head to the Disney Store on Amazon.com(because it has the biggest selection) to poke around. Don’t get to caught up in the prices, just look around Amazon.com, and tell what Disney items you would buy in the comments.
Christmas is right around the corner, and the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is coming up this week! Maybe you have a Disney fan in your life that you need to buy for. Here are some hot ideas to buy for a Disney fan this year!
Wreck-It Ralph Smash hands are available at the Disney Store for about $24. They also talk & Wreck-It Ralph is the HOT Disney movie of the year so it will be a fun pick!
Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1 & 2 has all of the short films made by Pixar which is perfect for the huge Disney/Pixar film fan & not likely to be one that they have!
Just released ‘Brave’ is a great family movie from Disney/Pixar. Funny & cute movie that everyone will want to add to their collection.
At a whopping $90 this is the coolest play set around. What better way to bring home the magic than this Park authentic set. They also have Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
The Cinderella Diamond Edition has emerged from the vault just in time for Christmas and only for a limited time. Grab a copy quick before it goes back into the dreaded vault.
Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two releases just in time for Christmas. Perfect for that Disney fan who is also a gamer!
For the ultimate Disney fan a membership or renewal to D23. It’s about $75 but is worth it for a big Disney fan with many exclusive events.
For the younger set this is the ultimate toy this season. Averaging about $45 at Walmart is the Jake & the Neverland Pirate Ship! There are many cool accessories to buy on the side, as well.
A mega Disney fan would LOVE to have the Walt Disney World Resort Railroad chugging around their tree! Available at the Disney Store.
If you have money to burn who wouldn’t love a Disney Vacation in their stocking. Nothing says awesome gift like getting tickets to the Happiest Place on Earth!
If you do head to the Happiest Place on Earth make sure to get our free guide to the Disney Parks. Hopefully Santa will put a few of these in our stockings, but if not I hope that this gives you some good ideas to get for that Disney lover in your life.
Pictures were taken from the Disney Store. All/most items are available there, and many are also available at other locations worldwide. I hope that you enjoy your Christmas and have a Happy New Year.
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Let’s all give a huge hey howdy hey welcome to Disney Store’s second and (therefore) newest series in their exclusive Cutesations line, Toy Story. The 5? Sheriff Woody plush is joined by BFFs Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Wheezy, Alien, Lotso, Hamm and Rex in this adorable new collection. Like the previous Alice in Wonderland set, each of the Cutesations come available either as packaged individually in a blindbox for $6.50 or as a complete set including the exclusive Sheriff Woody’s Badge plush display for $79.50.
If you haven’t yet collected the original Cutesations Alice in Wonderland collection featuring Alice, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Tweedles, Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar, DisneyStore.com still has them available and at a deep discount. Individual blindboxes are just $3.99 each while the entire collection with exclusive mushroom plush display stand is just $49.99.
Disney has released new footage from Brave, showcase some more of the humor from Brave.
Disney has also released new merchandise for the Disney store, and disneystore.com. Disney also knows that you want to come to the movie dressed as Merida, so they have costumes, and wigs, to let you become the Scottish princess.
Disney is promising a day “chalk full of excitement and fun” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Disney Store. Disney stores all over the nation are hosting a day of family fun.
When the store opens Disney will be giving away silver Mickey Mouse ears to the first 250 people to enter the stores for the day.
Every person purchasing an item in store or online at disneystore.com will receive 25% Tomorrow.
Disney will also be selling special Vinylmations to honor the event.
No two Vinylmations are alike.
“Disney Store’s 25th anniversary is about celebrating our guests, our products, and the memorable experiences we create for families every day,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Store worldwide, “We take great pride in delivering on the Disney promise of excellence, and look forward to bringing the magic of Disney to our guests around the world for many years to come.”
The Disney Store is celebrating 25 years of delivering great products to guests with a special offer for its best customers. A special discount is running this weekend. Take 25% Off Your Entire Purchase at Disney Store with Promo Code: HAPPY25. Continue reading →
I recently visited Books Inc., a subsidary of Compass Books, in my home town, to ask any of the staff if they knew why the Disneyland Downtown Disney location of Compass Books had closed. One of the employees said that it was very difficult to change any elements of the store, or even change products available because of Disney’s rules about the stores in Downtown Disney. They also said that the profits weren’t worth the trouble of having a store so far away from their home base, which is the Bay Area. I was very sad to see the bookstore leave the resort because it really was a nice place that was separate from the hustle and bustle of the touristy Downtown Disney. Sorry, don’t know if touristy is a word, but is sure describes Downtown Disney.
Often when we are visiting Disneyland park we will be celebrating a birthday. The best part of that celebration is the little button that is given to you that proclaims to the entire park that you are celebrating.
These Disneyland birthday pins can be obtained at City Hall, the front desks of the resort hotels, registers at the shops on both Main Street and Buena Vista, and at some of the ticket counters in the Good Neighbor hotels.
Here are some photos of the Disneyland birthday buttons as they evolved over the years:
Above I have the oldest birthday pin from my bulletin board, it is from about 2005.
But then Disneyland management decided that it was bad to be unique so they redid their birthday button to match Disney World’s button that you can see below. Continue reading →