Since James Gunn stated Marvel Studio’s wont be attending Comic-Con this year, it leaves much to look forward at this year’s D23 Expo among its other big presentations from LucasFilm, Pixar, and Disney Animation Studios. The biennial celebration of everything Disney-owned will be invading the Anaheim Convention Center this August to showcase its biggest features in the works, including Zootopia, Finding Dory, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book as well as previews of Marvel and LucasFilm projects.
Let’s face it, San Diego Comic-Con is a battleground for the likes of Marvel Studios to earn your attention against other big names such as Warner Bros. with their shared cinematic universe along with many other franchises hoping to get your butt into Hall H; if you can get in line early enough. So this fourth D23 Expo hopes to give fans a little breathing room, especially since Disney is revamping the main arena to form a new 7,500-seat venue known as “Hall D23” – Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center only houses around 6,100.
But the expo isn’t just about feature films, but also Disney Parks and Resorts among other fun insider nuggets that fans of the House of Mouse can look forward to in the coming years. When I went in 2013, it was incredibly exciting to see what’s cooking with the Imagineers for the parks and other Disney assets that were in the works.
What’s interesting about the press release is that there is no mention of anything Disney television, which includes ABC, ABC Family, Disney XD, A&E Networks, Disney Junior, ESPN, and the Disney Channel. And even then the expo only focused on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. If I recall, most of the television presentations were in the big hall and were presented on Sunday, which the press release below does not state what is happening that day. I could only assume this is the case.
From the official press release from D23 Expo:
BURBANK, Calif., May 7, 2015 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.
To showcase these Expo favorites, Disney is creating “Hall D23,” a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center, so that more guests than ever can see the presentations live and in person.
The Schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations includes the following (times and additional announcements forthcoming; all events subject to change):
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, August 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. The creativity and innovation of these visionaries and artists have earned them a place among such names as Dame Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, and Robin Williams. At the D23 EXPO in 2013, Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn were inducted.
In two separate Hall D23 sessions, The Walt Disney Studios will unveil an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming film slate. At Friday’s session, fans will go in-depth with the talented filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios to get a sneak peek at films such as Zootopia and Finding Dory. On Saturday, live-action titles such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book and films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, along with some very special guests, take center stage.
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 15, join Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, for a behind-the-scenes peek at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.
Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Until June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.
Source: D23 Expo