Disney announced today that D23 Expo will be taking place in Anaheim, California once again August 14-16, 2015. Continuing their biennial tradition, the fourth ever D23 Expo will take place in one of the biggest blockbuster years ever. Check out what Disney is planning on highlighting next year in their official announcement after the jump.
The D23 Expo has seen positive growth ever since it first arrived in Anaheim in 2009. I went to my first D23 Expo last year and it was quite the intimate adventure. With the acquisition of LucasFilm and many other big upcoming movies, Disney fans got a very memorable convention that only the House of Mouse could conceive. As Disney preps for 2015, they are heading in with a very strong arsenal of properties to present and showcase to fans.
D23 Expo is more than just big presentations of future movies, games, and television shows, but also a wonderful fan experience full of exhibits, merchandising, and other unique opportunities to learn about the wonderful world of Disney. 2015 will be a great year to revisit newly released films such as Tomorrowland, the new live-action Cinderella, Pixar’s Inside Out, and Marvel’s Avenger’s Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Things to look forward to are Star Wars Episode VII, a new live-action The Jungle Book, The Good Dinosaur.
Because the company was very hush hush on the whole LucasFilm acquisition last year, we suspect they will roll out big surprises as Episode VII hits theaters that Christmas. They also might be able to show us upcoming Pixar projects such as Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2, and Cars 3.
And of course, D23 Expo is the perfect place to cosplay as your favorite Disney/Marvel/Star Wars/Pixar characters
Here’s official press release below:
All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again under one roof when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of Aug. 14–16, 2015. Each of Disney’s wonderful worlds will unite to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars, and Marvel.
“The D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event, created to honor and celebrate your love of all things Disney,” Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger told shareholders and D23 Members at the Company’s Annual Meeting today in Portland, Oregon. “And we hope to see you there.”
The fourth event promises to be the biggest ever, following the success of D23 Expo 2013, which drew more than 65,000 Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Fans were treated to appearances by such superstars as Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston; watched performances by Idina Menzel, and R5 featuring Ross Lynch; enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime concert from Disney Legends Alan Menken and Richard M. Sherman; explored the inner workings of Walt Disney Imagineering; looked back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits; and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products from The Walt Disney Company.
Highlights planned for D23 Expo 2015 include the 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props, and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archives; and the Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise. Once again the event will feature a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. Plus, the event will once again feature StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain a guaranteed seat for some of the Expo’s most popular presentations.
Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning August 14, 2014. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Silver Members will also be entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor. D23 Charter Members will enjoy access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge. Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities.
The fourth D23 Expo will be held in Anaheim, California during August 14-16, 2015.
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