The 2015 D23 Expo takes place from August 14-16th at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event showcases all aspects of the Walt Disney Corporation including movies, television, and the theme parks. Details have been slowly coming out via press release and the Disney Parks Blog. For full coverage of D23 Expo related items, refer to our D23 feed here.
During the D23 Expo, several panel presentations take place each day. The full schedule of these panels has not been released, but details on many of these presentations has been made available. The three facilities used are as follows:
- Hall D23 – Seats 7500 (Up from 4000 with additional 2000 seat over flow room in 2013)
- Stage 23 – Seating Capacity Unknown
- Stage 28 – Seating Capacity Unknown
An incomplete schedule for these events can be found below (as of July 14), we will update this further as new information becomes available:
Friday, August 14, 2015
|Time||Hall D23||Stage 23||Stage 28|
|10:00 AM||Disney Legends Awards||–||Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show!|
|11:30 AM||–||–||In Conversation with the Filmmakers and the Emotions Behind Inside Out|
|3:00 PM||Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios||–||Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Storytelling with Ridley Pearson & Marty Sklar|
|4:30 PM||–||–||Disneyland Home Movies|
|6:00 PM||–||–||A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!|
Saturday, August 15, 2015
|Time||Hall D23||Stage 23||Stage 28|
|10:00 AM||–||–||One Little Spark: Marty Sklar Presents Mickey's Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering|
|10:30 AM||Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios||–||–|
|11:00 AM||–||Disney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS”||–|
|1:30 PM||–||–||Welcome to Zootopia!|
|2:00 PM||–||Disney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS”||–|
|3:00 PM||Walt Disney Parks and Resorts||–||Pixar Secrets Revealed! Hear the Stories They Didn’t Want You to Know!|
|4:30 PM||–||Toy Story: 20 Years Later, the Original Crew Looks Back||The Making of American Experience: Walt Disney|
|6:00 PM||–||–||Aladdin– The Making of a Classic|
Sunday, August 16, 2015
|Time||Hall D23||Stage 23||Stage 28|
|11:00 AM||Disney Interactive||Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration||–|
|11:30 AM||–||–||The Shorts of Walt Disney Animation Studios: from Paperman to Prep & Landing, Feast to Frozen Fever|
|1:30 PM||–||–||An Animator's Gallery: Presented by Dave A. Bossert and Eric Goldberg|
|2:00 PM||–||Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration||–|
|3:00 PM||Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!||–||–|
|4:30 PM||–||–||Best of Destination D|
|5:00 PM||–||Celebrating Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club – 60 Magical yEARS||–|
|6:00 PM||–||–||The Tunes Behind the Toons: Screening/Q&A|
Additional details on every event can be found below. The descriptions have been taken from various press releases put out by the D23 staff.
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Hall D23
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.
Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show!
Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Stage 28
Be prepared for your Disneyland-loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it opened. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century-era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, the Indian Village, PeopleMover, House of the Future, Carousel of Progress, and the original Tomorrowland—promoted as “The World of 1986”—and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967. Your imagination will be inspired!
In Conversation with the Filmmakers and the Emotions Behind Inside Out
Friday, August 14, 2015, 11:30 am – 12:30 am Stage 28
Get the inside story on the making of Pixar’s latest summer release Inside Out. Hear from Academy Award -winning director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and producer Jonas Rivera (Up) as they reminisce and share their personal stories of creating a world that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen.
Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Stage 23
Mousequerade invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!” The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants.
Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
Friday, August 14, 2015, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Hall D23
After meeting the Emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old, taking a trip to San Fransokyo where a boy genius and his robot save the world, and falling in love with a queen with icy powers who wants to “let it go,” come see where Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios plan to take you next. In what has become a D23 EXPO must-see, host John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, presents “Every Story is a Journey.” Filmmakers will unveil never-before-seen footage from Pixar’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory and Disney Animation’s Zootopia and Moana. The event will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star voice talent. Cell phones, cameras and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Storytelling with Ridley Pearson & Marty Sklar
Friday, August 14, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Stage 28
New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson joins Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar as they discuss their seemingly different careers and roles as storytellers, along with how their worlds pleasantly and serendipitously collided with the creation of Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers series.
Disneyland Home Movies
Friday, August 14, 2015, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Stage 28
While Disneyland is one of the most photographed places on earth, this collection of one-of-a-kind footage and photography offers a unique viewpoint from another time. From the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs; Lynne Kirste, Special Collections Curator; and surprise special guests will take guests on a journey from Walt’s inspirations for Disneyland to the park’s opening and evolution, as captured on film. Suzanne Lloyd joins the presentation to showcase her grandfather Harold Lloyd’s stunning photography of Disneyland taken the week before the opening and on opening day.
A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!
Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Stage 28
Fans of A Goofy Movie won’t want to miss this special commemoration of the beloved Disney animated feature, which turns 20 in 2015. Film producer Don Hahn hosts a panel of A Goofy Movie talent––including Disney Legend Bill Farmer (Goofy), Jason Marsden (Max), Jim Cummings (Pete), Rob Paulsen (P.J.), and writer Jymn Magon––who will share behind-the-scenes stories and surprising anecdotes from the fan-favorite musical.
One Little Spark: Marty Sklar Presents Mickey's Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Stage 28
From the acclaimed author of DREAM IT! DO IT!, Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar joins five well-known Imagineers in a lively conversation about what inspired them to go into the arts, ultimately become Imagineers, and the advice they have for young creative talent who wish to do the same. Sklar will engage his fellow Imagineers in an inspiring discussion that will appeal to young and old alike—those who hope to take that “Road to Imagineering” someday, along with the parents and grandparents who encourage young people to follow their dreams.
Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios
Saturday, August 15, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Hall D23
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.
Disney on Broadway’s “THE ORIGINALS”
Saturday, August 15, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm & 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Stage 23
Stars Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” (Ashley Brown), “Tarzan” (Josh Strickland) and “Genie”(James Monroe Iglehart) from Aladdin. The “originals” will entertain and delight D23 EXPO attendees by performing favorite musical highlights from the Disney on Broadway catalogue. Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart will also serve as host for this 70-minute, live performance that features a five-piece band of Broadway’s best musicians with special behind-the-scenes videos and interviews that promise to enthrall Disney on Broadway fans of all ages.
Welcome to Zootopia!
Saturday, August 15, 1:30 pm – Stage 28
Welcome to Zootopia, a magnificent mammal metropolis, and home to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ next feature, the comedy-adventure Zootopia. Join directors Byron Howard (Tangled, Bolt) and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), producer Clark Spencer (Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), and artists from the incredible production team as they introduce rookie rabbit-officer Judy Hopps, con-artist fox Nick Wilde and a host of dynamic animal characters, sharing footage and behind-the-scenes stories with D23 EXPO-goers.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Saturday, August 15, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Hall D23
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.
Pixar Secrets Revealed! Hear the Stories They Didn’t Want You to Know!
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Stage 28
Ever wonder where your favorite Pixar stories began? Hear the stories you don’t know about the classic films that you love. Pixar senior development executive Mary Coleman hosts this experience, welcoming the storytellers behind some of Pixar’s most successful films, including Darla K. Anderson (A Bug’s Life,Monsters, Inc., Cars,Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Brave), Ronnie del Carmen (Up, Inside Out) and Dan Scanlon (Cars, Toy Story 3, Monsters University), as they talk about the twists and turns of crafting a narrative and share some of the crazy story ideas that didn’t make the final cut.
Toy Story: 20 Years Later, the Original Crew Looks Back
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Stage 23
From flipbooks to feature films, animation has taken audiences to fantastical new worlds, far beyond the limits of any real-world setting. Pixar Animation Studios has been at the forefront of this evolution, blurring the line between art and technology and bringing beloved characters to life with heart and humor. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of 1995’s Toy Story, the first computer-animated feature film, join members of the original crew, including filmmakers John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Galyn Susman, Ralph Eggleston, Sharon Calahan, Eben Ostby, Bob Pauley and Bill Reeves as they share their stories and the challenges they faced along the way.
The Making of American Experience: Walt Disney
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Stage 28
This fall, PBS will premiere a new two-part, four-hour film exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney as part of the American Experience series. Go behind-the-scenes with the team who brought the project together for a special sneak peek of the film: moderator Don Hahn (film producer, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King), Sarah Colt (director/producer, American Experience: Walt Disney), Neal Gabler (biographer, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination), and Becky Cline, the Director of the Walt Disney Archives.
Aladdin– The Making of a Classic
Saturday, August 15, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Stage 28
Join Walt Disney Animation Studios filmmakers, including legendary directors John Musker and Ron Clements, animators Eric Goldberg (Genie) and Mark Henn (Jasmine), as well as Jasmine herself, Linda Larkin, and the two actors who gave life to the character Aladdin: Scott Weinger and Brad Kane, as they unveil the stories behind one of the great Disney classics, Aladdin, a film that led to a “whole new world” for animation.
Sunday, August 16, 11:00 am – Hall D23
Never-before-seen gameplay, trailers, new reveals and surprises from Disney Interactive’s most anticipated games. Among the games participating in the presentation are: Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Star Wars™ Battlefront™ from Electronic Arts and KINGDOM HEARTS III from Square Enix. Disney Interactive will showcase more Star Wars characters and Play Sets new to Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition and provide the entire audience with limited-edition giveaways exclusively for Hall D23. Electronic Arts will give guests an in-depth look at Star Wars Battlefront, the authentic Star Wars gaming experience coming November 17. Square Enix will also bring special guests and surprises to Hall D23 to reveal new information from KINGDOM HEARTS III.
Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration
Sunday, August 16, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm & 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Stage 23
A live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. Fans will delight in watching selected Silly Symphony shorts from Disney’s archives while the music is performed live in synchronization with the picture, presented using high-quality, newly restored digital film masters. The music will be performed as it would have been recorded during those historic days at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in the 1920s and ’30s.This very special concert event will showcase the music of the Three Little Pigs, The Old Mill and many other classics.
The Shorts of Walt Disney Animation Studios: from Paperman to Prep & Landing, Feast to Frozen Fever
Sunday, August 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Stage 28
When Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Studio in 1923, their first medium for storytelling was the animated short. More than 90 years later, Walt Disney Animation Studios continues this tradition, making groundbreaking and award-winning shorts including Feast, Paperman and this year’s hit Frozen Fever. Join the filmmakers behind these shorts and so many others, including Get a Horse!, John Henry, Lorenzo and The Ballad of Nessie for a conversation about this truly animated art form.
An Animator's Gallery: Presented by Dave A. Bossert and Eric Goldberg
Sunday, August 16, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Stage 28
Based on the book containing whimsical, deluxe Art Deco-themed art showcasing Walt Disney characters in a style reminiscent of caricatures from the famed walls of Sardi’s and The Brown Derby, join Disney Supervising Animator Dave Bossert and Director Eric Goldberg as they discuss the stylized images in the collection that first debuted as a display within the Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank, California. Fans of all ages, and from all over, will learn what inspired Goldberg to create these playful portraits, starting with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse through characters from Frozen and Big Hero 6.
Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Hall D23
Join host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez as they take you on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of Frozen. This one-day-only performance features your favorite friends from the Walt Disney Animation Studios film—including Anna and Elsa––with sing-along experiences and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs.
Best of Destination D
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Stage 28
Since 2010, D23 Destination D events have offered D23 Members the chance to celebrate their favorite Disney subjects with unique and in-depth presentations from Disney Legends, Imagineers, animators, and others who have made magic on film, at Disney theme parks, and beyond. At D23 EXPO 2015, D23 is bringing two popular presentations from prior Destination D events together for a celebration of Walt Disney World Resort—including a look back to its construction, early development, and favorite attractions of the past with Disney Legend and Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith. Then, Imagineer Jason Grandt will provide a modern look at Disney Parks and offer a designer’s point of view of details and “Easter Eggs” found throughout different attractions.
Celebrating Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club – 60 Magical yEARS
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Stage 23
Hosted by author Lorraine Santoli (The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book), the panel, featuring original Mouseketeers Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey, along with actors Tim Considine (Spin Evans) and David Stollery (Marty Markham), will include a one-of-a-kind performance filled with memories, music, and magic
The Tunes Behind the Toons: Screening/Q&A
Sunday, August 16, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Stage 28
D23 EXPO invites you to a special screening and Q&A panel for The Tunes Behind the Toons, a short form documentary that celebrates the power of music in animation. From the silent film days when organists played live accompaniments, to the music within today’s animated features, this documentary traces the origins of cartoon music and its pioneers. Featuring interviews with Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Patrick Doyle, Mark Watters, Bruce Broughton, Richard Sherman and many others. Producer/director Dave Bossert will lead a star-studded Q&A following the presentation.