2019 D23 Expo Presentation Schedule as of July 24

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The 2019 D23 Expo takes place from August 23-25th 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, D23.com 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. Details on the panel presentations are emerging and Disney has announced the major events that will come to Hall D23. The Hall seats 6800 guests and is home to the largest presentations of the weekend.

The full schedule of these panels has not been released, but details on many of these presentations has been made available. The four facilities used in 2017 that are expected to also be used in 2019 are as follows:

  • Hall D23 – Seats 6800
  • D23 Expo Arena – Seating Capacity Unknown
  • Stage 28 – Seating Capacity Unknown
  • Walt Disney Archives Stage – Seating Capacity Unknown

An incomplete schedule for these events can be found below, we will update this further as new information becomes available:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Time Hall D23 D23 Expo Arena Stage 28 Walt Disney Archives Stage
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
10:30 AM Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
(10:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
12:15 PM
12:30 PM The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
(12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM Disney+
(3:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM
6:00 PM Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere!
(6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM
7:30 PM

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time Hall D23 D23 Expo Arena Stage 28 Walt Disney Archives Stage
10:00 AM The Walt Disney Studios Live Action Films
(10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
The Simpsons
(10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
WOMEN OF IMPACT: Meet the Nat Geo Explorers Changing the World
(10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
12:15 PM
12:30 PM Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years
(12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM Disney on Broadway: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
(3:30 PM – 4:45 PM)
Immersive Worlds: Bringing Stories to Life in Disney Parks
(3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
5:30 PM MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary
(5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
5:45 PM
6:00 PM Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers
(6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM
7:30 PM

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time Hall D23 D23 Expo Arena Stage 28 Walt Disney Archives Stage
10:00 AM The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration!
(10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between
(10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
10:15 AM
10:30 AM Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
(10:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy
(12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
12:15 PM
12:30 PM Power Up Your Brain With Keegan-Michael Key
(12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
(2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit
(4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career with Kevin Rafferty
(4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM
6:00 PM Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Park
(6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
(End Time Unconfirmed)
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM
7:30 PM

Additional details on many events can be found below. The descriptions have been taken from various press releases put out by the D23 staff.

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony

Friday, August 23, 2019, 10:30 am – Hall D23

The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s recipients are: Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer.

The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Friday, August 23, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

Sound design is an instrumental layer of storytelling found throughout every Disney park, resort, and cruise ship. Join Imagineering Music Studio lead Matt Walker in discussing the creative process behind the original music and sound design heard throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Join Imagineers and collaborators who will share how they developed all-new iconic soundscapes while taking inspiration from the rich legacy of Star Wars music and sound design, from the land’s epic John Williams-composed musical score to the sounds of low-flying starships.

Disney+

Friday, August 23, 2019, 3:30 pm – Hall D23

The highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ will give guests a first look at some of its original content including Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more during this star-studded presentation.

Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere!

Friday, August 23, 2019, 6 – 7 p.m. PT, Stage 28

Join Marvel Animation for an exciting panel full of sneak peeks, special guests, and big announcements, including scoop on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Spider-Man and the world premiere of the new Marvel Rising special Battle of the Bands!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Walt Disney Studios

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00 am – Hall D23

The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. Fans will see what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and get a peek at the exciting slate of live-action projects, from Disney to Marvel Studios to Star Wars. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!

The Simpsons

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00 AM – D23 Expo Arena

The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, The Simpsons, makes its first appearance at D23 Expo. Get insight on the upcoming all-new season in a lively panel Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena with Creator Matt Groening, Executive Producer Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman, Supervising Director Mike B. Anderson, and stars Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith. Expect lots of surprises, including an exclusive Simpsons collectible item for everyone in attendance.

WOMEN OF IMPACT: Meet the Nat Geo Explorers Changing the World

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Stage 28

Featuring women on the front lines of exploration, conservation, and storytelling. They pilot submarines, get up close with lions, tigers, and bears—and even breakdance! Join submersible pilot and founder of a girls’ underwater camp Erika Bergman; multimedia storyteller and Planet or Plastic ambassador Lilly Sedaghat; and large-carnivore expert Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it takes to become the next game-changing explorer!

Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years

Saturday, August 24, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena

Celebrate Disney’s famed home of 999 happy haunts. The attraction’s rich history has generated global fandom from both the living and the unliving. Our ghost host has assembled a procession of bodies you will be dying to meet!

Disney on Broadway: A 25th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, August 24, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM – Hall D23

Hosted by Tony Award-nominee Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), the 75-minute concert will feature Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, On The Record), Kissy Simmons (The Lion King), Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King). A six-piece band, led by Jim Abbott, will accompany performers as they lead the audience through Disney on Broadway’s Tony Award-winning catalogue. The performance will feature songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin, Freaky Friday and Frozen. (Talent is subject to change)

Immersive Worlds: Bringing Stories to Life in Disney Parks

Saturday, August 24, 3:30 p.m., Stage 28

Disney Imagineers continue Walt Disney’s legacy in creating themed environments where beloved stories and characters come to life. Join Imagineers Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge to learn about the creative process for dreaming up and developing new Disney experiences as we invite guests to enter authentic worlds previously seen only in a film, a book, or one’s imagination.

MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary

Saturday, August 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Stage 28

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort take you through the amazing, incredible, and uncanny history of Marvel Comics! Get the inside scoop on the House of Ideas—from Captain America to Captain Marvel! As part of Marvel’s 80th anniversary celebration this year, this commemorative panel looks back at the history of the Marvel Universe, honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world. Marvel will continue celebrating this milestone with its characters and fans in exciting ways all year—from comics and games, to digital shows, toys, collectibles, and more.

Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers

Saturday, August 24, 6 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage

Celebrate the legacy of Disney Legend Marty Sklar as his colleagues, mentees, and family recount the journey of publishing his last book and discuss his lasting impact on The Walt Disney Company.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration! – Presented by H2O+

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:00 am – D23 Expo Arena

Fans of the classic film are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid, recognized around the world as one of the greatest animated films of all time. Hosted by the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson, it will be an unforgettable “Under the Sea” celebration.

Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between

Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m., Stage 28

Celebrate the imagination, passion, and attention to detail in creating Disney costumes. Go behind the scenes with the team that crafted the dazzling new Walt Disney Archives exhibit on the D23 Expo show floor and its accompanying coffee table book.

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 10:30 am – Hall D23

Step into the magical world of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe, including more about the transformational plans for Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 12:00 pm – Walt Disney Archives Stage

Fans will discover what it’s like to hold Disney history in their hands in this informative panel. The talented team at Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) preserves millions of pieces of original Disney Animation art from Steamboat Willie to the films of today. Attendees will learn how the ARL shares these hidden gems, inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Power Up Your Brain With Keegan-Michael Key

Sunday, August 25, 2019: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – D23 Expo Arena

Ignite your brain power and play some fun, mind-bending, interactive challenges with Brain Games host Keegan-Michael Key (Toy Story 4, The Lion King) as he shows you the “why” behind the “wow.” Joining him on stage will be top-class mentalist Lior Suchard, who will no doubt deliver fans an engaging and mind-blowing experience. Explore your mind’s mad skills during this workout of your 3-pound slimy blob!

Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Sunday, August 25, 2 p.m., Stage 28

Meet some of the talented women from across Disney Parks, Experiences and Products responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. Hear stories about their roles and experiences in developing everything from the original backstories of the land and its inhabitants, to the themed merchandise, galactic fare, and the interactive elements found throughout Black Spire Outpost.

World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 4:00 pm – Stage 28

In this exciting panel, Walt Disney Animation Studios will debut Short Circuit, an experimental short film program that will debut in Spring 2020 on Disney+. Talented artists and filmmakers will share their films for the first time anywhere and give behind-the-scenes insights.

Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career with Kevin Rafferty

Sunday, August 25, 4 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage

Join veteran Imagineer Kevin Rafferty as he reminisces about a career spanning 40-plus years, from a dishwasher at Disneyland to builder of immersive worlds. Kevin explains his path to Imagineering and talks about his new book.

Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Park

Sunday, August 25, 6 p.m., Stage 28

Authors Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt reveal their magnificent two-volume tribute to the artwork and career of Disney Legend Marc Davis. Featuring artwork from Marc for the creation of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, the presentation will also highlight the 50th anniversary of the storied attraction.

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