From celebrating The Golden Girls and Hercules to panel discussions led by John Stamos and Whoopi Goldberg, we’ve got some thrilling new details about the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo, which is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center on July 14-16! In addition to Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios events and Disney pirates displays, here’s more of what’s in store:
The Golden Girls: A Celebration of Friendship, Laughter, and Cheesecake
When: Friday July 14 at 2:30 p.m.
It’s been 25 years since the last episode of our favorite Florida friend group, and with this golden event will celebrate this iconic series with show creators and special guests!
Zero to Hero: The Making of Hercules
When: Sunday July 16 at 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate this animated film featuring our favorite Wonder Boy with this wonderful panel including Hercules directors John Musker and Ron Clements with Disney animators Eric Goldberg (artist behind Phil) and Ken Duncan (artist behind Megara.) In addition, the voices of Megara and Hercules–Susan Egan and Tate Donovan–will also be there to share behind-the-scenes stories from the making of this heroic film. We’re so ready for this event!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 80th Anniversary Screening
When: Sunday July 16 at 3:15 p.m.
Get ready to whistle a happy tune, because D23 Expo will be presenting a special screening of the 1937 classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yes, please!
Melodies in Walt’s Time: The Music of Disney Live-Action Films
When: Friday July 14 at 6:00 p.m.
This musical event celebrating the tunes behind Walt Disney’s live-action films will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and feature Leslie Ann Warren! It will include live performances with magical melodies from Summer Magic, Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, and more! There will even be a 20-voice chorus! We’re already anticipating getting goosebumps from the inspiring music.
Disney Legends 30th Anniversary
When: Friday July 14 4:15 p.m.
In what will surely be a legendary event, historian Leonard Maltin will be joined by Imagineering Disney Legend Bob Gurr, founder of the Walt Disney Archives Dave Smith, and the voice of Goofy and Pluto, Bill Farmer. (Gawrsh, we we’re excited about this!)! Also, the Force will be with this panel because 2017 Disney Legend inductee, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker from Star Wars!!!), will also be joining this group honoring the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legend Awards! Amazing.
Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering
When: Sunday July 16 at 6:00 p.m.
The one and only John Stamos–Disney fan extraordinaire–will be leading a discussion among Imagineering Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and 2017 inductee Wayne Jackson. They’ll be sharing insider stories from their many experiences creating Disney magic around the globe.
Walt Disney Archives Stage
17 panels will take place on this magical stage with events and presentations featuring director Pete Docter, Disney Legend Jim Cora, producer Don Hahn, Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse!), and Imagineers Diana Brost, Jason Grandt, and Chris Merritt, among other guests. What an amazing lineup!
When: Friday July 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Disney fans are dressing to impress in this costume contest where finalists compete for a $2,300 grand prize! This year’s judges include Ashley Eckstein from Star Wars Rebels, Descendants 2 costume designer Kara Saun, and is hosted by Disney’s Jim Babcock. It’s going to be an epic costume event that you won’t want to miss!
D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party
When: Throughout the D23 Expo weekend
Delight in this street party occurring twice a day down Mickey Avenue on the Expo floor, where there’ll be a live band and Disney characters ready to party! Celebrity grand marshals on July 14 include 2017 Disney Legends Stan Lee with Mark Hamill in the first cavalcade, and the cast of Descendants 2 leading the second. We. Can’t. Wait.
When: Throughout the D23 Expo weekend
Take center stage on the Expo floor where you’ll be enchanted by live music with performances from Aimee Carrero and Lou Diamond Phillips of Elena of Avalor, Temecula Road, Tomasina, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, and Susan Egan, singing favorites from Beauty and the Beast. Bill Rogers, the voice of Disneyland, will be having fun recording fans’ outgoing voicemail messages. Sign us up! Disney animators Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn will also be dazzling guests with their fantastic drawings skills, and Marvel’s Brian Crosby will show fans how to draw Spider-Man and Groot! Reaction to this news: We. Are. Groot.
July 14-16 is clearly going to be an epic weekend at , and you won’t want to miss it! Don’t forget to get your tickets here, and be sure to tell us what you’re looking forward to most in the comments!
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