Our Enormous D23 Expo Photo Report!

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Since there were so many photos taken by WDWNT Network staff members of the inaugural D23 Expo from 9/10-9/13, we decided to combine all of them into one GIANT report featuring photos from Tom Corless, Luke Manning, Scott Smith, Matt Paul, and Myrna Litt:

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This photo wasn’t taken at night, we arrived at the Anaheim Convention Center at around 5:30 AM each day

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We saw the sunrise from the D23 Expo entrance line everyday

We’re In!!!

Welcome to the D23 Expo

This was the line for the Storyteller’s Theater on 9/10 for the Afternoon with Imagineering Legends

Inside the Storyteller’s Theater

Marty Sklar led the panel

Bob Gurr and Don Iwerks

X. Atencio

We then attended a press conference with the Imagineering Legends

Don Iwerks again

Marty Sklar again

Alice Davis

Bob Gurr again

Here was a line for pins on 9/11

Vouchers for merchandise were distributed by the cast members in the black and gold mouse ears

Pictures were not allowed inside the Treasures of the Archives exhibit, but Herbie the Love Bug was on display outside

Hopping over to the Parks and Resorts pavilion, there was plenty on display from Carsland expansion of DCA

The Radiator Springs Racers model

In a tribute to the Bird and Robot show from World of Motion, there was a bird and robot show featuring “living character” animatronics

Matt got a picture with Lucky the Dinosaur

The Wall-E living character made a rare appearance as well

The Wall of Presidents :)

A large portion of the exhibit was also devoted to the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland

There was a turtle from the Electrical Parade on display

Before the auction on Saturday, there was an auction preview room

There was an entire area devoted to Vinylmation at the Expo and there was a plethora of previews

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An upcoming Urban Series

The first Muppet series

The next 3″ Park Series

I think I’m in love with this upcoming Park Series…

A really cool 9″ Epcot piece

The Wall-E and Eve two pack

9″ Carnotaurus from Dinosaur

Rizzo as Mickey 9″

Sulley and Boo from Monsters Inc. 2-pack

There are even vinylmation celebrating 10 years of Disney Pin Trading

He has a pin back!

A cruise line 9″ piece

Enchanted Tiki Room 9″

Space Mountain 35th Anniversary

The track and wheels are on the back

Park Series 3

The next Urban Series

Muppet Series 1

Park Series 4

An artist also created an extra large Vinylmation for the auction

The Mattel toy booth

Some of the Toy Story 3 toy line

The very popular Cars toys

LEGO is actually making a Prince of Persia line

The Toy Story LEGOs look really cool!

Disney Legend Tommy Kirk was signing autographs

Walt Disney Pictures had a nice set-up on the top floor

Artwork from “A Christmas Carol”

The next Disney-Nature film “Oceans”

The light-cycle from Tron Legacy

Nicolas Cage stars in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

A prop from the upcoming film

Prince of Persia

Who could this character be?

Or this one?

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Princess and the Frog

Some strange Stitch merchandise is being produced nowadays

That’s pretty scary

Disney characters get Stitch-ed

“Excuse me, where are the restrooms”

Stormtroopers roamed the Expo floor on 9/12

In case you haven’t seen our video of the “Future of Disney Parks and Resorts”, here are some pictures

The Fantasyland Expansion including Aurora’s cottage

Guests will make birthday cards for Aurora’s sweet 16

Aurora will then read some of the card’s at her surprise party

Guests can also visit Cinderella’s house

Cinderella will provide little girls with ballroom dancing lessons, while boys learn how to be royal guards

Cinderella’s gown will transform magically in front of guests

Belle’s village will come to life as well

Guests will practice a dramatization of the Beauty and the Beast story

They will then perform it for Belle and Lumiere

The “Be Our Guest” restaurant will be counter service during the day and turn into a table service restaurant at night

Gaston’s Tavern will also be counter service

And of course, he uses antlers in all of his decorating

Ariel’s Adventure is not only coming to California Adventure, it’s coming to Florida’s Fantasyland as well

Dumbo is being doubled in size and is moving to the back of Fantasyland

Pixie Hollow is coming in 2013

Disney Cruise Line also had a few announcements to make

We already knew about the tow new ships, Dream and Fantasy

The Disney Cruise Line will start sailing to Alaska

On to “New Frontiers”

A look at the Hong Kong Disneyland Expansion

On to “Tomorrow”

Disney’s World of Color

Carsland

It’s coming!!!

“Don’t fail me chairman!”

Star Tours II is coming in 2011 to Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We also attended the “Making of the U. S. Presidents panel

Technical difficulties

On to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

Tom Corless was very excited to attend the “Making of Toy Story Mania!” panel

Many people ask how bad could California Adventure have been when it opened. I think this picture answers that.

The spring action shooters were inspired by this game at Disney Quest

Some games didn’t make it into the attraction

The vehicles from Monsters Inc. Hide and Go Seek were almost used for Toy Story Mania!

The site plan for DCA

Do you remember this?

The preliminary plan for Hollywood Studios was very different, with the entrance in the middle of a Pixar Animation building while another attraction was located next door in Soundstage 1

Toy Story Mania! takes place between Toy Story 2 and 3

A rather crude set-up at WDI to test the attraction

The first spring action shooters…

Here are some early versions of the ring toss game

“I think he likes it!”

They seem to like the 3-D characters and targets

An early look at the prize booth

That’s one scary looking spud

Many of us also attended the Muppet presentation

When Muppetvision switches to digital 3-D in 2010, some new posters will be added to the queue

And who isn’t excited for “The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made”

We hope you enjoyed this lengthy photo report! Stay tuned for more videos and audio from the D23 Expo on this week’s WDW News Today and Disneyland News Today Podcasts and on the WDWNTube.

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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