Good morning brunchers! Well this weekend I had the opportunity to attend the amazing D23 Expo in Anaheim where we celebrated all things Disney. This was my third time to attend and I thought that this was the best D23Expo yet!
Friday kicked off with a bang with the Disney Legends Panel where the new legends were inducted in. Legends like George Lucas, Johnny Depp, composer Danny Elfman, and animator Andreas Deja were present to accept their place into the Disney Legends.
Also on Friday was the Disney Animation panel. I was not at this panel but my cousin was and she reported that we will all cry our eyes out in The Good Dinosaur and that people lost it when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came out for Moana.
Saturday was an early morning for the Bad Wolf Brunch team as we got up and got in line for the ever popular live action panel. I loved how D23 did their line system this year.
You could pick the section that you wanted to sit in and got a wrist band that guaranteed you were in. After you got the wristband we were able to go out and grab coffee and breakfast for everyone while some held our spot in line. We waited inside in cues where they had TV’s playing Disney short film and fun clips. Outlets and charging stations were available for use. They frequently came over the loud speakers with updates and alerted everyone when it was time to take chairs and anything else back to the car. I don’t think any convention has really figured out the solution to the epic live problems we are having but I will say D23 was more comfortable and more informative than SDCC. Also speaking of cons – the new hall at the Anaheim Convention Center is amazing and holds more people than Hall H…
For the live action panel Disney made us bag up our phones and cameras. We saw a concept art sizzle piece for Doctor Strange and some AMAZING footage of Captain America: Civil War (like mind blowing). Seriously this is going to be dope.
The live action version of Jungle Book gave us a first look at footage and it looks great. I am so excited for this new adaptation. We also got a glimpse of the live action Beauty & the Beast which is a confirmed musical! OMG Hermione as Belle, my life is made!
My biggest fangirl moment (until the big one that left me screaming) was the announcement that Orlando Bloom will be back in the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise!! I literally screamed!!
Then it was time for STAR WARS! Finally this year I made it into a freaking Star Wars panel! We screamed when Harrison Ford came out but then everyone got literally kicked off the stage for Bob Iger to come on. You know when Bob comes on stage it is going to be big. Then they dropped the bomb I had been hearing rumors about for forever… STAR WARS LAND! (Photo is from Disney Parks Blog)
We will be getting two Star Wars lands in both California and Orlando at Hollywood Studios! The Disneyland addition will be 14 acres and the largest single land expansion ever! We have been promised a Millennium Falcon attraction where guests will be behind the controls of the famed ship. Additionally a cantina was discussed… Take my money now please! Literally this left me screaming I am so freaking excited.
In the next panel, Parks and Resorts, they went further into the Star Wars additions to the park. While we wait for our lands we will get the Star Wars Launch Bay later this year! We will also be getting Season of the Force at both parks in early 2016 which will be a special seasonal Star Wars celebration with special entertainment, themed food (yes!) and at Disneyland a special temporary wrap on Space Mountain making it Hyperspace Mountain. They also announce a new destination will be added to Star Tours from The Force Awakens – basically it is a good time to be a Star Wars fan.
Take a moment and process all of that…
Next up for us was one of my favorite panels of all times – The Disney Broadway Originals Panel! Disney brought us three of their Broadway stars to perform a few select songs from all of their original productions. This is something that is so special because it is real broadway and a total highlight! No other con offers this and is truly just utterly amazing! The singers featured were Ashley Brown (who originated Mary Poppins on Broadway), Tony Award Winner James Monroe Iglehart (who originated the Genie in Aladdin) and Josh Strickland (the original Tarzan on Broadway). Talk about talent.
Of course there is the convention floor which is also very unique at D23 Expo. It is extremely curated with destinations for every aspect of Disney. This year there was a large presence for Disney Consumer Goods aka what you can buy. I mean look at this Elsa wedding dress.
They showed off some of the new goods for Star Wars and had some TFA Stromtroopers out! Force Friday on September 4th will mark the arrival of all the new toys, collectibles, books and apparel surrounding The Force Awakens with many stores around the world opening their doors at midnight for a special celebration of all things Star Wars. I also got to see the costume exhibit from The Force Awakens that I missed at Star Wars Celebration – thanks Disney!
As you can tell there was a lot to see at D23Expo and a lot of amazing announcements! I am so excited for all the new and amazing fun coming from Disney and am so appreciative that they put on this event where fans truly feel part of the Disney family!