On May 7, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club provided a first look at the schedule for the D23 Expo 2015’s main presentations, those sessions that are considered headliners at the three-day fan event. D23 Expo 2015 takes place Aug. 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center near Disneyland Resort.
D23 Expo 2015 begins Friday morning on Aug. 14, with the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony being the first big event. Friday afternoon’s major presentation features a sneak peek of upcoming animated releases from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, the Walt Disney Studios teases the live-action movies yet to come from Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Saturday afternoon is for theme-park fans, with a preview of what’s next for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.
In providing this overview of the featured presentations for this year’s D23 Expo, Disney also announced these presentations will take place in the new, larger-capacity venue. “Hall D23,” located in Convention Center’s Hall D, will offer 7,500 seats. In 2013, more than 65,000 fans attended the Expo and Hall D23 will better accommodate the crowds.
This shift to Hall D23 means the Disney will be able to accommodate more people for major presentations, which are among the Expo’s most anticipated and highly attended. At previous D23 Expos, these presentations took place in the Arena of the Anaheim Convention Center, which officially offers a capacity of 7,500; in practice, the D23 Expo did not fill every Arena seat, restricting capacity to 4,000 seats. Disney fans who have attended the last Expo will know Hall D as the location of Collectors Forum and Dream Store.
Disney fans planning to attend this year’s Expo were provided with few specifics about on what exactly to expect at the Hall D23 presentations. But D23 did release some details; Disney also noted presentation times and additional announcements will be forthcoming, and that all events subject to change.
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will again be by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy across its various divisions. Disney Legends inducted at the D23 Expo 2013 were Imagineeers Tony Baxter and Collin Campbell, radio personality Dick Clark, comics Billy Crystal and John Goodman, entrepreneur Steve Jobs, animator Glen Keane, and actor Ed Wynn.
The Walt Disney Studios divides its film output into two different main presentations to take place in Hall D23, one focused on animation and the other on live-action movies. Friday afternoon’s presentation from The Walt Disney Studios will include a look at animated films currently in production, including Disney’s “Zootopia” and Pixar’s “Finding Dory.”
Saturday morning’s Hall D23 presentation will provide sneak peeks at upcomings movies such as Tim Burton’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.” This presentation will also include upcoming films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, the latter of which releases “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” in December of this year. Saturday’s presentation promises some “special,” as-of-yet unnamed guests; at previous years’ events, both presentations from The Walt Disney Studios have included celebrity appearances as well as appearances by the filmmakers.
The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation, on Saturday, Aug. 15, will provide some behind-the-scenes looks at what guests have to look forward to. D23 did not offer any specifics at this time, except to note that the Chapek’s presentation will “look at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.”
D23 Expo, held biennially, is billed the ultimate Disney Fan event. It offers three days of “all things Disney” through presentations, pavilions, exhibits, experiences, entertainment, sneak peeks, merchandising and celebrities.
Tickets for D23 Expo 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Until June 30, tickets are priced at $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club cost $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day tickets, which offer savings over multiple single-day tickets, are also available. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23 Expo.