then In addition to releasing the full schedule calendar, Disney announced another ten panels, dozens of special guests, and more information on fun events like the Mousequerade.
Friday, August 23, 11AM – Stage 28
Mousequerade – Presented by Raw Threads
Disney’s Jim Babcock, and judges Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Yvette Nicole Brown (Disney’s upcoming Lady and the Tramp), Jennifer Leonard (owner and designer of Raw Threads), host the fan-favorite costume competition. Dozens of fans will compete in five categories for the $2,300 Best in Show Prize.
Friday, August 23, 2PM – Stage 28
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode II First Look
Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series gives fans a chance to become the hero as they become a Force-sensitive smuggler recruited by Vader himself. Director Ben Snow, Senior Experience Designer Jose Perez III, and Lucasfilm Story Group Creative Executive Matt Martin host an in-depth discussion of this upcoming episode, including a exclusive sneak peek.
Saturday, August 24, 5:30PM – D23 Expo Arena
A Musical Celebration of Aladdin
Celebrating the in-home releases of the new live-action Aladdin and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original Aladdin Walt Disney Signature Collection, Scott Weinger (Aladdin) and Linda Larkin (Jasmine) host the star-studded musical medley. Additionally, Brad Kane (Aladdin’s singing voice), DeeDee Magno Hall (Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular), Jamal Sims (live-action Aladdin‘s choreographer), Clinton Greenspan (Broadway’s next Aladdin), Lilias White (Hercules), and Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid on Broadway) all join in the musical fun.
Sunday, August 25, 10AM – Stage 28
Heroines of the Disney Galaxies – Presented by BoxLunch
Ashley Eckstein (creator of Her Universe) and special guests, including Sana Amanat (VP of Content & Character Development, Marvel) and Ally Maki (Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Toy Story 4), celebrate inspiring and empowered heroines from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and more.
Sunday, August 25, 3PM – D23 Expo Arena
Disney Character Voices, Inc: The 30th Anniversary Celebration
Join Rick Dempsey, SVP of Character Voices, and many beloved voice actors – including Tony Anselmo (Donald), Jodi Benson (Ariel), Bill Farmer (Goofy and Pluto), Bret Iwan (Mickey Mouse), and Linda Larkin (Jasmine) – as they celebrate this anniversary through stories and their amazing voices.
Sunday, August 25, 5:30PM – D23 Expo Arena
Two Worlds, One Family: The Making of Tarzan
The team who brought the Disney classic to life joins the D23 Expo for a behind the scenes look at the making of Tarzan. Guests will include directors Chris Buck (Frozen 2), Kevin Lima (Enchanted), animators Bruce W. Smith, Ken Duncan, Disney Legend Glen Keane, and producer Bonnie Arnold, as well as a special performance by Matthew Morrison (Glee).
Sunday, August 25, 6PM – Stage 28
The Art of Disney Storytelling
A panel of master storytellers discuss Walt Disney’s impact on their careers. In addition to Disney Legends Tony Baxter and Floyd Norman, guests will include Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Paul Briggs (head of story, Frozen and Big Hero 6) and producer Don Hahn.
Exhibits and Events
Inside the World of Avatar
As well as displaying props and costumes, the one-of-a-kind exhibit, on the second floor of the convention center, will also display the making of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World Resort.
Tons of special guests and performances will fill the weekend. Also, Bill Rogers – the “voice of Disneyland” – will be on hand each day to record fans’ outgoing voicemail messages. The complete lineup is available on the D23 Expo website and app.
D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party – Presented by Alamo
The one-of-a-kind street party returns to the show floor, this time with a disco twist. The cavalcade will travel down Mickey Avenue twice a day, with a live band, beloved characters, and celebrity grand marshals. Newly-inducted Disney legend Kenny Ortega leads the parade 4:30PM on Friday, and then Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack) and Skylar Astin – both starring in the upcoming Disney+ film Secret Society of Second Born Royals – will lead the 2PM parade on Saturday.
Check out the website and app for more information and news over the next three weeks leading to the expo.
Which panels are you most excited for?