As well as a jam-packed schedule of presentations, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presents an immersive pavilion and exclusive shopping opportunities will especially excite every Disney fan.
The “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion will give fans a unique inside look at new developments happening at Disney parks around the world. For instance, there will be a dedicated space showcasing the historic EPCOT transformation at Walt Disney World. Fans will also get to see the latest plans for Avengers areas in Hong Kong, Paris, and California.
The major Hall D23 presentation, with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Bob Chapek, will take place Sunday, August 25, at 10:30am. Of course, fans will get many more details on upcoming attractions, experiences, and immersive storytelling.
Across the show floor, fans can grab brand-new collectibles. Shops on the show floor include shopDisney, Disney DreamStore, Mickey’s of Glendale, and Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store. In particular, Disney will release new collections to celebrate anniversaries and favorite characters in Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel stories.
D23 Expo Arena – August 23, 12:30p
The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Matt Walker, Imagineering Music Studio lead, discusses the creative process behind music and sound design throughout the new Galaxy’s Edge. Imagineers and collaborators also share how they developed all-new Star Wars films-inspired soundscapes.
D23 Expo Arena – August 24, 12:30p
Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years
Celebrate the iconic mansion’s rich history and global fandom.
Stage 28 – August 24, 3:30p
Immersive Worlds: Bringing Stories to Life in Disney Parks
Join Imagineers Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge as they take fans through the creative process for dreaming up and then developing new themed Disney environments and experiences.
Walt Disney Archives Stage – August 24, 6p
Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers
Celebrate the legacy of Marty Sklar, Disney Legend, with his colleagues, mentees, and family. Fans will get insight into the publishing of his last book and his huge impact on The Walt Disney Company.
Stage 28 – August 25, 10a
Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between
Check out the imagination, passion, and attention to detail that go into creating Disney costumes. Specifically, fans will get a behind the scenes look with the team that created the new Walt Disney Archives exhibit on the show floor, and its coffee table book.
Stage 28 – August 25, 2p
Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Meet talented women from across the Disney Parks, Experience and Products responsible for bringing the new Galaxy’s Edge to life. For instance, fans will hear stories about their experiences developing original backstories of the land and inhabitants as well as themed merchandise and interactive elements throughout the land.
Walt Disney Archives Stage – August 25, 4p
Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career with Kevin Rafferty
Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reminisces about his career spanning 40+ years, from a dishwasher at Disneyland to building immersive lands.
Stage 28 – August 25, 6p
Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Park
Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt reveal their two-volume tribute to Marc Davis, Disney Legend. Especially featuring Davis’s artwork for the creation of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, the presentation will also highlight the attraction’s 50th anniversary.
Disney Store Artist Signing Schedule
August 23-24, Talent Central
Meet the artists and designers behind some of the new D23 Expo product ranges:
- Friday, August 23, 4-5p: Jerome Ranft – Disney Tiki Mug Signing
- Saturday, August 24, 11a-12p: Steve Thompson & Courtney Watkinson – Midnight Masquerade and Animator Villains Collections
- Saturday, August 24, 4-5p: Steve Thompson, Bryan Mon, Daria Vinogradova, Diana Tran, Cathy Clark-Ramirez – The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Collection
Disney Parks Designer Collection Artist Signing Schedule
August 23-25, Talent Central
Also meet artists behind the latest collection Mickey ear hats and Minnie ear headbands releases:
Friday, August 23, 4p-5:30p., Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 12:30p-2p, Talent Central
Saturday, August 24, 2p-3:30p, Talent Central
Noah Fine Art
Saturday, August 24, 2p-3:30p, Talent Central
Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe
Saturday, August 24, 9:30a-11a, Talent Central
Sunday, August 25, 5p-6:45p, Talent Central