In addition to the highly anticipated presentation they’re hosting, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will also be having a pavilion on the show floor once again that will highlight some major projects.
Namely, guests to the pavilion will get a more in-depth look at the new Avatar themed land that’s being built at Disney Animal Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World, as well as the grand Shanghai Disney Resort set to open next year.
Guests will also get the chance to purchase some Imagineering-exclusive merchandise at the returning Mickey’s of Glendale shop at the pavilion.
Additionally, there will be some special panels taking place to highlight the 60 year history of Disney Parks. They include –
Friday, August 14
1:30–2:30 p.m. 60 Years of Disney Parks Merchandise (Stage 28)
Join our talented Disney Design Group artists, merchandisers, and special guests as they take you from concept to reality with behind-the-scenes storytelling about classic Disney souvenirs and how they have become tangible lasting memories. Guests will get a first look at some of the exciting new merchandise coming to Disney parks.
3:15–4:15 p.m. Safari So Good—60 Years of the World Famous Jungle Cruise (Stage 23)
Skippers from throughout the years reflect on their experiences at the Jungle Cruise, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary as one of Disneyland’s opening-day attractions. They will also discuss changes to the attraction over the years including recent holiday overlays and other additions.
5–7 p.m. Imagineering 60 Years of Disneyland (Stage 23)
In a two-part panel discussion about Disneyland with Disney Legends and current Imagineers, panelists will discuss how it all began, what it took to carry on Walt Disney’s legacy, and how Imagineers are continuing to deliver magic well into the future. The panel is moderated by Academy Award®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks, who will present a new trailer from her forthcoming documentary about Walt Disney Imagineering.
Sunday, August 16
10–11 a.m. Disney Kingdoms (Stage 28)
Guests will learn about Disney Kingdoms, a joint collaboration between Marvel Comics and Walt Disney Imagineering. Guests will hear how these popular comic book series got started and discover the creators and theme park inspirations behind these popular titles, including Seekers of the Weird,Figment, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
3–4 p.m. Experience the World with Disney: Adventures by Disney, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, and Disney Vacation Club (Stage 28)
This panel will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how Disney is creating new vacation experiences for families all around the world. The first 400 guests in attendance will get a D23 EXPO-exclusive pin set.
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For more information while you’re at the D23 Expo on these panels and more, be sure to visit the DisneyExaminer Newsroom on the show floor at booth A717!