Next month, the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo, will be coming to the Anaheim Convention Center, and we could not be more excited for it. And now we’re even more thrilled because Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up to offer three days of extraordinary announcements, sneak peeks, presentations, and immersive show floor experiences. There will be artist demonstrations, autograph signings with filmmakers, fan giveaways, and interactive displays. It’s going to be an epic animation experience! Check out their amazing lineup of events:
FRIDAY, JULY 14
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter, 2:30 P.M.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will share never-before-seen footage from Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature Coco as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The presentation will include surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by star voice talent. We can’t wait to see what surprises are in store, and to learn more about these upcoming films!
SATURDAY, JULY 15
The Power of the Princess, 10:30 A.M.
Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios animators Amy Smeed and Kira Lehtomaki, this magical event will feature Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel), Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan), Anika Noni Rose (voice of Tiana), and Auli‘i Cravalho (voice of Moana) as they share stories of making their films, bringing their iconic characters to life, and the impact of the characters on people around the world. We’re already crying tears of joy.
Creating the Worlds in Pixar’s Universe, 12:15 P.M.
This panel will explore the creative and wonderful worlds of Disney•Pixar movies with Pixar production designers and artists who have created the worlds our favorite Disney•Pixar characters live in. We can’t wait to learn more about their process and how they brought those worlds to life!
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: A Sneak Peek at the New Frozen Short Film, 2:30 P.M.
This event will feature exclusive and behind-the-scenes footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest Frozen holiday short, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The film features the talents of the original Frozen cast, as well as brand-new songs, and we. Can’t. Wait!
The Evolution of Pixar’s Characters, 6:00 P.M.
If you’ve ever wondered how legendary Pixar artists create the Disney•Pixar characters we all know and love, this event is for you. Artists will show us how characters are made from initial doodle to final animation, and it’s sure to be fascinating.
SUNDAY, JULY 16
Bambi’s 75th Anniversary, 11:30 A.M.
This event celebrates the75th anniversary and Walt Disney Signature Collection’s release of Bambi. We’ll be able to hear personal stories from the voice cast and anecdotes behind the making of the film. Plus, we’ll get more insight into the artwork of the film, which we’re already obsessed with.