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  • News Disney Parks and Resorts Releases Their Plans for the 2013 Expo

    Disney Parks and Resorts had finally released their plans for the upcoming D23 Expo in August.

    This is the information we've all been waiting for. Though, it did leave us with some additional questions. We encourage you to read our special interview with Disney Parks and Resorts on MiceChat's Front page which answers all of the questions you'll be thinking after reading the release below: EXCLUSIVE Behind The Scenes Interview With D23 and Disney Parks And Resorts About The Upcoming Expo




    WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS TO CELEBRATE
    60 YEARS OF IMAGINEERING AT DISNEY’S D23 EXPO, AUGUST 9-11, 2013


    Disney Takes Fans Behind-The-Magic With An Unprecedented Look At
    The Imagineering “Dream Factory”



    In honor of the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney Imagineering and the origins of Disney parks and resorts, Imagineering is hosting an “open house” at the D23 Expo August 9-11, opening the doors of its unique facilities and offering an unprecedented look at its creative processes – all on the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. In addition, Imagineers past and present will host an entire day of panel discussions on Sunday, August 11 celebrating their 60 magical years of “dreaming and doing.”


    Within the “open house,” pavilion, D23 Expo guests will get an up close look at an eclectic array of Imagineering’s creative minds – ride engineers, model builders, pre-visualization artists, special effects designers, inventors, and show animators – as they share the skills and talents behind Imagineering’s creative process. In addition, guests will have the chance to glimpse at the “workspaces” of several project teams from around Disney’s global portfolio of parks and resorts, perhaps spotting a few clues into coming attractions along the way.


    For the first time at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Imagineering will be showcasing some of its most historical and revered concept art from its Art Library, including Herb Ryman’s original drawing of Disneyland. Also in the Disney Parks pavilion, D23 Expo guests will again have the chance to explore Mickey’s of Glendale, an outlet of Walt Disney Imagineering’s employee-only store, to shop for unique souvenirs and collectibles and Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise not available anywhere else.


    In addition to the Imagineering Open House, D23 Expo attendees will be able to attend 12 unique presentations and panel discussions that will take fans on the incredible journey behind the latest Disney resorts, attractions, and entertainment including:
    • The Art and Artistry of Aulani – Imagineers Joe Rohde and Jeanette Lomboy will share the authentic tapestry of art and stories found at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa.
    • Mayhem, Mischief, and Monkeys: The Magic of Mystic Manor – Join Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and others for the strange stories behind Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor, the newest and one of the most sophisticated attractions ever built.
    • Undiscovered Disneyland – Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares rare and never-before-seen footage of the early days of Disneyland, from design and construction through opening day.
    • Broadcasts from Buena Vista Street – Enjoy the latest ‘soundtrack’ from Buena Vista Street, featuring a live performance of Scary Symphony from radio station KBVS and a panel discussion led by Imagineers.
    • Disney Ambassadors – Join current Disney Parks Ambassadors from around the world as they discuss this renowned program and share insights about its rich heritage, current outreach efforts, and the importance of sharing Disney goodwill.
    • Voices of the Disney Parks – Back by popular demand, this panel of famous Disney voices will gather for an encore panel discussion, including recreations of some unforgettable Disney Parks sayings.
    • Charles Phoenix Presents – Noted humorist and self-proclaimed “retro daddy” Charles Phoenix shares some of his favorite images from around Disney, featuring classic kitsch, clashing colors schemes, and hairdos that truly defy gravity.


    The panels continue on Sunday August 11, with a full day dedicated to the celebration of Walt Disney Imagineering’s 60th anniversary. The presentations in the 2,000-seat Stage 23 Theater with current and former Imagineers will explore a wide range of topics from working with Walt Disney himself, to the exploration of creativity, innovation, and humor in the parks, to a lively discussion of what it’s like to lead one of the world’s most creative organizations. More details on these exciting panels and presenters will be revealed soon.


    Interesting. But what about the big Arena presentation? Will there be big new attraction announcements? How are the lines going to be handled this year? What if anything has been done to address the concerns expressed after the last Expo? We've got all the answers for you. . .

    For more information about the D23 Expo and Disney Parks and Resort's plans for this year's big event, don't miss MiceChat's special interview with answers all the questions above: EXCLUSIVE Behind The Scenes Interview With D23 and Disney Parks And Resorts About The Upcoming Expo
    Last edited by Dustysage; 06-28-2013, 06:09 AM.
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    Oooooh! Shiny! Those Imagineering panels look amazing, especially the Tony Baxter spot. Makes me wish I could be there. Have fun those who can go :crybye:
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      So from what I have read on the article and this post is that no plans for a Parks & Resorts Arena presentation has been released? When this subject arose, the answer was pretty elusive.

      It would be a shame, a huge shame, if Disney missed another opportunity. The Theme Park wars have started and Disney is still in the trenches.

      (Though, I am excited for these Imagineering panels.)

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        Originally posted by jcman3777 View Post
        So from what I have read on the article and this post is that no plans for a Parks & Resorts Arena presentation has been released? When this subject arose, the answer was pretty elusive.

        It would be a shame, a huge shame, if Disney missed another opportunity. The Theme Park wars have started and Disney is still in the trenches.

        (Though, I am excited for these Imagineering panels.)
        Yes and no. While there will be no Parks and Resorts presentation in the big arena. There will now be 3 full days of Parks and Resorts presentations in the smaller theaters.

        However, they don't have any big attraction announcements that they'll be able to make in time for the Expo. So the focus will be on current and past projects and a celebration of 60 years of Imagineering. Lots of access to the Imagineers including the legends. Some folks will see this as a negative and others will look forward to the expanded sessions and interaction.

        I'm not sure it matters when the attraction announcements are made. But I do think it is for a very good reason that they have decided to delay and most folks will be very happy when the announcements are finally made.
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          I for one love the idea of celebrating the Imagineers. We wouldn't have the parks without them, right?
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            I'm kinda bummed that the Mystic Manor presentation is 10:30 in the morning. Don't most of the arena presentations start around that time? I may have to miss it.
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              ^i really want to see that and the studios presentation. I'm praying they don't fall on the same time.:beg: hope they let us keep the Stage Pass cards, make great souvenirs!
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                Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                Yes and no. While there will be no Parks and Resorts presentation in the big arena. There will now be 3 full days of Parks and Resorts presentations in the smaller theaters.

                However, they don't have any big attraction announcements that they'll be able to make in time for the Expo. So the focus will be on current and past projects and a celebration of 60 years of Imagineering. Lots of access to the Imagineers including the legends. Some folks will see this as a negative and others will look forward to the expanded sessions and interaction.

                I'm not sure it matters when the attraction announcements are made. But I do think it is for a very good reason that they have decided to delay and most folks will be very happy when the announcements are finally made.
                If Disney wants the D23 Expo to continue, they need to keep the Parks & Resort elements at peak performance. While the Expo covers all aspects of Disney (ABC, Studio, Consumer Products, ESPN, etc.), it's Parks and Resorts that have been it's core and main draw. If they fail to provide the needed excitement quota this year, there's a good chance they may second think another Expo in the future.

                Imagineering is in the midst of two major projects at the moment: Avatar and Shanghai Disneyland. The SDL project isn't all that secret, but there is little left at WDI that they can show, outside of some minor artwork. THe only chance I can see for Disney to save this year's Expo is to put pressure on Cameron to allow them to show SOMETHING (anything) from Avatar. It's not like any other company will be able to all of a sudden come up with a competing Avatarland park or attraction (though with Universal's recent aggressive creativity, there's no guarantee I suppose).

                So, that would be my Guess. Iger is probably doing his best to get Cameron to allow some sort of Avatar releases. Both for the good of the actual project (getting fans excited is a GOOD thing) and for the benefit of the Expo itself. I would imagine that Iger would get some satisfaction and confidence by hearing POSITIVE guests comments about Avatarland instead of just doubt and uncertainty.

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                  When will they put out a schedule so we can plan what presentations to go to?
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