Disney fans will be able to get sneak previews of upcoming new movies and behind-the-scenes info about classic toons at the first D23 Expo, scheduled to take place at the Anaheim Convention Center Sept. 10 thru 13. Presented in conjunction with D23.com, the official online community for Disney fans (23 refers to 1923, the year Walt Disney started the studio).
Guests will preview movie events such as The Princess and the Frog, Rapunzel, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at a state-of-the-art cinema built especially for the event. Also on tap is a special look at the legacy and future of Disney’s theme parks and vacation destinations. In addition, the D23 Expo will host the 2009 Disney Legends Awards on Saturday, Sept. 12, marking the first time the prestigious event has been held off Disney property.
The event will also include an exhibit featuring a rare collection of classic and contemporary Disney props, artifacts and costumes’including the fully restored, 11-foot model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; the jewel-encrusted book used in the opening moments of Sleeping Beauty; as well as material from the original Mickey Mouse Club Mary Poppins and Pirates of the Caribbean. Other highlights include screenings of Sleeping Beauty, The Shaggy Dog and Darby O’Gill and the Little People, all of which will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.
Tickets to the D23 EXPO are $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children 3-12. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four same-day admissions. To learn more details, visit www.D23Expo.com.