Guests at Disneyland Resort got the ultimate surprise on Wednesday night, when riders on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction were surprised with a live appearance from Captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp. [Read more…]
Our YouTube channel was a popular place in 2009. We reached more than a million views for a couple of our older videos, while others lay dormant for reasons unknown to us. Sometimes we think a video is going to be a huge hit and it flops, and sometimes we wonder why we’re bothering to record something and it turns out to be very popular. Other times a video won’t be popular for weeks and weeks, then all of the sudden the view count shoots up. But for whatever reasons, here are the top 10 viewed videos we posted in 2009. We’ll start at number 10.
A full ride on SeaWorld’s new Manta roller coaster – 99,000+ views
Club Penguin Rockhopper and Blue Penguin at Walt Disney World – 120,000+ views
Halloween Horror Nights 19 2009 Opening Night Scare Zones – 130,000+ views
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow at the Disney D23 Expo – 131,000+ views
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2009 with Disney Fairies – 132,000+ views
David Cook Sings at Walt Disney World’s American Idol – 135,000+ views
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster POV from Universal Studios – 306,000+ views
American Idol Kris Allen sings “Heartless” at Disney World – 388,000+ views
Dance-Off with the Star War Stars 2009 – Hyperspace Hoopla – 408,000+ views
David Cook and Carrie Underwood Duet at Walt Disney World – 820,000+ views
As we said in our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009 story, some videos have obviously been online longer than others, so here’s our honorable mentions:
Manta Opening SeaWorld Orlando – Views, Interviews, & Queue – 80,000+ views
Star Wars Weekends 2009 Parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 22, Opening Day – 78,000+ views
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Now Open – 77,000+ views
Disney World Fantasyland expansion announcement & makeover concept art – 66,000+ views
Disney Hall of Presidents update with Obama animatronic – 60,000+ views
The D23 Expo was truly the ultimate Disney fan experience, bringing together tens of thousands of fans from all over the world with celebrities, executives, and even a few robots.
It has been five days since the Expo concluded and while we still have a few more bits of video to upload, we thought a summary of all we’ve reported from the mega-event would be useful for those looking to relive it or see what they missed.
We have posted a D23 Expo photo gallery featuring nearly 200 high-quality photos we took while at the D23 Expo, including presentations and walking the show floor.
Below are all of the videos we have posted so far, including the most talked about moment when actor Johnny Depp emerged dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow in front of thousands of screaming fans as well as the full Fantasyland expansion and Star Tours refurbishment announcements.
D23 Expo Videos
D23 Expo Disney Parks and Resorts booth exhibit tour:
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow at the Disney D23 Expo:
Miley Cyrus performs and sings at the Disney D23 Expo:
Walt Disney Studios presentation summary at the D23 Expo:
Walt Disney Studios presentation interviews at the D23 Expo:
The Muppets sing at the Disney D23 Expo:
Disney World Fantasyland expansion announcement & makeover concept art:
Star Tours 2 announcement at D23 Expo:
Pixar’s John Lasseter answers questions at the D23 Expo:
Robin Williams speech at D23 Expo Disney Legends ceremony:
Dancing with the Stars D23 Expo Cheryl Burke & Derek Hough:
A special message from the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Eddie Carroll:
D23 Expo Photos
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D23 Expo Podcast
In addition to photos and video, I have recounted everything I could remember about the four days I spent at the D23 Expo in Show #232 of my podcast, Inside the Magic. You can download it here.
Here’s a great video summary of yesterday’s Walt Disney Studios presentation at the D23 Expo including film clips, celebrity appearances, and, of course, Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow:
Be sure to read our summary of the whole presentation.
Johnny Depp appeared on stage in character as Captain Jack Sparrow at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. on Sept. 11, 2009 along with Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook to announce the title of the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film called “On Stranger Tides.”
The film will be released in Summer 2011.
The Walt Disney Studios presentation at the D23 Expo concluded just a few minutes ago and was two-hours of nonstop surprises and excitement for Disney fans in attendance.
Beginning with a long montage of Disney’s best films over the years while a live orchestra played film scores and a choir sang, the presentation was hosted by Studios chairman Dick Cook.
Prior to the presentation, it was announced that directors Tim Burton and Robert Zemeckis would be in attendance along with actor Nicolas Cage. But Disney didn’t nearly stop there. Had they announced everything that would happen in the production that took place, fans would have lined up for days in advance to see it.
Unexpected highlights included:
- John Travolta, his wife Kelly Preston, and their daughter appeared to promote their upcoming film, “Old Dogs”
- “National Treasure” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer was on hand to unveil footage of the upcoming “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” film.
- The entire cast of the Muppets rode out onto the stage in a riverboat and sang “Rainbow Connection” amongst a couple of other unique renditions of Disney songs (including Pepe the King Prawn inserting his own lyrics into “Prince Ali” from Disney’s “Aladdin”). They also announced “The Cheapest Muppets Movie Ever Made” as the next Muppets film.
- Guillermo del Toro delivered a pre-recorded video message in which he and Disney have announced a partnership for a new line of films called “Disney Double Dare You.” The films will be family-friendly but also creepy and are inspired by del Toro’s longtime love of Disney’s Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions. The goal of the new film series, which begins with “The Troll Hunter,” is to bring a bit of fun creepiness to the Disney brand.
- After much discussion about Miley Cyrus’ upcoming film “The Last Song,” Cyrus herself appeared on stage, chatted with Dick Cook for a minute, and then performed a song from the film.
- Finally, after the crowd was convinced that Cyrus’ performance was the finale (and some even decided left early), Dick Cook decided to add one final note and brought out actor Johnny Depp in character dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow to announce the title of the next Pirates of the Caribbbean film: On Stranger Tides, due out in Summer 2011.
As announced, Tim Burton did show up to show a 3D trailer for his upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” film, though nothing new was revealed. Robert Zemeckis offered a similarly short preview of “A Christmas Carol.” It seems that Disney wanted to avoid repeating the pair’s recent San Diego Comic Con presentations and move on to the unique, never before seen excitement stated above. After Zemeckis left the stage and a trailer for “A Christmas Carol” played, Disney did confirm that they are working on a remake of “The Beatles Yellow Submarine” with Zemeckis.
Nicolas Cage will be starring as the sorcerer in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and revealed that the movie was his idea, as he watches Disney’s Fantasia annually and wanted to adapt it for a live action film. A trailer was shown… but I’m not thrilled. References to the original incluced brief clips of dancing brooms and a blue hat with moons and stars, but most of the movie appears to be completely new, set in New York and involving a lot of magic and fire.
A few other films were referenced and some footage and other trailers were shown, including a captivating look at Disney Nature’s upcoming “Oceans” documentary.
All of this was included in the standard cost of admission into the D23 Expo. If Disney continues presentations like this one in the future, I have a feeling any concerns of low Expo ticket sales will soon disappear.