Many celebrities were spotted and surprise big announcements were made during the arena events at the first Disney D23 Expo, and more of the same is expected this year. D23, Disney’s official fan club has announced the arena schedule D23 Expo 2011.
From Aug. 19 to 21, 2011, Expo guests will have exclusive access to presentations from The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Channel and Marvel Comics – plus they will be able to experience the 2011 Disney Legends Ceremony.
Arena presentations include:
Friday, Aug. 19
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – 2011 Disney Legends Ceremony
Host Tom Bergeron will induct honorees Regis Philbin; Jim Henson; Disney Princesses Jodi Benson, Paige O’Hara, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin and Anika Noni Rose; Bo Boyd; Jack and Bonita Wrather; Guy Williams and Ray Watson as Disney Legends for their contribution to the creative legacy of The Walt Disney Company in a special presentation.
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Join Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as he gives D23 guests a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the exciting projects currently underway at Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.
Saturday, Aug. 20
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – The Walt Disney Studios
A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios. From exclusive video clips and live performances to filmmaker discussions and star appearances, this session will be hosted by Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president of Production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, president of Production, Marvel Studios.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – The Lion King 3D Exclusive Screening
Disney fans will have access to an exclusive advance screening of The Lion King in Disney Digital 3D, ahead of the film’s theatrical and home entertainment releases.
Sunday, Aug. 21
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Marvel Comics
An exclusive experience will take guests through the evolution of Marvel from its first comic book in 1939 to its current position. This presentation will include interactive Q&A segments. The session will be hosted by Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer.
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Disney Channel
Fans are invited to experience a live performance featuring stars of Disney Channel’s hit series Shake It Up. Guests will meet the cast of television’s first dance-driven sitcom, learn moves from a Disney Channel dance master and experience a special panel, autograph session and more.
In addition to these presentations, the D23 Expo 2011 will include the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit – including the Fan Art Gallery, the D23 Expo Live Auction and the D23 Expo Dream Store.
Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available at D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the three days. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3 to 12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of the D23 fan club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry each day for themselves and their guests.
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