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Disney Parks announces their plans for D23 Expo

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

On Sept. 9-11, 2022, Disney fans will gather on Disneyland’s doorstep in Anaheim, Calif., for D23 Expo, and now we know more about what Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products has planned for the event.

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Images courtesy of D23 Expo

Between pavilions, panel presentations, and unique retail experiences, Disney fans attending D23 Expo will be the first to learn about new themed lands, attractions, shows, and much more.

Wonderful World of Dreams Pavilion

The Disney Parks and Experiences Wonderful World of Dreams pavilion will reveal some of the new stories, attractions, and adventures Imagineers will be bringing to life in Disney parks around the world, including behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the continuing transformation of Epcot, and new Frozen-themed experiences.

D23 Expo - Wonderful World of Dreams - Disney Parks pavilion

Then, on Sept. 11, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., Disney Parks, Experiences,, and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro will take to the Hall D23 stage for the Disney Parks presentation – this year, dubbed “A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.” This presentation (which always includes a few “see-it-here-first” moments and special surprises) promises to share new details of some of the most highly-anticipated projects in development worldwide.

DisneyMe D23 Expo Quest

D23 Expo attendees will also be the first to access DisneyMe, an all-new digital avatar in the Play Disney Parks app. In celebration of the launch of DisneyMe as part of Disney Uncharted Adventure on the Disney Wish, guests at D23 Expo will be invited to create their own personalized DisneyMe and embark on an exclusive quest to discover specially-designed Disney Wish and D23 Expo digital clothing and accessories for their DisneyMe around the show floor.

D23 Expo - DisneyMe

Starting in September, those registered for D23 Expo can download the latest Play Disney Parks app, so they’re ready to create their DisneyMe and join the DisneyMe D23 Expo Quest during the event.

DisneyMe Creation in the Play Disney Parks App

Disney Parks D23 Expo Panel Presentations:

Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m., Backlot Stage) – An inside look at the continuing development of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers with Disney Imagineers and Julie Kagawa, who’ll discuss her first two books in a series of novels that tie into the lore of S.E.A.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Society of Explorers and Adventurers
Lord Henry Mystic, founder of Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland and member of S.E.A.

A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Walt Disney Imagineering Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab (Sept. 10, 10 a.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage) – Learn about the legacy of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab, including the work created by Yale Gracey for the Haunted Mansion and other early projects, plus a behind-the-curtain look at the present-day magical process that is so unique to Imagineering.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Yale Gracey and the Hatbox Ghost
Yale Gracey and the Hatbox Ghost

Uncovering Treasures from the Marty Sklar Collection (Sept. 10, 12 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage) – Join Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Bob Weis with Leah and Leslie Sklar (the wife and daughter of the late Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar) for a discussion about some of the treasures they discovered while going through Marty’s collection from his more than 50 years with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Marty Sklar
Disney Legend Marty Sklar

Dreaming, Designing, and Bringing to Life the Disney Wish (Sept. 10, 4 p.m., Backlot Stage) – Fresh off the launch of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, Imagineers will talk about their experiences bringing the Disney Wish to life, from themed spaces and imaginative kids clubs to the first-ever Disney attraction at sea.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Disney Wish

Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible, Possible (Sept.11, 1 p.m., Premiere Stage) – Walt Disney Imagineering has blended limitless imagination with cutting-edge technology for seven decades. For this panel, Imagineers past and present will discuss the important combination of storytelling and innovation that brings dreams to life for theme park guests from around the world.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Walt DIsney Imagineering

Disney Parks Through the Decades: A Disney Ambassador Perspective (Sept. 11, 4 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage) – A conversation with Disney Ambassadors across the decades, including 1966 Disney Ambassador Connie Lane and 1971 Walt Disney World Ambassador Debby Dane Browne.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Disney Ambasadors
Walt with Disney Ambassador Connie Lane

The World of Duffy & Friends Revealed (Sept. 11, 4:15 p.m., Hyperion Stage) – Imagineers discuss the origin (and continuing popularity) of Duffy & Friends, including LinaBell, the newest friend who has already become a global phenomenon.

Disney Parks D23 Panel - Duffy and Friends

D23 Expo tickets are already sold out, but select presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live. Click here for more information.

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