Photo and video wrap-up of Disney’s D23 Expo 2011


Disney’s D23 Expo was held Aug. 19 to 21, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. There was so much happening that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. So our focus was on Walt Disney World news and everything we thought our readers and viewers would really enjoy. Below are all our coolest videos from the event, followed by a full photo gallery.

Let’s start with a video produced by Disney that tells a bit about the event and shows you around the expo floor.

Disney officials talk about and show you around Disney's D23 Expo 2011

Mickey Mouse was on hand to meet guests. But it wasn’t the Mickey you may be used to. This Mickey wasn’t “saving his voice for one of his shows”. He was actually talking to guests.

Mickey Mouse dancing and talking with guests at D23 Expo 2011

Mickey not only surprised guests by talking to them, he is also very good at playing the drums.

Mickey Mouse plays the drums at the D23 Expo with a live band on stage

This video was playing in the Parks and Resorts pavilion. It shows the design and testing of the upcoming Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride vehicle design and testing - D23 Expo

During the Disney Legends Ceremony, some voices of the princesses sang. Here’s Paige O’Hara, voice of Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Voice of Belle from Beauty and the Beast sings live at the Disney D23 Expo

Lea Salonga, the singing voice of Jasmine in Aladdin and Princess Mulan.

Anika Noni Rose, voice of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog.

Voice of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog sings live at Disney D23 Expo

Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Voice of The Little Mermaid sings live at the Disney D23 Expo

Then all the “princesses” came out and sang together:

Voices of the Disney Princesses sing together at the D23 Expo 2011

Here’s Regis Philbin receiving his Disney Legends award.

Regis Philbin accepts a Disney Legends award at the D23 Expo 2011

Jim Henson also received a Disney Legend award. Here are Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Rowlf the Dog talking about him.

Muppets talk about Jim Henson getting a Disney Legends award at D23 Expo 2011

Kermit and Rowlf also sang Rainbow Connection on stage during the Legends Ceremony.

Muppets Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog sing Rainbow Connection at the D23 Expo 2011

Jim Henson’s son Brian and Leslie Carrara-Rudolph performed the classic 1956 Muppet skit, “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face” live during the Disney Legends ceremony.

To start off the Parks and Resorts presentation, this funny video featuring Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs was shown to the audience.

Funny look at Disney Parks Chairman Tom Staggs taking on the roles of regular cast members

We weren’t allowed to take video during the Walt Disney Studios presentation, but Disney provided this overview.

We were among a small group of media who were able to interview Bill Farmer. He’s the official voice of Goofy.

Q&A with the voice of Goofy - Disney's official voice actor, Bill Farmer

Meet the men and women behind the announcements and character voices you hear in Disney’s theme parks. Here’s their full presentation.

Full Voices of the Disney Theme Parks presentation from D23 Expo 2011

Marvel gave a presentation showcasing their history for the Disney fans who may not know much about them. Here’s the full presentation.

Disney Channel fans had a lot to see as well. Here’s the cast of So Random and Good Luck Charlie.

Cast of Good Luck Charlie and So Random at Disney's D23 Expo 2011

The cast of Lemonade Mouth meeting fans.

Cast of Lemonade Mouth meet fans at Disney's D23 Expo 2011

Another video showing the cast of So Random.

Cast of So Random meet fans at Disney's D23 Expo 2011

We also featured some exclusive interviews and content from the expo on our weekly Show. Skip to 1:40 in the Sept. 1 show for an interview with an Imagineer and a look at the large Fantasyland model that was on display. Stay tuned after that for a look around the show floor and skip to 14:00 to meet a new type of animatronic called The Great Destini.

The Show - Sept. 1, 2011 - Orlando Attractions Magazine - Episode 39

Show 40 also features some D23 Expo coverage starting at 10:50.

The Show - September 8, 2011 - Orlando Attractions Magazine - Episode 40

Here’s our full photo gallery from all three days of the expo.


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