• D23 Expo, 2009: Inside and In depth!

    HALL B

    Hall B is where you are when you'd enter the D23 Expo. The entrance was home to the D23 Lounge which had plenty of comfy places to sit and RELAX or meet up with some classic Disney characters.

    Apart Welcome/Information center, Hall B was home to the Canned food Castle that was apparently supposed to be built during the four days of the convention but ended up being completely finished by the end of Day 2!

    Push's cousin Push was also at the Expo all weekend long greeting guests and taking trash.

    Disney Corporate Responsibility was one of the floor areas talking about all the environmentality efforts by the Disney company. It was also here that you could help the Disney Volunteers doing a variety of good deeds (such as packing lunches for the needy, preparing welcome baskets, preparing quilt blankets, etc) and for your good deeds you'd receive a complimentary pair of silver Volunteer Ear Hat!

     

     

    Hall B was also home to Disney Technology Magic where you could learn various techy things about the 3D movie process, explore an ABC-HD Newsvan, and learn about other innovative ideas coming out of Disney. You even had the chance to take a Photopass picture with the Electrical Parade Turtle!

    The Disney Fan Art Gallery was also located in Hall B. The exhibit as the name implied was all art created by fans. A special tribute to Donald Duck's 75th Anniversary was initially found in the gallery followed by several pieces of the fab five.

     

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    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavillion (Hall B)

    Parks and Resorts was a massive area of the D23 Expo which featured quite a few great sneaks and peeks at upcoming magic at the Disney Parks.

    Carsland held quite a bit of floor space with three great models of the upcoming land. One miniature model was found next to a much large one while an even larger scale model of Radiator Springs Racers could also be found. Several Imagineers were on hand at the various models to answer questions.

    They also showed an incredibly impressive mockup of a Lightning McQueen prototype for the Radiator Springs Racers attraction.

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Lightning McQueen Prototype
    Carsland Groundbreaking and Construction
    Carsland Initial Pitch Model

     

    Innovations in technology, Audio-Animatronics, and Autonamatronics also shared floor space in this pavillion. A short show run by two Autonamatrons explained AI capabilities of robots. Other exhibits took a look at the science of motion and robotics as well as a look at the making of President Lincoln and President Obama animatronic figures.

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Making the US Presidents
    Autonamatronics Full Presentation

     

    A scale model for the new Disney Resort and Spa at Ko Olina featured a few concept art pieces and the beautifully detailed model. The pool area here is going to be AMAZING with water play areas, a lazy river, and a swimming pool all created to look like part of the untouched wilds of Hawaii.

    The Disney Cruise Line was also onboard (pardon the pun) with a scale model of the new ship, the Disney Dream. With no descriptions or concept art this beautiful model was oddly quite the teaser to whet appetites about what is in store for this new ship. Adventures by Disney also shared floor space here with guides available to answer questions. A maquette of sailor Mickey was also on hand which was used to model his balloon for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

     

    Two special areas were also a part of the Disney Parks and Resorts Pavillion. the Storyteller's Sandbox was an awesome display using sand and interactive camera technology in fun new ways. Expect to see variations of this technology soon, perhaps on the Disney Cruise Line. Nearby, you could also have meet and greet and have your picture taken with Wall-E and Lucky the Dinosaur, two of Disney's most famous characters from the Living Character Initiative at Disney Imagineering.

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Lucky the Dinosaur
    Wall-E

     

    Several models, concept renderings, and explanations were given for all the upcoming additions coming to Hong Kong Disneyland. We get a look at the three new lands: Toy Story Land, Mystic Point, and Grizzly Trail.

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Mystic Manor Model

     

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    HALL A

    Disney Consumer Products predominated Hall A. LOST University was a fun setup for fans of the ABC television mystery program. A fake dorm room was setup to advertise the LOST University (www.lostuniversity.org) coming to Blu-Ray. There was a great collection of various props from the program, as well.

     

    Several other sectors of Disney Consumer Products were represented, as well. One of the most predominant ones was Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings where you could find information on the special events and eventake a picture with the iconic Cinderella Carriage.

    Other sectors to be found here (in general order in which they appear below) were the Disney Store, Mattel Toys, The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh, Disney Dream Home, Boys and Girls Clubs Christmas Tree ecorating and Silent Auction hosted by Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, eFX Inc., Collectors Editions, Disney Beauty, Disney Foods, Disney Color by BEHR, and LEGO.

    Radio Disney and the Collector's Forum also held predominate floorspace at the Convention. That was one area of the Expo that I unfortunately did not have much time to explore.

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    HALL C

    Hall C, which I also did not have much time to investigate featured the this original Peter Pan's Flight vehicle that was put up at auction, plus the small Autograph Session area where, as seen below, Marty Sklar, was one of the attendees. Not shown but also part of Hall C was thePin Trading floor, the Disney Dream Store, Vinylmation Trading Floor, and the US Postal Service.

     

    SECOND FLOOR

    The second floor featured several more special areas. The Storytellers Theater was home to several presentations about the Disney Parks and Resorts. The Baby Einstein World of Discovery was the baby care center and Lost Children area for the Expo. The Treastures of the Walt Disney Archives featured great props and costumes from decades of Disney television and cinematic history. Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed in here. At the ABC Screening Room, several of the upcoming new television programs were sceened. Finally, Stage 23 (not shown) was another special area where presentations were held.

     

    THIRD FLOOR

    The third floor featured a few exhibits of coming theatrical presentations, unfortunately I did not have time to photograph much here except for the Tron Exhibit.

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    To conclude, presented in order, are all the various Presentations that I attended along with the YouTube videos to help bring them to life! Enjoy!

     

    Disney Legends Ceremony

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Cast Member Choir
    Tom Bergeron Ceremony Introduction
    Betty White Accepts Award
    Robin Williams Accepts Award

     

    Afternoon with Disney Legends

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Full Presentation 1
    Full Presentation 2
    Full Presentation 3
    Full Presentation 4

    Full Presentation 5
    Full Presentation 6
    Full Presentation 7

    Full Presentation 8

     

    Vintage Disneyland

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Tony Baxter Special Findings

     

    Sailing to New Horizons: Disney Cruise Line

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Full Presentation 1
    Full Presentation 2

     

    Disney Movie Magic: Inside the Disney Studios

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Muppets Performing "Rainbow Connection"
    Miley Cyrus Performing "The Climb"

    Johnny Depp Surprise Appearance

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    Making of World of Color

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Full Presentation 1
    Full Presentation 2
    Full Presentation 3
    Full Presentation 4

    Full Presentation 5
    Full Presentation 6
    Full Presentation 7


    Press Conference 1
    Press Conference 2
    Press Conference 3

     

    Imagineering the Future of Disney Parks

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Full Presentation 1
    Full Presentation 2
    Full Presentation 3
    Full Presentation 4
    Star Tours 2 HD Clip

    John Lasseter Press Conference 1
    John Lasseter Press Conference 2
    John Lasseter Press Conference 3

     

    Refreshing "it's a small world"

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Full Presentation 1
    Full Presentation 2
    Full Presentation 3
    Full Presentation 4

    Full Presentation 5
    Full Presentation 6

     

    Imagineering Pixar for the Disney Parks

    VIDEOS on YouTube

    Full Presentation 1
    Full Presentation 2
    Full Presentation 3
    Full Presentation 4

    Full Presentation 5
    Full Presentation 6
    Full Presentation 7

    Full Presentation 8

    Press Conference 1
    Press Conference 2
    Press Conference 3

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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Pinocchio85's Avatar
      Great update dlfreak! By far the most comprehensive look at D23 on the net
    1. dlfreak's Avatar
      It's not pretty but it's pretty thorough! Thanks for the compliment, there was so so much that I missed, too!
    1. Becca Blumenfeld's Avatar
      Amazing! There was so much to look at! I needed at least two more days!
    1. dlfreak's Avatar
      Seriously! Needed a day with no presentations so that I could just go and enjoy the actual exhibit floor space!
    1. dlfreak's Avatar
      So much fun overall, though!
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