Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Take Fans Through the “Carousel of Projects” at Disney’s D23 Expo

Hi everyone!

One of my favorite parts of the D23 Expo is back, a pavilion area that showcases projects from the various Disney theme parks (and resorts) around the world.  There will also be a variety of presentations that we are looking forward to, keep reading for more information from D23!

BURBANK, Calif. (July 18, 2011) – Fans attending Disney's D23 Expo
August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center will have the chance to
experience "a great big beautiful tomorrow" as they immerse themselves
in the future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which is currently in
the biggest period of global expansion in its history.


D23 Expo, California (photo from 2009, by Jeff Lange)

Drawing inspiration from a classic attraction that debuted at the 1964
New York World's Fair and has made stops at Disneyland in California and
Magic Kingdom in Florida, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts invites
attendees to hop aboard the "Carousel of Projects" for a sneak peek at
concepts, designs, models, storytelling tools, and technologies
currently being developed at Walt Disney Imagineering for Disney parks
around the world.

Throughout the weekend, exclusively at the D23 Expo, fans will get a
look at the latest details for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' 11 parks
and five resorts around the world, as well as Aulani, a Disney Resort
and Spa in Hawaii, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney
Vacation Club, including:

*         Actual figures, props and ride vehicles for Radiators Springs
Racers, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the building of Cars
Land, the newest land at Disney California Adventure which opens next

*         The opportunity to meet a classic Disney icon in an entirely
new way.

*         Concepts, models and plans for Fantasyland, one of the most
ambitious expansions in the 40-year history of Magic Kingdom at the Walt
Disney World Resort in Florida.

*         What's new at Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and
Disney Vacation Club.

In addition to the pavilion, D23 Expo attendees will also have the
chance to attend numerous presentations and panel discussions. On
Friday, August 19, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs
will give guests in the 4,000-seat main arena an in-depth,
behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest projects currently
underway at Disney parks, featuring a few surprises along the way.

Imagineers and cast members who create and operate Disney's parks,
resorts, cruise ships, and other vacation experiences will take fans
behind-the-magic with nine exciting presentations including:

*         Radiator Springs Reality: Imagineering Cars Land for Disney
California Adventure – Join Disney*Pixar's John Lasseter and a panel of
Imagineers and Pixar creative talent as they share the twists and turns
through the real-life development of Radiator Springs.

*         The Making of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Imagineer
Tom Fitzgerald will share the inside scoop on how Walt Disney
Imagineering and George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic began laying the
groundwork for a new version of Star Tours.

*         A Good Look at Buena Vista Street – Imagineers Lisa Girolami,
Ray Spencer, and Coulter Winn provide a preview of the new entrance to
Disney California Adventure, an idealized depiction of the Los Angeles
Walt Disney lived and worked in throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

*         Imagineering the Dream and the Fantasy – Imagineers Joe
Lanzisero and Bob Zalk talk about charting the design course of the two
newest Disney cruise ships.

*         Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering – Disney Legend Marty
Sklar will lead a celebration of the careers and accomplishments of Walt
Disney Imagineering, including Alice Davis, Orlando Ferrante, Bob Gurr,
and Don Iwerks. With special guest and current Imagineer Kim Irvine,
daughter of Disney Legend Leota Toombs.
In addition, and for the first time, the Parks and Resorts pavilion will
also feature Mickey's of Glendale, an outlet of Walt Disney
Imagineering's employee-only store, where-for just three days- guests
can shop for "Carousel of Projects" souvenirs and collectibles and Walt
Disney Imagineering merchandise not available anywhere else.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at 

Admission includes access to all
experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney
Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full
three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket
and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106
for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive
a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day
of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.

About D23 Expo 2011

The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families-brings the
entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests
with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks.

About D23

The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in
1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is
the first official community for fans in Disney's 88-year history. D23
gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by
placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly
publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at; a
collectibles line, The Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special
events for D23 Members throughout the year, highlighted by the D23 Expo
in Anaheim, California, August 19-21, 2011.

Fans can join D23 at,
select shops at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort and To keep up
with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us "DisneyD23" on
Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.