The 2013 D23 Expo was just held on August 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center and TPR was there with David and Spears! The D23 Expo is billed as, “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” and it didn’t disappoint. There were new announcements, surprises, celebrities, and lots more. Check out our full report below:
Day 1 Coverage: Below! Day 2 Coverage: Page 2 Day 3 Coverage: Page 4
Minnie Mouse Spears is dressed up and ready to go!
We kicked things off with the grand opening of the Phineas and Ferb Waffle-inator Challenge.
To celebrate, members of the press were greeted with a waffle breakfast.
And not just waffles...
There were all sorts of delicious treats.
Spears studied up on the Waffle-inator rules. Do not eat the waffles!
No Spears!!! Don’t eat it! Rules are rules.
Phineas and Ferb showed up and posed for photos.
Radio Disney host Jake Whetter greeted the crowd.
Jake then introduced the Waffle-inator. The goal of the Waffle-inator is to hit Doof with waffles to help Phineas and Ferb get to the top of the building and free Agent P. You can see the waffle shooting cannons in the bottom of this photo.
Jake introduced members of the cast and crew of "Phineas and Ferb" and "Marvel Universe," and everyone got ready to start shooting waffles.
The cast took turns launching waffles at the screen.
After they were waffled out, the cast posed for some press shots. From left to right: Vincent Martella - voice of Phineas; Alyson Stoner - voice of Isabella; Dan Povenmire - co-creator, executive producer, and voice of Doofenshmirtz; Jeff “Swampy” Marsh - co-creator, executive producer, and voice of Major Monogram; Jake Whetter - Radio Disney host; Fred Tatasciore - voice of Hulk; Travis Willingham - voice of Thor; Adrian Pasdar - voice of Iron Man; and Drake Bell - voice of Spider Man.
Spider Man and Iron Man joined in on the fun.
Spears hobnobbed with all the celebrities.
Here’s Spears with Alyson Stoner.
After our waffle-tastic intro to D23, we headed inside for the Walt Disney Animation presentation. Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, welcomed everyone to D23. Photography wasn’t allowed during this presentation, so the photos from this presentation are courtesy of Disney.
Pixar showed off the first 10 minutes of “Toy Story OF TERROR!” - premiering Oct. 16, 2013 on ABC. They also gave a peek at “The Good Dinosaur” (May 13, 2014) and showed the “Party Central” short that will precede the movie. Additionally they gave a first look at “Inside Out” (June 19, 2015) and “Finding Dory” (Nov 25, 2015). Walt Disney Animation Studios showed off “Frozen” (Nov. 27, 2013), and the short “Get A Horse!” that will precede it. The Animation Studios also gave a first look at “Big Hero 6” (Nov. 7, 2014), and Zootopia (2016). Disneytoon Studios gave first looks at “The Pirate Fairy” (Spring 2014) , “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (July 18, 2014), and “Legend of the NeverBeast” (Spring 2015).
There were lots of surprise guests and celebrities during the presentation. Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith, pictured here, came on stage to introduce their characters in Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Hader will play the emotion of fear, and Smith will play the emotion of sadness.
Kristen Bell, Tom Hiddleston, and many others also made appearances.
After the animation presentation we headed to Stage 28 for Marty Sklar’s “Dream It! Do It!” panel. For those who don’t know, Marty Sklar is a famous Imagineer and Disney Legend who worked with The Walt Disney Company for 54 years. His new book, “Dream It! Do it!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms” was just released.
Marty offered some insight into his life and his process writing the book. He also went over ten guidelines to theme park design called, “Mickey’s 10 Commandments.” Just for kicks, here they are: 1. Know your audience 2. Wear your guest’s shoes 3. Organize the flow of people and ideas 4. Create a weenie 5. Communicate with visual literacy 6. Avoid overload 7. Tell one story at a time 8. Avoid contradiction 9. For every ounce of treatment, provide a ton of treat 10. Keep it up
One of the cool things about the D23 Expo is you never know who you’ll bump into. On the way out of the theater we said hi to Disney Legend Bob Gurr.
Next up we checked out the silent auction. Shhhhhhhh!
There were all sorts of neat Disney items for auction.
I remember these!
Who wants a Mufasa or Sarabi figure in their home?
Or how about an authentic Disneyland Park sign? How cool is that?
We headed down the escalator to check out the rest of the auction items on the main floor. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and plenty did! This Jack Skellington costume was one of my favorites.
In the main hall there were more items being auctioned like this car from DCA’s Monsters Inc. ride.
This romantic Mickey and Minnie bench was under $1,000 when we were there on Friday. (Although I’m sure the price went up by Sunday!)
Okay, I KNOW some TPR members would love to have these authentic Matterhorn Bobsleds. I know I do! The bidding was already at $12,000 when we saw them on Friday. I wonder what they ended up selling for?
There’s no shortage of shopping at The D23 Expo.
Disney art, sculptures, pins, and more were all on sale. Look at all those pins!
You could even purchase a giant Sully if you were so inclined.
That must’ve taken awhile to make!
Throughout the convention floor there was always something going on wherever you looked. There was plenty of entertainment throughout the day - everything from yo-yo performances to dancers. Here’s Magician Todd Migliacci entertaining crowds.
We caught the tail end of the costume contest, and got to see lots of elaborate costumes.
I loved how intricate everyone’s costumes were.
5 winners were awarded special bronze statues. Here’s one of the winners!
A close-up of the statue.
Lets check out more of the convention floor. Throughout the hall there were plenty of give-aways and raffles. We saw bags and pins being given out, and nicer items being raffled off.
At this Cars Land inspired booth you could purchase Disneyland tickets. I think Spears makes a good Mater.
If you haven’t visited Cars Land yet, you should! It’s awesome!
The Build-A-Bear booth had some photo ops available.
Artist Kristen Cumings was creating this delicious looking painting out of jelly beans at the Jelly Belly booth.
Huffy had some cool limited edition Mickey and Minnie cruiser bikes for sale.
There was a play area set up with foam blocks and parts for kids to build things.
Being kids at heart, we of course went in and played.
Here’s Spears striking a 100% Official Manly Pose.
There were Planes and Cars toys on Display. They were all either previously in stores, currently in stores, or soon-to-be in stores.
Spears liked the strawberry car with pink headlights.
My favorite toy was the Lightyear blimp.
A “Draw Your Favorite Muppet” area was set up. There were papers that taught you how to draw different muppets, and once you honed your skills you could draw one on the chalkboard wall.
I was surprised how good all the drawings were.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for Spears!
Spears is nurse for a day with Doc McStuffins.
I have no idea what’s going on here.
If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.
Disney Consumer Products was teaching guests how to draw various different Disney characters.
We ran into famous cosplayer and model LeeAnna Vamp while wandering around.
The “best in show” costume contest winners were posing with Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper.
There was a Star Wars display with various figures and toys. I’m excited to see what Disney will do with the Star Wars franchise in the coming years.
Minnie Spears and Minnie Mouse decided to hang out.
After checking out the convention floor we headed upstairs for the “Broadway and Beyond” show.
It was a full house!
Host Thomas Schumacher introduced music from various Disney Broadway shows, and five of Disney’s biggest broadway stars performed the songs over a live band.
There were songs from lots of Disney plays including Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Newsies, and more!
From left to right are Disney Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan and Aida), Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid), and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King).
And here’s the fifth performer, Josh Strickland (Tarzan).
The performances were incredible. You could really see and hear why these performers were on Broadway. They were some of the best singers I’ve ever heard live.
As an added bonus, famous Disney musician Richard Sherman (pictured) was sitting just a few seats down from us. As were Disney musician Alan Menken and Holly Madison of Playboy fame.
Ashley Brown gave a performance of “Feed The Birds” from Mary Poppins that garnered a well-deserved standing ovation.
TPR loves Newsies!
This show was the highlight of the day for me. It made me want to go see every Disney Broadway show.
On the way out Holly Madison posed for a picture with Spears!
As we left the parking structure we kept asking ourselves, “WHY does the fun have to end?” Then we decided - it doesn’t! We headed over to Trader Sam’s for the Tiki Luau D23 Expo After Party.
Just for the D23 Expo, Trader Sam’s expanded its footprint onto the Frontier and Adventure towers’ lawn areas.
Polynesian dancers performed while guests mingled, drank, and dined under the stars.
We ran into one more of the costume contest winners at the after party. Her dress had so much detail! There were Disney heroes on the left side and Disney villains on the right side. Can you find the Yeti?
There were bars and tables set up all over the lawn, and along with a full drink selection was a special punch (available in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic form) available for purchase - it was really good!
The Polynesian dancers and music were a great touch.
After a long day at the convention, it was nice to just kick back and relax at Trader Sam’s.
That’s it for day one of the D23 Expo. Thanks for checking out our trip report! Don’t forget to check out part 2 on page 2 of this thread - there are lots more fun surprises in store!
Last edited by ILoveRides on Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:28 pm.
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