Our D23 Expo 2017 recap

It’s been about a week since the end of D23 Expo 2017 and, now that I’ve finally recovered from it and the week with friends afterward, it’s time to look back at what happened, the friends we made, the fun we had, and the big announcements.

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Coco –  In theaters Nov. 22, 2017, Coco introduces Miguel, an aspiring musician whose family long ago banned music. Desperate to prove his talent and follow in the footsteps of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel makes a fateful decision and finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he meets his extended family and charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal). Together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – Kristen Bell, the voice of Anna, introduced fans to the new Frozen holiday featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf, surprised the crowd with a live performance of the all-new original song “That Time of Year,” written by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson. The song is part of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new 21-minute featurette, which hits the big-screen in front of Disney•Pixar’s Coco on Nov. 22, 2017.

Incredibles 2 – Picking up where we last saw our favorite family with super powers this film will focus on Elastigirl and is scheduled to be released June 15, 2018.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ follow-up to 2012’s Wreck-it Ralph leaves the arcade behind, venturing into the expansive universe of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s not-so-light touch. Outcasts-turned-BFFs Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz are reuniting with Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer) and Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch). Filmmakers revealed a new character, Yesss, an algorithm who plays an important role in Ralph and Vanellope’s journey within the internet. Golden Globe®-winning actress Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) lends her voice to the character. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 hits theaters on Nov. 21st, 2018.

Toy Story 4 – is slated for release on June 21st, 2019.

Frozen 2 – Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ feature-length follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning film Frozen is slated for theaters on November 27th, 2019! Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff are reprising their roles in an all-new story.

Untitled Disneytoon movie – Directed by Klay Hall and Bobs Gannaway, and produced by Ferrell Barron, the theatrical feature film explores the future of aviation taking moviegoers to the edge of discovery in the air and beyond. This as yet untitled film opens in theaters on April 12th, 2019

Untitled Dan Scanlon movie – Director Dan Scanlon, who helmed Pixar’s “Monsters University,” joined Lasseter to share a few details about an all-new original feature film currently in production at Pixar Animation Studios. According to Scanlon, who lost his father at a very young age, the film is inspired by the question he’s always asked: who was my father? The story is set in a world with no humans—only elves, trolls and sprites—“anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s,” said the director. “In the film, we’re going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father.” Kori Rae (“Monsters University”) will produce.

Live Action:

A Wrinkle in Time – Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A WRINKLE IN TIME is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film also stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland and Rowan Blanchard, with Zach Galifianakis.

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides—Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)—who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them. A Wrinkle in Time opens March 9, 2018.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, newcomer Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Morgan Freeman as godfather Drosselmeyer, and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, the movie is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Mark Gordon and Larry Franco.  The film largely takes place in a strange and mysterious parallel world—home to Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. But it’s the ominous Fourth Realm where Clara must take on a tyrant called Mother Ginger as well as a gang of mice who’ve stolen a coveted key from Clara. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens November 2, 2018.

Mary Poppins Returns -In this original musical sequel to the 1964 “Mary Poppins,” Mary played by Emily Blunt, and her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, embark on entirely new adventures with the next generation of the Banks family to help them find the joy and wonder missing in their lives. P.L. Travers first introduced the world to the no-nonsense nanny in her 1934 children’s book “Mary Poppins.” However, the subsequent adventures of Mary Poppins remained only on the pages of the seven other P.L. Travers’ books…until now. Mary Poppins Returns is drawn from the wealth of material in these additional books. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary’s William Weatherall Wilkins and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character. Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Marshall & John DeLuca based on The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers. The producers are Marshall, DeLuca and Marc Platt with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer, and the music is by Marc Shaiman with songs by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters December 25, 2018.

Dumbo – Directed by Tim Burton and starring  Colin Farrell as Holt Farrier, a former circus star and war-veteran charged with the care of a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock of an already struggling circus. Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins were cast as Holt’s children, who discover that Dumbo can fly. Danny DeVito portrays circus owner Max Medici who tries to capitalize on the novelty. And Michael Keaton is persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere who swoops in with aerial artist Colette Marchant, portrayed by Eva Green, to make Dumbo a star. Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey, Ehren Kruger and Justin Springer are producing from a screenplay by Kruger. Filmed entirely in England, Dumbo is utilizing state-of-the-art visual effects to portray the big-eared elephant and many of his animal counterparts. Dumbo will fly into theaters March 29, 2019.

The Lion King – Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Donald Glover as Simba, and James Earl Jones as—naturally—Mufasa, Favreau’s live-action version of The Lion King is produced by Favreau, Jeffrey Silver and Karen Gilchrist. The Lion King roars into theaters everywhere on July 19th, 2019.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi -The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of THE FORCE AWAKENS join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. The movie stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Avengers: Infinity War – Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The war begins May 4, 2018.

Mulan – A live-action take on Disney’s 1998 feature, which will be helmed by Niki Caro.

Aladdin – Directed by Guy Ritchie, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.

Jungle Cruise – A live-action nod to the popular theme park ride. The studio is working with Dwayne Johnson on the project.


Parks and Resorts:

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the official name of the Star Wars-inspired lands at the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. New details were also unveiled about the two signature attractions planned for these lands, which are set to open in 2019! Full story here.

Pixar Pier – Experience the magical worlds of Pixar in brand new ways at the new Pixar Pier, coming to Disney California Adventure park in 2018! And Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration, will bring new and returning favorites throughout Disneyland Resort in California. Here are more details.

New Future World – Concept art was shared for the revamp of Future World.

Guardians of the Galaxy – A “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction will be added to Future World, adhering to the original vision of Epcot’s Future World as the place to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel.

Ratatouille –  A Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction will also be added to the France Pavilion in World Showcase. The attraction will expand the pavilion.

China – a new film for the China pavilion at Epcot that’ll feature the splendor and majesty of that amazing country with some new technology.

Star Wars Hotel – Plans for a Star Wars-inspired experiential resort that will push interaction to a new level were just announced for the Walt Disney World Resort. Read more here.

DVC Venitian – Disney Riviera Resort, coming to Walt Disney World Resort, near Epcot, will follow Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, which opens Monday, and become the 15th Disney Vacation Club Property. Bonus: Guests staying at Riviera Resort will be able to reach Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot via the brand-new Disney Skyliner.

Minnie Vans – Guests at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will be able to arrange their own private Disney van right from their smartphone. It’ll be simple to do. Just arrange a Minnie van and a Disney cast member will arrive and drive you anywhere you wish at the Resort in a magical way that only Disney can do.

Marvel Hotel – Disneyland Paris will bring favorite Marvel characters to Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. Details here.

Marvel Expansion – Soon, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure park. More details to come.

Tron Lightcycle – The new Tron attraction will sit in an entirely new area right next to the Space Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom Park.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Replacing The Great Movie Ride a new attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, is planned for Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will allow you to step through the movie screen and join Mickey and his friends inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you’re the star and anything can happen. Read more here.

Space Dining – Adjacent to Mission: SPACE will be a new table-service restaurant that will invite guests to travel high above the Earth – to space – for great meals with a great view. Learn more here.

New theater – Magic Kingdom Park will soon be home to a new inspired by Kansas City’s Willis Theatre, just as it looked when Walt Disney lived there. Full story here.

Skyliner – A new transportation system is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort called the Disney Skyliner. It will offer a birdseye view of the Resort and connect Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts and other locations with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Full story here.

Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line has announced they’re expanding their fleet with an additional new cruise ship. That means by 2023, Disney Cruise Line will nearly double the size of their current fleet! Details coming soon.

Toy Story Land update – Toy Story Land, currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will officially open in summer 2018! In just a few months, you’ll be able to shrink to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, experience Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and more. Read the full post here.

Fine Print:

Some pieces of this article are taken directly from Disney press materials.

About D23 Expo 2017

D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It 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 D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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