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 year.
- 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:
Friday, August 19
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm — The Making of The Little Mermaid — Ariel’s Undersea Adventure — Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Larry Nikolai, and Chris Crump take you behind the scenes. (Stage 28)
Saturday, August 20
- 2:45 – 3:45 pm — 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. (Stage 28)
- 4:30 – 5:30 pm — 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. (Stage 28)
- 6:30 – 8:30 pm — Imagineering’s Guide to Creativity and Innovation — A panel of Imagineers discuss how they use storytelling and technology to make Disney magic. (Stage 28)
Sunday, August 21
- 9:15 – 10:00 am — 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. (Stage 23)
- 1:30 – 2:30 pm — 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 (including Roger Gould) as they share the twists and turns through the real-life development of Radiator Springs. (Stage 23)
- 3:30 – 4:30 pm — The Making of Star Tours – Stage 23 — 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. (Stage 23)
- 5:15 – 6:15 pm — More of the Wonderful World of Vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World — Film preservationist Ed Hobelman and Imagineer Tony Baxter look back at vintage footage. (Stage 23)
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.