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Broadway star Constantine Maroulis will rock out with Rock Star Mickey at D23 Expo





Anaheim, Calif. – August 4, 2011 – Disney Consumer Products (DCP) will showcase
an extensive collection of Disney merchandise and interactive experiences inside
its Disney Living Pavilion at the ultimate Disney fan event, D23 Expo, held at
the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21.

the Disney Living Pavilion, D23 Expo attendees can explore the ultimate Disney
lifestyle through the neighborhoods of "Style," "Play" and "Celebrations." From
the latest toys and newest fashions to the ultimate Disney birthday party and
some of the most beloved Disney classics such as Disney It's a Small World, guests can experience all things Disney
through an immersive environment featuring: exclusive and never-before-seen
products; meet and greets with artists, designers, authors and innovators;
hands-on demos and activities; and live performances at the Disney Living
Pavilion stage.

can commemorate the event with specially released D23 merchandise including a
new Hallmark keepsake ornament, a Toy
Woody action figure and Finn McMissile Cars vehicle from Mattel, a Minnie Mouse plush from Just Play,
limited-edition 25th anniversary items from Disney Store, and more.

will have the opportunity to interact with Disney Consumer Products' online
communities in the Disney Living Social Media lounge. Watch favorite Disney
Living videos, virtually check-in and join social networking activities like Tweet-ups
and participate in giveaways. 

exciting line-up of events and attractions includes:

Stage Shows

  • On
    Stage 23, the United States Postal Service and Disney will celebrate the First
    Day of Issue Ceremony for the DisneyPixar Send A Hello Commemorative Stamps featuring
    original designs of beloved characters from films such as Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story, Up and WALLE. With special guests John Lasseter, chief creative officer,
    Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy
    Postmaster General, United States Postal Service, plus an artist signing
    following the ceremony, this is a must-see event. (Aug. 19, 4:15 p.m.)
  • On
    Stage 28, guests can enjoy the "it's a small world: Celebrating 45 Years" panel
    discussion. Panel luminaries include experts from Walt Disney Imagineering,
    Disney Parks and Resorts and Disney Consumer Products, as well as Disney legend
    Alice Davis – who along with fellow legend Mary Blair researched, designed and
    supervised the creation of more than 150 costumes for the original attraction. (Aug.
    19, 1 p.m.)

Disney Play at the Disney Living

toys featuring everyone's favorite Disney characters and stories, there is
something for all ages.

  • Making
    its first public appearance, Rock Star Mickey, the new animated plush from
    Fisher-Price will rock out at D23 Expo. Don't miss a special performance with
    rocker and Broadway star Constantine Maroulis and Rock
    Star Mickey on the Disney Living Pavilion center stage. Releasing this holiday
    season at retailers nationwide, Rock Star Mickey is already generating buzz as
    a must-have holiday gift. Mickey really gets things going as he sings, bobs his
    head, dances across the stage and finishes with his signature move – the
    mouska-split – where he plays the guitar with his nose!
  • At
    the Mattel booth, the whole family can enjoy some quality time playing with the
    newest Disney toys from Mattel including the latest Cars die-cast vehicles and new space-themed Toy Story playset and action figures. Plus, be the first to see the
    Ultimate Disney Princess castle and
    VIP doll collection inspired by the hottest Disney Channel stars releasing this
    fall just in time for the holidays. Fans can
    snap up specially released D23 merchandise from Mattel including a Toy Story Woody action figure and Finn
    McMissile Cars vehicle.
  • In
    the JAKKS Pacific area, kids can live out their favorite stories with an
    exciting display of Disney Princess
    and Disney Fairies role play and
    playsets. They can also enjoy carnival-style games from Just Play and check out
    the limited-edition Minnie Mouse plush available for the first time at D23 Expo.
    And no visit to the Disney Play neighborhood is complete without a picture next
    to a life-sized Lightning McQueen created entirely out of LEGO® bricks.

Disney Style

can experience an array of Disney-inspired apparel, accessories and art in the
Disney Style neighborhood.

  • The
    Disney It's a Small World area will
    feature fashionable infant and children's clothing and accessories inspired by
    Mary Blair's original art of the iconic attraction. Kids can create Disney It's a Small World-inspired arts
    and crafts and participate in a shoe styling competition. A Nordstrom pop-up
    shop will feature the latest infant and toddler apparel collection, TOMS Shoes
    and BASQ personal care products.
  • Guests
    can meet the artists and get an autograph from winners of fashion leader
    Uniqlo's "Mickey By" global t-shirt design contest. They can also preview and
    purchase Hallmark's cherished annual Disney keepsake ornament featuring a Pook-a-Looz style Steamboat Willie, available
    first for D23 Expo guests. And at Retro 51, makers of fine writing instruments,
    guests are invited to drop off the ugliest pen they own at their booth to
    compete for cool prizes because "Life is too short to carry an ugly pen!"TM
  • At
    the Disney Beauty lounge, guests can stop by for pampering and special beauty
    demonstrations. Kids can have fun, too, with Disney face art and hair styling.
    Nutrition, health and wellness will take center stage in the Disney Food and
    Health area. Here guests will receive tips about nutrition and exercise, get
    snack and meal ideas, learn fun ways to stay healthy and spin a prize wheel for
  • Guests
    can enjoy The Wonderful Words of Disney sponsored by Disney Publishing and
    discover classic tales and new adventures in this comfortable reading area.
    From paper to iPad, guests can immerse themselves in the Disney library. There
    are daily storytelling sessions, and guests can go "Behind the Page" at panel
    discussions and signings with Disney authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and Don
    Hahn on Stage 28.
  • Throughout
    the Disney Style neighborhood, collectors will find treasures and
    limited-edition offers. This is the place to meet Disney artists, see them at
    work, hear their inspirations and have pieces signed and dedicated. Guests may
    wish to participate in the "Disney Storytellers: Artists of Walt Disney
    Animation Studios" panel discussion (Aug. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Disney Living
    Pavilion Center Stage)

Disney Celebrations

At the
Disney Celebrations neighborhood, guests will not only be able to join the
festivities and activities of a real party with balloons and games, but also
have fun learning directly from party planning experts how to make magnificent
balloon bouquets, decorate a winning cake and cupcakes, and find the best
Disney party decorations. Guests will also be treated to daily birthday cupcake
giveaways from DecoPac.

Disney Store

Be one of
the first to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney Store in its
1,500 square foot pop-up shop at D23 Expo where guests can preview Disney
Store's new fall line, as well as specially released D23 Expo items such as
limited-edition anniversary merchandise (only available at the event, and to
D23 Members shopping on after the event, while supplies last),
Vinylmation, new Wish-a-Littles from the Kidada
for Disney Store
collection, and more. On the pavilion's center stage,
guests can watch the unveiling of Disney Store's enchanting new Disney Princess
Designer Dolls and a fashion parade debuting the 2011 Disney Store Halloween Costume
collection. Additionally, Kidada Jones, celebrity jewelry designer, will also
make a special guest appearance and unveil her all-new Vinylmation.

Disney Baby
Upstairs in the
Baby Care Lounge hosted by Disney Baby, moms can enjoy a moment of
serenity and tend to young ones in private. Special prizes will be given away
in the lounge, which will be equipped with changing tables and product

to D23 Expo
2011 are available at Admission includes access to
all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo and can be purchased for
single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $42 for a
one-day adult ticket and $32 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $121
for adults and $91 for children. Members of D23: The
Official Community for Disney Fans
will receive a discount on admission as
well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.
More details about D23 Expo entertainment, events and special guests will be
announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting, as well as by following "Disney D23" on
Twitter and Facebook.

About D23 Expo 2011

The D23 Expo-The Ultimate Disney Fan
Event-brings the entire world of Disney under one roof, providing attendees
with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks. For
schedules, live updates, interactive features and tools, polls and much more,
check out the D23 Expo mobile app at! To be part of the D23
Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 and tag your tweets with
#D23Expo. For questions during the D23 Expo, get answers by sending tweets
to @D23Expo.

About D23

The name "D23" pays homage to the exciting journey that began in
1923, when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is
the first official club 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 new 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.

About Disney Consumer Products

 Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and its affiliates that extends the Disney
brand to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home décor and books and
magazines to foods and beverages, stationery, electronics and fine art. This is
accomplished through DCP's various lines of business which include: Disney
Toys, Disney Fashion & Home and Disney Food, Health & Beauty. Other
businesses involved in Disney's consumer products sales are Disney Publishing
Worldwide, the world's largest publisher of children's books and magazines, and and, the company's official shopping
portals. The Disney Stores retail chain, which debuted in 1987, is owned and
operated by Disney in North America, Europe, and Japan. For more information,
please visit Disney
Consumer Products
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Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

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 nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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