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D23 Expo to Host Exclusive Advance Screening of “The Lion King” in 3D





D23 Expo to host exclusive advance screening of

"The Lion King" in 3d

Calif. – June 6, 2011 –
Fans attending
Disney's D23 Expo (August 19-21, 2011) will have access to an exclusive
advance screening of "The Lion King" in Disney Digital 3DTM, ahead
of the film's highly anticipated theatrical and home entertainment
releases, The Walt Disney Studios announced today. The screening will be held
August 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

"With Disney
fans coming from all over the world to experience the D23 Expo, we've got
the perfect setting and the perfect audience to share in the 3D launch of
'The Lion King,' " said Steven Clark, head of D23.  "We're
thrilled to bring our most devoted fans an exclusive look at one of the most iconic
and beloved Disney films of all time. This is Pride Rock in a way it's
never been seen before."

The Circle of Life
takes on a new dimension as Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa grace the
screen once again, this time in breathtaking 3D. Beginning Sept. 16, a special
two-week theatrical extravaganza will showcase the Oscar®- and Golden
Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3DTM for the first
time ever, followed up by the home entertainment debut Oct. 4, celebrating the
Diamond Edition release of the epic movie "The Lion King" in high-definition Blu-rayTM and
Blu-ray 3DTM.

Released in 1994,
"The Lion King" remains one of the most successful animated films
of all time. The classic tale of the African savanna wowed audiences worldwide
with spectacular hand-drawn animation along with inspiring songs by Sir Elton
John and Tim Rice, plus an evocative score by renowned composer Hans Zimmer.
Three years later, the landmark film was adapted into a Tony Award®-winning
musical, becoming an instant hit on Broadway, where earlier this year it became
the seventh longest-running show ever. Winning over 70 major awards, it has
delighted more than 55 million theatergoers around the globe.


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 as never
before. Tickets for the D23 Expo 2011 fall into three different pricing
tiers, based on purchase date (visit
for details), and D23 Members can enjoy additional savings plus members-only
benefits. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23
Members and the general public.



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
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 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.

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


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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