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D23 The Official Disney Fan Club Salutes Three Decades of Epcot on Sept. 30, 2012





The Official Disney Fan Club Salutes Three Decades of Epcot on Sept. 30, 2012,
as the 21st Century Begins Again With the Most Comprehensive Retrospective Ever Mounted

Calif. – June 7, 2012
– Hailed as the most groundbreaking theme park of
its time, Epcot marks its 30th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2012, and D23:
The Official Disney Fan Club is preparing a unique celebration of one of
Disney's crowning achievements.

EPCOT Center PromoOn Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, D23's Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration
will whisk D23 Members back to a time touted as when "the 21st century
begins"-those early Epcot years when guests first marveled at "Astuter
Computers," "Smellitzers," and the novelty of "riding on sunshine," and
were awed by a massive geodesic sphere called Spaceship Earth.
journey to yesteryear, the future, and around the world takes place one
day only: on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. inside
Epcot (Park admission is required and not included in the event ticket
price). Each D23 Member may bring up to three guests.
Epcot opened in 1982 it was a monumental achievement and its opening
was an unforgettable moment for Disney fans everywhere," says Steven
Clark, head of D23. "We know our members have a deep passion for this
park, and we're producing a memorable experience that lets our members
relive some of their favorite Epcot shows and attractions of the past
while experiencing the incredible Epcot legacy that continues today."

D23's Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration
will offer the most detailed look at the design, development, and
evolution of Epcot ever presented by The Walt Disney Company and will
include rare and never-before-seen artwork; film and video footage and
photos; along with a number of pioneers of Epcot, including such Disney
Imagineers, Legends, and Epcot luminaries as Marty Sklar (exclusive
pre-taped presentation), Tony Baxter, Ron Schneider, Charlie Ridgway,
Ron Logan, Bill Sullivan, Bob Garner, Jason Surrell, Jason Grandt, Alex
Wright, Duncan Dickson, and Steve Taylor.

Tickets will be available for purchase on June 21 at 10 a.m. on There are two levels of D23 Member participation:
World Passport general admission is $65 per guest and includes:

  • Access to all presentations
  • A commemorative gift
  • Access to exclusive D23 merchandise

World Key level admission is $185 per guest and includes:

  • All features of the World Passport admission
  • Reserved seating for all presentations
  • A special dessert reception at 8 p.m. inside an exclusive Future World lounge
  • Exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity with Disney Legends and Epcot luminaries
  • Reception will also include screenings of rare film footage of Epcot's early days

Presentations Include:

  • Hooray for the 21st Century
    – Disney Legend and former Walt Disney Imagineering Principal Creative
    Executive Marty Sklar joins D23 guests via a virtual presentation, where
    we see and hear what it was like to work with Walt Disney on his
    original vision for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
    Along the way, learn about Marty's favorite memories working on the
    EPCOT Center project with a team of passionate Imagineers.
  • The Music of EPCOT Center
    – Some of Epcot's most passionate fans agree that the park's soundtrack
    has created one of its most lasting legacies that continue to help
    "makin' memories" around the world. Join Disney historians and
    songwriters as we explore the incredible world of Epcot music,
    celebrating the talents of such Epcot songwriters and composers as Bob
    Moline, Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, George Wilkins, Buddy Baker,
    X. Atencio, Peter Stougaard, Russell Brower, Edo Guidotti and others who
    have left a permanent musical mark on the park's creative legacy. Along
    the way, hear stories about the recording sessions, learn about some
    fascinating alternate versions of some of your favorite melodies, and
    sing along to your favorite Epcot tunes!
  • "We Can Do It!"
    – Disney Legends and EPCOT Center creators review the immense challenge
    that loomed ahead of them when bringing Epcot to reality in the late
    1970s and early 1980s. Guests will hear stories of trips to foreign
    countries to secure participants in the World Showcase concept, what
    life was like inside the largest private construction project in the
    world, and how they readied its highly anticipated opening day.
  • "We've Just Begun to Dream"
    – Join Disney Legend Ron Logan and other key Disney entertainment
    veterans as they reminisce about the official EPCOT Center opening
    festivities that remain among the most elaborate Disney has ever staged.
    This presentation will include rare footage from the grand openings of
    various Future World and World Showcase pavilions, which were held
    throughout October 1982.
  • "Makin' Memories: Epcot on Film"
    – Join former Disney Imagineer Bob Garner and Disney author and
    historian Tim O'Day as they cast a "Magic Eye" on the marvelous world of
    Epcot on film. Bob was closely involved in the creation of film
    documentation and production at Epcot, including special video elements of Future World and World Showcase pavilions and such promotional films as EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration.
  • "Looking Back at Tomorrow"
    – Few Epcot visitors, even its most avid fans, realize The Land
    pavilion was almost called "Harvest Tomorrow" or that Figment was slated
    to co-host an "Images & Imagination" pavilion with "Professor
    Marvel." With recently discovered materials from the Walt Disney
    Archives, join Disney archivists as they examine how the "dreamers and
    doers" developed favorite Epcot attractions of the past including Horizons, Journey into Imagination, Kitchen Kabaret, World of Motion, the Astuter Computer Revue, and the original Universe of Energy.
  • "The EPCOT Center That Never Was"
    – Using rare concept artwork, guests will glimpse what it was like to
    design Epcot with Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Vice President Tony
    Baxter, designer and producer for several beloved Epcot pavilions, and
    explore early versions of Epcot attractions that never made it off the
    drawing board.
  • "Imagineering Epcot: An Extra Perceptive Close-up Of Things
    – Fans of wall-to-wall carpeting and leapfrog fountains unite! Disney
    Imagineers Jason Surrell, Jason Grandt, and Alex Wright return with a
    humorous exploration of the details that make Epcot so unique. From
    miniature gardens to massive buildings (and every international food and
    beverage offering in between), they'll show what makes Future World and
    World Showcase like no place else on earth.

More details about the program and tickets for D23's EPCOT 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION can be found online at

The Official Disney Fan Club
celebrates the remarkable past, present,
and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney
founded his world-famous company. D23 brings its members a host of
exclusive benefits, including a weekly email newsletter; an array of
discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as
exclusive events created especially for its members.

Disney fans can join the world's only Official Disney Fan Club by visiting, or at select shops at the Disneyland® Resort, the Walt Disney World® Resort and To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow "DisneyD23" on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

*Talent is subject to availability. All events are subject to change.


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’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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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”



First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an

All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)-Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event.

The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 

Premiere guests will enjoy a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio provided by Dolby and delivered through QSC speakers and amplifiers with Q-SYS control at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Samsung is the title sponsor of the World Premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be released on May 26 in China, day and date with its release in the U.S.

About the Movie:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.  

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.     

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