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D23 Expo 2013 "Broadway and Beyond"





BURBANK, Calif. – June 11, 2013 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is thrilled to announce a special theatrical performance, Broadway and BeyondThomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions will host a musical journey into Disney's history on Broadway and beyond at the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. The performance features an all-star line-up, including Heidi Blickenstaff (THE LITTLE MERMAID), Ashley Brown (MARY POPPINS and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Merle Dandridge (TARZAN® and AIDA), Josh Strickland (TARZAN®) and Alton Fitzgerald White (THE LION KING), who sing beloved songs from the award-winning musicals they starred in as well as classic tunes from the Disney on Broadway catalogue.

The one night only performance will take place on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 6:30pm on Stage 23 inside the Anaheim Convention Center. 

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.  Worldwide, its eight Broadway titles have been seen by over 124 million theatergoers, grossed over $8.9 billion and have cumulatively run a staggering 195 years.  With 15 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day. 

The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994. It played a remarkable 13 year run on Broadway and has been produced in 28 countries worldwide. In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and is now the highest grossing show in Broadway history.  The show continues in its 16th smash year, having welcomed over 68 million visitors worldwide.  The Lion King can also currently be seen on tour across North America, the U.K., and Japan, and in London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, and Sao Paulo.

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony® Awards, and spawning productions around the world.  Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, opened in London in 2004 and established itself as one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge in recent years. The Tony Award®-winning Broadway production played more than six years at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theatre and can now be seen on tour across North America and in Mexico City. 

Tarzan®which opened on Broadway in 2006, is now an international hit with an award-winning production in its 6th year in Germany.  In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year.  Its success continues with three new productions around the world: Holland, Russia and Japan.

Two new critically acclaimed productions opened on Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony® Awards between them: Newsies, in its second year at the Nederlander Theatre, and Peter and the Starcatcher, now playing at New World Stages.

Other successful stage musical ventures have included King David in concert, the national tour of On The Record, several touring versions of Disney’s High School Musical, and Der Glöckner Von Notre Damein Berlin.

Its new musical, Aladdin, will open in Toronto in fall 2013.


D23 Expo 2013 Dream Store and Silent Auction


Special logo apparel, product debuts, artist signings, and a new silent auction will highlight the Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families August 9-11

BURBANK and ANAHEIM, Calif. – May 30, 2013 – Bursting with D23 Expo-themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the D23 Expo Dream Store returns with something magical for Disney fans of all ages. From Disney-inspired apparel, art and collectibles, accessories, books and more, the D23 Expo Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true.  Highlights include:

Official D23 Expo Merchandise will allow Disney fans to take home a piece of the magic from this year’s expo, with an assortment of official D23 Expo inspired merchandise including tees, baseball cap, fleece, jewelry, drink ware, accessories, pins, and Vinylmation™.

HARVEYS Seatbeltbags® are sure to make a statement at this year’s D23 Expo.  This new collection which features Sorcerer Mickey, classic D’s and more on some of HARVEYS most popular silhouettes, were created especially for this year’s 2013 Expo.

Disney Theme Park Merchandise will showcase some of its newest releases from Disney licensees and artists, including ACME Archives Limited, Dave Avanzino, Disney Design Group, Dooney & Bourke, Duffy the Disney Bear, Noah, Robert Olszewski, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Jim Shore, and more.

ACME Archives Limited invites guests to make the magic come alive in your home with the latest releases from Disney•Pixar, Disney Studio Art, Disney Limited, Disney Underground and more.

Disney Design Group highlights a new Signature Collection of artwork including four captivating pieces filled with imagination, which bring to life Sorcerer Mickey and some of Disney’s most beloved characters.

Disney Dream Collection and D23 Expo-Exclusive Jewelry will dazzle audiences with a sparkling new selection of fine jewelry debuting as part of this year’s D23 Expo and featuring classic Disney icons and characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell, among others.

Dream Store Autograph Sessions will give Disney fans the opportunity to meet and greet some of their favorite authors, artists, Disney Legends and other notable celebrities. Autograph sessions will be posted daily at the D23 Expo Dream Store.

D23 Expo 2013 Silent Auction offers Disney enthusiasts the rare opportunity to bid on unique artifacts, artwork, experiences, props and more. The D23 Expo 2013 Silent Auction takes place Saturday, August 10, 2013. Tickets for the Silent Auction go on sale June 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) via www.ArtofDisneyParks.com. Separate D23 Expo admission is required.

Please continue to watch as we release more details about Dream Store merchandise offerings, silent auction lots, and more on www.Disney.com/D23 and www.ArtofDisneyParks.com and on Facebook and Twitter at “DisneyD23”.


A Monstrous Summer At Disney Parks

A Monstrous 24-Hour "All-Nighter"

On May 24, 2013, for one day and one night only, Guests on each coast will have the chance to spend 24 whole hours inside the Disney parks!

From 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, enjoy all the monster-themed madness inside Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as well as Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. From special entertainment and monstrous merchandise to frightening food and boo-verages, this "All-Nighter" is shaping up to be one scary good time!

Meet Mike and Sulley

Get up close and personal with some of your favorite Characters from Disney•Pixar's Monsters University!

Mike and his college roommate Sulley are taking their scholastic scares on a summer road trip, and they're making pit stops at Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort in California!

Drop by the Monsters University-themed areas in each park for a chance to meet and take pictures with some of your favorite Characters!

The Monsters March This May

Stand back! The monsters have taken over the Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort in California!

Woody, Merida, Lightning McQueen and a host of popular Disney•Pixar Characters will be joined by the crew fromMonsters University. See what happens when this monstrous student body puts its scary spin on this playful parade.

From Closet Door to Laugh Floor

For a totally different kind of "yuk" than you might expect from something so scary, grab a seat at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Led by Mike—the "monster of ceremonies"— this colorful gang of comics has been studying up on their jokes all semester. Will they graduate to new comedic materials? Check out the "frights" and sounds to see for yourself!

Take a Ride on the "Monsterail"

Guests traveling around Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are in for an all-new kind of ride when they step aboard the "Monsterail."

One of the iconic Monorail trains at the Resort has been redesigned and monster-ized with visuals from the newest Disney•Pixar film. So get ready—this is one frighteningly fun Monorail ride you won't soon forget!

Theme park hours are 6:00 AM on May 24 to 6:00 AM on May 25, 2013. Subject to capacity restrictions. Select attractions, entertainment and services will be available. Valid theme park admission required.

Learn more about the Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks HERE!

Additional information can also be found at the Disney Parks Blog.


Iron Man Tech Arrives at Disneyland April 13, 2013

Marvel and Disney join forces in a new exhibit coming to Disneyland Park April 13, 2013. Iron Man Tech, presented by Stark Industries "Building a Better Hero" will open at Innoventions in Tomorrowland. Through the magic of augmented reality, guests will be able to virtually "suit up" in the sophistocated Iron Man armor Mark I-VII, created by Stark Industries' CEO Tony Stark. While touring his Hall of Armor guests will be invited to experience the latest Mark 42 Iron Man suit and even test some of its weapon systems. This experience will be available for a limited time only.

Iron Man 3 opens in theaters May 3, 2013.


Happy 111th Birthday Walt Disney!

On December 5th, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Elias Disney and Flora Call Disney named their fourth son after Reverend Walter Parr, the family's pastor and close friend. Growing up in both Illinois and Missourri, young Walt developed a talent for drawing and storytelling. Though his first foray into cartoons failed (the Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Kansas City) Walt famously found success as an animator and filmmaker in Hollywood, California.

Prep & Landing, is a Christmas-themed cartoon short from the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Prep & Landing features Wayne & Lanny, a pair of highly trained elves who ensure Santa's safety by securing houses and preparing icy rooftops for landings. Animators from Prep & Landing pay homage to Walt Disney and his December birthday with a neat hidden detail broadcast every holiday season.

The license plate reads 12501WED - paying homage to Walter Elias Disney, who was born December 05, 1901.As Lanny & Wayne finish prepping a home for Santa's arrival, they bump into late model station wagon. Half covered with snow, the nondescipt car features a very special license plate number. Marked 12501WED, the tag is a subtle nod to December 05, 1901 and Walter Elias Disney.