The 2013 D23 Expo is just a few days away, set to take over the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9-11 in celebration of all things Disney. A quick look over the full D23 Expo schedule makes deciding between its many exciting panels, presentations, demonstrations, and other sources of entertainment a daunting task. But we have answers to what will prove to be the ultimate must-see moments and tips on how not to miss them.
In an exclusive interview, D23 head Steven Clark reveals to us (and now to you) his take on what should not be missed at the upcoming event along with a few behind-the-scenes details on how to brave the crowds and why they made the programming decisions they did.
(All photos below are from the 2011 D23 Expo to offer an idea of the types of experiences coming next week.)
Must-Sees at the 2013 D23 Expo
Steven Clark is particularly excited about this year’s D23 Expo. “I think this is one of the best Expos we’ve pulled together yet,” Clark said, summarizing it simply as “three days of, dare I say, Disney magic.” The Expo will bring together every part of the company in one of the biggest Disney events ever assembled. “It is the only place you can go to see everything that is Disney under one roof,” he added.
But what makes it the ultimate event for Disney fans? Clark lists what he believes will be the highlights.
1. Walt Disney Studios
“There are the things that I think we all know are going to be big, bold, fantastic, and a lot of that happens in the Arena,” emphasized Clark, beginning with important changes to the big show-stoppers. It’s a guarantee that the Walt Disney Studios will bring some of the Expo’s most incredible surprises and entertainment, but in 2011 their 2.5-hour presentation left more than a few audience members squirming.
“The feedback we got last year was ‘The studio presentation was fantastic… but we had to go to the bathroom,'” joked Clark. “So we heard that feedback and separated them out.”
This time, Disney Animation head John Lasseter leads the show. “John is very excited about sharing as much as he possibly can.”
Clark emphasizes that Lasseter’s presentation is going to be one of those do-not-miss events, featuring talent surprises and a big musical performance. “It is just fantastic […] and I’m not going to tell you what it is. It’s really going to be something special. That’s definitely not to be missed.”