Disney fan expo will give inside look at new attractions

Posted Monday, August 3, 2009 10:05 AM | Contributed by Jeff

What will Disney's theme parks and resorts look like in the future? Fans will learn the answer to that question and many more as they take a "behind-the-magic" tour of their favorite Disney destinations at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13.

Through a series of stunning displays and not-to-be-missed presentations, D23 EXPO attendees will explore the rich legacy and future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts - a story that began in 1955 with Disneyland and has since grown to include 11 theme parks at five vacation destinations around the globe, as well as new immersive vacation experiences including Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. On Saturday, Sept. 12, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo will share some behind-the-magic details as he pulls back the curtain on several new projects - including the 12-acre Cars Land that's set to open at Disney's California Adventure in 2012.

Read the rest of the press release on PR Newswire.

Monday, August 3, 2009 1:28 PM

My family bought me a D23 membership for Father's Day, but I just can't quite justify a West Coast trip right as the term starts to do this...

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Monday, August 3, 2009 2:54 PM

We tossed the idea a couple of times but this time of the year is difficult for my wife to get away for such a long time (you cant go to west coast for just a few days).

We could better use that shorter time shes free for parks around our area.

Its still tempting to us though.

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Monday, August 3, 2009 2:55 PM

I can pretend to be Brian Noble and attend...if you want :)

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Monday, August 3, 2009 3:06 PM

I would take you up just to see you pretend..

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Monday, August 3, 2009 3:10 PM

Hell for $37 dollars, this is the only way you can afford to enjoy anything related to a Disney park anymore.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:23 AM

Where will they find 12-acres for Cars Land at California Adventure?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 12:47 PM

ridemcoaster said: I would take you up just to see you pretend..

Admittedly it would be difficult for me to immitate Brian as other than a few brief hellos in passing I haven't spent enough time with him to really know him.

But you would be easy! ;)

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009 7:52 PM

Coasterphan said:
Hell for $37 dollars, this is the only way you can afford to enjoy anything related to a Disney park anymore.

There's so much more to it, that makes it worth the cash but whatever, blah blah blah... that all falls on deaf ears, if you're looking for straight up "thrills", I suppose.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:22 AM

bwillis said:
Where will they find 12-acres for Cars Land at California Adventure?

The old Timon lot.

Raven-Phile said:
more to it, that makes it worth the cash but whatever, blah blah blah... that all falls on deaf ears, if you're looking for straight up "thrills", I suppose.

I'm pretty sure Disney isn't aiming for, nor really cares to have, the just "thrill" crowd. And they're doing quite well IMHO.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:26 AM

I'm also pretty sure that's exactly what I just said.

Remember who you're talking to, here? Just ask ridemcoaster how big of a Disney geek I am. :)

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Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:30 AM

I'm hearing rumblings from People Who Know People---including from some folks that are usually pretty pessimistic about all things mouse---that the Parks & Resorts announcements at D23 are going to be pretty big.

Be sure to take a heavy does of salt with that, but still...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:49 AM

I also heard that the Disney Suits are PO'd that the "big" anouncements they were planning to make at D23 have already be leaked (e.g., Magic Kingdon Fanatasyland overhaul).

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Thursday, August 6, 2009 12:30 PM

What the naysayers (yasayers?) are saying is that MK-FL is not "the big thing." We'll see---but the two people I'm thinking of specifically are not the breathless-fanboi types. They're more in the "modern Disney can do no right" camp.

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