D23 Expo Recap

A couple months ago was Disney’s own biannual convention at the Anaheim Convention Center, "D23 Expo.” 



Isaac Bol, Writer

A couple months ago was Disney’s own biannual convention at the Anaheim Convention Center, “D23 Expo.”  It’s the place where Disney fans are able to meet their favorite Disney celebrities, buy exclusive merchandise, and receive news about upcoming movies and theme park experiences. This year Disney also continued their tradition of honoring famous actors, celebrities, storytellers, and imagineers with their Disney Legends Panel where they became official Disney Legends. 

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This D23 had a large emphasis on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service that is being released on November 12th with original shows and movies that will be released on the platform. Some of these originals include: The Mandalorian, Lady and the Tramp live action remake, and a series dedicated to the beloved Star Wars character, Obi Wan Kenobi. As well as a show titled “Encore!” which includes an episode with our very own Drama teacher, Mr. Schwinge. With all the announced original movies and shows, Disney+ looks like it’s going to be a strong competitor to Netflix. Disney+ will release November 12th with a price of $7.99 a month or $69.99 a year.


D23 isn’t a true Disney convention without announcements for their future animated movies that will be coming out 2019 and beyond. They announced a new animated film titled “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, the directors of Big Hero 6 and Frozen. They also gave additional information on upcoming films such as the live action 101 Dalmatian movie, “Cruella,” the upcoming live action Mulan movie, Disney’s “The Jungle Cruise” movie based off their famous theme park attraction, and Frozen 2. 


Disney pictures and Disney Animations weren’t the only ones with announcements to make. Pixar also gave further details about their two movies currently in production “Onward,” a movie about 2 elf brothers who go on a journey to find magic in their suburban world, starting Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. Also their 2020 film, “Soul,” that takes you on a journey to see what makes all your goals, hopes, desires. Both films appear to be crafted carefully with talent behind the screen trying to bring the magic of the two movies to life. Marvel Studios also made an appearance at the film panel to talk about their 2019 movies, “Black Widow” and “The Eternals.” They also confirmed that Black Panther 2 was in production and that it would be released May 22nd, 2022. 

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Although not much was announced when it came to their movies this year, Disney wanted to emphasize on their streaming service with not only a panel for it, but also a booth for people who were at the convention to sign up. But it looks like we’ll have to wait till 2021 for D23 to come back to the Anaheim convention center in order to get more info about their upcoming movies and experiences.