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Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s guest coffee mug is from @dvcwinner . He stated it’s the special edition Star Wars Weekends mug and he got it at Wattos Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Photo Credit: @dvcwinner

Photo Credit: @dvcwinner

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email picture and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

D23 Expo Dream Store Returns

Get ready to make your D23 Expo 2015 shopping list.  The D23 Expo Dream Store returns with exciting merchandise.  Read below for me information.

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BURBANK and ANAHEIM, Calif. – May 19, 2015 – Bursting with D23 EXPO 2015 – themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the 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 2015 Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true.  Highlights include:

Official D23 EXPO Merchandise–Disney fans can take home a piece of the magic from this year’s Expo, with an assortment of official D23 EXPO 2015 merchandise including tees, fleece, baseball caps, novelty headwear, D-Tech, jewelry, drinkware, souvenirs, accessories, pins, and Vinylmation™. And for the first time, guests can bring home a selfie party-pack inspired by a few of our favorite Disney characters, as well as an “R4-D23” droid and Princess Kneesaa the Ewok plush. D23 EXPO Tip: Look for a specially themed Walt’s Kingdom collection.

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Disney Theme Park Merchandise: Showcasing some of its newest releases and exclusive offerings from ACME Archives Limited, ALEX AND ANI, Steve Adams, Dave Avanzino, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, David Bird, Britni Brault, Stephen Cargile, Bob Elias, Collector’s Choice, Disney Design Group, Disney Dream Collection, Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions, Disney Parks│PANDORA, Dooney & Bourke, HARVEYS, Ink & Paint Artists, Rob Kaz, Jerrod Maruyama, Bridget McCarty, Miss Mindy, James Mulligan, Rick O’Brien, Robert Olszewski, Maggie Parr, Mike Peraza, Larry Nikolai, Precious Moments, Linda Rick, Tim Rogerson, Javier Soto, George Scribner, Sketch Artists, Michelle St.Laurent, Yakovetic, and more.

ALEX AND ANI will debut several new styles at D23 EXPO 2015. Fans can expect a variety of jewelry designs featuring everyone’s favorite, Mickey Mouse and a very special “Celebrate” wrap.

Disney Dream Collection and D23 Expo-Exclusive Jewelry: Guests can enjoy a sparkling selection of fine jewelry created for the Disneyland Resort Celebration.

HARVEYS– Created especially for D23 EXPO 2015, this new collection features historical “A, B and, C Ticket Media” on some of their most popular silhouettes.

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Dream Store Autograph Sessions–Disney fans will get the chance to meet some of their favorite authors, artists, Disney Legends, and other notable celebrities inside the Dream Store. Autograph sessions will be posted daily via the D23 EXPO Mobile App (available later this summer) and daily at the D23 EXPO Dream Store.

Details about Dream Store merchandise offerings, special artist appearances, and more will continue to be updated on www.D23EXPO.com, www.DisneyParksBlog.com, www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com and on Facebook and Twitter at “DisneyD23”.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23EXPO.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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The First D23 Fanniversary Home Edition

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Read the about the first D23 Fanniversary Home Edition below:

BURBANK, Calif. – MAY 18, 2015 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is bringing its popular Fanniversary event into the homes of members and Disney fans around the world, with Fanniversary Home Edition. This year’s inaugural home event celebrates the 60th anniversary of Disney’s classic canine love story Lady and the Tramp. Fans can join the fun by visiting D23.com/D23Fanniversary.

Starting May 29, guests can begin preparing for the party by downloading invitations, decorations, crafts, games, and even a traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe provided by the talented chefs of The Chew.

Then from June 12–14 it’s time to party! Throughout the weekend, D23 will unveil new and classic content on D23.com about the animated favorite, including:

  • A new video featuring original artwork from the Animation Research Library
  • A series of the original “Scamp” comics
  • A gallery of Lady and the Tramp items from the Walt Disney Archives
  • Features full of fun facts about the film, including a piece by Disney music historian Randy Thornton looking at the development of the movie’s beloved songs
  • A story on Walt Disney’s own dogs and how they influenced some of his movies

Plus, fans are encouraged to join the conversation on D23’s social media using the hashtag #D23Fanniversary (follow “DisneyD23” on all platforms). One of the many downloadables will be a “selfie station” where fans can pose as the film’s canine couple enjoying a plate of pasta at Tony’s Restaurant, and then upload their shots on social media. Throughout the weekend, D23 also invites fans to post “Dogglegangers”—photos of their own pooches who look like the dynamic dogs from the film—and share stories of dogs they have adopted.

Fans are encouraged to watch the beloved film all weekend long. And for those who would like to watch as one big group, at 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, June 13, D23 encourages fans around the world to hit “play” on their DVD, Blu-ray, or digital device to kick off the largest Lady and the Tramp viewing party ever. Follow on Twitter, as D23 will be live tweeting out fun facts, commentary, and questions for the audience. 

Lady and the Tramp, which had its premiere on June 16, 1955, tells the story of Lady, a young cocker spaniel from a “respectable” home, who falls in love with Tramp, a mutt who lives in the railroad yards. The idea for the film came from a short story by Ward Greene entitled “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog.” The film stars such voice talents as Barbara Luddy as Lady; Larry Roberts as Tramp; and Peggy Lee as Darling, the Siamese cats, and Peg, the show dog.

Mean Muggin’ Monday

Today’s mug or shall I say Mason jar comes from the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2015.

 

Photo credit: EH

Photo credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email picture and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

 

A Chat with Jeffrey Epstein – D23, Expo & Coffee Mugs

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jeffrey Epstein, Senior Manager, Partnerships & Communications of D23 & Disney Corporate Communications Resources.  I am a Gold Charter Member of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and plan on maintaining my membership.  So I was very excited at the opportunity to speak with Jeffery about D23.

DTBE: D23 turned six on March 10, 2015.  How has membership grown since 2009?

JE: Membership has grown tremendously since we launched and when we added the General Membership two years ago which is complimentary. Of course that opened up D23 to an entirely new segment of Disney fans who wanted to be a part of the D23 community. We have an incredible robust engaged and engaging membership.

D23 First Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World Photo credit: EH

D23 First Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World
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DTBE: The D23 Expo will be here upon us before we know it.  The announcement of The Walt Disney Archives presents Disneyland: The Exhibit was very exciting to hear about.  Can you expand on what other Disneyland 60th Anniversary tie-ins will take place at the expo?

JE: We haven’t announced anything formally. Of course, the big celebration is happening across the street at Disneyland. So we hope a lot of our guests will venture over there before or after the expo to see all of the incredible entertainment that they have created for the Diamond Celebration.

I guess I can say stay tuned to see what announcements will be made from Parks and Resort to hear what they will be including about the anniversary at the expo. Disneyland the Exhibit is really the big expo nod to the Disneyland Anniversary.

DTBE: Will Gold Members have certain perks during the expo?

JE: Gold and Silver members get in an hour early on the show floor to shop and see pavilions before the general public and General members.  All members get the discounts on the tickets to the expo. There may be some surprises. Don’t forget about the Charter Member Lounge and make sure to bring your membership card.

 

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Photo credit: EH

DTBE: I am a Disney shopper.  Can you give some names of vendors who will be present at the expo?

JE: Keep looking for announcements because we need to let everyone else make their announcements before we say something. Of course the D23 Expo Dream Store that is operated by Theme Parks will be back, Disney Store will be back, and Mickey’s of Glendale will be back.

The D23 Expo Emporium, the next generation of the Collectors Forum, will offer ample shopping opportunities.

DTBE:  Any tips for first time attendees at the D23 Expo?

JE:

  • Show up as early as you are comfortable with
  • Be ready to wait in some lines
  • Keep watching the expo schedule and plan what you want to do.  Have a game plan going into the expo because it is huge. Have a first, second, third choices, etc
  • Utilize the StagePass system for Stage 23 and Stage 28.
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Drink a lot of water

DTBE: I met you during the first Magic & Merriment Event held at Walt Disney World.  I think my favorite part of the event was touring Cinderella Castle Suite.  What D23 event is your favorite?

JE: That is hard to say because we have done some truly wonderful events over the years. Here is my sort of get-out-of-jail card on this one. The great things about the events I have been to, being a Disney Fan myself, is seeing how Disney creates these events. I get to see the behind the scenes. I love the events where we get to interact with our members. I really like that is one of the core principles of D23 where we have truly open dialogue with the members. We do that every day with social media. At our events, it is a terrific opportunity for us to engage and interact with members. It bring us a great deal of joy, I think, because we get to share our love of Disney with Disney fans and bring excitement to the members because they get to chat with us, which we love.

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Cinderella Castle Suite Photo credit: EH

Cinderella Castle Suite
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DTBE: What is your favorite Disney character?

JE: I am giving you two because they go hand-in-hand, Chip and Dale.

DTBE: What is your favorite Disney attraction?

JE: Splash Mountain. I love the combination of a thrilling ride and storytelling.

DTBE: I have a weekly post called Mean Muggn’ Monday, which highlights a coffee mug. What is your favorite coffee mug?

JE: It is funny because I have several that I use. The one I use every day is beat up Wall-E mug. It is not really a mug but like a trough because it is huge. A friend of mine gave me a great Chip and Dale mug from Disney Cruise Line that I have on my desk. So one I use and one I just at look at every day. At home I have a Disney World mug that I got at when I was 7 years old when I went to Disney World for the first time. 

A peek at what is on Jeffrey's desk.

A peek at what is on Jeffrey’s desk.

I would like to thank Jeffrey again for a wonderful interview.  It was a joy speaking with him about D23 and the D23 Expo 2015.

If you are not a member of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, you can join at D23.com or DisneyStore.com/D23.  For information on the D23 Expo 2015, as well as announcements, visit D23Expo.com.  Guest can interact with D23 on Twitter by following @DisneyD23.

60 years of Disneyland Celebrated in Disney twenty-three

I can not wait to get this issue!

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BURBANK, Calif. – MAY 14, 2015 – As Disneyland approaches its 60th anniversary, Disney twenty-three brings readers inside the party, with an in-depth look at how the park is celebrating this milestone with new parades, spectaculars, and enhancements to popular attractions. In preparation for the landmark occasion, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club took Disney Legend Marty Sklar—who worked at Disneyland on opening day—and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn on a walk through Disneyland, where they reminisce about details from the past, such as the park’s legendary opening day, and look ahead at all the excitement yet to come.

Also in the Summer issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, the Walt Disney Archives unveils rarely showcased ephemera from Disneyland’s opening including a media pass and concept art for freeway billboards promoting the world’s first theme park. And for Disney parks foodies, there’s a look at some of the park’s signature snacks, from Dole Whips and turkey legs to churros and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars. 

Plus, film critic, historian, and co-producer of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD series Leonard Maltin gives a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s three big summer movies featuring exclusive interviews with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Inside Out director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. Each director offers Maltin—who authored the book The Disney Films—a fascinating look at the creation of the colorful, complicated, and magnificent worlds of their three films.

Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • Rarely seen photos from the Disneyland Hotel’s storied history
  • A look inside a Disneyland Pitch Portfolio that was used to sell East Coast investors on Walt’s vision for the park
  • Fifty years of Disney Ambassadors and how they bring magic to people around the globe
  • Newlyweds share the stories of their beautiful Disney-themed weddings
  • An up-close look at the beloved animated feature Pinocchio with historian J.B. Kaufman
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional online-exclusive features, including a gallery of more artwork from the Disneyland Pitch Portfolio, used to showcase concepts of the park that would turn Walt’s dream into a reality.

 Other features coming to D23.com include:

  • Disney Legend Marty Sklar talking about the past and future of Disneyland as the park celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • A robust gallery of images of Disneyland through the years
  • A dazzling display of wedding cakes to bring a sweet finish to any Disney fan’s wedding, from classic confections to truly innovative tastes for all the senses

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving late May.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Walt Disney Archives Presents “Disneyland: The Exhibit”

I am very excited about the following announcement from The Walt Disney Archives.

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Photo credit: D23 Expo 2015

BURBANK, Calif. – May 12, 2015 – The Walt Disney Archives today announced it will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Disneyland at D23 EXPO 2015 with an exhibit of more than 300 pieces from the park’s incredible history. “Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be the largest display the Disney Archives has ever showcased at D23 EXPO. The event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibit, which will be located on the Expo show floor for the first time, will include themed areas that honor the park’s history, attractions, parades, and entertainment over the past six decades, including the construction of Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mickey Mouse Club at Disneyland, Club 33, and collectible merchandise, as well as the park’s iconic lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Critter Country/Bear Country. Each area will contain items from Disneyland’s past, including attraction vehicles, costumes, props, and even Audio-Animatronics® figures.

Among the more-than-300 items on exhibit, guests will be able to see Ticket No. 1, purchased by Roy O. Disney on July 18, 1955, the first day the park was open to the general public. Guests will see many pieces shown by the Archives for the first time, including early surveying equipment from the 1950s used in the construction of Disneyland, a prototype vehicle for the beloved Alice in Wonderland attraction, dancing­monkey costumes used in the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!, an early Autopia car, original artwork from Mickey Mouse Club Circus, the Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which was replaced during the attraction’s recent enhancement, and an original pitch book full of colorful artwork that was used to sell Disneyland to prospective sponsors on the East Coast.

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Disneyland number 1 ticket

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

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Mean Muggin’ Monday

I can not tell a lie with today’s mug.  Pinocchio and his friends are here to help you start off your day with a good conscience. This mug was seen at Walt Disney World and retails for $14.95.

Photo Credit: EH

Photo Credit: EH

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Photo Credit: EH

If you would like your coffee mug on Mean Muggin’ Monday, email pictures and description to DizThruBrownEyes@yahoo.com.

A Magical Marathon

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Photo Credit: EH

I signed up to participate in my first marathon.  During the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, I began to think about doing a marathon.  Just the thought of 26.2 miles made me question my sanity.  I have done eight half marathons ( 7 at Walt Disney World and 1 at Disneyland).

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Photo credit: EH

I earned my first Coast To Coast medal in 2014. I have to be honest in saying I did not train as I should.  The excuses were work, time, work, time, and more work.  I could have made time without a doubt.  I cannot go back in time and must focus on what I must do today.

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Photo credit: EH

I have looked at many different marathon training programs.  Knowing me, I will end up doing what feels comfortable and that is run/walk intervals. As of now, my intervals are usually set by songs. I purchased a Garmin and will see how I do with setting scheduled intervals.  I want to see how I would do with listening for beeps.  With music, I am usually singing the songs in my head and trying not to start dancing when a good song comes on. To become more accountable, I have been keeping track of workouts and scheduling them in my Passion Planner.

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With this being my first marathon, I am nervous, very nervous.  After hitting submit, I wondered why I made such a decision without having a cup of coffee.  I stopped the doubts and with confidence began thinking about all the reasons of why I signed up for this.  I want a healthier me. I want to step out of “my box”.  I want to do new things.  Most importantly I want to say I accomplished 26.2 miles in my happy place. I am not fast but I will keep moving forward.

The Walt Disney World Marathon takes place January 10, 2016.  Stay tuned for more updates on these brown legs.

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D23 Expo 2015 Announces Line Up at Hall D23

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Check out the info in this press release:

BURBANK, Calif., May 7, 2015 D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 EXPO 2015, August 14–16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday, August 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Disney Animation and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks Chairman Bob Chapek.

To showcase these Expo favorites, Disney is creating “Hall D23,” a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center, so that more guests than ever can see the presentations live and in person.

The Schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations includes the following (times and additional announcements forthcoming; all events subject to change):

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, August 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. The creativity and innovation of these visionaries and artists have earned them a place among such names as Dame Julie Andrews, Howard Ashman, Annette Funicello, Sir Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Alan Menken, Hayley Mills, Fess Parker, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters, and Robin Williams. At the D23 EXPO in 2013, Tony Baxter, Collin Campbell, Dick Clark, Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Jobs, Glen Keane, and Ed Wynn were inducted.

In two separate Hall D23 sessions, The Walt Disney Studios will unveil an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming film slate. At Friday’s session, fans will go in-depth with the talented filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios to get a sneak peek at films such as Zootopia and Finding Dory. On Saturday, live-action titles such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book and films from Marvel and Lucasfilm, along with some very special guests, take center stage.

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 15, join Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, for a behind-the-scenes peek at the magical experiences and entertainment coming to Disney’s parks and resorts around the world.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Until June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.