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This weekend D23 (the official Disney Fan Club) is hosting their latest event at the Walt Disney World Resort, this time in honor of Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday celebration! For those not familiar with D23, this is the Disney-owned and operated branch of the company responsible for curating and sharing content from across the Walt Disney Company via the D23 website, the D23 magazine and events across the globe, including the bi-annual D23 Expo and the bi-annual Destination D events.

 

The D23 Expo is a huge event (check out our coverage from the 2017 D23 Expo here) bringing the difference areas of the company together under one convention center roof for three days of Comic Con-style fun... A forward looking event with some reflection on Disney past. The Destination D events are described as the inverse, focusing more on Disney's past with a small look to the future.

 

Be sure to follow along with this thread to see all of the content shared with us throughout the weekend, along with any exciting news that may be shared along the way! Follow us on Twitter for live coverage through the next two days and look to this thread for any major updates and end of day recaps as they are posted!

 

To follow along with our full coverage, please see the links below, presented in chronological order:

 

Mickey's Magical Kingdoms and Mickey's of Glendale media preview

D23 2019 Event Schedule Announcement

Disney Parks and Resorts Presentation Live Disney Parks Blog Coverage

Disney Parks and Resorts Presentation Live Twitter Coverage

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ride names released, new land details announced!

“Wonderful World of Animation” Nighttime Show, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway details, Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, Mickey’s Mix Magic, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade return, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration and Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea announced!

New Epcot fireworks shows, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along and new O Canada! 360-degree show announced!

Day 2 Presentation Report

Day 3 Presentation and Pajama Party Report

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On Friday, November 16th, select members of the media were given the chance to preview the Walt Disney Archives exhibit Mickey's Magical Kingdoms and the Mickey's of Glendale pop-up shop, both offerings exclusive to Destination D 2018 event guests this weekend! The new Archives exhibit features items and images of note in Disney history, some of which haven't been seen frequently by the public eye! Mickey's of Glendale is a satellite pop-up shop version of the Walt Disney Imagineering store found in Glendale, California. This shop sells unique merchandise designed for the Imagineers along with a few D23 exclusive items just for Destination D.

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This weekend D23 is hosting Destination D at Walt Disney World! We’ll be sharing photos and news from the event, so stay tuned!

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Lots of incredible pieces of history shared by the Walt Disney Archives!

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A video loop in the exhibit features footage of Mickey and friends found at each of the Disney parks around the world! This makes me miss Tokyo Disneyland so much!

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Shanghai Disneyland was also featured in the loop!

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I can't say I'd ever seen this poster art before!

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A photo from the time when Emperor Hirohito visited Disneyland Park in 1975.

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Annette Funicello at Disney's Hollywood Studios, then known as the Disney-MGM Studios.

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Check out this neat Toontown photo op!

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In case you were wondering, this is what this year's event logo looks like!

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There's a black and white Plane Crazy photo op!

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These are reproductions of the dedication day parade story sketches drawn by artist Ray Williams in 1959!

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This is an original print of the logo art produced for the Mickey Mouse Club Circus attraction that ran at Disneyland from November 24th, 1955 through January 8th, 1956. For more info on this former attraction visit: https://d23.com/mickey-mouse-club-circus-to-open-here/

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Extremely rare to be seen by public eyes, is this one of a kind Engineer Mickey plush character. Many will recognize this Mickey as the one that Walt road the Disneyland Railroad with during the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955. The Walt Disney Archives has maintained this storied piece for many years and took great care in sending it to Florida for its display during the Destination D event.

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Mickey Ear Hats have taken on many forms over the years...

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For a full description of the Mickey's Magical Kingdoms exhibit...

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Some more recognizable moments from Walt Disney World's history...

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Some more international moments...

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Mickey's suit from the Happiest Celebration on Earth, the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.

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Here's a look at the footage where that plush Engineer Mickey was featured so famously with Walt on the opening day of Disneyland Park!

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There is plenty to see inside of the Mickey's Magical Kingdoms exhibit!

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Some more great photo ops outside of the event ballroom.

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The #ShareYourEars campaign is one in which if you share a photo of you with Mickey ears (of any sort) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, the Walt Disney Company will donate $5 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (up to $1 million).

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Time to head in to Mickey's of Glendale!

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The Mickey’s of Glendale shop at Destination D has a limited edition set of Mickey and Minnie plush characters dressed for Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration!

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There's plenty of other Mickey-themed merchandise to choose from!

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There are a ton of new items inspired by Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway available for purchase as well!

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A close look at a few of these options...

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There is Destination D-themed merchandise available for those that are interested as well.

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We also had the chance to learn about the new Disney Aspire program from two cast members actively participating in the program, as well as one leader that currently supports cast in the program. Disney Aspire is a new educational assistance program for hourly cast members that enables eligible cast to pursue their education dreams with up to one undergraduate degree and one master's degree paid for (along with school materials) by the Walt Disney Company. The program does not require the area of study to be related to the cast member's current role and there is no expected time commitment in which the cast member must remain working for Disney after completing their classes or degrees. It is a huge opportunity for personal growth and education to be fostered by the Walt Disney Company!

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Michael Vargo, vice president of D23, Special Events, and Disney Corporate Creative Resources, took the time to share more with us about the calendar of D23 events planned for 2019!

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D23 has shared details about their 2019 slate of events! Take a look at the full details below:

 

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In 2019, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, D23 is adding extra pixie dust to some of its most popular events while introducing new experiences, as well.

 

RETURN TO WALT’S BIRTHPLACE: In 2016 and 2017, D23 Members had the amazing opportunity to visit Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago. The home, which is being restored, was constructed by Walt’s father, Elias, and designed by his mother, Flora. This June, D23 Members will have the chance to see the incredible progress made on bringing the home back to its initial glory.

 

SCREENINGS ON THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT: Throughout the year, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of classic Disney favorites. As part of D23’s anniversary celebration, all the films screened will also be celebrating milestones, including Up (10th anniversary), Sleeping Beauty (60th), Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (35th), and The Lion King (25th).

 

THE OFFICIAL WALT DISNEY STUDIOS TOUR—PRESENTED BY D23: D23 Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot return and, for 2019, the tour—traditionally held four times a year—will run monthly starting in March and will include VIP experiences on select tours. Guests are able to take a look inside the Walt Disney Archives and see Walt Disney’s office suite during the tour, which offers fans a unique perspective on historic moments from Disney films, television shows, and theme parks.

 

D23’S LUNCH WITH A DISNEY LEGEND: Beginning in January, D23 brings back these exclusive luncheons with Disney luminaries. This year, D23 will be crossing the country so more fans than ever can enjoy the opportunity to meet Disney Legends and hear their fascinating stories, including an intimate lunch with Linda Larkin—the speaking voice of Jasmine in Aladdin—in New York City next April.

 

D23 HEADS TO THE HOLLOW: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—and its infamous headless villain—D23 will hold a special event in Sleepy Hollow, New York, with a screening, special guests, reception, and more.

 

ADVANCE SCREENINGS: Next year, D23 Members can look forward to a host of exclusive, advance screenings across the country in partnership with our friends from The Walt Disney Studios. This year, D23 brought movie magic to 35 cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Plus, this year D23 Members attended the red-carpet premiere of Disney’s Christopher Robin. D23 Gold Members across the U.S. will once again be selected at random to receive complimentary movie passes, and in honor of D23’s 10 years, 10,000 pairs of tickets will be sent throughout 2019.

 

SIGNATURE EVENTS: D23 will bring back foodie favorite Sip & Stroll during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Walt Disney Imagineering’s exclusive merchandise store, Mickey’s of Glendale, will open its doors to members. Guests at Walt Disney World Resort will once again make the holiday season bright next December, and on the West Coast, members will be invited back to The Walt Disney Studios to Light Up the Season. The Walt Disney Family Museum will extend a warm welcome to Gold Members for an exclusive look at a new exhibit in May. Also, D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experiences will return, offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind events to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members.

 

MEMBER MIXERS: After mixing and mingling at complimentary gatherings in places such as Houston, Seattle, and San Diego in 2018, D23 will bring more mixers to U.S. cities in 2019, including a special San Diego Comic-Con mixer to celebrate Marvel Comics’ 80th anniversary.

 

D23 EXPO 2019: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event returns. It’s D23’s biggest event of the year, when all of Disney’s wonderful worlds come together once again August 23–25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center for three magical days of once-in-a-lifetime live performances, star-studded presentations, exclusive collectibles, and more celebrating Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.

 

Plus, 2019 will mark a year-long Fanniversary celebration for D23’s 10th anniversary. Every year, D23 honors a Disney favorite that has reached a milestone anniversary. And in celebration of a decade of D23, the Fanniversary will continue all year long with additional special events to be announced, new member discounts, and more.

 

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2019 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at http://www.D23.com/events. Additional dates will be posted soon. All events and dates are subject to change.

 

Current event calendar:

 

  • January 25: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • January 26: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 16: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 16: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney World Resort
  • April: Lunch with a Disney Legend, Linda Larkin, New York City
  • April 7: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23 (Gold Family exclusive), Burbank, Calif.
  • May: The Walt Disney Family Museum event for Mickey Mouse Exhibit, San Francisco, Calif.
  • May 4: D23’s Magical Screening Series: The Lion King, Walt Disney World Resort
  • May 11: D23’s Magical Screening Series: The Lion King, Burbank, Calif.
  • June: Return to Walt’s Birthplace: TBA, Chicago
  • June: Lunch with a Disney Legend: Legend and location TBA
  • June 22: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • July 20: D23 Member Mixer celebrating 90 years of Marvel Comics, San Diego, Calif.
  • August 23-25: D23 Expo 2019, Anaheim, Calif.
  • September 21: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Walt Disney World Resort
  • September 28: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Burbank, Calif.
  • October: Lunch with a Disney Legend: Legend and location TBA
  • October 21: Sip & Stroll, Walt Disney World Resort
  • October 26: D23 Heads to the Hollow, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
  • November 9: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 16: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Up, Walt Disney World Resort
  • November 23: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Up, Burbank, Calif.
  • December: D23 Holiday Event at Walt Disney World Resort
  • December: Light Up the Season with D23, Burbank, Calif.

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The Disney Parks and Resorts presentation just concluded with tons of new announcements!

 

Update from D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse 9:53 a.m. ET

 

BREAKING: Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek just revealed the names of the two signature attractions set for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens at the Disneyland Resort next summer and at the Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.

 

Guests can take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. And on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests can join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren himself!

 

Check out one of the amazing videos shared with Destination D fans:

 

 

Check back soon to see amazing footage from the sky!

 

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He also shared a new look at the Star Wars resort that’s currently in development for the Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Update from D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse 9:39 a.m. ET

 

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During his presentation, Chapek unveiled details about Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, a deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming to Orlando that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.

 

Update from D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse 9:30 a.m. ET

 

BREAKING: Bob just shared an exciting update on a new spectacular planned to open at Epcot in 2020 as part of the multi-year transformation of the park!

 

The new nighttime spectacular will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world, and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.

 

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MORE: Before that new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will love, called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot tunes.

 

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Also at Epcot, Bob just revealed that the Ratatouille experience coming to the France pavilion will be called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

 

And coming soon to the France pavilion at World Showcase: In addition to “Impressions de France,” : a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, is set to debut.

 

More details coming.

 

Update from D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse: 9:25 a.m. ET

 

In 2019, there are exciting new experiences coming to Disney Parks – all inspired by Mickey Mouse!

 

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Bob just unveiled news of an all-new cinematic nighttime experience, “Wonderful World of Animation,” which will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2019, as part of the park’s 30th anniversary celebration. The show will use state-of-the-art projection technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself.

 

And for the Disneyland Resort fans, he also shared that the beloved Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is set to return to Disneyland park in January 2019!

 

Check back later this morning for a complete list of the experiences, including the first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse.

 

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More details coming.

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Along with the official photos seen in the post above, here are a ton of photos we captured from the presentation! Check them out below for more information on what was announced for the parks!

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Mickey's Soundsational Parade is returning to Disneyland with a new float leading the parade in honor of Mickey's 90th birthday celebration!

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Earlier this week it was announced that a new "storytelling coaster" had been designed for this ride experience.

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Mickey's Mix Magic is a new nighttime spectacular coming to Disneyland Park in 2019!

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The new "Wonderful World of Animation" nighttime spectacular will debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios in May 2019, in time for the park's 30th anniversary!

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This is new concept art for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.

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We'll learn more about this attraction later today!

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Epcot is undergoing a major transformation with much of the park seeing new additions or updates!

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The space restaurant has already been announced for Future World.

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The Ratatouille experience coming to the France pavilion will be called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

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Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to Epcot with one of the world's longest indoor roller coasters.

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Some test footage showed this new ride vehicle in action.

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In addition to using the previously announced seamless Circlevision camera for a new film for the China pavilion, it has been announced that a new Circlevision film will be created for the Canada pavilion at Epcot!

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In addition to the daily showings of Impressions de France at the France pavilion, a new Beauty and the Beast Sing Along experience will debut at the pavilion.

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A teaser reel for the new Epcot nighttime spectacular was shown...

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The show is designed around the concept that Disney movie cross international borders to bring us together...

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It looks like Disney animation will be featured heavily in the show.

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This centerpiece appears to be a prominent part of the show experience.

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Bob Chapek promised a series of floating set pieces including large LED screens, dancing fountains, lasers, lights and pyrotechnics.

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Notable Disney imagery shown throughout the reel...

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Brave could be spotted in the teaser!

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Looks great!

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That centerpiece appears to have the ability to transform throughout the show.

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Lots to see!

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Even more concept art.

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The main shot of the new show (no title was shared for this one)...

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Epcot Forever is limited time, nighttime spectacular that will follow temporarily replace Illuminations: Reflections of Earth and will run until the debut of the new permanent show that the previous concept art showed.

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The first Skyliner cabin has debuted at Destination D!

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The new Walt Disney World resort Disney Vacation Club proposed property is officially known as Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

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The new Star Wars-themed resort will be a first class cruise experience aboard a luxury starship.

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The experience will be immersive from the time in which you arrive, taking a transport pod up to your luxury spaceliner.

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Guests will interact with new and recognizable characters from the Star Wars lore...

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Imagineering is redefining what the theme park experience will be when Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opens.

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Look at this squad of animatronic stormtroopers from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance!

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Some aerial shots of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, currently under construction at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Look at this expansive land!

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The detail is insane!

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I can't wait to roam through this land on foot!

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It was announced that John Williams has produced new musical themes for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge that will be heard throughout the themed land!

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A look inside of the entrance of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance!

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Two full AT-ATs have been built inside of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

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A look inside of Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Smugger's Run.

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Just like in the films!

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Amazing!

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Hondo Ohnaka, a character from Star Wars Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels will recruit guests as smugglers aboard the Millennium Falcon.

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A look inside of Smugger's Run's ride cockpit.

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And the ride's logo.

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Another look at the cockpit... It will have six seats total per cockpit.

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Here are some screen shots of live footage that was shot inside of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance!

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The detail is absolutely breathtaking...

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The film sets have been brought to life in 360 degree detail!

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Danger is imminent!

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And that ride's logo...

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The AT-AT's are built to scale!

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The Disney Play app will enable guests to experience their own Star Wars story while they visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

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More attention to detail.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will open in the Summer of 2019 at Disneyland and the Fall of 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Walt Disney Studios Park Paris is undergoing a huge expansion that will bring new Star Wars and Frozen lands to the park, along with more to the rest of the resort.

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Tokyo DisneySea has a large expansion underway including a new land and a hotel.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano-Battle will debut soon at Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Followed next by a Frozen land at the park...

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Hong Kong Disneyland's castle will also be reimagined.

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Toy Story Land recently opened at Shanghai Disneyland.

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And Disney Cruise Line has three new ships planned to join the fleet.

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Disney is donating up to $3 million dollars as a part of the #ShareYourEars initiative. Guests that share photos of themselves with Mickey ears will trigger a donation of $5 per photo, up to that $3 million total.

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What an amazing presentation!

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Here’s a first look at the Disney Skyliner cabin that debuted today at the parks presentation!

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Earlier today, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared some exciting news about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at D23’s Destination D event at Walt Disney World Resort. During his presentation, Bob shared two videos, which for the first time ever, revealed the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

 

The first, entitled Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, puts guests behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles.

 

 

Our second attraction, which puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. As you can see from this video, which was shot in the actual attraction, both the stakes, and the excitement are running high in this epic Star Wars cliffhanger!

 

These two new incredible experiences – paired with the land’s dynamic elements and optional interactive integration with the Play Disney Parks app – invite guests to become galactic travelers and live their own Star Wars stories in a galaxy far, far away.

 

 

But that’s not all! When you think about Star Wars, I’m sure that the iconic music of legendary composer John Williams comes to mind. Today, Bob shared more exciting news in that Oscar-winning composer John Williams is creating new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land! Bob shared a stirring preview of the all-new music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. You can listen to the preview as well in this new video, which showcases recent construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

And there’s so much more to do at this exotic outpost. For example, you can visit a street market in Black Spire Outpost, shop at food stalls where you can enjoy delicacies like blue milk, or visit the Cantina where you can see an old friend Rex, as well as encounter creatures and characters that are hallmarks of the Star Wars universe. Guests from across the galaxy can experience this new larger-than-life land at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort beginning in 2019.

 

Adding to the galactic excitement, Bob shared new details about the currently in-development Star Wars resort coming to Walt Disney World. This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen. From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.

 

I can’t wait to share more details for both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and this unique multi-day adventure as we get closer to launching these projects, but in the meantime, tell me which new piece of Star Wars news are you most excited about?

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At this morning’s D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared details of exciting new guest offerings inspired by none other than the legendary Mickey Mouse.

 

Here’s a roundup of what to expect:

 

Enjoy the New “Wonderful World of Animation” Nighttime Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Bob unveiled news of an all-new cinematic nighttime experience, “Wonderful World of Animation,” which will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2019 as part of the park’s 30th Anniversary celebration. The show will use state-of-the-art projection technology. to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself. (See rendering above).

 

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Experience Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

 

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Enjoy New Mickey Mouse Offerings at Disneyland park – The festivities will continue at the Disneyland Resort with Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, which will feature new entertainment, food and merchandise. On January 18, “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will light up the night at Disneyland park with all-new music, projections and lasers that set the scene for an epic dance party that takes over almost the entire park. The party will get even bigger when the fan-favorite Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns to the resort in January 2019 featuring a new float with Mickey himself, who will lead the celebration down Main Street, U.S.A.

 

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Join in on the Fun of Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park – From Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, 2019, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will feature new food, merchandise and entertainment, including a new dance party with Mickey, Minnie and their friends.

 

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Celebrate Your Favorite Mouse with Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea Aboard Disney Cruise Line – Guests will enjoy an all-new high-energy deck party on the Disney Fantasy next summer.

 

In addition to new Mickey Mouse-inspired experiences at Disney Parks, Bob also shared a look at the recently opened Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York City. The exhibition provides visitors with an interactive experience inspired by Mickey’s impact on popular culture, from Instagram-worthy design elements to larger-than-life multimedia installations. That exhibition runs through Feb. 10, 2019, and tickets can be purchased at Disney.com/MickeyTrueOriginal.

 

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on each of these offerings.

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Just moments ago at D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared an exciting update on the multiyear transformation of Epcot, including details on new nighttime entertainment planned for the park and additions to World Showcase.

 

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Among the announcements were updates on a new nighttime spectacular planned to open at the park in 2020. This new show will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world, and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.

 

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But before that new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will love, called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot tunes. “Epcot Forever” will begin with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.

 

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Bob also announced the name of the “Ratatouille” experience coming to the France pavilion, which will be called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. He also shared that a new guest offering will soon debut at the France pavilion at World Showcase (in addition to “Impressions de France”) – a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films. And, the Canada pavilion is also in the process of updating the existing O Canada! 360-degree show!

 

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for future updates.

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I don't even know where to start. The fact that the promo for Rise of the Resistance was filmed inside the attraction itself is mind blowing. And Smuggler's Run is the first time I've been excited for a simulator since Back to the Future (if it's even a simulator, who knows what these rides will really be...). John Williams composing new music for Galaxy's Edge? Oh my. And that concept art for Mickey's Runaway Railway is gorgeous (if the music from Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland briefly appears in that ride I'll cry so much). Who can even be mad about Guardians in Epcot when we're getting this impressive new ride system!! And now a Fall 2019 trip is a must to see Epcot Forever. There's way too much to be excited for, the fact that 3 new cruise ships being added is basically just a sidenote in this presentation shows how ridiculous these announcements are.

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THIS is the "Wide Awake " Disney I've been wanting for since the World kind of stagnated around 2007. I'd strongly prefer not to have every single thing be based on existing characters, especially in regards to all of the night-time spectaculars, but the additions of Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Ratatouille, Space Restuarant, Star Wars Hotel, Runaway Railway, even the new surprise offerings just announced in France and Canada pavillions...just a crazy amount of expansion at once and super exciting to re-visit the parks and spend money there for this stuff.

 

Two interesting notes though...No information on Tron Coaster, and still no new parades at Disney World. I don't know the significance of either of those things but hopefully something will come .

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Incredible how much is going on at Disney World. That Reflections hotel looks awesome, any idea where that is being built?

 

Not too thrilled about Illuminations becoming what looks like World of Color East, but it was inevitable I guess. Disney Park's best work is when they get away from their IPs and make the attractions themselves into their own iconic brand.

 

Those AT-ATs are very impressive. That gets me very excited for that attraction.

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Incredible how much is going on at Disney World. That Reflections hotel looks awesome, any idea where that is being built?

 

Not too thrilled about Illuminations becoming what looks like World of Color East, but it was inevitable I guess. Disney Park's best work is when they get away from their IPs and make the attractions themselves into their own iconic brand.

 

Those AT-ATs are very impressive. That gets me very excited for that attraction.

Reflections is being built on the river country land, I believe.

 

 

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Following the Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at Destination D, we had the chance to experience a day full of presentations (some of which did not allow photography) ranging in focus from Disney animation to Mickey collectibles. The day concluded with an incredible sneak peek at the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns with a significant focus on the music of the film. The duo behind the score and songs of the film, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman appeared live to share a first look at the work they'd done, with Marc Shaiman performing a few portions of the song live. It was a great way to close out the day!

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We had a chance to meet with Becky Cline (Director, Walt Disney Archives), Don Hahn (Producer), Mark Hehn (Disney animator) and John Pomeroy (Disney historian).

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There was a look back at the Mickey Mouse Revue...

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D23 will be offering member screenings of several classic Disney films in 2019!

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They'll also be hosting screenings of two new live-action remakes of classic Disney films...

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We had a chance to look back at the Mickey Mouse Club throughout the course of the event's two days.

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Ashley Eckstein (founder of Her Universe and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels) hosted a panel with the voice of Mickey Mouse, Bret Iwan, and the voice of Goofy and Pluto, Bill Farmer.

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Bill Farmer is actually a Disney Legend!

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Bret and Bill have lent their vocal talents to the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III coming out next year.

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For those that didn't know, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt's first major successful animated character...

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But it was this clause in the contract that lost him the rights to Oswald... And it was the loss of Oswald was the event that spurred Walt to come up with another animated character--Mickey Mouse.

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The Walt Disney Archives showed off a 3D scan of the Mickey Mouse animatronic from the Mickey Mouse Revue.

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Mickey's Birthdayland came up several times throughout the weekend.

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Mickey's Birthdayland became Mickey's Starland before it was updated to become Mickey's ToonTown Fair... Which was later replaced by Storybook Circus.

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Promo videos from River Country are an interesting thing...

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The water park definitely had a different set of standards at the time it was open...

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You could do things in water parks like slide with three on a body slide at a time...

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This was a unique animated short we were shown from 1942...

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Look at who distributed the short!

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The story of the short is that Minnie and Pluto are learning about the importance of saving meat grease and oil to be turned in for use in the war.

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It was at times very cute...

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But the imagery was at times a bit intense.

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The Mickey's Audition short that was shot for the opening of the Disney-MGM Studios was shown.

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There was actual working Red Car Trolleys on Hollywood Boulevard for the opening?

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This building looks very different!

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There were some very famous cameos in this short!

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Dom Deluise!

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Roy Disney even cameo playing the role of Walt Disney.

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And of course Michael Eisner made an appearance!

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I absolutely love this Michael Eisner phone!

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We had the chance to experience a private Chef's Table dinner in a special room in the Contemporay Resort... Before this evening I had no idea this space even existed!

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Our menu for the evening...

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The Verlasso Salmon was wonderful!

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And the beef short ribs were heavenly.

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The Chicken Pot Pie even featured hidden Mickey's in the pie crust...

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Our dessert was dipped in liquid nitrogen...

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The Mickey-filled Chocolate Sphere Explosion was named as such because when you tapped the sphere with the back of your spoon...

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The sphere cracked open to deliver some delicious treats!

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Here was the full schedule of events for Saturday, November 17th, 2018.

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It’s a good time to be a Disney fan.

 

Fun fact! I auditioned and was called back TWICE to “star” in that Smugglers Run spot. So like, casting was quite a process for this little teaser. And in the final cut, they don’t even show the actors’ faces.

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The final day of the D23 Destination D 2018 was focused on a lot of company history surrounding Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday. Several of the presentations had photo/video restrictions but here are some photos from the segments we were allowed to capture!

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We’re back at Walt Disney World for the final day of Destination D! Check out what’s in store for today!

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Here are some of the earliest concept sketches found in The Walt Disney Archives for attractions envisioned for Walt Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Park,” the idea that later became Disneyland.

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Here’s another look at the new Disney Skyliner!

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Here's a peek inside of the cabin.

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The morning started out with a little Mousercise!

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The audience loved this throwback!

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This was the first known written mention of Walt Disney's "Mickey Mouse Park," the concept that would evolve into Disneyland.

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An early concept sketch for the park when it was planned to be based near the Disney Studios in Burbank. This is the earliest concept art showing a complete Rivers of America-style waterway in the park.

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This next piece is the earliest art that shows a railroad encircling the park's borders.

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A more fleshed out concept piece of the park plan above.

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An early Swan Boat concept... The Swan Boats ended up being an opening day attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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An aquatic themed carousel... This concept would not be fleshed out in any way until King Triton's Carousel opened at Disney California Adventure in 2001.

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A concept for a ride featuring Monstro... Monstro would later play a part in the Storybookland Canal Boats ride at Disneyland.

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A concept for a swinging ride inspired by Mickey and the Beanstalk.

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A Babes in Toyland ride was considered for Disneyland.

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The concept of entering the queue through a storybook has been done several times at Disney parks around the world.

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Bambi's Forest might have been a petting zoo, but it featured an animatronic Thumper in the middle.

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Walt Disney once intended for the Mickey Mouse Club to have its own island in his themed park.

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This concept would later become Tom Sawyer Island in the park that became Disneyland.

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Before the New Fantasyland project at Disneyland, a Dumbo's Circus Land concept was proposed for the park.

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A clown restaurant, Dumbo Circus Nursery and a band stand show featuring a variety of Disney characters were all concepts intended for the proposed Dumbo’s Circus land at Disneyland.

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The clown restaurant's facade concept art...

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Dumbo Circus Nursery is an interesting concept as it is hard to tell what the experience would have actually been... A show, an exhibit or an actual petting zoo.

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Before Pinocchio’s Daring Journey ended up in Fantasyland at Disneyland, it was designed to be a part of the proposed Dumbo’s Circus land in the park!

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Another concept for Disneyland took place in a barn...

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Inside guests could see clips from different animated shorts... This concept was fleshed out at the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland Park.

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Another abandoned concept for Disneyland was a "making of" experience where guests would see the making of the classic Steamboat Willie short.

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More concept art from Dumbo's Circus...

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And another piece from the planned band stand show.

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Here is some concept art from the proposed Disneyland Dumbo’s Circus dark ride that was meant to be a part of a Dumbo-themed land in the park!

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The concept got far enough along that character vignettes were designed with the circus story in mind.

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These are fantastic!

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Check out this concept art that was produced for Disneyland where the Carousel of Progress would have become an attraction dedicated to Mickey’s 60th Birthday!

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Original concepts for The Three Musketeers involved using more established Disney characters including Mr. Toad!

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We had the chance to learn more about the Mickey the True Original Exhibition in New York!

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It looks really neat!

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There's a full recreation of the Mickey Mouse Club set in the exhibition!

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We also had the chance to learn about the making of Mickey and Minnie's costumes...

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They even came out to model a few examples!

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Next thing you know, the whole gang came out wearing their Mickey’s 90 Birthday Celebration costumes!

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In the "Totally Minnie" segment, we were able to learn about Minnie's history and we were able to watch this cute music video of her performing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Elton John.

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We had a chance to meet with Darren Romanelli (curator of Mickey the True Original Exhibition), Bret Iwan (the voice of Mickey Mouse), Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy and Pluto) and AShley Eckstein (the founder & designed for Her Universe and the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars The Clone Wars).

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We even got some animation lessons this weekend from real Disney animators!

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The event closed out with a Pajama Party featuring a few special guests!

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The came out to dance and play!

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It was a great way to end the weekend's event!

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Of course there were treats!

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There was a cake!

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Artists were positioned throughout the room so that guests could watch them create pieces inspired by Mickey Mouse!

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It was quite cool to watch!

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Definitely a fun little bonus for the evening!

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Everyone had the chance to sing Mickey & Minnie "Happy Birthday!"

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The dancing was fun too.

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And guests could enjoy a photo moment with the Skyliner cabin.

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