A Glimpse 'Behind the Magic' at Disney's D23 EXPO!

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Offer a Glimpse 'Behind the Magic' at Disney's D23 EXPO, Sept. 10-13

[/floatright]Burbank, CA — 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.

Here's a sampling of exciting Disney Parks experiences that D23 EXPO attendees will discover:

  • Never-before-seen models of classic Disney attractions and glimpses of coming projects that will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable Disney fans.
  • An exclusive sneak peek at the expansion of Disney's California Adventure that's so big, it won't fit inside Blue Sky Cellar.
  • The chance to meet, up close and personal, Lucky the Dinosaur and Wall-E.
  • A preview of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever created.
  • Displays showcasing cutting-edge effects technologies that are being developed for Disney attractions, shows and venues.
  • New Disney Cruise Line itineraries for 2011.
Also, in the 500-seat Storytellers Theater, Imagineers and cast members who create and operate Disney's parks, resorts, cruise ships and other vacation experiences will take fans behind-the-magic with a variety of presentations including:

  • "World of Color" — Imagineer Steven Davison brings to life "World of Color," the water-and-fire spectacular that will debut next year at Disney's California Adventure.
  • The Making of Toy Story Mania! — From its interactive elements and innovative ride system to its cutting-edge Audio-Animatronics figure of Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story Mania! represents a new kind of Disney theme park attraction. Meet the team who helped bring it to life.
  • So You Want to Become an Imagineer — A panel of Imagineers will answer one of the most frequently asked questions of Walt Disney Imagineering — "How does one become an Imagineer?" — and will share what it's like to be one.
  • The Making of the U.S. Presidents — Imagineers will talk about updating both Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland and The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • An Afternoon With Imagineering Legends — Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of the careers and accomplishments of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts cast members who have been named Disney Legends.
Many more details about D23 EXPO entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23EXPO.com, as well as by following "Disney D23" at Twitter and on Facebook.