D23 Expo 2019—Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios

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This weekend Disney fans from around the world will flock to Anaheim, CA to experience all the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents D23 Expo 2019. Among the more than 50 shows, presentations, and panels that will take place in the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend will be a marquee presentation on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00am during which The Walt Disney Studios will present an exclusive look at its highly anticipated movie slate.


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D23, the first official fan club in Disney’s 90-plus-year history, has been providing fans with unprecedented access to all things Disney since presenting its first bi-annual D23 Expo in 2009. The Ultimate Disney Fan Event brings all the magical worlds of Disney together under one roof—including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars—for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, concerts, shopping, and more. The expo also features immersive experiences and special opportunities that provide a glimpse of what’s new and what’s next from Disney theme parks, television, music, products, and movies.

On Saturday, August 24, The Walt Disney Studios Chief Creative Officer and Co-Chairman Alan Horn will take the stage at Hall D23 to provide an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at upcoming animated and live-action theatrical releases from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. Past expos have featured first-released details on some of the biggest movies in the world, creating unforgettable moments that echo throughout the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center to this day. The inaugural expo made a splash in 2009 with the announcement of a fourth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which later became Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Concept art from Doctor Strange (2016) debuted in 2015, and the cast of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018) took over the stage in 2017 to debut never-before-seen footage from the movie, which received an immediate standing ovation from the audience. That same year, the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) joined writer-director Rian Johnson in presenting a behind-the-scenes look at their new movie. 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) cast panel at D23: Expo 2017

This Saturday’s showcase will feature never-before-seen footage, surprise appearances, and more from the long list of blockbuster movies set to hit theatres in the next few years. You’ll have to wait until Saturday morning to learn exactly which movies will be at D23, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the biggest titles coming soon as well as key events happening this weekend.  



Release Date: October 18, 2019  

Taking place several years after the events of Maleficent (2014), this sequel continues to explore the complex relationship between Maleficent and her goddaughter, Aurora, as they begin to question the family ties that bond them amidst impending nuptials, unexpected allies, and dark forces threatening the magical kingdom of Moors. 

Release Date: March 27, 2020 

Based on Disney’s 1998 animated classic Mulan, a young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father and defend her homeland. 

Release Date: July 24, 2020 

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride, a boat skipper takes two travelers on a journey to find a tree that has magical healing powers, during which they must battle wild animals and a rival German expedition. 


Disney Live-Action Key Events

Friday, August 23 

3:30pm – 5:00pm          Disney+ Showcase (Hall D23)

4:00pm – 5:00pm          Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between (stage 28)

5:30pm – 6:30pm          Disney+ Screening – High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (D23 Expo arena)

Saturday, August 24 

5:30pm – 6:30pm          The Musical Journey of Disney’s Aladdin (D23 Expo arena)


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Release Date: November 22, 2019 

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven leave Arendelle for the ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land where they hope to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. 


Disney Animation Key Events

Sunday, August 25 

10:00am – 11:00am          The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration! Presented by H2O+ (D23 Expo arena)

3:00pm – 4:00pm              The Art of Disney Storytelling (D23 Expo arena)

4:00pm – 5:00pm              World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit (stage 28)

4:15pm – 5:30pm              Disney Character Voices, Inc: 30th Anniversary Celebration (Hall D23)

5:45pm – 7:00pm              Two Worlds, One Family: The Making of Tarzan (D23 Expo arena)


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Release Date: March 6, 2020  

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic out there. 

Release Date: June 19, 2020 

Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you…YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.


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Release Date: May 1, 2020 

This prequel follows Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) between the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). 

Release Date: November 6, 2020 

Eternals, a race of immortal beings who have lived alongside humans for the past 35,000 years, take their place alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes. 

Release Date: February 12, 2021  

Shang-Chi, also known as “The Master of Kung-Fu,” becomes the latest hero to be adapted from the Marvel Comics.

Release Date: May 7, 2021   

Described as the first horror movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this sequel to Doctor Strange (2016) continues following the life of Dr. Stephen Strange in a story that will embrace the character’s Gothic roots.  

Release Date: November 5, 2021    

This sequel to Thor: Ragnarok (2017) will feature Jane Foster’s transformation into the new, female Thor alongside the returning God of Thunder and Valkyrie, the new ruler of Asgard. 


Marvel Key Events

Friday, August 23 

3:00pm – 4:00pm              Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (D23 Expo arena)

6:00pm – 7:00pm              Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere! (stage 28)

Saturday, August 24 

5:30pm – 6:30pm              MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary (stage 28) 



Release Date: December 20, 2019

Following the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), the surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. 


Star Wars Key Events

Friday, August 23 

12:30pm – 1:30pm           The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (D23 Expo arena)

2:00pm – 3:00pm              Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode II First Look (stage 28)

Sunday, August 25 

2:00pm – 3:00pm              Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (stage 28)


Regal will be at D23 Expo 2019 to keep you informed of all the breaking news! Follow along @RegalMovies for up-to-the-minute posts on all the first-look movie details to come, and continue to visit Regal Reel for more detailed information on D23 Expo 2019!