Disney’s D23 EXPO Excitement

Press Release by Disney

Burbank, California (August 19, 2009) -- The Walt Disney Studios is jumping on the D23 Expo bandwagon with four days (September 10-13) of exciting programming that includes major overviews of upcoming films by Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook and Disney-Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, plus a full schedule of events spotlighting new releases and newly restored digital versions of classic favorites.

Cook will present exclusive sneak peeks at such highly anticipated Disney features as Disney’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, OLD DOGS (with Robin Williams and John Travolta), PRINCE OF PERSIA, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (both from producer Jerry Bruckheimer) and TRON: LEGACY. Lasseter will discuss and show materials from such upcoming Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ motion pictures as THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, RAPUNZEL and TOY STORY 3.

Both presentations will be held at The Anaheim Convention Center in a 4000-seat arena. All other film screenings and programs will take place in The Walt Disney Studios Theater (at the Anaheim Convention Center), a custom-built state-of-the-art venue with 3D capability, located within the Convention Center. All Disney Digital 3D presentations will be shown in RealD 3D, the world's most widely used 3D cinema technology. Among the U.S. premieres at the D23 Expo will be new Disney Digital 3D versions of TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2, the digital conversion of the original TRON and a newly restored digital version of the Walt Disney classic SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Expo guests will get an exclusive look at all things Muppets, as well as meet the filmmakers and see exclusive presentations for such highly anticipated new Disney features and home entertainment.

The Expo will also debut selected scenes from the upcoming Disney Digital 3D version of the Studio’s 1991 modern classic, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Other highlights of the four-day event include a program devoted to the music from THE LION KING, a panel discussion and screening of SLEEPING BEAUTY and the first U.S. screening of TRAIL OF THE PANDA (Disney’s second co-production with China).

Tickets to the D23 EXPO are available at http://www.D23Expo.com

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