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The fourth Disney D23 Expo was held last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, and once again guests from all 50 states and 28 countries came together to celebrate all things Disney. This week, join us around the table as we revisit and recap the event, and discuss some of the many things we learned at and about the Expo. From movies to theme parks to Disney fandom and everything in between, there were many things we took away (literally and figuratively) from the D23 Expo including Star Wars Land, Toy Story Land, Shanghai, Disney Legends, animation, live action, Disney Infinity 3.0 and much, much more!

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5 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 416 – What We Learned At and About Disney’s D23 Expo 2015”

  1. Melanie says:

    GREAT recap! Thank you so much for the live streaming during all of D23! it was so amazing to see the expo as well as all of the people/friends you talked with! It made us really want to be there! There is so much to be excited for as a Disney fan that my brain can’t handle it all. We’re very excited about all of the park announcements, especially those at WDW. Pandora sounds amazing and we can’t wait to be at AK at night! (Just wish my kids could see the movie!) We are also about to bust waiting for Star Wars land and the new movie (which they have seen all of!)
    Thanks for all you do Lou (and Beci! and the other great friends and family that make you happen)

  2. Chuck Zitta says:

    Love the D23 Expo recap! Especially enjoyed hearing about Star Wars Land and Avatar Land. Can’t wait to see and hear more about the development of both as time progresses. Kind of interesting that WDW is now adding “lands” to their other parks – in addition to the Magic Kingdom. Looks like Walt’s creative fundamentals may still be influencing imagineers to this day. As a purist, I sure hope so. Really enjoyed your little tidbit at the “very end” of the show as well. Nice touch! Thanks again for another great show, Lou! And thanks to all your round table guests for sharing their experiences as well. Really helped to complete the spectrum of the D23 Expo magic for those of us who couldn’t make it out. Much appreciated.

  3. Mai Zahn says:

    I was there at D23! When you guys mentioned the tsum tsums, I felt so bad for my sister who waited overnight for them…twice! (and she didn’t get them because they sold out before she even got into the store). The one she wanted was sold on ebay for $900. Unbelievable!

    BTW, my sister and my sons were the Star Wars Shadowtroopers and Stormtrooper that came to visit the baby Han Solo 🙂

  4. Lucille says:

    Hey Lou & Everyone, I was watching at home with my husband and I was extremely jealous wishing I was there to actually be part of your team. Hearing your podcast and watching in the box makes me so excited.
    I hope you do a meet up in October, we will be there during that month.
    Take care and keep up the great work. Love you guys Lucille (Tinkerchelli)

  5. Fred says:

    This was a really fun roundtable recap to listen. I was just thinking about the timelines and I have to say….wow. If this gets pushed out to 2020 or 2012 for Star Wars Land…I will be in my 50’s. But I think it will be incredible to go from the 1977 Star Wars kid to literally walking into a cantina in Orlando one summer day!

    I do want to also share an observation. When you all speak of Shanghai or other Asian Disney parks, I hear something different. As one who was a software developer and now teach it, we use sandboxes to test out concepts. If they work, you move them into production. I can’t help but think that is what Disney has been able to to do that no other company can. Not only can they test out new concepts and implement them in new markets, they are markets that can prove to be profitable. Then once it works, you now have shorter lead time in the US based parks which is where you have a larger fan base. So maybe that lead time isn’t quite what we think it may be. Very cool.

    Thanks again for the awesome update!!