D23 Expo 2013 takes fans inside Disney Imagineering, animation and movies

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in D23Expo, Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on August 13, 2013 at 5:37 am with 28 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • ghosty4

    I just can’t help but think that the reason why the crowd was so controlled was there was nothing announced that would draw a crowd in the first place. If better announcements were being made, more people would have been there, and then maybe the crowd wouldn’t have been so contained.

  • DisWedWay

    I think Disney fans would appreciated knowing who actually built some of the WED and WDI models shown at D23, but I know Imagineering doesn’t usually do that. I was Glad to see Marc Davis’s Western River Expedition model which a very talented WED Imagineer Sue McCauley had built all the set buildings for back around 1972. She later became John Hench’s partner in color selection for all facades at Epcot. Joyce Edington called “The red head” and hired by Walt, (pictured in the early WWC Pirates film with Walt and other now Disney Legends), sculpted some of the figures in the model which inspired Show Producer Jeff Burke’s Phantom Manor at Paris Disneyland. Would be great to see both models together. Maybe there are some unknown Legends in there.

  • PhilJohnson

    I have to disagree on the Stage Passes unfortunately. They worked great when you could get them. But if you went to any of the morning arena events on Friday or Saturday, the Stage Passes were gone by the time we got out. So I didn’t get to see anything else on those days. When I did finally get in to some on Sunday, I was really happy with the expanded capacity.

    I’d also like to see them do something to break this ridiculous Disney fan habit of getting in line 4 hours early for the arena stuff. Not sure what they could do. But there was no reason we had to wait 3 or 4 hours for that stuff except for the nuts getting in line at the crack of dawn.

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  • QPerth

    I’ve been so busy lately, this is the first chance i’ve had to sit down and see all the latest features.

    Thanks for this great wrapup of D23expo, your coverage has been great. And this Dateline had so many great pics from unique angles of the models and features shown at the expo. Thanks so much!