D23 Expo 2017 Announcements and Excitement


Disney Music Emporium, the online destination for collectible Disney music products, returns to D23 Expo 2017 with a pop-up store on the show floor. In 2015 this particular pavilion was a fantastic destination for music lovers. Special CD Collections, vinyl records and famous composers graced the floor. This year is no different.

Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inside Out, Disney•Pixar’s Up) will be signing!! I am so excited to get another chance to talk with this amazing man.  Composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2) is also scheduled to attend. In addition, Auli’i Cravalho (voice of Moana), Dove Cameron (Descendants 2, Liv and Maddie), Sofia Carson (Descendants 2), and Lorelay Bove (Visual Development Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studios), plus Hollywood Records artists Jordan Fisher and Temecula Road will also be in attendance. Scheduled artists subject to change.


NOTE: With the purchase of select music products at the Disney Music Emporium (DME) Pavilion, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing.

Over the three-day Ultimate Disney Fan Event, limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products will be available, including new releases from Marvel, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and Disneyland attraction picture discs, plus lithographs, Crosely turntables, and posters. The lithographs are especially beautiful at the Disney Music Emporium, and I recommend getting your hands on a few.

Beauty and the Beast vinyl

Available for the first time will be Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood two-disc set. The Robin Hood Collection features the songs and score from the film on Disc 1, plus previously unreleased demos, and bonus tracks performed by Louis Prima on Disc 2. Also included are extensive liner notes by Disney historian and writer Paula Sigman-Lowery.

Robin Hood Legacy Collection

For album signings held at the DME Pavilion, please visit:


D23 Expo will feature special appearances and panels for the upcoming Disney channel shows including: Tangled the Series!! Descendants 2 and DuckTales will also be represented.

On SUNDAY, JULY 16, fans are invited to join the stars and creative team of Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series for a Q&A panel as they share some of the magic behind bringing the series to life. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, who reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene (AKA Flynn Rider) from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ acclaimed feature film, will be joined by executive producer Chris Sonnenburg, co-executive producer Ben Balistreri, and Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Cassandra) and Jeremy Jordan (Varian). The panel will take place from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Stage 28. I am SO THERE! The producers Chris Sonnenburg and Ben Balistreri and thoughtful, amazing people whom I actually was able to meet! I look forward to seeing them there.

On FRIDAY JULY 14th Descendants stars such as Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson along with Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director, executive producer, and choreographer, will make a special appearance.

On SATURDAY, JULY 15, Disney XD’s DuckTales stars Ben Schwartz (the voice of Dewey), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Beck Bennett (Launchpad McQuack), and Toks Olagundoye (Mrs. Beakley) will join executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones for a Q&A panel taking place from 4:15– 5:15 p.m. on Stage 28.

Update May 16 UPDATE

D23 has announced that the Dream Store will return once again with something magical for Disney fans of all ages. From Disney-inspired apparel, art and collectibles to accessories, books, and more, the Disney Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true. Highlights include: Disney Theme Park Merchandise, Interchangable Bows, Disney legends and official D23 Expo merchandise, as well as autograph sessions with artists and authors.


Original post from April 27

Get ready for the 2017 D23 Expo July 14-16 in Anaheim!

2017 D23 Expo

The Disney Legend Ceremony will honor legendary people including the late Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey, Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Wayne Jackson, and Julie Taymor. These names join other Disney Legends including Dick Van Dyke, George Lucas, Steve Jobs, Tony Baxter, Richard & Robert Sherman, and much more! Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company, will host this bi-annual ceremony at 10 am on Friday, July 14, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

2017 Disney Legends

One of the big highlights of the 2017 D23 Expo, will be presentations from The Walt Disney Animation Studios (including Pixar Animation Studios) and The Walt Disney Studios (including Lucasfilm Ltd and Marvel Studios. These presentations showcase the upcoming films from the studios showcasing clips from the movies and celebrities appearing in the features.

At 2:30 pm on Friday, July 14, fans will discover what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.

On Saturday, July 15 at 10:30 am, Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm showcase the Studios’ exciting slate of live-action films. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more! The 2017 D23 Expo has yet to announce the films being showcased, however fans are hoping to juicy information from films such as Disney•Pixar’s COCO, Thor: Ragnarok, Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Black Panther, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In a surprise announcement at 2015’s D23 Expo, this is where they revealed STAR WARS LAND!

On Saturday, July 15, at 3 pm, step into the worlds of magic of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe. Hopefully we will get more details of Star Wars Land. We can’t wait for these announcements!

Fans are extremely excited for legendary songwriter Alan Menken to return to the stage at the Expo with his new one man show, A Whole New World of Alan Menken. With eight Oscars (and 19 nominations), Menken has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, not to mention his 11 Grammy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and a Tony Award, and he’s been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He’s composed the music for such box office hits as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Tangled, as well as Broadway shows Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, Newsies, A Bronx Tale, and the ABC television series Galavant. Menken will present his show on Sunday, July 16 at 1:30 pm and 5 pm in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

2017 D23 Expo

Alan Menken, image courtesy D23D23 Expo

Tickets for the 2017 D23 Expo are on sale now for $81 for one-day adult admission, $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission, $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

137: The Great ROGUE ONE Composer Debate


Film music. It binds us, surrounds us and draws us all together as fans. So when composers get switched up on a film as high-profile as ROGUE ONE, we must discuss. On this episode we delve into the film music of both Alexandre Desplat and Michael Giacchino to determine which would make the better composer for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. We couldn’t do it alone, so Anthony Fox of MousePire joins us to offer some extra insight.

With STAR WARS REBELS, Season 3 premiering on September 24th, it’s time to look back at Kevin Kiner’s score for the incredible Season 2 finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice.” The chills, the thrills, the final 2 minutes – I NEED this soundtrack now! We also take you to the Season 2 Finale Q&A and play the relevant clips from Dave Filoni and Kevin Kiner talking about the music. If you want to hear more of that Q&A, head to Episode 115.

Also on this episode:

  • Monkees Day! It was the 50th Anniversary of the Monkees TV Series last week, and Richard and Sarah celebrated with some film location scouting, wedding crashing and a Monkees concert.
  • Long Beach Comic-Con Recap and an interview with artist Jeff Victor.
  • Skywalker Moment by Matt Clifton
  • Skywalker Shout-Outs and Skywalker of the Week


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November 6, 2016: Disney Family Museum at 11am. Details coming soon.

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