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Ever since blue prints of a Fantasyland makeover were “leaked” this summer, we’ve all been wondering if it was real or not.  Well, today at D23 the historic makeover of Fantasyland was confirmed.  Here is a video of the announcement at the D23 expo:


Fantasyland Makeover

Dick Cook, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios presided over a presentation full of breaking news, new trailers and a ton of surprise guest appearances on Friday at the D23 expo.

It started with a full orchestra performing a montage of music clips from all of the Disney library of movie.  Then, after making it snow inside the convention hall; Director Robert Zemeckis stopped in to talk about Disney’s A Christmas Carol.   “It’s a very timeless story and it’s a timely story and it’s a time-travel story and you know how much I love time-travel stories. So when I read the novel, I realized that Dickens is so magnificent in the way he writes thematically and the images that he conjures are so spectacular. I didn’t think a film had ever been realized in a way that we now have the tools to do it. I think we have the ability now to present the movie in the way Dickens imagined it.”  said Zemeckis.

The next guest was Tim Burton, director of the upcoming Alice in Wonderland, due out in March of 2010.  The movie will be a combination of live action & animation with some 3-D effects thrown in.

Surprise guests John Travolta, wife Kelly Preston and their daughter Ella Bleu.  They were there to talk about their new movie, Old Dogs.  All 3 are in it, and this is Ella Bleu’s first movie. 

Nicholas Cage stopped by to promote his upcoming movie; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Nic Cage came up with the idea based on his love of the movie Fantasia.  The movie will be out in July of 2010.  He also announced that he’d be interested in doing another National Treasure movie, much to the audiences delight.

In a surprise performance Miley Cyrus sang her hit song “The Climb” then the next movie announcement was made: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will be coming to a theater near you in 2011.  Down the road Dick Cook announced there will be a Yellow Submarine 3D version of the Beattles classic movie and then the announcement of a new muppet movie!  The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made!  (that’s the name) will be made soon.  To celebrate; Kermit, Miss Piggy sailed onto the stage on a Mark Twain boat and sang Rainbow Connection.

Just when the audience thought it couldn’t get any better; the biggest, bestest guest appearance of the day: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow!  Captain Jack “drunk as a skunk”  asked the audience “Has anyone else witnessed a talking frog? Where has the frog gone?”  Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean — On Stranger Tides is due in the summer of 2011. 

Sounds like a magical time was had by all at the movie preview experience!

This should be an interesting week for those of us that love all things Disney.  Sept 10-13, 2009 is the D23 expo in Anaheim.

Quick background:  D23 is “the official community for Disney fans”  It is a club that you can join, run by Disney.  There are member gifts, events, magazines, collectibles…….It’s the perfect club for die hard Disney fans with extra money to spend.   The rest of us can read about it…..

Why is the D23 expo a big deal?  This is from the D23 website:

  • “D23 Expo: It’s the ultimate Disney fan experience, taking place in Anaheim, California from September 10-13, 2009. This can’t-miss event will feature guest speakers, celebrity appearances, breathtaking exhibitions, sneak peeks, film screenings, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and so much more! Admission will be discounted for D23 members.”
  • Robert Iger, Disney President and CEO will be the kickoff Keynote Speaker at 10am pt on Sep 10.  There are a lot of rumours about this speech, and what we can expect to hear.  It has been said that Imperial Storm Troopers will be protecting the Anaheim Convention Center that day.   Hmmmm, any chance that we may be getting an announcement of a new Star Tours movie?  Well, rumour also says that George Lucas will be at D23 that day……

    Friday September 11th, Disney Travel Agents have been told to watch a live webcast about Disney Cruise Line – “A whole new Fairytale” is about to be announced.  We’re expecting to get the 2011 itineraries for the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic and the brand new Disney Dream!!!  Also hoping that we may get some more information on the new ship.  Have to wait and see on Friday

    Also expecting some suprises when Chairman of  The Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook speaks.   There will be a planned preview of Toy Story 3 and double feature showing of Toy Story & Toy Story 2.   The biggie for many Disney geeks (said with love & affection) TRON: Legacy.

    I’m looking forward to all of it and as soon as the press/news releases come out; I’ll be writing about them here.

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