Disney “D23” Expo



A picture of the D23 Expo cover, via Disney Plus

Riley Emanuel, Editor

“When you wish upon a star”

Disney hosts a convention called “D23.” The convention is an official fan club for The Walt Disney Company which was founded in 2009. The organization is mainly known for its biennial exposition event, “D23, Expo.” The “D” stands for Disney, and the 23 stands for “1923.” That was the year when Walt Disney founded the company. The convention was hosted during the weekend of September 9, 2022. Disney owns the rights to Marvel, Pixar, ESPN, Fx, lifetime, etc. As you could imagine, a lot of their announcements revolved around those networks. 

On the first day of the convention, Disney decided to announce “Walt Disney Studios’” upcoming projects. They began by showing a new trailer and a brand new poster for the sequel to Disney’s, Hocus Pocus. It was originally released in 1993 and fans were thrilled when they discovered that the sequel was coming. They proceeded to feature a new trailer for “Disenchanted” which is the sequel to “Enchanted”, which came out in 2007, starring Amy Adams. Moving on to Disney’s new live-action films, it was announced that a live-action adaptation of Peter Pan is coming, titled “Peter Pan & Wendy.” This film dives deeper into Wendy’s story. Disney then announced a reboot of The Haunted Mansion which was originally released in 2003. 20 years later, it was revealed that Jamie Lee Curtis will be starring in this reboot as Madame Leota. A prequel to the live-action remake of Lion King is coming, titled “Mufasa: The Lion King.” Who is the fairest of them all? Rachel Zeglar is our new Snow White in the new live-action adaptation which releases in March 2024. Swimming to the big screen next summer, Halle Bailey is starring as the little mermaid in this adaptation of the beloved animated classic. “The Little Mermaid” releases in May of 2023. 

Up next are Pixar’s announcements. Pixar isn’t shy when it comes to great ideas. Their first announcement was “Elemental.” This new animated film tells the story of two elements that come together as one. Fire and Water. Ember is the fire element and Wade is the water element. There’s just one problem… they aren’t able to touch. They then announced their new series, “Win or Lose.” This series follows a middle school softball team and shows their struggles during the week before their championship. Win or Lose drops on Disney+ in fall 2023. A new series titled “Elio” is coming out in Spring 2024. This animated series follows the story of Elio. He’s an 11-year-old boy who is shot into space and is accidentally mistaken as Earth’s ambassador. See more when this interesting tale drops in theaters. Do you ever wonder what goes on inside of your head? Amy Poehler is back as Joy in the sequel to Inside Out. Riley is a teenager now and may or may not be experiencing some new emotions. This new film releases in the summer of 2024. In the finale of the presentation, Disney Studios announced their new feature film, Wish. Disney’s big quote is, “When you wish upon a star.” This new animated film gives the backstory of the wish and answers the question, “How did the wishing star, upon which so many characters wished, come to be?” The next princess in line to join the rest is called “Asha.” She will be voiced by Academy Award winner, Ariana Debose. This film releases in the fall of 2023.