Top 5: Announcements Not Made at the D23 Expo 2013

The D23 Expo has come and gone again for the 3rd time. Overall, I had a blast covering the bit announcements for the site. Some things were common knowledge, even for people who don’t consider themselves hardcore Disney fans, and there were also some unexpected announcements that came. Highlights came in all shapes and sizes, including Bill Hader dressed as a sea cucumber, Alan Meinken and Richard Sherman performing, a fabulous rendition of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” during the spotlight of Saving Mr. Banks, and the fact that everyone in the Disney Interactive presentation got a Sorcerer Mickey figure to play in Disney Infinity. Despite all of this great stuff happening, there still seem to be some holes that weren’t filled in at D23. People were asking left and right about several things that weren’t even mentioned at the conference. So what didn’t happen at D23? Here are my top 5 announcements not made at the D23 Expo 2013.


#5-CarsLand at Hollywood Studios. There has been lots of hype around possible changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. People are clearly against the “Lights, Motors, Action” show and the Backlot Tour is looks more and more like the Muppet Studios tour that Gary, Mary, and Walter visit in “The Muppets”. It’s not the great half day tour that it used to be when the park was still an actual working studio. Disney is aware of it too and has been asking guests about possible new lands and attractions at Hollywood Studios. This would have been an opportune time to announce new additions to a park that seems to need help in many park guest’s eyes. Since the debut of Cars Land over at California Adventure, rumors have been rampant about the land coming to Hollywood studios. Even if it wasn’t Cars Land, something should be announced for the park.

#4-The use of technology from Paperman. Since last year’s release of Wreck It Ralph, people have been buzzing on the animation from Paperman and the integration of 2D and 3D animation. We got so many animated film announcements from Disney, DisneyToons, and Pixar, but none of them mentioned that they would be integrating that style of animation into the new films. Personally, I was really looking to Disney to announce Big Hero 6 as a mash up of 2D and 3D animation to give it more of a comic book kind of look, but that didn’t happen. Can someone please tell me that this style of animation is happening again in a full length feature film?

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#3-Avatarland. We got the original announcement for Avatarland soooooooo long ago, but we have yet to get any sort of details. Originally, we all thought that the dragon technology used at New Fantasyland was going to be part of some big Avatar announcement. Then we all thought the D23 Expo would shed some light on the subject, but they instead decided to tease Avatarland at the Imagineering pavilion. It baffles me that Imagineering didn’t get it’s own big presentation, but even at the pavilion there weren’t any major announcements we hadn’t already seen.

#2-ReImagining Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland was one of the big topics to hit the stage at the D23 Expo followed up with a Tomorrowland pavilion being opened. Despite all of this Tomorrowland talk, Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has been in need of major changes and their have been rumors of more Marvel characters to come to that side of Disneyland. What’s going to happen to the futuristic world at the Happiest Place on Earth? We don’t know because there weren’t any announcements. I had made a big prediction that Disney would unveil some big master plan about revamping the land but nothing came out about Disneyland at all. Nothing new is coming to Disneyland!


#1-Star Wars. Were there Star Wars film announcements? NO! Were there Star Wars theme park land announcements? NO! Are there tons of sci-fi nerds hoping for a big announcement? YES! Are those same nerds extremely disappointed? DEFINITELY! Myself included. Disney announced that Episodes 7, 8, and 9 were coming which we already knew. They also announced J.J. Abrams as director which was also already knew. That was it. End of story. No major characters making their presence on stage. (Vader met up with Tony Baxter at the Legends Ceremony but that doesn’t count.) To make everyone happy, it would have been nice to hear about a plot or where they thought the saga would go. Instead we got the silent treatment when it came to the adventures of Skywalker.

What do you think Disney missed out on at the D23 Expo? Was this still the best Expo they’ve had. What were your favorite announcements? What would you have liked to come out of the conference? Leave your thoughts and comments to keep this conversation going!

Josh Taylor


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