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Last weekend, D23, the official Disney Fan Club, held it’s bi-annual entertainment expo. I’m making it my mission to go to D23 in 2019, but, for now, I had to watch on the sidelines and wait for announcements just like the rest of you. 

Today I wanted to share with you all of the amazing announcements made at the movie panels. Two separate panels, one for live action films and one for animation, were held and some BIG things were discussed in both.

Live Action and Animation Announcements Recap from D23

I can’t decide where I should start this incredible post. So many amazing things are coming from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm! Let’s jump right in to my live action and animation announcements recap from D23!

Live Action Announcements

Walt Disney Studios

1. First up, A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, will open March 9, 2018. The trailer looks really cool.2. Next, live action turns for formerly animated movies will be coming for Dumbo and Aladdin as well as the previously announced The Lion King.

3. Emily Blunt and director/producer Rob Marshall then made an appearance to talk about the highly anticipated Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns. I love that Emily said that no one could replace Julie Andrews, but that she hoped to take the character and make it her own.

4. Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, also shared all-new take on a classic story in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, newcomer Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, Morgan Freeman as godfather Drosselmeyer, and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, the movie is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.5. Finally, it was confirmed that, indeed, Dwayne Johnson (aka Maui) will be starring in an live adaptation of the classic Disney ride, The Jungle Cruise. Additional confirmation was given that a live adaptation of Mulan is in the works as well. 


6. As much as I wanted them to deliver more about the Star Wars franchise, what we got was just enough of a taste to whet our appetites. Star Wars: The Last Jedi introduced incredible behind the scene footage (RIP Carrie Fisher) and made me shout, “Hurry up, December!” at my computer screen.


7. Finally, rounding out an amazing live panel was the Marvel announcements. It’s been 10 years since the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) dropped, and fans were treated to a refresher on all that has happened. Then, in an even bigger surprise, fans were treated to a first look at the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer. I would fall. out. on the floor after seeing all that star power on stage!

Animation Announcements


8. Starting off the animation panel, Pixar gave fans an exclusive preview of the music from its upcoming film Coco. It opens November 22, 2017.10. Incredibles 2 is still in production, but has a release date! Look for it in theaters June 15, 2018.

11. Also announced, Toy Story 4! It is scheduled for theatrical release June 21, 2019. 

Walt Disney Animation Studios

12. In a moment that *almost* broke the internet, Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet was announced for November 21, 2018. D23 Expo fans got to see almost every single Disney princess reunite onstage to see a clip from the new film that pays homage to all the princesses.13. Next, Josh Gad and Kristen Bell took to the stage to share a song from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. This is not a standalone film, but will be shown before Coco in theaters. Frozen 2 (not yet titled) was also announced with a release date of November 27, 2019.14. Finally, two untitled projects, one by Dan Scanlon who directed Monsters University and one by Disneytoon Studios, were introduced in their very beginning stages of concept and production. The Disneytoon Studios film was given a release of April 12, 2019.

Whew! Did you get all of that? As much as I wanted there to be more, I’m glad that was all that was announced this year. Which exciting new film are you most eager to see in the coming years?