Walt Disney Imagineering and D23 Host Virtual Event to Celebrate Tokyo DisneySea’s 20th Anniversary

D23 and Walt Disney Imagineering have announced a new event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Where Adventure and Imagination Set Sail, Tokyo DisneySea.

The event is the fourth in D23’s Magical Milestones series. This exclusive virtual event will feature a large gathering of Imagineers who will take us on a journey covering everything from the origins and history of the park, to beautiful artwork and storytelling, to many behind-the-scenes stories that take us meet some of the fascinating people who bring our favorite places to life.

Hosted by Oscar-nominated director Leslie Iwerks, the event begins with a special panel discussion at the Walt Disney Imagineering Glendale campus. Emily “Emo” O’Brien (Executive Portfolio Producer), Daniel Jue (Portfolio Creative Executive) and Craig Russell (Project Integration Executive) will delve into the origins of the park to explore how these “ports of call” make up one of the most ambitious and unique theme parks ever created. The discussion will range from the park’s original mission, to how it was embraced by fans and celebrated through multiple expansions, to the phenomenon of Duffy & Friends – reflecting on the park’s first twenty years and looking towards its bright future. and sparkling!

We will then cross the Pacific to Tokyo, where David Hoffman (Executive Creative Development) and some of their team members will take us on our virtual tour of ports of call nestled along Tokyo Bay.

Departing from the original ports of call of Mediterranean Harbor, Lost River Delta, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon and Port Discovery, we’ll take a look at some of the most iconic attractions and entertainment. Over the years we will celebrate additions to the park, such as Raging Spirits, Tower of Terror, Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Toy Story Mania! and Soaring: Fantastic Flight, all culminating in the upcoming Fantasy Springs expansion, which unveils Disney movie worlds such as “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Peter Pan,” coming in 2023.

D23 members are in for a treat hearing directly from an all-star roster of creative talent from around the world, including:

  • Fabrice Kennel, Production Design Director
  • Catherine Black, Senior Design Project Manager
  • David Edminster, executive production design
  • Justin Faulconer, Senior Show Manager
  • Roger Gould, Creative Director of Franchise Management and Park Integration for Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Jackie Hilo, Senior Project Manager
  • David Hoffman, Head of Creative Development
  • Roger Heartsner, Executive Producer, Disney Live Entertainment
  • Zsolt Hormay, executive production design
  • Daniel Jue, Portfolio Creative Executive, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Eric Miller, Senior Production Designer
  • Emily “Emo” O’Brien, Executive Portfolio Producer, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Craig Russell, Project Integration Manager
  • Paul Rivet, Director, Entertainment
  • Mark Schirmer, Executive Creative Producer, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Staci Schofield, Senior Creative Director
  • Owen Yoshino, Senior Creative Director
  • Hazem Zidane, main scenographer of the show

The interested can register on D23.comwhere they will receive a one-time access code to watch this special panel, which premieres Thursday, January 27 at 10 a.m. PT and will remain available through Sunday, February 27 at 11:45 p.m. PT .

D23 Gold members can view the event for free, while D23 General members can purchase an access code for $10. Subtitles will be available in English and Japanese.

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