3 of My Favorite Exhibits at the D23 Expo, 2015
There was a lot to see on the D23 Expo floor but these were the three (3) D23 Expo exhibits or displays that I personally enjoyed the most.
1. John Lasseter's Hawaiian Shirts: The Studio Collection
John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) is known for his extensive Hawaiian shirt wardrobe. He is usually photographed at events sporting a Hawaiian shirt that features his latest project. It really fun to see these particular Hawaiian shirts on display that documented the different Pixar movies in chronological order.
2. Uniqlo: Magic for All Collection
I discovered Uniqlo ("uni-klo") about a year ago when they opened a location at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa). So I was excited about the announcement that Uniqlo would be partnering with Disney for the Magic for All Collection. It was fun to actually see their booth at the D2e Expo where they had a huge offering of their new collection. The designs are fun and the price is reasonable.
Uniqlo had gathered 100 artist to help them with their Disney debut. The 100 artist display that was at the Uniqlo booth was really cool to see. You can see how some of the artist concepts were translated in to some of the apparel that was available.
Most of the Magic for All collection is now available online.
3. D23 Expo Design Challenge
D23 announced that they would host another Design Challenge for the 2015 D23 Expo.
"D23 Expo Design Challenge will honor Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists young and young-at-heart to depict Sleeping Beauty Castle. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 EXPO weekend on the show floor, located in the Walt Disney Archives area" (D23 announcement, March 2015)
The photos do not capture the detail and love that was evident in each artist submission. There was variety in the preferred artist medium and tools used. That's what made this exhibit so interesting to see. What and how the artist came up with in regards to theme of the design challenge was so fascinating.
Again, these were my personal favorites. There was a lot to see. My family really enjoyed the Shanghai Disneyland exhibit from Walt Disney Imagineering. Many waited in line to walk through the Walt Disney Archives Presents - Disneyland: The Exhibit. A runner up for me was The Walt Disney Studios where they showcased their upcoming live action, animated, and Pixar films.
It's just like Disney to make sure that most every exhibit and display on the Expo floor was created with much thought and details. I look forward to the D23 Expo 2017 and know that it will be even bigger yet just as exciting.