First-Ever D23 Expo Japan to Be Held October 12–14, 2013

  First-Ever D23 Expo Japan to Be Held October 12–14, 2013

 The Official Disney Fan Club’s Signature Event Makes Its International Debut

D23 Expo Japan 2013

Business Wire

TOKYO -- February 25, 2013

The Walt Disney Company Japan (NYSE: DIS) announced today that it will stage
the first-ever D23 Expo Japan, a special event for Disney fans created by D23:
The Official Disney Fan Club. D23 Expo Japan, the first Expo to be held
outside the U.S., will feature an array of engaging presentations, hosted by
senior Disney creative executives, showcasing what’s on the horizon from
across The Walt Disney Company, including theme parks, movies, television,
music, and interactive gaming. Fans will enjoy unique experiences; have the
opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind merchandise and collectibles; meet many
of their favorite Disney characters; and delight in countless other surprises.
D23 Expo Japan will take place October 12–14, 2013, at the Tokyo Disney
Resort^® in the Maihama area. Expo ticketing and program information will be
announced in March.

D23 Expo Japan will also feature two special exhibitions celebrating landmark
Disney milestones. First, to pay homage to The Walt Disney Company’s 90th
Anniversary, D23 and the Walt Disney Archives will present Treasures of the
Walt Disney Archives, featuring nine decades of treasures from the Archives’
vast collection. Plus, the Tokyo Disney Resort will celebrate its 30th year
with a special retrospective exhibit. This special exhibition, presented by
Oriental Land, operator of Tokyo Disney Resort, celebrates this milestone year
by making D23 Expo Japan possible. Further details will be posted at
http://disney.jp/D23 as they become available.

“We are thrilled to host this extraordinary, three-day event where all the
wonderful worlds of Disney come together,” said Paul Candland, president, The
Walt Disney Company Japan. “2013 marks The Walt Disney Company’s 90th
anniversary, Disney Channel’s 10th, Disney Mobile’s fifth, the Disney–JCB
Card’s fifth, Dlife’s first, and Tokyo Disney Resort’s 30th! The D23 Expo
Japan allows us to show Disney’s tremendous appreciation to its fans.”

This event is supported by JCB Co., Ltd, and The Dai-ichi Life Insurance
Company, Limited as official sponsors.

Disney fans from around the globe flocked to Anaheim, Calif., for the first
D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, in September 2009, followed by a
second in August 2011. The next D23 Expo will take place August 9–11, 2013, at
the Anaheim Convention Center and will feature: the 2013 Disney Legends
Ceremony; a special exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives; the Collectors
Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles,
memorabilia, and merchandise; an all-new Fan Art Contest themed to the
upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, and a massive show floor full of
special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the
world.

About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a
leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise
with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio
entertainment, consumer products, and interactive. Disney is a Dow 30 company
and had annual revenues of about $42.3 billion in its last fiscal year.

About D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and
future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his
world-famous company. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive
benefits, including a quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich
website at www.D23.com; a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and
special offers; and free gifts throughout the year; as well as exclusive
events created especially for its members.

Contact:

The Walt Disney Company
Atsuko Omura (Japan)
Atsuko.Omura@disney.com
or
The Walt Disney Company
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
Lisa Scalzo, 818-560-3117
Lisa.R.Scalzo@disney.com
 
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