It’s time to celebrate Shanghai Disney Resort’s 5th anniversary with an exclusive virtual event! D23 members are invited to celebrate by taking part in a virtual event that will feature a grand gathering of Imagineers who will take us on a journey spanning everything from the park origins and history, to beautiful artwork and storytelling, to plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that will let us meet some of the fascinating people who bring our favorite places to life!
Here is the official description of the event from D23:
The second in this celebratory series marks the fifth anniversary of the Shanghai Disney Resort. Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated director Leslie Iwerks, we’ll go far back before the grand opening five years ago to explore the earliest history of the groundbreaking resort with a roundtable discussion featuring Wing Chao (Disney Legend and retired Imagineer), Doris Woodward (retired Imagineer and the Resort’s Senior Director and Producer), Howard Brown (General Manager & Site Portfolio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Asia), and Bob Weis (President – Creative & New Experience Development, Walt Disney Imagineering). Together, they’ll pull back the curtain on what makes Shanghai Disney Resort “Authentically Disney, Distinctly Chinese”—with the inside story on the resort’s development, unique designs and influences, favorite memories, and more!
This seems like such a great way to celebrate Shanghai Disney Resort and it will be so neat to see how the resort has transformed over the last 5 years (from Disney·Pixar Toy Story Land, to incredible entertainment that includes the new Mickey’s Storybook Adventure and nighttime spectacular Illuminate!), plus getting to see what future plans are in store for the park. D23 members will even get a sneak peak at the new highly anticipated Zootopia-themed land coming soon!
D23 also states that Disney Parks fans are in for quite a treat as they get to hear directly from an all-star roster of creative talent from around the world, including:
- Michael Jung, Executive Theatrical Development, Disney Live Entertainment
- Keith Gallo, Director Creative Development, Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai
- Leia Mi, Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai
- Aileen Li, Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai
- Dustin Schofield, Senior Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
- Chang Xu, Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai
- Chris Yu, Associate Show Design & Production Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai
- Tom Williams, Executive Producer, Disney Live Entertainment
- Joe Schott, President & General Manager, Shanghai Disney Resort
- Andrew Bolstein, SVP Operations, Shanghai Disney Resort
This special panel will premiere Wednesday, June 16, at 4pm PT and will be available until Friday, July 9, at 11:45pm PT.
If you are a D23 member and would like to take part in this event, you can buy tickets here!