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JUST REVEALED: Epic Opening Ceremony will Kick off the D23 Expo next month, New Disney Legends to be announced

Disney has just announced details about the epic Opening Ceremony that will kick off the 2022 D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Friday, September 9.

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The D23 Expo is hailed as “the Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” and for good reason. The Expo brings together Disney fans from all over and the most exciting and immersive Disney brands news and reveals from around the globe. Fans are the first to hear about the latest Disney Parks news, news about Disney+, Disney films, Walt Disney Animation, and more.

They’re also the first to learn about upcoming projects from PIXAR, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, among other Disney-owned properties.

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On Friday, it was announced that the 2022 D23 Expo, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, only minutes from the Disneyland Resort, will kick off with an Opening Ceremony of epic proportions, including a special salute to the 2022 Disney Legends inductees.

Here’s the announcement from D23 about the Opening Ceremony and the Disney Legends Ceremony:

D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event presented by Visa® will kick off Friday, September 9, with a fantastic spectacle that includes the Disney Legends Awards ceremony and an early look at Disney 100 Years of Wonder—an extraordinary celebration 100 years in the making. The opening ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Hall D23 inside the Anaheim Convention Center.

“For nearly a century, Disney has been entertaining and inspiring people around the world,” said Bob Chapek, CEO, of The Walt Disney Company. “I can’t wait to give fans a first look at what we have in store for our hundredth anniversary, and how we’re using this occasion to celebrate all the fans and families who have welcomed Disney into their lives.”

The incredible opening event, which will be streamed as part of D23 Expo [LIVE], will feature musical performances, special guests, and surprises for the audience, including a special performance by cast members from Disney On Broadway’s productions of Aladdin and The Lion King, and The North American Tour of Frozen.

The Disney Legends Award is given to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Disney legacy, and this year’s honorees include Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Chadwick Boseman, Rob’t Coltrin, Patrick Dempsey, Robert Price “Bob” Foster, Jonathan Groff, Don Hahn, Josh Gad, Doris Hardoon, Idina Menzel, Chris Montan, Ellen Pompeo, and Tracee Ellis Ross. Emmy® Award winner Tamron Hall will host, bringing her signature warmth and humor to the fan-favorite ceremony.

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 35-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, which began when Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy DogThe Absent-Minded ProfessorThe Happiest Millionaire) was honored in 1987. The awards ceremony is just one of the many spectacular events fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

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This year, DisneyDining will have writers at the D23 Expo, bringing our audience the latest, most up-to-date news and information about everything revealed at the Expo, which runs from September 9 to September 11. Don’t miss a single announcement!

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I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!