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The 2017 D23 Expo was absolutely massive, and while I live-tweeted the festivities direct from the show floor, I'm still trying to collect my thoughts on everything that I've seen and heard, even now that I've been back in Illinois for a full day. At the live-action film presentation, Alan Horn, Chairman, Walt Disney Studios, introduced Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production to give an overview of what moviegoers can expect to see across Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm over the next few years. For a few projects, development is still fairly early on, but ALADDIN was confirmed to be directed by Guy Ritchie, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie, with original music by Alan Menken with Pasek & Paul (La La Land) handling lyrics. MULAN will be helmed by Niki Caro (McFarland, USA, Whale Rider), and JUNGLE CRUISE marks the latest Disneyland ride to get a big screen nod, with Dwayne Johnson set to star. Those announcements simply scratch the surface, as the lineup is huge, and I've got all the details below...

At the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation took to the stage in Hall D23 (introduced by Alan Horn, pictured above) to give audiences some new insight into what's coming down the pipeline from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar and DisneyToon Studios. I was in attendance for the presentation (I was tweeting live from the floor) and got a first-hand look at some incredible things that were shown for the very first time - some of which can be shared with you now, while others you'll have to wait to see. What's certain is that there's a stellar lineup ahead, including some much-requested new chapters of fan-favorite franchises, along with some completely unexpected new films. Here's the details...

What happens when World of Dance meets Bunch O Balloons? With Zuru Toys' easy-to-use and water balloons already being a huge hit here at Rock Father HQ, the prospect is intriguing, and the answer to the question has been revealed in a new video presenting the first-ever #SplashMob! In Los Angeles, NBC World of Dance contestant and So You Think You Can Dance winner, Fik-Shun recently surprised unsuspecting pool party goers with an epic Splash Mob performance attended by over 50 World of Dance performers, including Autumn Miller (Spring Sisters World of Dance), the Miniotics Dance Crew (America’s Got Talent Season 11), Hall of Fame Dance Team and Soul Fresh to name a few. Captured using twelve cameras and more than 5,000 self-tying Bunch O Balloon water balloons, the video evidence was released today and can be seen below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine!

The premiere of Disney XD's reimagining of DuckTales is fast-approaching, and that's fueling nostalgia for the original series as well. Just before the recent D23 Expo kicked-off in Anaheim, California, the folks at Funko (who had a sizable presence at the event) revealed their first series of DuckTales Pop! Vinyl figures. Coming this fall, and available for pre-order via my allies at Entertainment Earth, the first series includes Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby. There's even a GameStop Exclusive Magica De Spell. Check them all out below!

As the 2017 edition of the D23 Expo draws to a close, closing the book on another installment of "The Ultimate Disney Fan Event," the news is really just getting started. I'm still here in Anaheim, getting ready to head back to Chicago on the red eye - and much of what I've seen has yet to be revealed. I did get a rare look backstage in the growing "Hall D23," and alongside all the technical magic, much of the talent involved with the next few years of entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm was on-hand to drop the curtain on a few surprises. So what did all of these actors and filmmakers do while hanging out in the pipe-and-drape "green rooms?" They had fun, and made some videos - many of which are now on Instagram. From Jon Favreau representing THE LION KING, to the voices of the Disney Princesses, the cast of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, MARY POPPINS and a host of AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, take a look at some of what happened backstage...

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Good morning from sunny Anaheim, California! I hit the ground here yesterday, refreshed and now ready to rock the first day of the 2017 D23 Expo and Disneyland Summer of HeroesBe sure to be following my on the socials - particularly on Twitter - for real-time updates from the show floor and panels as news breaks from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Parks and more. There's a lot to come from "The Ultimate Disney Fan Event," and I'll be here for all of it, with news and features rolling out here on the site in the days and weeks ahead (some things I just can't reveal yet). There's also plenty of toys to be seen, so stay tuned for a look at new offerings from Mattel, JAKKS Pacific, Jada Toys, Disney Store and more.

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