D23 has started releasing panel information for the Walt Disney Archives Stage! Below is a list of panels by date and time. Please feel free to bookmark this article as we will be adding more Walt Disney Archives Stage panel information as it is announced!
“The popular Walt Disney Archives Stage returns, hosting 16 panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Disney notables, such as Disney Legend Bill Farmer, author J.B. Kaufman, designers Kevin Kidney& Jody Daily, Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, Walt Disney Imagineering president Bob Weis, and Imagineers Daniel Jue and Kevin Rafferty, plus many more, will offer peeks “behind the magic” throughout the weekend. Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, from holiday magic in the Disney Parks and secrets of Walt Disney’s Fun and Fancy Free to a celebration of 50 years of Haunted Mansion collectibles and a preview of the final book by Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar with his friends and family.”
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24
- 6 p.m., – Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers—Celebrate the legacy of Disney Legend Marty Sklar as his colleagues, mentees, and family recount the journey of publishing his last book and discuss his lasting impact on The Walt Disney Company.
Sunday, August 25
- 12:00 PM – Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy – Discover what it’s like to hold Disney history in your hands! The talented team at Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) preserves millions of pieces of original Disney Animation art from Steamboat Willie to the films of today. You’ll learn how the ARL shares these hidden gems, inspiring artists and audiences alike.
- 4 p.m., – Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career with Kevin Rafferty—Join veteran Imagineer Kevin Rafferty as he reminisces about a career spanning 40-plus years, from a dishwasher at Disneyland to builder of immersive worlds. Kevin explains his path to Imagineering and talks about his new book.