Pick Up the Latest Disney Books and Meet the Authors at the D23 Expo


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The latest D23 Expo update focuses on books…where to get them, how to learn more about them, and how to meet the authors. There will even be several books available at the Expo before you can purchase them anywhere else.


At the Disney Publishing Worldwide booth in Hall B, you can pick up six different new books before they go on sale to the general public:

  • Travels with Figment: On the Road in Search of Disney Dreams (Wide release November 5th)
    • Disney Legend Marty Sklar’s final book is a collection of captivating and untold tales from his storied career. In his 54 years at Disney, Marty traveled the globe—creating Disney magic, committing his adventures to memory, and bringing them together in this fresh volume.
  • The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between (Wide release September 17th)
    • Celebrate the imagination, passion, and attention to detail invested in each Disney costume within this gorgeous coffee table book! Renowned Disney historian Jeff Kurtti and the staff of the Walt Disney Archives present an elegant and adventurous array of dresses, uniforms, and other attire. At each turn, this volume offers a one-of-a-kind backstage view of remarkable works of art, and it inspires a true appreciation for the highly skilled and talented costumers who created them.
  • Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career (Wide release September 10th)
    • After a 40-plus-year storied career—beginning in the dish room at the Plaza Inn in Disneyland—Kevin Rafferty has conceived, designed, written, and overseen the creation of some of the most memorable Disney park attractions. Kevin chronicles his unimaginable career with great humor, honesty, and heart.
  • The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember (Wide release September 3rd)
    • Prepare for an insider tour from Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline! Abundantly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs and artwork from the Studio’s 90-plus years of productions, the deluxe history book celebrates Walt’s dream factory, which has always been and continues to be the heart of The Walt Disney Company.
  • Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks (Wide release September 3rd)
    • Authors Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt have created a treasure trove for artists, students, and Disney collectors. Featuring Disney Legend Marc Davis’s groundbreaking work designing Walt Disney’s theme parks, this magnificent two-volume set includes more than 1,500 rare pieces from the Imagineering archives. Also, for the first time, Marc’s design theories and stories of working with Walt are featured in his own words as recorded during hours of interviews by Merritt.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, Revised Special Edition (Wide release August 27th)

In addition to those exclusive early releases, the Disney Publishing Worldwide booth will also have a number of other literary treasure available, including:

  • The Art and Making of ‘The Lion King’
  • The Art and Making of ‘Dumbo’
  • Practically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders
  • From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card
  • Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World
  • Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century
  • Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation
  • Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms

Younger guests won’t feel left out, as Disney Publishing Worldwide has something for them as well, like these picture books:

  • Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation
  • Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends

Also in Hall B, publisher TASCHEN will be feature some of their gorgeous art books, including:



  • Walt Disney’s Disneyland
  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History

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Many authors will be available to sign books purchased during the Expo. Some will be limited as to the number of guests that will be accommodated and may require a ticket or reservation. Check the D23 Expo app as the Expo gets closer for more details.

Here are some of the authors you can look forward to meeting:

  • August 23rd
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm – Don Hahn (Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century)
    • 12:30pm-1:30pm – Jeff Kurtti (All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card)
    • 1:30pm-3:30pm – David Gerstein and J. B. Kaufman (Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History)
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm – Jeff Kurtti (From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card; The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between; Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World; Practically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders)
    • 5:30pm-6:30pm – Jeff Kurtti and Becky Cline (The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between)

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  • August 24th
    • 10:30-11:30pm – Jeff Kurtti (Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World)
    • 12:30pm-1:30pm – Mindy Johnson and Lorelay Bove (Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation)
    • 1:00pm-2:00pm – Jeff Kurtti (From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card; The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between; Travels with Walt Disney: A Photographic Voyage Around the World; Practically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders)
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm – Don Hahn (Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century)
    • 3:00pm-4:00pm – Leah Sklar and Leslie Sklar (Travels with Figment: On the Road in Search of Disney Dreams)
    • 2:30pm-4:30pm – Chris Nichols (Walt Disney’s Disneyland)
    • 3:00pm-4:00pm – Becky Cline (The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember)

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  • August 25th
    • 10:30am-11:30am – Kevin Rafferty (Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career)
    • 11:00am-5:00pm – Mindy Johnson (Pencils, Pens, & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation; Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation)
    • 12:30pm-1:30pm – Jeff Kurtti (Practically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders)
    • 1:30pm-2:30pm – Pete Docter and Chris Merritt (Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks)
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm – Don Hahn (Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century)

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There are also several book-related panels and presentations scheduled, most of which have been previously announced.

Behind the Art of Disney Costuming

August 23rd, 4:00pm, Stage 28

Go behind-the-scenes with the team that crafted the dazzling new Walt Disney Archives exhibit on the Expo show floor and its accompanying coffee table book: Jeff Kurtti, Becky Cline, Robert Maxhimer, Holly Brobst, and Rick Lorentz.



Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers

August 24th, 6:00pm, Walt Disney Archives Stage

Join Leah and Leslie Sklar and editor Wendy Lefkon in conversation with Imagineers Daniel Jue, Kevin Rafferty, and Bob Weis. Each a colleague and mentee of Disney Legend Marty Sklar, they will recount their journey to publishing Marty’s last book and discuss Marty’s lasting impact on Disney.

Marc Davis In His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks

August 25th, 12:00pm, Stage 28



Authors Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt reveal their magnificent two-volume tribute to the inimitable Marc Davis, a deluxe book set celebrating Marc’s groundbreaking work designing Walt Disney’s theme parks. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Haunted Mansion will be a special focus of this presentation.

Magic Journey: My Fantastical Ride with Imagineer Kevin Rafferty

August 25th, 4:00pm, Walt Disney Archives Stage

Join veteran Imagineer Kevin Rafferty in conversation with his editor, Wendy Lefkon, as he reminisces about his 40-plus-year career from dishwasher at Disneyland to world builder. Kevin explains his path to Imagineering and talks about his new book.

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The D23 Expo will be held August 23rd through 25th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Source: D23: The Official Disney Fan Club


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