Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cool costumes, models and props at Disney's D23 Expo..

If you're a Disney fan then you'll love the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, but if you're a fan of original movie costumes, props and models, you may just love it a little bit more than the others attending.

Disney's D23 Expo
Disney D23 Expo 2011
The three day event which runs from August 19-21 is the second expo following the inaugural convention in 2009, but this time the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit is even bigger and better, double the size of the original expo.
Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl miniature on display
Black Pearl Miniature Pirate ship
In the lower convention halls you be greeted by this spectacular Black Pearl miniature pirate ship from the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies, then upstairs you can enjoy the 12,000-square-foot costume and prop exhibit.
Original movie costumes from Disney's Tron from 1982
Original Tron movie costumes
Probably the highlight for me was this fantastic costumes worn in the original Tron movie, which was displayed incredibly, the lighting really helping to show of the iconic sci-fi outfits.

Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland battle outfits
Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland battle costumes
The Disney exhibit also had several wonderful costumes worn by Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 2010 live-action movie, some of which I'd not had the pleasure to see up close before.

If you're a fan, be sure to check out more of Colleen Atwood's Oscar-winning costume designs from Alice in Wonderland here at Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.

Original costumes from Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3
Pirates of the Caribbean movie costumes
Of course it wouldn't be a Disney event without some costumes from their successful Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, and the expo not only had costumes and props from the latest film, On Stranger Tides, but also a wonderful display from Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.

Cruella De Vil's office set from 101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians movie set
To mark the 50th anniversary of the animated classic, 101 Dalmatians, they also recreated Cruella de Vil's office from the 1996 live-action movie version, which stood alongside two of the spectacular costumes that Glenn Close wore as the iconic villain in the movie and its sequel.

Original costumes from LOST on display
LOST pilot episode TV costumes
TV fans weren't disappointed either, as they had really impressive display of costumes and props from the pilot episode of the phenomenally successful television series LOST, plus the Dharma Initiative van. In addition you could exclusively see actual costumes from the late 50's TV version of Zorro.

Guy Williams Zorro TV costume
Guy Williams Zorro TV costume
There was so much nostalgic movie memorabilia that it brought back many long forgotten and cherished memories, from films like The Rocketeer and even Hocus Pocus.
The Rocketeer movie costume exhibit
Rocketeer movie costume display
Be sure to stay tuned in the coming days for even more detailed photos of costumes, props, vehicles and models photographed on display at Disney's D23 Expo on August 19, 2011 including:

Original Hocus Pocus witch costumes
Hocus Pocus witch movie costumes
I thoroughly enjoyed the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and thought it was filled with loads of great movie magic and beautifully presented.

If you were fortunate enough to go to Disney's D23 Expo, let me know what your favourite costume or prop was.

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