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Disney announces concerts and exhibitions for 2023 centenary at lavish Disney100 Debut event

Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Minnie perform at Disney100

Disney has announced a series of special events coming to the UK and Europe, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration in 2023, dubbed Disney100.

Disney fans can look forward to exclusive concerts and immersive experiences, while visitors to Disneyland Paris can also expect Disney100 to feature after October 16 (the day Walt and brother Roy first uncorked their Disney magic), on top of the theme park’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. 

The reveals took place at a lavish Disney100 Debut event in Banking Hall, London, hosted by Emma Willis. The party was peppered with live performances from Disneyland Paris and The Lion King cast. Classic Disney characters, as well as familiar figures from Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel Studios put in appearances.  

The event also previewed key upcoming Disney movie releases for 2023. There was an exclusive screening of the entire ‘Part of your World’ musical sequence from the new Rob Marshall directed live action version of The Little Mermaid, featuring Ariel (Halle Bailey), and a Work in Progress preview of the Pixar animation Elemental, directed by Peter Sohn.

There was an exclusive screening of the ‘Part of your World’ musical sequence from the live action version of The Little Mermaid…

Performers at Disney100 Debut London
The Incredibles at Disney100 Debut

Disney100: The Concert will see the Hollywood Sound Orchestra play music from  Beauty & the Beast, Mary Poppins and Encanto, as well as Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel, at venues across Europe.  

The show will feature iconic movie moments accompanied by live performances from solo artists and the orchestra.  

Running 31 May to 8 June in the UK, the concert series will take in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth.

Emma Willis at Disney100 Debut London
The Lion King cast perform Circle of Life at Disney100 Debut London

The European leg of the arena tour begins in Kiel, Germany, on April 13, before taking in 16 other venues over three weeks across Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The concert series includes Europe’s biggest show venue, the La Défense Arena in Paris, on November 11 and 12.

Disney enthusiasts will also be able to visit Disney100: The Exhibition. The House of Mouse says it will open its vault to showcase hundreds of rarely seen original artworks, artefacts, costumes, props and memorabilia.  

The Disney100: The Exhibition European premiere will take place in Munich on April 18 2023. The Exhibition will come to the ExCeL in London, autumn 2023. 

Also opening in 2023 is Wonder of Friendship The Experience, described as an immersive multi-sensory experience. The London based exhibit will feature Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King and other studio staples.

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