D23 Celebrates Tokyo DisneySea’s 20th Anniversary with Virtual Event

D23 is continuing to find brand new ways to entertain Disney fans from around the world. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tokyo DisneySea, D23 is giving its members the opportunity to “Celebrate Tokyo DisneySea with D23 and Walt Disney Imagineering” as their “Magical Milestones” series continues to mark some of the biggest Disney Parks anniversaries. 

This exclusive virtual event will feature a grand gathering of Imagineers who will take guests on a journey spanning everything from the park’s origins and history to beautiful artwork and storytelling. There will also be plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that will let guests watching meet some of the fascinating people who bring our favorite places to life. 

This is the fourth edition in this celebratory series. It will be hosted by Academy Award®–nominated director Leslie Iwerks, who will begin with a special roundtable discussion at the Walt Disney Imagineering Glendale campus. Emily “Emo” O’Brien (Portfolio Executive Producer), Daniel Jue (Portfolio Creative Executive), and Craig Russell (Project Integration Executive) will look back at the park’s origins to explore how the ”ports of call” make up one of the most ambitious and unique theme parks ever created. The discussion will range from the park’s original mission, to how it has been embraced by fans and celebrated multiple expansions, to the phenomenon of Duffy & Friends, while reflecting on the park’s first twenty years and looking to its shining, shimmering future!

After spending some time on the Imagineering campus in Glendale, the series will go across the Pacific to Tokyo where David Hoffman (Executive Creative Development) and some of his team members will take viewers on our virtual tour around the ports of call nestled alongside Tokyo Bay.

Embarking from the original ports of call of Mediterranean Harbor, Lost River Delta, American Waterfront, Mysterious Island, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon, and Port Discovery, viewers will see some of the most iconic attractions and entertainment. Exciting additions to the park, such as Raging Spirits, Tower of TerrorNemo & Friends SeaRider, Toy Story Mania! and Soaring: Fantastic Flight will also be celebrated. This will all culminate with the upcoming expansion of Fantasy Springs, which unfolds the worlds of Disney films such as FrozenTangled, and Peter Pan, coming in 2023.

D23 Members are in for a treat as we get to hear directly from an all-star roster of creative talent from around the world, including:

  • Fabrice Kennel, Executive Production Design
  • Catherine Black, Senior Design Project Manager
  • David Edminster, Executive Production Design
  • Justin Faulconer, Senior Show Manager
  • Roger Gould, Creative Director of Franchise Management and Parks Integration for Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Jackie Hilo, Senior Project Manager
  • David Hoffman, Executive Creative Development
  • Roger Heartsner, Executive Producer, Disney Live Entertainment
  • Zsolt Hormay, Executive Production Design
  • Daniel Jue, Portfolio Creative Executive, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Eric Miller, Principal Production Designer
  • Emily “Emo” O’Brien, Portfolio Executive Producer, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Craig Russell, Project Integration Executive
  • Paul Rivet, Director, Entertainment
  • Mark Schirmer, Executive Creative Producer, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Staci Schofield, Senior Creative Director
  • Owen Yoshino, Senior Creative Director
  • Hazem Zidane, Principal Show Set Designer

In order to view this special presentation, guests should be sure to register on D23.com, where you will be given a unique access code to watch this special panel, which will premiere Thursday, January 27, and remain available until Sunday, February 27, at 11:45 p.m. PT.

Upon registration, you will be sent a confirmation email with online viewing instructions, including your personal link and access code.


  • D23 Gold Members are able to request one (1) complimentary access code per membership to view the event.
  • D23 General Members are able to purchase one (1) access code per membership for $10 (plus $1.50 processing fee) to view the event.
  • All D23 Events are subject to change without notice.
  • Be sure to use one of the recommended browsers below to view the live stream. We encourage you to cast to your TV or computer. 

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