In the film, Vanellope stumbles across the princess party and, after an initially tense confrontation, the characters bond over the shared misconception that they are all looking for a man to save them.
Vanellope also teaches the women about the joys of dressing comfortably. "Vanellope inspires them to wear comfortable clothes like men do, that they can run and be actual humans in," Silverman said. "It's really cool."
The onstage moment at D23 turned out to be equally monumental — particularly for Silverman, who never quite realized what a massive sisterhood Vanellope belongs to.
Silverman said the gathering helped her wrap her mind around how much behind-the-scenes progress has been made over the last 30 years.
"When we all stood there for that moment," Silverman said, "I got a little choked up."
Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.