Planning a trip to the D23 Expo in 2022? This is THE event to go to if you are a Disney fan, and a once in a lifetime experience! We have everything you need to know before going to the D23 Expo including the Dates, Full Schedule of all the Panels, Ticket Information and What to Do, plus all the Announcements and News from the event!
Disney has just announced they are postponing the next D23 Expo until 2022 instead of 2021.
Join us as we share everything you need to know about the D23 Expo including how to plan for the trip, how to get to see everything you want and lots of other great tips you’ll find useful.
Before we get into all the details of this year’s D23 Expo, I’ll be putting some important links below that will help guide you through and give you some of the most important information.
- D23 Expo Official Announcements Page – All the News and Announcements from the Expo!
- Top Rumors Before the 2019 D23 Expo
- D23 Expo First Timer Tips and Tricks – Everything you need to know BEFORE going to the D23 Expo.
- Star Wars at D23 Expo
- Marvel and Phase 4 at the D23 Expo
- Tour of the D23 Expo Show Floor
If you want the Schedule of Events and Presentations keep scrolling down…
(NEWS 9/28/20) – Next D23 Expo Postponed Until 2022
2020 has been a year full of events being pushed off to later dates, and now the D23 Expo is the latest to do so. Disney has just announced that it is postponing the next D23 Expo from 2021 into 2022.
The 2022 D23 Expo will be at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, and it will take place from September 9-11, 2022.
The D23 Expo in 2022 will be extra special because Disney is going to give guests a first-look at the incredible plans for the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company!
Honestly the decision to move the next D23 Expo from 2021 to 2022 makes sense. While it may be possible to do an event of this size in late 2021, Disney doesn’t want to risk it and has decided it’s just better to be safe and wait until 2022. When you put as much time and effort into it as they do, you want to be sure the event will be happening.
We’ll be updating this post soon when we have more info on the 2022 D23 Expo, in the meantime, you can scroll down to see general info on the event and details from the last one.
What is the D23 Expo?
If you haven’t been to the D23 Expo yet you are in for a real treat as it’s my favorite event Disney puts on hands down and truly something special you have to experience for yourself.
The D23 Expo is a convention that Disney puts on once every two years to celebrate the past, present and future of the Walt Disney Company. You get a behind the scenes look at Disney including all of the company’s divisions: TV, Movies, Animation, Disney+, Parks, and so much more.
There are presentations, panels, a huge showroom floor, meet and greets with your favorite Disney celebrities to keep you busy all 3 days. But probably the coolest part is you get to see amazing artifacts from the company’s history and a glimpse into future films, attractions and projects Disney is currently working on.
Basically if you are a Disney super-fan, this is your place and these are your people!
What is D23?
D23 is the name of the official Disney fan club which was started on March 10, 2009. D23 was the first Disney fan club of its kind and the only official fan club recognized by the Walt Disney Company.
If you are looking for more Disney in your life then D23 is just the fix you need. It throws Disney events all year round, gives members access to VIP experiences and events, discounts on D23 Expo, exclusive stories, annual gifts, discounts on merchandise, special offers, and more!
What Does D23 Stand for?
It’s really a very simple meaning. The D stands for Disney and the 23 stands for the year Walt Disney came to California to start his career, 1923. D23 does a good job of paying homage to the man Walt Disney and it does so often.
What are the Dates for the 2022 D23 Expo?
The next D23 Expo is September 9-11, 2022 in Anaheim California, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event is always held on Friday – Sunday so you have 3 full days of Disney fun to experience.
Is the D23 Expo Every Year?
While that would definitely be awesome, the D23 Expo is not held every year, but once every two years. The last D23 Expo was in 2019 and the current expo will be in 2022.
This will be the 7th D23 Expo so far, and it’s always been held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The first D23 Expo was in 2009, then 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and now 2022.
You may have noticed there is a three year gap between 2019 and 2022 instead of the normal 2 years. That’s because of the current health crisis which has made it difficult to organize large events like the expo.
Disney wasn’t sure the D23 Expo would be possible by 2021, so they postponed it until 2022 to be safe.
Could the D23 Expo Come to Disney World?
Since the very first D23 Expo, the convention has been held in Anaheim, and it most likely will stay that way for the near future. The Anaheim convention center is located perfectly next door to Disneyland, putting it right in their back yard.
The Orlando convention center is too far from Disney World, and plus you have company headquarters in California making it easy for execs and the Hollywood talent the expo attracts. Don’t expect it to move away from Anaheim anytime soon.
The D23 Expo unfortunately is not free and you’re going to need a ticket to get in. We’re going to break down all your options for tickets including prices and when to get them.
How much are tickets for D23 Expo?
The cost of tickets for D23 depends on what type of ticket you buy and when you buy it. Although you don’t have to be a D23 member to buy tickets to the D23 Expo, there are discounts for club members you’ll want to take advantage of.
This year you can get single-day or multi-day tickets, with a $10 discount going to D23 Gold Members off the price of admission. Also every year there are regular prices and early-bird prices where if you book your tickets before a certain date, you get an even deeper discount. Last time the early bird special was from August 23 – November 20, 2018.
Single-Day tickets are the same price for every day. 3-Day tickets will get you admission to all 3 days of the expo ad a much cheaper price. This is definitely worth the price if you are going all 3 days.
(Prices have not been announced for the 2022 D23 Expo yet. Here are the 2019 D23 Expo prices):
D23 Gold Member Regular Prices:
- Single-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $79 (Sold Out)
- Single-Day Ticket Child Regular – $59 (Sold Out)
- 3-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $219 (Sold Out)
- 3-Day Ticket Child Regular – $164 (Sold Out)
D23 Gold Member Early-Bird Prices (before November 20, 2018):
- Single-Day Ticket Adult Early Bird – $67 (Sold Out)
- Single-Day Ticket Child Early Bird – $49 (Sold Out)
- 3-Day Ticket Adult Early Bird – $177 (Sold Out)
- 3-Day Ticket Child Early Bird – $125 (Sold Out)
Non-D23 Gold Member Regular Prices:
- Single-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $89 (Sold Out)
- Single-Day Ticket Child Regular – $69 (Sold Out)
- 3-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $249 (Sold Out)
- 3-Day Ticket Child Regular – $185 (Sold Out)
D23 Gold Member Family Tickets:
Not only can the D23 Gold member get their tickets to the expo at a discounted rate, but they can also buy discounted tickets for up to 3 additional family members per day.
Gold members may purchase up to 12 tickets for the expo (for themselves, plus family and friends). Just keep in mind that the Gold member has to be going to the D23 Expo. Members cannot buy tickets for others without going to the event themselves.
Are D23 Expo Tickets Refundable?
No they are not. There are strictly no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.
Also keep in mind that members and guests who have purchased tickets but do not attend D23 Expo 2019 forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event.
Do D23 tickets sell out?
Tickets to the D23 Expo often sell out well before the start of the Expo. Saturday is usually the first day to sell out because of the popularity of the panels that day. Right now both Friday and Saturday Single-Day tickets as well as 3-Day tickets are sold out.
As of writing there are still some Sunday tickets remaining.
TIP: Make sure to get your tickets to the D23 Expo as early as you can to take advantage of the discounted prices and to make sure you get a ticket to the event before it sells out.
How Will I Get My Tickets?
After purchasing tickets to the D23 Expo you can choose to 1. have your tickets mailed to you or 2. pick them up at will call.
This year tickets will be mailed well before September 9, 2022. You then can activate your badges once you get them (more on that in a minute.
If you choose to get your tickets at Will Call you can pick them up before the event. The Will Call dates have not been annoounced yet.
How to Register Badges
Last time was a bit different as Disney decided to replace standard tickets with guest badges. There are a lot of new benefits from these badges but first, you need to register yours to take advantage of them.
Activating your badge allows you to:
- Secure advance reservations for shows and stores starting Friday, August 16 (more info to follow)
- Participate in opportunities presented by Disney and Friends of Disney
- Receive photos taken at select D23 Expo experiences
- Redeem your Gold Member Expo gift (D23 Gold and Gold Family Members Only)
It’s important to not that it’s not necessary to activate your D23 Expo badge in order to attend the event, however the event will be enhanced if you do. You also don’t need to active badges for any guests under the age of 14. They just need to be accompanied by an adult with a registered badge and they’ll be able to participate in all the events.
Now that you know why you should, let’s go ahead and activate your badge. Just follow three simple steps:
- Step one: Visit D23Expo.com/Activate
- Step two: Enter your badge number and press SUBMIT
- Step three: Enter your first name, last name, and valid email address and press SUBMIT
Once your badge is activated you will receive an activation confirmation email from email@example.com. Make sure the email doesn’t go into your spam folder. That’s it, your badge is now activated and you’re ready to go!
Here is a video from Disney explaining some tips you need to know about your badges.
Gold Membership Benefits at D23 Expo
Besides of course the discounted ticket to the expo itself, there are many other benefits to being a D23 member at the expo. You will need your D23 Gold Member Card to access these extras.
Discounts on Merchandise
Everywhere you look on the show floor D23 Members have discounts and exclusive offers on select merchandise. Just look for the “Gold Member Offer Spot” sign as you explore the convention, and shop till you drop.
Gold Member Lounge
Located on the Expo show floor there is an exclusive member lounge exclusively for D23 Gold Members. Refreshments are served and this is a great place to relax and rest between panels. There are also charging stations to literally re-charge your batteries. Plus look out for the fun games and a chance to win some prizes while you’re there.
All D23 Gold Members at Expo will receive an exclusive collectible print, created by Disney artist Eric Tan. A great souvenir to take home with you. Just go to the D23 Gold Member Gift Pick-Up in North Hall, and show your Gold Member card to claim your gift.
D23 Gold Member Priority Queuing
One of the best perks of being a D23 Gold Member is enjoying priority queuing at the expo and cutting the lines.
For select expo sessions in Hall D23 and the D23 Expo Arena, priority queuing will be available allowing members to have first access to the presentations. Gold members can bring 1 Expo Guest and D23 Gold Family Members can bring up to 3 guests. You’ll need to show your D23 Gold Member card to enter the queue and all your family members must be present at time of entry.
Don’t think that means you can just come strolling up at the last minute and get a seat to the panels. The priority queues close 1 hour before the scheduled start time at Hall D23 and 30 minutes before at the D23 Expo Arena, or once capacity is reached for the queue. This happens quite often and Gold Members are then directed to the stand-by queues if there is still space.
We’ve found that while the priority queues are an amazing feature, you still have to get there ridiculously early anyways for the most popular presentations (Disney Legends, Walt Disney Studios and Parks and Resorts). Where this comes in handy the most are the panels with medium popularity.
TIP: If you are trying to get into the “Walt Disney Studios” Presentation, be prepared to get there at a minimum of 4am to get into the room, if not earlier. Many people camp out over night so if you really want to experience that room plan on making a night of it.
Here’s a video from Disney further explaining the benefits of a Gold Membership at the expo:
Discounted Disneyland Tickets
Lastly, it’s great having the D23 Expo right next to Disneyland because that means you can extend your stay and also get to visit the happiest place on Earth while you’re there. Luckily, guests going to the D23 Expo also get a chance to purchase discounted tickets to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.
Just go to the email with your D23 Expo tickets purchase receipt in it and click on the following link which will take you to the discounted Disneyland tickets page:
These discounted tickets must be purchased in advance of your arrival at the D23 Expo. The purchasing period has not yet been announced. These are a great deal so get them if you’ll be visiting Disneyland.
- There is a 6 ticket maximum per order for this offer and a limit of 2 orders per D23 attendee.
- Tickets are valid for use during dates around the D23 Expo only.
It’s also important to note that the purchaser of these tickets must be the one using them (aka, the D23 Expo-goer). Disney doesn’t want you buying discounted tickets and then re-selling them to strangers. They can also contact the ticket purchaser to make sure they are the event goer.
If Disney finds out that the tickets were being re-sold, it will be considered a misuse of this offer and the tickets will be blocked without a refund. So only buy them for yourself and friends and make sure you are actually going.
Here are your Disneyland discounted ticket rates for the D23 Expo (last Expo’s prices):
- 1 day, 1 park – $140 adult, $132 child
- 1 day, Park Hopper option – $185 adult, $177 child
- 2 day, 1 park – $210 adult, $195 child
- 2 day, Park Hopper option – $255 adult, $240 child
- 3 day, 1 park – $255 adult, $240 child
- 3 day, Park Hopper option – $295 adult, $280 child
- 4 day, 1 park – $280 adult, $265 child
- 4 day, Park Hopper option – $325 adult, $310 child
- 5 day, 1 park – $300 adult, $290 child
- 5 day, Park Hopper option – $340 adult, $325 child
- Twilight Tickets – $93 for 1 Day. These tickets get you entrance to Disneyland at 4pm or 4 hours before park closing, whichever is earlier.
2022 Panel and Presentation Schedule:
There is so much to see and do at the D23 Expo, but certainly one of the highlights are all the various Disney-based presentations and panels that are available throughout the weekend. Disney executives, experts, celebrities and imagineers take the stage to break down some of your favorite Disney shows, films and park attractions.
Hall D23 is the biggest stage at the D23 Expo and is where the company’s biggest and most important announcements and presentations take place. Panels are also done in the D23 Expo Arena, Stage 28 and the Walt Disney Archives Stage too.
Look through the list and decide which panels interest you the most and then plan your day around going to them.
The 2022 D23 Expo schedule has not been announced yet, but here is the full list from the last D23 Expo:
- 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
This is the Disney Hall of Fame, and every year a new class of Disney Legends are honored and inducted. This is one of the highlights of the weekend because you can see Disney’s brightest stars celebrated and recognized as the highest honor in the company. Bob Iger will host this year’s ceremony as the 289 existing Disney legends are joined this year by 12 new legends to be inducted, including: Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer, all being honored for their remarkable contributions to the Disney legacy.
- 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Disney+ Showcase
Get a first look at Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Here guests will get to see Disney+ up and running and a sneak peek at new original content like: Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more during this star-studded presentation.
D23 Expo Arena:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Dancing with the Stars and Disney
Join Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee and Tom Bergeron as they give you a behind the scenes look at ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Also participating are show judge Carrie Ann Inaba, Mirrorball champions Rashad Jennings and Jordan Fisher, and Dancing with the Stars executive producer Andrew Llinares. Stay tuned for a sneak peek of what’s coming on Dancing with the Stars when it starts back up this Fall.
- 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: The Music and Sounds of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
Sound design is an instrumental layer of storytelling found throughout every Disney park, resort, and cruise ship, and non of them is possibly done as well as in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Join Imagineering Music Studio lead Matt Walker to learn how the creative process works to create new music and work in John Williams epic scores into the land.
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
If you love ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then this one is for you. Hear and see from the show’s stars and executive producers as they come together to honor the last 6 seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and give a sneak peek of what’s to come in the show’s 7th and final season. Executive producer and head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, will host the presentation with cast members Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Jeff Ward as well as executive producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeff Bell.
- 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Disney+ Screening – High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Sneak Peek and Panel
A brand new High School Musical is coming to Disney+ and you’ll get a first look at the new series complete with its cast on stage.
- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Mousequarade – Presented by Raw Threads
Mousequerade is the popular competition that let’s guests create their own Disney-inspired designs. The contest is hosted by Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Yvette Nicole Brown (Disney’s upcoming live-action Lady and the Tramp), Jennifer Leonard (owner and designer of Raw Threads), and Disney’s Jim Babcock as they judge dozens of finalists competing for the $2,300 Best in Show Prize!
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode II First Look
Disney has been doing a lot with VR lately and this new experience let’s you step into the role of a Force-sensitive smuggler recruited by Darth Vader himself. Join Director Ben Snow, Senior Experience Designer Jose Perez III, and Lucasfilm Story Group Creative Executive Matt Martin as they discuss the upcoming second episode and give an exclusive sneak peek.
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Behind the Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between
While there is a similar exhibit on the show floor all weekend, this panel hosted by Jeff Kurtti, Becky Cline, Robert Maxhimer, Holly Brobst, and Rick Lorentz will go behind-the-scenes with the team that designed the exhibit.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere
Marvel’s Animation panel is going to bring some big announcements special guests and sneak peeks of Marvel’s Spider-Man, the world premiere of the new Marvel Rising special Battle of the Bands! and more…
Walt Disney Archives Stage:
- 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Great Moments with Walt Disney
Any big fan of Walt Disney the man won’t want to miss this panel. Join Randy Thornton, Disney Music Group’s Supervising Producer and Music Historian as “Great Moments with Walt Disney” is presented. Listen to audio recordings of Walt Disney himself as he reminisces about creating the first cartoon with synchronized sound, creating Disney’s first hit song, and meeting Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: At Work with Walt: James Algar’s 43 Years with Bambi, Lions and Mr. Lincoln
- 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Making Walls Talk: Disney Historical Sites and Museums in Conversation
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: In Conversation: Disney Legend Bill Farmer
This lively Q&A session will be hosted by Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Amanda Leighton, Justin Felbinger, series creator/executive producer Matt Braly as well as cast members from Big City Greens, Marieve Herington, Bob Joles, creator/executive producer Chris Houghton and creator/executive producer Shane Houghton. Plus there’s a special appearance by the one-and-only Kermit the Frog
- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: In Search of the Swiss Family Treehouse with Kevin and Jody
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios
The Walt Disney Studios
This is the biggest panel of the entire weekend and it’s where Disney presents a behind the scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films. Hosted by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter, fans will get a first look at all the upcoming films including: Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and other exciting Live-Action movies.
There are sure to be plenty of big announcements, celebrity appearances and many surprises in store for this one. You won’t want to miss this!
- 3:30 am – 5:00 pm: Disney on Broadway in Concert: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
Disney on Broadway is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this 75-minute concert. It will be hosted by Tony® Award-nominee Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast) and feature Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday, The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, On the Record), Kissy Simmons (The Lion King), Josh Strickland (Tarzan®), and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King).
A six-piece band led by Jim Abbott, will play for performers and feature songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan®, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Aladdin, Freaky Friday, and Frozen.
D23 Expo Arena:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: THE SIMPSONS!
The Simpsons make their debut at D23 this year with a panel talking about the new upcoming season. Join Creator Matt Groening, Executive Producer Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman, Supervising Director Mike B. Anderson, and stars Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith with lots of surprises from the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history.
Don’t forget to visit the Simpsons’ exhibit on the show floor to get up close with Bart, Lisa, and the rest of The Simpsons family, plus meet and greets and autograph sessions and an exclusive The Simpsons mini-poster.
- 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years
A look back at the last 50 years of the Haunted Mansion attraction.
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: ABC’s black-ish Welcomes mixed-use to the Family
The stars of ABC’s black-ish, Freeform’s grown-ish, and ABC’s newest spinoff mixed-ish come together as they expand the “dish” universe. On-stage will be: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, and Tika Sumpter and more.
- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: The Musical Journey of Disney’s Aladdin
The music and songs from both Disney’s animated version of Aladdin and the new live-action Aladdin are one of the reasons we love them so much. Join Scott Weinger (“Aladdin”) and Linda Larkin (“Jasmine”) as they take a look through your favorite Aladdin songs on stage and the big screen.
Expect may other surprises including special guests Brad Kane (“Aladdin” singing voice), Deedee Magno Hall (“Jasmine” in Disney’sAladdin—A Musical Spectacular), Jamal Sims (Choreographer, Aladdin live action), Clinton Greenspan (“Aladdin” on the North American tour), Lillias White (Hercules), and Norm Lewis (Scandal, The Little Mermaid on Broadway).
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: WOMEN OF IMPACT: Meet the Nat Geo Explorers Changing the World
Get up close with the WOMEN OF IMPACT as they go face-to-face with lions, tigers, and bears, pilot submarines and even breakdance. You’ll learn what it takes to be a game-changing explorer!
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Disney Channel’s Amphibia and Big City Greens are Joined by Kermit the Frog!
- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Secret Walt Disney Company Project (Will be announced August 22)
This is one of the most anticipated panels of the week as Disney will be sharing details about a new secret company project they are working on. Speculation is all over the place to what it might be with some hoping for a 5th theme park in Walt Disney World. Only time will tell…
- 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Immersive Worlds: Bringing Films to Life in Disney Parks
One of the best parts about a Disney theme park are its beautiful and immersive lands. Join Imagineers Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge to learn about how these worlds are dreamt up and about the process of bringing them to life in the parks.
- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary
It’s amazing that Marvel Comics has been around for 80 years and on this panel you’l join Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort as they take you through the amazing, incredible, and uncanny history of Marvel Comics! Find out your inspiration behind your favorite characters from Captain America to Captain Marvel were created and see how they have inspired fans all over the world.
Walt Disney Archives Stage:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Digging Deeper: Uncovering Disney’s Hidden History
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Making Holiday Magic at Disney Parks
- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Secrets of Walt Disney’s Fun and Fancy Free
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Ken Anderson’s Haunted Mansion ’57 A Year of Horror, Humor and…Voodoo?
- 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Collecting the Creepy: 50 Years of Haunted Mansion Merchandise
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineer
Disney Legend Marty Sklar was always a staple at the D23 Expo and this panel will celebrate his legacy with his colleagues, mentees, and family as they discuss his last book and the lasting impact on The Walt Disney Company. Join Leah and Leslie Sklar and editor Wendy Lefkon in conversation with Imagineers Daniel Jue, Kevin Rafferty, and Bob Weis as they take you on this journey.
- 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products
If you are a Disney theme parks fan then this is the most exciting panel of the week. Chairman Bob Chapek hosts the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products as they bring you to Disney Parks all around the world and share news about the newest attractions, experiences and resorts that Disney is working on. Of particular interest will be the transformation of EPCOT in Walt Disney World. Don’t miss this!
- 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Disney Character Voices, Inc.: The 30th Anniversary Celebration
Part of the magic in the Disney animated characters are their voices which have marveled fans for decades. Join Rick Dempsey, SVP of Character Voices, and many other beloved Disney voices through the years, including Tony Anselmo (“Donald”), Jodi Benson (“Ariel”), Bill Farmer (“Goofy” and “Pluto”), Bret Iwan (“Mickey Mouse”), and Linda Larkin (“Jasmine”), with additional special guests as they step out from behind the microphone to celebrate this joyous anniversary through stories and amazing voices!
D23 Expo Arena:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration!
Can you believe that it’s been 30 years since The Little Mermaid was released? Now join the voice of Ariel herself, Jodi Benson as one of the greatest animated films of all-time is celebrated.
- 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Power Up Your Brain with Keegan-Michael Key
National Geographic’s wildly popular series Brain Games is back with a new reboot: Power Up Your Brain With Keegan-Michael Key. Join host Keegan-Michael Key (Toy Story 4, The Lion King) and top-class mentalist Lior Suchard and play some fun, mind-bending, interactive challenges together in this truly mind-blowing experience.
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The Art of Disney Storytelling
Join Disney Legends Tony Baxter and Floyd Norman, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Paul Briggs (head of story, Frozen and Big Hero 6), and legendary producer Don Hahn—as they discuss Walt Disney’s impact on their careers and the entertainment industry and how to spark creativity today.
- 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Two Worlds, One Family: The Making of Tarzan
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney Animation Studios classic Tarzan with directors Chris Buck (Frozen 2) and Kevin Lima (Enchanted); animators Bruce W. Smith, Ken Duncan, and Disney Legend Glen Keane; and producer Bonnie Arnold, as well as a very special performance by Matthew Morrison (Glee) from his forthcoming Walt Disney Records album.
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Heroines of the Disney Galaxies – Presented by BoxLunch
Celebrate some of the most inspiring and empowered heroines from the worlds of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm with Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, creator of Her Universe), Sana Amanat (VP of Content & Character Development, Marvel), Ally Maki(Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Toy Story 4), and Christy Carlson Romano (Kim Possible, Even Stevens, Big Hero 6: The Series).
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Park
Join Pete Docter and Christopher Merritt as they show their wonderful two-volume tribute to the artwork and career of Disney Legend Marc Davis.
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Hear about the roles and meet some of the talented women from across Disney Parks, Experiences and Products responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. Find out how their experiences were important in shaping the backstories of the land and its inhabitants, as well as the themed merchandise, galactic fare, and the interactive elements found throughout Black Spire Outpost.
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit
Get a first look at one of the new experimental short film program coming to Disney+ in 2020 Short Circuit, and join the talented artists and filmmakers as they share their films for the first time anywhere and give behind-the-scenes insights.
Walt Disney Archives Stage:
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Sounds Delightful
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library: Preserving and Inspiring the Disney Legacy
The Walt Disney Animation Research Library has so much to offer and now you can find out what it’s like to hold Disney history right in your own hands. Join the talented team at Walt Disney Animation Research Library (ARL) and see how they’ve preserved millions of pieces of original Disney Animation art from Steamboat Willie to the films of today. You’ll learn how the ARL shares these hidden gems, inspiring artists and audiences alike.
- 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: 50 Years of the Walt Disney Archives: A Gold Mine of Fun Finds
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Magic Journey: Take a Fantastical Ride with Imagineer Kevin Rafferty
Veteran Imagineer Kevin Rafferty tells you about his 40-year career with the Walt Disney Company and how he went from a dishwasher at Disneyland to builder of immersive worlds, as well explains his path to Imagineering and talking about his new book.
- 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Disneyland ’59: Matterhorn, the Monorail, and Submarine Voyage
How to Get Into Into the Presentations You Want
How do I get into the panels I want to see? We all want to be in the room into those hard-to-get presentations like “Walt Disney Studios” or “Disney+” but doing so is easier said than done. Luckily this year you have a few more options than normal…
Get Up Super Early
Let’s just say if you haven’t spent the night in queue before, then you haven’t really experienced the D23 Expo. Camping out overnight in line is a rite-of-passage for expo-goers and one of the only ways to really guarantee yourself a seat for the most popular panels like the Walt Disney Studios panel.
Seats are never reserved and always on a first-come first-serve basis so if you get there before the others you’ll get in. On Thursday and Friday night at 10 pm the queue starts to form, so you can get in line at that time or after. Friday is the best day for shopping so people line up Thursday for that and Friday night they get in line for the Walt Disney Studios presentation on Saturday morning.
You don’t have to spend the night, but I would recommend getting in line NO LATER than 4:00 am if you want a good chance of getting in. I say a good chance because the Studios presentation line was already filled up by shortly after 4:00 am last year and things could be even crazier this year.
Smaller panels of course are less crowded but again, you can never get there too early, always er on the side of caution.
Also don’t think you can get into one presentation and then stay for the next, each room is cleared out after every presentation and if you want to get into the next panel in that same room, you’ll have to get back in line.
New for the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney has created Advanced Reservations which allow you to book reservations in advance for you and another D23 Expo guest to presentations, experiences, shopping and more. This will be a huge time saver and help you avoid wasting half of your day just sitting in lines.
Advanced reservations are complimentary and can be made online before attending the D23 Expo for StorePass, StagePass and Talent Central locations.
StorePass gives you access to shop at one of the following stores at the D23 Expo without waiting in line: Disney Dream Store, Disney Store, or Mickey’s of Glendale. You receive a reservation time and can skip the sometimes 2-3 hour waits these stores have. One StorePass is allowed per guest, per day. Please arrive at the store you have booked no later than 5 minutes prior to your reservation time.
StagePass gives you a reservation for a guaranteed seat to panels in Hall D23, the D23 Expo Arena, Stage 28, and the Walt Disney Archives Stage. There are no seating selections with StagePass, it’s first-come first-serve. Each guest can book up to 2 StagePasses per day, but only one at each stage. Please arrive at least 1 hour before the presentation start in the Hall D23 stage and 30 minutes prior to panels in D23 Expo Arena, Stage 28, and the Walt Disney Archives Stage.
TalentPass gives you reservations for talent photos, signings, and other experiences at the D23 Expo. You are allowed to book 3 TalentPasses per day. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your reservation.
Booking for Advanced Reservations will start on August 16 and more information is coming in the coming days . Keep on the lookout for an upcoming email with directions.
Have a Backup Plan
Even though you probably have some panels you would really like to see throughout the weekend, popularity for those panels or time restrictions will most likely come in the way and you won’t be able to see all the ones you want.
So what happens when you can’t get into that one you really had your heart set on? It’s important to have a backup plan. Make sure that you have a second, and a third option in that case and you’ll still have a great time.
What’s New in 2022?
Every D23 Expo is different from the last and at the next one there will be so many great new experiences, panels, shopping experiences, celebrity meet and greets and more to see and do.
Expect some big announcements and sneak peeks on various projects Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and more are working on.
The Walt Disney Company 100th Anniversary Celebration
The first announcement Disney has made for the 2022 D23 Expo is that they will be revealing information about the big 100th Anniversary Celebration of The Walt Disney Company. We can’t wait to here what they have in store!
Here’s a rundown of what was new at the last Expo:
This is the crown jewel of the last D23 Expo and a project that Disney is hoping will take them into the next phase of the company. We’re going to learn a lot about Disney+ and you’ll see it everywhere you go. Fans will get an exclusive preview of the new Disney+ streaming service along with some of its new original films and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.
We know that the normal pricing for Disney Plus is going to be a reasonable $6.99 a month or $69.99 annually. If you want to get the Disney Plus, ESPN and Hulu bundle it costs $13.99 a month.
Disney+ has also announced a special pricing offer it’s giving to D23 Expo attendees and D23 members.
D23 Expo Offer:
- Expo attendees and all D23 Members can get a 33% discount on the annual plan with a three-year commitment. That means you can enjoy Disney+ for the first 3 years for $46 per year.
- If you sign up at the D23 Expo you will receive a Founders Circle pin
- This offer is good through Sept 2 to D23 Members.
Disney+ Panel in Hall D23 (Friday August 23 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm)
Get a first look at how Disney+ works and watch never before seen content coming to Disney+ later this Fall including Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more.
If you don’t make the panel on Friday that’s ok. Stop by the Disney+ Pavilion on the Expo show floor, to see live demonstrations of the live Disney+ app as experienced across mobile and connected TV devices, and get a look at the amazing collection of entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.
Guests will also see costumes and props from Disney+ Originals and will have the opportunity to subscribe to the service with a special offer available exclusively to Expo attendees and D23 Members.
The Hulu Pavilion will be home to more than 20 iconic costumes and artifacts, including the famous red robe worn by Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale, paintings featured in season one of Castle Rock,and George Clooney’s Catch-22 costume. Visitors will also get a closer look at show props from upcoming Hulu Originals like Little Fires Everywhere and select shows found in Hulu’s streaming library, such as The Good Doctor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Goldbergs.
Disney+ Pavilion Stage Programming
Want to know more about Disney+? The Disney+ Pavilion Stage will host three full days of panels, showing all the original content coming to the service, classic movies and shows as well as special ESPN+ panel programming.
Since being bought by Disney in 2009, Disney has become a staple of the D23 Expo and absolutely one of the convention’s biggest draws. Fans will learn about upcoming Marvel films, series, animation projects, comic and so much more. Here is what is planned for Marvel at the 2019 D23 Expo:
Marvel Studios Pavilion
Right down on the show floor you’ll find the Marvel Studios Pavilion with an array of interactive experience such as: a D23 Expo-exclusive video experience where fans can step inside the action of Avengers: Endgame and a tour of the costume gallery to see costumes worn by characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There also will be special panel conversations with filmmakers and artists, and you never know which of your favorite Marvel talents will come by the pavilion for an autograph signing. Plus test you encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with daily trivia games for prizes.
Disney Parks’ “Imagining Tomorrow, Today”
If you haven’t heard, Disney is working on 3 fully immersive, Marvel-themed lands coming to Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong. Step into this pavilion for a sneak peek at what Marvel is working on.
The weekend is also filled with exciting Marvel film, television, animation, and comic book panels and stage events you can’t miss:
How to Draw the Marvel Way
Friday, August 23, 3:30 p.m. PT, and Saturday, August 24, 3 p.m. PT, Center Stage
Learn step by step how to draw your favorite Marvel characters from Brian Crosby, Creative Director of Themed Entertainment for Marvel.
Marvel Animation’s Venom Invasion and a World Premiere!
Friday, August 23, 6 – 7 p.m. PT, Stage 28
Get the first scoop on Marvel Animation in this exciting panel full of sneak peeks, special guests, and big announcements, including scoop on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Spider-Man and the world premiere of the new Marvel Rising special Battle of the Bands!
The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 Presentation
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. – noon, Hall D23
Want to know more about the MCU’s upcoming Phase 4 and Phase 5 projects? The Walt Disney Studios will give you a behind-the-scenes look at all the Marvel Studios projects in the pipeline including exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!
MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary
Saturday, August 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT, Stage 28
Learn from Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort about the amazing 80-year history of Marvel Comics in honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world.
If you are a Star Wars fans then the D23 Expo is the place to be! Learn about upcoming films such as Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, the Mandalorian, new animated series, books, comics and so much more.
2019 is the first year that Star Wars will host its own pavilion on the D23 Expo show floor. Step inside and see the evolution of the Star Wars stormtroopers in an incredible costume display. Several of these costumes where used in filming the iconic space saga. This is a unique opportunity to examine these costumes up close and in person.
Young Padawans will enjoy the pavilion too with Adventures video shorts and interactive activities for kids.
The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 Presentation
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. – noon, Hall D23
This is where guests will get a sneak peek at all the upcoming Lucasfilm projects like Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker and Jon Favreau’s action-packed bounty hunter series, The Mandalorian coming to Disney+.
The Mandalorian is the first-ever Star Wars live-action series and stars Pedro Pascal as a bounty hunter who travels the outer reaches of the lawless galaxy, surviving as a mercenary-for-hire.
Pack your lightsabers and get ready to jump to lightspeed because it’s going to be a force-filled weekend at D23 Expo 2019.
If you’re a Disney Parks enthusiast you’re going to love the D23 Expo this year as you’re going to be treated to so many new projects for new attractions and more at the Disney theme parks worldwide. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion
The Disney Parks are going to have a dedicated pavilion on the show floor where you can see models and updates on all the current developments in Disney Parks around the world. Some of the projects that will be shown in more detail are the Epcot transformation in Walt Disney World and the new Marvel-based Super Hero Lands coming to Disneyland, Paris and Hong Kong. Who knows what other surprises will be there…
Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products
Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Hall D23
Join Bob Chapek as he goes into detail about the current projects being built around the globe in Disney Parks, as well as plenty of surprise announcements for new projects not yet started. This is one of my favorite panels and will get you super-pumped for your future visits to the Disney theme parks.
Walt Disney Animation and Pixar always have a big role in the Expo and this year is no different with sneak peek looks at the studios’ new slate of films like: Frozen 2, Onward and upcoming unnamed projects. Take a look at what to expect:
The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 Presentation
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. – noon, Hall D23
During the Walt Disney Studios panel on Saturday morning we will get more information on all the upcoming animation projects.
You’ll get a sneak peek at Frozen 2 and learn new brand new details about the film from directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and producer Peter Del Vecho.
We’ll find out more about Pixar’s new film Onward, including a chance to meet the team behind the film, autograph signings, see promotion art and meet the characters from the film.
Lastly we’ll learn more about the new original feature Soul, coming next Summer from Pete Octor and producer Dana Murray.
If you can’t make it to the presentation, that’s ok. All weekend long from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on the Show Floor, you can experience this immersive animation experience. The pavilion will share more details about Frozen 2 and Onward and host celebrity meet and greets and autograph signings.
Fans will have the opportunity to step inside a real-life version of Guinevere, the van from Pixar’s upcoming Onward. Decked out with crescent moon windows and a “Pegacorn” (part Pegasus, part unicorn, of course) painted on the sides, Guinevere will offer guests a taste of the adventure that the two teenage elf brothers embark upon in the film.
Don’t forget to pick up the free promotional materials too while you’re there!
Inside the World of Avatar
There’s no doubt that Disney has big plans for the newly purchased Avatar franchise and for the first time at D23 it will have its own pavilion. Learn more about the incredible world of Avatar that James Cameron has created.
Check out rare costumes, props and models that were used in creating the first Avatar film and find out more about the next set of Avatar films. Fans will also get to see a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing Pandora: The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and what exactly went in to building this once-of-a-kind theme park land.
Heroes & Villains: the Art of the Disney Costume
Ever year the Walt Disney Archives selects a new exhibit and this year it’s entitled: “Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.”
In this all-new exhibit guests will be treated to more than 70 costumes spanning 55 years of Disney movies and television. The exhibit will be divided in three parts: “Disney Heroes,” “Disney Villains,” and “Spaces Between,” reserved for the antiheroes whose fascinating journeys make them among Disney’s most complex characters.
The exhibit includes costumes from some of Hollywood’s preeminent designers, past and present, including Academy Award®-winners Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, and Tony Walton, as well as Emmy® winner Ellen Mirojnick and Emmy nominees Eduardo Castro and Penny Rose.
Some of the costumes include:
Cinderella’s Most Enchanting Ballgowns
This 12,000-square-foot exhibit will hold “Cinderella’s Workshop,” which houses costumes from the many incarnations of the Cinderella character including 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time.
Practically Perfect Ensembles
In the “Disney Heroes” section you’ll find Belle’s village dress and ballgown from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast; outfits worn by the Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine in this year’s live-action Aladdin; and for the first time ever displayed together, three iconic Mary Poppins “traveling dresses” worn in three Poppins productions: the 1964 original film, 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns, and the Broadway musical.
This is where you’ll check out the costumes from the “Disney Villains” include thing 3 dresses from the wicked witches in 1993’s Hocus Pocus, the duo of dresses worn by the stepsisters in 2015’s Cinderella, and the dress worn by the incomparable Bette Davis in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain. And in the “Spaces Between” section you’ll find Maleficent’s gown from the 2014 film, as well as the Evil Queen and Hook’s costumes from Once Upon a Time.
The costumes in the “Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” display will be available throughout the whole weekend from August 23–25
One of the bigger brands that came to Disney in the Fox purchase this year was National Geographic. This year they will have their own pavilion on the show floor displaying their various shows and movies, and immersing you in a world like you’ve never seen before.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what went in to making the ground-breaking film Free Solo and see what it takes to make it to the top of El Capitan.
One new and unique experience is called Beneath the Blue, an exhibit showing you the breathtaking underwater world to explore the oceans and learn more about the impact of single-use plastic on marine life.
Disney on Broadway
Want to know what it feels like to step out onto the stage of a real Disney broadway show? The brand-new VR experience puts you right on center stage in Aladdin, Frozen, and The Lion King’s and features Broadway’s Caissie Levy (Elsa), Major Attaway (Genie), Telly Leung (Aladdin), and Tshidi Manye (Rafiki).