Planning a trip to the D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Event in 2024? 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 Disney Fan Event 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 announced new details including the dates for the event and the date that tickets go on sale, as well as some of the things we can expect to see when we go there.
Join us as we share everything you need to know about the D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Event 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.
But wait, what happened to the D23 Expo? The first thing to know is that Disney changed the name from “D23 Expo” to “D23 2024: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event.” It’s confusing, but it makes sense now that Disney is trying to expand it beyond Anaheim and into the international venue.
Before we get into all the details of this year’s D23 Fan Event, I’ll be putting some important links below from the last D23 Expo that will help guide you through and give you some of the most important information on what to expect.
- Tour of the D23 Expo Show Floor
- D23 Expo Official Announcements Page – All the News and Announcements from the Expo!
- Top Rumors Before the D23 Expo
- D23 Expo First Timer Tips and Tricks – Everything you need to know BEFORE going to the D23 Disney Fan Event.
- Star Wars at D23 Expo
- Marvel and Phase 4 at the D23 Expo
If you want the Schedule of Events and Presentations keep scrolling down…
(NEWS) – 2024 D23 Ultimate Fan Event Ticket Sales
This year’s D23 Expo (D23 Ultimate Fan Event) takes place from August 9 to August 11, 2024 in Anaheim, California. Ticket sales for the D23 Disney Fan Event will go on sale to the public starting March 26, 2024.
At this time, we don’t have any pricing info for this year’s D23 Disney Fan Event, but pre-sale information and ticket prices will be shared as we get closer to March 26.
Interestingly, we did find out that the event will also be going to São Paulo, Brazil in November. This is the first time a D23 Disney fan event will be taking place in Latin America, but Disney hasn’t announced all the details and what differences there will be from the Anaheim event.
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!
Again, the big news is that this year, Disney dropped the “D23 Expo” title and now it’s just called: “D23 The Ultimate Disney Fan Event.” Disney has a history of using super long names for its attractions, restaurants and shows, so it only makes sense they wanted to turn the D23 Expo into a tongue-twister too.
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 Disney Fan Event, 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 2024 D23 Expo?
The next D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Event is August 9-11, 2024 in Anaheim California, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event is always held from 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 2022 and the current expo will be in 2024.
This will be the 8th 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, 2022 and now 2024.
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 global health crisis which made it difficult to organize large events like the expo at that time. That was the only time since the D23 Expo started that is was not held every 2 years.
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 backyard.
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.
When Do Tickets Go On Sale
Tickets for the 2024 D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Event go on sale on March 26, 2024, most likely at 12:00 pm PT. Tickets can be purchased on the D23 website.
Last time, Visa cardholders who are also D23 Members got an exclusive presale before tickets went on sale to regular D23 members. We expect that to be the case also in 2024.
- NEW – For the 2024 D23 Expo only D23 Members can purchase tickets and you must be either a Gold Member or General Member.
(UPDATE) – We currently do not have all the ticket prices or details for the 2024 D23 Ultimate Disney Fan Event. Below is the pricing from the last D23 Expo. That will give you an idea of what to expect. As soon as we have the current pricing we will update it.
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 do have to be a D23 member to buy tickets to the D23 Expo, there are discounts for Gold 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. Usually, 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.
In 2022, there are no early-bird discounts and all prices are the same starting on January 20.
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.
(Here are the 2022 D23 Expo prices):
D23 Gold Member Prices:
- Single-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $89
- Single-Day Ticket Child Regular – $79
- 3-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $229
- 3-Day Ticket Child Regular – $209
D23 General Member Prices:
- Single-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $99
- Single-Day Ticket Child Regular – $79
- 3-Day Ticket Adult Regular – $279
- 3-Day Ticket Child Regular – $209
Hall D23 Gold Member Exclusive Hall D23 Preferred Seating Prices:
- 3-Day Ticket Regular – $899 (limited quantities)
The D23 Gold Member Exclusive Hall D23 Preferred Seating pass costs $899 and gives you the best seats in the house for all the biggest panels such as the Disney Legends, Movies, Disney+, and Disney Parks.
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 friends or 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 2022 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, all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets are still available.
- 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 announced yet.
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 recharge 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 the 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 standby 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 4 am to get into the room, if not earlier. Many people camp out overnight 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 your 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 – from $97 to $150 adult, $91 to $141 child
- 1 day, Park Hopper option – from $152 to $205 adult, $146 to $196 child
- 2 day, 1 park – $238 adult, $224 child
- 2 day, Park Hopper option – $288 adult, $274 child
- 3 day, 1 park – $281 adult, $266 child
- 3 day, Park Hopper option – $331 adult, $316 child
- 4 day, 1 park – $311 adult, $296 child
- 4 day, Park Hopper option – $361 adult, $346 child
- 5 day, 1 park – $336 adult, $327 child
- 5 day, Park Hopper option – $386 adult, $377 child
How to Register and Manage Badges
The 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.
An activated badge allows you to:
- Secure advance reservations for shows and stores ahead of time. (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 note that it’s not necessary to activate your D23 Expo badge in order to attend the event. For your convenience, all badges you purchased have been activated automatically, so no further activation steps are required.
When you transfer a badge to another guest, that badge is also activated with the new guest’s profile information.
You also don’t need to activate 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.
While managing the badges for guests in your party, make sure the correct badge number is associated with each guest. To see the badge numbers assigned to each guest, just follow three simple steps:
- Step One: Visit D23Expo.com/Activate
- Step Two: Click the “Manage D23 Expo 2022 Profile” button.
- Step Three: Each badge number assigned to you will show up.
You will also 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.
Guests are also allowed to transfer D23 Expo badges to other guests in their party who will be attending the D23 Expo.
To transfer your badge follow these steps:
Purchaser Transfer Steps
- Step One: Visit D23Expo.com/Activate
- Step Two: Click the “Manage D23 Expo 2022 Profile” button. Then click the “Transfer Items” button.
- Step Three: Select the badges you wish to transfer and enter the email address of the recipient and click “Transfer.” The badge recipient’s email must be associated with a D23 Member account to claim the badge transferred to them. Repeat this process for any additional badge transfers.
- Step Four: The recipient will receive an email to login and accept their ticket. Ticket transfer status can be monitored in the transfer section.
Recipient Transfer Steps
- Step One: Open the email you received notifying you of a badge transfer. Click on the “View Transfer” link in the email or visit D23Expo.com/Activate.
- Step Two: When you login to your account, you will be presented with the badges transferred to you. Click the “Accept” button. Then click on the “agree to the Terms of Service here” link to complete the form.
- Step Three: Once this form is complete, click on the “MyTickets” link on the confirmation page or return to D23Expo.com/Activate to complete the acceptance of your badge.
*Badge transfers are not allowed beyond 11:59 pm PT on Sunday August 14, 2022.
2024 Panel and Presentation Schedule
(The panels and presentations for the 2024 D23 Expo have not been announced at this time. Below are the details from the last D23 Expo.
There is so much to see and do at the D23 Expo, but certainly one of the highlights is 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.
The presentations and exhibits are held in several different areas throughout the expo.
- Hall D23 (seats 7,000)
- Premiere Stage (seats 3,000)
- Backlot Stage (seats 1,200)
- The expanded Walt Disney Archives Stage (seats 700)
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 full list of 2022 D23 Expo lineups has been announced for all three days and we have posted them below).
- 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
Disney100 kicks off at D23 Expo on Friday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m. with an epic presentation that includes the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, featuring Disney CEO Bob Chapek. The Disney Legends Ceremony will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. Look for the names of the 2022 inductees to be announced in the coming weeks.
- 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Studio Showcase, Day 1: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar
At 3:30 p.m., guests will be treated to new details, first looks, sneak peeks, surprises, and announcements regarding upcoming theatrical and Disney+ titles from Disney Live Action, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Studio heads, filmmakers, and cast members will come together on stage with the inside scoop on some of these studios’ most exciting titles.
Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee will present never-before-seen-footage, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by all-star voice talent from the studios’ upcoming slate of original animated films and series.
Attendees will get an inside look at Pixar’s unique, perspective-shifting, long-form series Win or Lose, which launches on Disney+ next year. Peter Sohn, who will direct Pixar’s 2023 feature Elemental, will transport fans to a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live side by side.
Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning director Don Hall will journey alongside fans deep into an uncharted and treacherous land with Strange World—releasing November 23. Disney Animation and their collaborators from the Pan-African comic book company Kugali will reveal new details about Iwájú, a long-form sci-fi series set in Lagos, Nigeria, that launches on Disney+ next year. Please note, that cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will not be permitted at this presentation.
- 10:45 am – 11:45 am: The Simpsons!
Join us for a fun chat with the cast and creatives of this iconic show.
- 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE
Tune in to the Disney & Marvel Games Showcase for announcements, trailers, and reveals for new and upcoming games from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios.
- 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: D23 Expo Mousequerade 2022
The Ultimate Disney Costume Contest returns to D23 Expo! Join host Nina West and guest judges Yvette Nicole Brown, Ashley Eckstein, and Ally Maki as we showcase the most magical makes and quintessential creations of the Disney cosplay fan universe!
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers
An inside look at the continuing development of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers — what it means in the Disney parks and how these stories continue to grow. Disney Imagineers are joined by Julie Kagawa to talk about her first two books in a series of novels that tie into the lore of S.E.A.
- 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: ABC’s Home Economics
The stars of ABC’s Home Economics discuss the making of the family comedy and share an exclusive look at the upcoming season three premiere, filmed at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.
- 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Disney For Scores Podcast Live Celebrates Marvel Music
Celebrate the powerful music of Marvel storytelling when Variety’s Jon Burlingame hosts Disney For Scores Podcast live. Jon will bring the format of the popular Disney For ScoresPodcast to life as he interviews composers of some of your favorite Marvel series and films. Listen in as they fill us in on the secrets of creating the amazing music that helps build the Marvel Universe!
- 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: The Cast and Creative Team of Disney Channel’s Hamster & Gretel
Join the cast and creative team of Disney Channel’s Hamster & Gretel as they share a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making the music-filled animated series and reveal exclusive content from the show.
- 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Here for the Laughs
Stars of your favorite TV and streaming series come together to discuss their careers, and what it takes to make a comedy hit.
Walt Disney Archives Stage:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Sounds Delightful! – An Illustrated Audio Adventure
Join Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin for an all-new edition of “Sounds Delightful!,” an illustrated audio adventure across decades of vintage vinyl recordings from yesterday’s turntables, including rare promotional and production tracks.
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Who is Honored with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A.?
Observers notice details throughout the Disney theme parks, such as names styled on building windows. Discover the people behind the names through a talk with the team that researched the upcoming Disney Editions book People Behind the Disney Parks.
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: A Very ’90s Afternoon Special with the “All-New” Mickey Mouse Club
Join the cast from The All New Mickey Mouse Club as they share favorite memories about the third incarnation of the series (1989–1994), and discover how MMC pushed boundaries by highlighting topics that had rarely been covered on children’s television.
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Disney Legends in Conversation
Listen in as members from the newest class of Disney Legends partake in an enlightening conversation about their storied careers.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Walt’s Plane: Taking Flight Through Disney History – Presented by Amazon
As Walt Disney’s company plane makes its historic return at the D23 Expo, discover the fascinating story of the Grumman Gulfstream I aircraft, fondly remembered as “The Mouse.”
- 10:15 am – 11:00 am: Cesar Millan: Better Human, Better Dog
Pet owners across America need help, and Cesar Millan is ready to show them the way. His positivity in troubled times and his heartwarming transformations make us feel like we can overcome all obstacles, starting with our own four-legged pals!
- 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: “traceback”: Celebrating the People of Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Walt Disney Animation Research Library presents “traceback,” a look at the lives and work as well as the artistic and technical contributions of women and employees of color throughout the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: National Geographic’s Superhero Women of STEM
Meet three extraordinary women who are changing the face of exploration, education, and storytelling. Find out what it takes to study large bears up close; learn about the science of Avatar, and get ready to win first place at the Science Fair!
- 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Behind The Scenes: ABC’s Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration
ABC previews the upcoming special Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.
- 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm: National Geographic Special Screening: Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory
The face of a new generation of aspirational adventurers and natural history filmmakers, 29-year-old Bertie Gregory takes viewers on an epic and nail-biting journey that pushes into the most spectacular and secretive corners of our wild world.
- 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. Guests will get a first look at all the upcoming live-action films, specials, and series from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and more.
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 pm – 5:15 pm: Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!
Home to some of the most iconic stories and characters in the Disney canon—including Peabody Award winners Doc McStuffins and The Owl House, plus the culture-defining movie franchises High School Musical and Descendants—will present an exclusive showcase of upcoming content that will continue the legacy of excellence in storytelling.
The showcase will feature talent appearances and never-before-seen sneak previews of original content for Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior, including looks at the new Disney+ Original series National Treasure, American Born Chinese, and The Santa Claus.
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Talkin’ Pets with the Vets of National Geographic
Join National Geographic’s vet sensations Dr. Pol and wife Diane, Critter Fixer Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Geoff, Dr. Jen, and animal keeper Rain from Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a heartwarming look behind the scenes of their popular series.
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Magic in the Air: 30 Years of The Muppet Christmas Carol
Yuletide comes early this year as we celebrate 30 years of the ultimate Holiday classic The Muppet Christmas Carol with filmmakers, The Muppets, and a few surprises!
- 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: A Celebration of Disney Animation’s “Encanto”
Join the team behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning hit Encanto for stories behind the making of the film—and a few surprises!
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: The Santa Clauses
Join The Santa Clauses cast and creatives for a lively chat.
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: The Making of Disney100: The Exhibition
Producers from the Walt Disney Archives, Semmel Exhibitions, and Studio TK reveal illuminating details about the all-new exhibition celebrating 100 Years of Disney Wonder, scheduled to premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in February 2023.
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Bob’s Burgers
The Emmy Award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers joins D23 hot off the critically-acclaimed release of The Bob’s Burgers Movie! The cast and creators will break news and have you howling with laughter during a lively panel discussion.
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: MARVEL COMICS: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man
Celebrate sixty spectacular, sensational, web-slinging years of Spider-Man! From his humble debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, he wall-crawled his way to international superstardom. Now, join Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe and Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski as they team up to trace the comics history of the web-head across six decades—and BEYOND! Tantalizing trivia about the webbed wonder will be shared in this can’t-miss panel, so be sure to swing by!
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Dreaming, Designing and Bringing to Life the Disney Wish
Disney Imagineers fresh off the launch of the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet — the Disney Wish — talk about their experiences bringing this ship to life. From the wondrously themed spaces and imaginative kids clubs to the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, the ship brings to life fantastical stories you know and love like never before.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Sneak Peek at “Zootopia+” from Walt Disney Animation Studios
Get a first look at the highly anticipated animated series Zootopia+, coming to Disney+ from Walt Disney Animation Studios, with directors Josie Trinidad and Trent Correy.
Walt Disney Archives Stage:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Walt Disney Imagineering Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab
Learn about the legacy of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab, including the work created by Yale Gracey for the Haunted Mansion and other early projects, plus a behind-the-curtain look at the present-day magical process that is so unique to Imagineering.
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Uncovering Treasures from the Marty Sklar Collection
Join Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Bob Weis and Leah and Leslie Sklar, the wife, and daughter of the late Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar, as they discuss some of the treasures they’ve discovered while going through Marty’s collection from his more than 50 years with Walt Disney Imagineering.
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: A Century of Storytelling at Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Walt Disney Animation Research Library celebrates 100 years of Disney Animation storytelling by highlighting the stories and people behind key art and artifacts in its collection.
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Cautionary Tales with the Disney Villains: The Imagination of Ridley Pearson
Celebrate the writing of author Ridley Pearson and his new book, Cautionary Tales, a collection of scary tales based on Disney films. Get the inside scoop on how Ridley and the Walt Disney Archives created a unique and creative continuing partnership.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Building Walt’s Florida Project: Walt Disney World from Dream to Reality
Using rarely seen photography, the Walt Disney Archives, and special guests present a “true-life” look at the extraordinary construction and opening of the Walt Disney World Resort.
- 10:15 am – 11:00 am: Women in Disney Fashion
Moderated by DisneyBound founder, Leslie Kay, four of Disney’s major fashion icons will discuss their collaborations, the inspiration behind their unique collections, and what it’s like to work in the fashion industry.
- 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Join the Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cast and creative team as they share an exclusive sneak peek of the highly anticipated series before its debut on Disney Channel and Disney+.
- 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: It’s a Small Disney World: Celebrating the Art of Disney Parks
Moderated by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, this panel gathers Disney Parks artists and authors who created artwork for our global parks, including items that will be for sale at the D23 Expo Marketplace.
- 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: ABC’s On The Red Carpet’sStorytellers Spotlight
On The Red Carpet’s Storytellers Spotlight is an intimate conversation series that amplifies the work of historically underrepresented, diverse storytellers and their allies across the Walt Disney Company in film, television, theater, music, and podcasts.
- 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm: National Geographic Special Screening: Limitless with Chris Hemsworth
Though he, unfortunately, won’t be at D23 Expo, get an exclusive first look at Chris Hemsworth’s new Disney+ series Limitless! He puts his body and mind through transformative experiences, sharing tips that can help you to have a healthier life, body, and mind.
- 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 Josh D’Amaro 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 Princess – The Concert Live at D23!
Disney Concerts will present a special performance of Disney Princess – The Concert, featuring Tony® nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Meg in Disney’s animated feature Hercules), Broadway.com® Audience Award nominee Isabelle McCalla (Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, The Prom), Disney Channel star Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Raven’s Home, Broadway’s final Belle in Beauty and the Beast), and Broadway World Award winner Syndee Winters (Broadway’s Nala in The Lion King, Hamilton).
Music director Benjamin Rauhala (Fiddler on the Roof, The Secret Life of Bees) and Prince Adam J. Levy (Moulin Rouge) will also join the quartet. The acclaimed cast will perform favorite Disney Princess and Frozen songs, including classics such as “Part of Your World,” “Let It Go,” “A Whole New World,” “Colors of the Wind,” and “Almost There.” The performers will share exclusive, hilarious, and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen.
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am: The Cast and Creators of the Disney+ Series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
The cast and creative team of the Disney+ animated series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder gather to discuss the acclaimed revival of the groundbreaking series The Proud Family and share an inside look at the upcoming season.
- 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible, Possible
For seven decades, the magic-makers at Walt Disney Imagineering have blended limitless imagination with cutting-edge technology to create groundbreaking experiences that bring together families and friends to create lifelong memories. Join Imagineers past and present as they discuss the core elements of storytelling and innovation that bring dreams to life for guests from all around the world.
- 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Explore the World with the Next Generation of National Geographic!
Meet the exciting next generation of National Geographic stars who are taking viewers to the most remote locations on Earth in pursuit of breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, exotic foods, epic challenges, and undercover storytelling.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Conversations with Disney Character Voices
Providing the perfect voice to characters has been a Disney signature since Walt first gave voice to Mickey. Join Rick Dempsey, SVP of Character Voices, and some very special guests, as we go “behind the mic” for stories and fun conversations with some Disney favorites.
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Disney Original Documentary’s Sneak Peek of Mickey: The Story of a Mouse
Disney Original Documentary presents a panel dedicated to Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, which celebrates one of the world’s most beloved icons, Mickey Mouse. Hosted by Bret Iwan, the official voice of Mickey himself, the panel will include filmmakers and select film participants. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film as well, as an exclusive sneak peek.
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Back to the Grid: 40 Years of TRON Presented by Enterprise
Lightcycles, recognizers, and solar sails, oh my! Join us for a look back at TRON, featuring, artwork, footage, and photographs of the digital frontier. Hear behind-the-scenes stories of how the film came to life with talent, artists, and filmmakers, and the continuous impact of this groundbreaking film.
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: 100 Years of Treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library
Never-before-seen clips, recording sessions, and live-action references mark 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios as the Animation Research Library unveils newly digitized media from its collection and from its Oral History Project, in which the legends of animation have been interviewed.
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: FX’s AHS: Behind the Screams
Join the legendary designers, artists, and stylists, responsible for creating the iconic looks of your beloved AHS characters. Fans will get inside details on how it all comes together, where fashion and horror intersect, and how these creatives keep things fresh after 10 installments and an anthology spin-off. Panelists include Producer and Costume Designer, Lou Eyrich, Producer, and Makeup Artist, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Special Effects Makeup Artist, Mike Mekash, and Hair Designer, Michelle Ceglia.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dancing with the Stars 31st Season Celebration
Stars of the hit competition series Dancing with the Stars come together to celebrate 31 seasons of memorable performances, award-winning choreography, and, of course, Mirrorball trophies.
Walt Disney Archives Stage:
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Nat Geo & Disney: 100 Years of Exploring the World Through Storytelling
Since 1888, National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in everyone, including none other than Walt Disney himself. With a shared belief in the power of storytelling to change the world, Disney and Nat Geo were connected long before making it official in 2019.
Nat Geo’s iconic yellow border has always served as a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. How did Walt and his team use this portal and the iconic Nat Geo Image Collection to the wonder of the natural world to inspire the wonderful world of Disney?
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: An Animated Conversation: Celebrating 90 Years of Goofy
Join Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, Disney Legend Bill Farmer, animator Eric Goldberg, and producer Dorothy McKim as they celebrate one of Walt Disney’s most memorable creations—Goofy!
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: The Main Street Electrical Parade — 50 Years of Nighttime Magic & Imagination
See and hear how the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade was born and has evolved over its 50-year history with a panel of the creative talent behind it from 1972 to today. Experience it for yourself via never-before-seen film from its opening and early years.
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Disney Parks Through the Decades: A Disney Ambassador Perspective
Join us for a conversation with Disney Ambassadors spanning the decades, including 1966 Disney Ambassador, Connie Lane, and 1971 Walt Disney World Ambassador, Debby Dane Browne. From representing Walt Disney at Disneyland in the 1960s, to opening Walt Disney World: experience the history of Disney Parks like never before.
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Memories of Walt Disney World: Framing A Portrait of 50 Magical Years
Join the book team behind A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth for a making-of panel discussion. The session will conclude with a special screening of The Magic of Walt Disney World documentary featurette.
- 10:15 am – 11:15 am: Revisiting Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century
Join legendary producer Don Hahn for a look back at Disney projects from the 1950s and 1960s as he shares an illustrated journey through the era with rarely seen art and photography reflecting the unique style that Walt Disney and his artists pioneered.
- 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Join National Geographic Books on 100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime
Join Disney historian, notable personality, and book author Marcy Carriker Smothers for a conversation about her beautifully illustrated treasury by National Geographic Books. Discover 100 beloved or little-known Disney adventures—all full of wonder.
- 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: 100 Years of Hollywood Magic: A Disney Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents rare footage of the Hollywood that shaped the Disney brothers and sparked their imagination.
- 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: The World of Duffy & Friends Revealed
Disney Imagineers discuss the origin and the continuing popularity of Duffy & Friends, including the newest friend who has become a global phenomenon — LinaBell!
(As more presentations are announced we will post them here so stay tuned!)
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 in 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 the 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 2:00 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 3:00 am at the last expo 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 err 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.
(The advanced reservations for the 2024 D23 Expo have not been announced at this time. Below are the details from the last D23 Expo.
Returning to the 2024 D23 Expo are 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.
Getting advanced reservations is the best way to get into the presentations you want and you should make this a top priority.
Advanced reservations are complimentary and can be made online before attending the D23 Expo for StorePass, StagePass, TalentPass, and Show Floor Experiences.
- All reservations are distributed randomly like a lottery, so there is no guarantee you will get reservations for the presentations you want. It is not first come first served as in past years.
- The Reservation Random Selection Process (“Reservation RSP”) for all D23 Expo 2022 event days opened on August 15, 2022, at 12:00 pm PT and closed on August 21, 2022, at 2:00 pm PT.
- Reservations are randomly distributed on September 2, 2022 and results will be communicated to you via email.
- There are 4 categories which allow you to choose up to 4 items for each category.
Here are the 4 categories:
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 Premiere Stage, Backlot Stage, Hyperion Stage, and the Walt Disney Archives Stage. StagePasses are assigned in a lottery-style random selection, you can’t buy it. D23 guests select their top choices and some ticket holders are randomly selected for those panels.
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 starts 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.
Show Floor Experiences
Provides reservations for the confirmed talent signings, demonstrations, presentations, and giveaways happening in booths around the Show Floor.
How to Get Advanced Panel Reservations
- Go to the D23 Expo reservations page and use the button to navigate to the Reservation Random Selection Process entry page.
- Sign in using your D23 member account that is linked to your badges.
- Look at the available presentation on the day(s) your badge is good for. If you have a 3-Day badge all 3 days will be available to you.
- Select one of the 4 reservation categories and click the +Add Selections box.
- Once inside, make your selections and rank your preferences from 1-4 (or 1-2 for Hall D23). Each category will have a limited number of selections that can be made so choose wisely. You can make changes to reorder your preferences if need be.
- Once you have finalized your selections, click the “Continue with Selections” button at the bottom of the page to choose whether a guest is joining you for the experiences.
- Repeat numbers 4-6 for all categories until you have made all your advanced reservation selections.
- When you are finished, click the “Review Selections” button and the bottom of the page. Click the “Continue” button to proceed with your selections.
Remember, reservations are given out randomly, so make as many selections as possible to maximize your chance of scoring the reservations you want.
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 2024?
(The highlights for the 2024 D23 Expo have not been announced at this time. Below are the details from the last D23 Expo.
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.
This year there will be more than 50 shows, presentations, and panels, including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, and some big announcements and sneak peeks on various projects Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and more are working on.
Here is a sneak peek of what we know is coming so far with more to be announced in the coming months.
The Walt Disney Company 100th Anniversary Celebration
The 2022 D23 Expo is a special one because it is celebrating the big 100th Anniversary Celebration of The Walt Disney Company. The new logo and D23 Expo artwork are inspired by the Disney100 celebration, which shows off Mickey Mouse with a platinum look.
We can’t wait to hear what they have in store!
35th Anniversary Disney Legends
The 2022 D23 Expo kicks off at 10:30 am on September 9, with a special ceremony celebrating “Disney 100 Years of Wonder.”
As a part of that celebration is the 35th anniversary of the Disney Legends awards. These awards are given to individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the Disney legacy.
Here is the full list of 2022 Disney Legends honorees:
- Anthony Anderson
- Kristen Bell
- Chadwick Boseman
- Rob’t Coltrin
- Patrick Dempsey
- Robert Price “Bob” Foster
- Jonathan Groff
- Don Hahn
- Josh Gad
- Doris Hardoon
- Idina Menzel
- Chris Montan
- Ellen Pompeo
- Tracee Ellis Ross
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.
Disney+ Panel in Hall D23 (Friday, September 9 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm)
Get a first look at how Disney+ works and watch never before seen content coming to Disney+ in the next few years.
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 from select shows found in Hulu’s streaming library.
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, comics and so much more. Here is what is planned for Marvel at the 2022 D23 Expo:
Marvel DRAW Live!
Friday, September 9, 2–2:30 p.m. PT, and Saturday, September 10, 1:30–2 p.m. PT | D23 Expo Live! Stage
Join Brian Crosby, Marvel’s Director of Themed Entertainment, for a real-time, step-by-step tutorial session on how to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains!
The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 Presentation
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. – Noon, Hall D23
Want to know more about the MCU’s upcoming Phase 4, Phase 5, and Phase 6 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: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man
Saturday, September 10, 2–3 p.m. PT | Backlot Stage
Celebrate sixty spectacular, sensational, web-slinging years of Spider-Man! From his humble debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, he wall-crawled his way to international superstardom.
Now, join Marvel’s Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski as they team up to trace the comics history of the web-head across six decades—and BEYOND! Tantalizing trivia about the webbed wonder will be shared in this can’t-miss panel, so be sure to swing by! Fans attending will also receive a special exclusive giveaway (while supplies last), to be revealed in the coming weeks!
Signings with Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Nick Lowe
Saturday, September 10, 5:30–6:30 p.m. PT | Talent Central
Swing by Talent Central to meet Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe for a signing opportunity!
The Show Floor
Right down on the show floor, you’ll find the Marvel Studios Pavilion with an array of interactive experiences such as a D23 Expo-exclusive video experience where fans can step inside the action to see costumes worn by characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exclusive giveaways, a photo activation, and other surprises.
Elsewhere on the show floor, the shopDisney booth will spotlight exciting Marvel merchandise featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, along with a variety of other products at retailer booths during the show.
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.
Marvel at the Disney Parks
If you haven’t heard, Disney recently opened 3 fully immersive, Marvel-themed lands at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong. It’s possible we could get some more info about the future of Avengers Campus and what Disney has planned there in the coming years.
If you are a Star Wars fan then the D23 Expo is the place to be! Learn about upcoming films, The Mandalorian Season 3, Andor, Ahsoka, new animated series, books, comics and so much more.
Star Wars will host its own pavilion on the D23 Expo show floor. Step inside and see the evolution of the Star Wars characters. More info will come out about this pavilion soon.
The Walt Disney Studios Hall D23 Presentation
Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. – Noon, Hall D23
This is where guests will get a sneak peek at all the upcoming Lucasfilm projects like Jon Favreau’s action-packed bounty hunter series, The Mandalorian Season 3, Ahsoka, Andor, and all the other shows 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, and well as the fan-favorite Grogu.
Pack your lightsabers and get ready to jump to lightspeed because it’s going to be a force-filled weekend at D23 Expo.
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 and Experiences Pavilion – Wonderful World of Dreams
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, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction in Walt Disney World and Disneyland, new Frozen-themed experiences, Disney Cruise Line, and other unannounced projects coming to the parks. Who knows what other surprises will be there…
Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products
Sunday, September 11, 2022, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Hall D23
Join Chairman Josh D’Amaro 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 a 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
Friday, September 9, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Hall D23
During the Walt Disney Studios panel on Friday, we will get more information on all the upcoming animation projects.
You’ll get a sneak peek at Win or Lose, Elemental, Iwájú, and Strange World. We’ll find out more about these projects and get a chance to meet the team behind the films, autograph signings, see promotion art and meet the characters from the films.
Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
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 the films and series and they will also host celebrity meet and greets and autograph signings.
Don’t forget to pick up the free promotional materials too while you’re there!
Walt Disney Archives presents Step in Time
The Disney Archives are always a huge part of the D23 Expo and this year they return with an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives presents Step in Time,” a celebration of the nearly 100-year history of The Walt Disney Company.
This exhibit will include a chronological display of Walt Disney Archives historical assets like you’ve never seen before with immersive, themed environments from animated shorts, films, and film premieres, as well as television productions and Disney Parks favorites, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins, Tron, and Walt Disney World Resort’s Haunted Mansion.
They come to life as guests have the opportunity to experience some of the most iconic Disney moments of all time!
In the center of the exhibit, a timeline will show all the most important Disney events of the past century. This will be the starting point of reference for guests as they experience this 12,00 square-foot space.
There will be several immersive areas around the perimeter of the space, showcasing rare historical objects as never before, in recreations of the settings from which they originated.
The experience space will be divided into nine highly-themed areas that provide fans the opportunity to capture photos and become part of Disney’s history for themselves.
Some experiences included captaining the boat from Steamboat Willie, walking the blue carpet at the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, visiting with the carousel horses from Mary Poppins, being serenaded by Breathless Mahoney at Club Ritz (Dick Tracy), visiting Flynn’s Arcade (Tron), and coming face-to-face with the bride in the attic of the Haunted Mansion.
Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane
One of the main exhibits is entitled: “Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane” presented by Amazon.
Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I company airplane “The Mouse” has been fully restored and will be transported to the D23 Expo in Anaheim California all the way from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Guests can see it in the Arena of the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Walt Disney Archives has curated an all-new exhibit featuring specially selected items that represent the history of the aircraft. Included will be a customized instrument panel originally located near Walt’s favorite onboard seat (enabling him to monitor flight conditions), a telephone handset (which gave Walt a direct line of communication to the pilot in the cockpit), and a flight bag adorned with an image of Mickey Mouse sitting on the tail of the famed plane.
The iconic aircraft was seen for years as part of the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will be on display at D23 Expo 2022 for guests to see. This looks awesome and we can’t wait to see it in person!
Walt Disney Archives Stage
The Walt Disney Archives Stage is always one of my favorite parts of the Expo and this year there will be over 12 panels and presentations throughout the three days.
Notables such as Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, author and historian Graham Allan, Walt Disney Imagineering global ambassador Bob Weis, Imagineers from the Illusioneering Lab, and historian and artist Stacia Martin will offer a unique peek “behind the magic.”
Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, including the impressive 50-year legacy of the Main Street Electrical Parade, a look back at the 1980s and 1990s edition of the Mickey Mouse Club, and the first half-century of the Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney100: The Exhibition
Join the Archives team and special guests on the 1,250-seat Backlot stage on Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. for a look at the creation of the upcoming Disney100: The Exhibition, which opens next February at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
(Only some of the special events have been announced for this year’s Expo. Here is a look at the ones we know about so far.)
One of the bigger brands that came to Disney in recent years has been 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 as you’ve never seen before.
Stay tuned for more details about the specific projects coming soon.
Disney on Broadway
Want to know what it feels like to step out onto the stage of a real Disney broadway show? The Disney on Broadway VR experience is returning to the D23 Expo this year and taking you once again to faraway places and fantasy worlds.
This experience puts you right on center stage in Aladdin, Frozen, and The Lion King in the Virtual Reality Theatre. Using the virtual reality (VR) headsets, attendees can shimmy with the Genie in “Friend Like Me,” belt with Elsa in “Let It Go,” or sit back in awe as Pride Rock comes together for “Circle of Life.”
Located in Hall A, Center Stage will as usual be the heartbeat of the Expo and a hub of activity throughout the three days, especially for celebrity sightings. Find some of the biggest Disney pop stars and talent as well as Disney on Broadway stars as they drop in to reminisce about bringing some of Disney’s most beloved tales to the stage.
If you want to know more about the talent that’s coming, check out the entire lineup on the D23 Expo app.
D23 Expo’s Ultimate Fan Street Party – Presented by Alamo
This one-of-a-kind party travels down Mickey Avenue, with a live band, beloved Disney characters, high-energy dancers, and celebrity grand marshals.
Stay tuned for more announcements on the D23 Expo app about the rest of the talent leading the party.
The Disney Music Emporium is an online destination for collectible Disney music products, and it’s coming back to the D23 Expo with a pop-up store on the show floor over all three days of the event. The Emporium will feature limited quantities of a wide assortment of music products, including new releases from Marvel and Lucasfilm, vinyl albums, die-cut picture-disc vinyl, and more.
Here’s what you can expect to see:
In addition to the 24 new offerings available at D23 Expo 2022, 10 titles are exclusive or first-to-market, including Encanto die-cut vinyl (featuring “Surface Pressure” and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”), Enchanted (available for the first time on clear vinyl), Hocus Pocus (score-only on moon-variant vinyl), Minnie Lo-Fi (on purple orchid vinyl), Adventure Thru Inner Space (picture disc), The Lion King on Broadway (first time on vinyl), The Mandalorian Season 1(exclusive sand-colored vinyl), Music from WandaVision (exclusive red vinyl), The Legacy Collection: Aladdin (exclusive CD), and Turning Red – The Mix(exclusive CD).
Celebrate the powerful music of Marvel Studios storytelling when Variety’s Jon Burlingame hosts Disney For Scores Podcast Live. Burlingame will bring the format of the popular For Scores podcast to life as he interviews composers of favorite series and films, including Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Laura Karpman (Ms. Marvel, What If…?), and Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel). The panel is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9 on the Backlot Stage.
More highlights at the Music Emporium include:
- The previously announced Disney Princess – The Concert performance presented by Disney Concerts on Sunday, September 11 at 4:15 p.m., featuring Tony® nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast, “Meg” in Disney’s animated feature Hercules), Broadway.com® Audience Award nominee Isabelle McCalla (“Princess Jasmine” in Aladdin; The Prom), Disney Channel star Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Raven’s Home, Broadway’s final “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast), and Broadway World Award winner Syndee Winters (Broadway’s “Nala” in The Lion King; Hamilton)
- Gifts with purchase include limited-edition Disney Movie Club collectible pendants (Bambi, Cinderella, Olaf, Aladdin Genie Lamp, Simba, and Nemo), while supplies last
- Attendees can get three months free from SiriusXM. Listen to Disney Hits and hundreds of other SiriusXM channels in the car, on the SXM App and on your connected devices at home. Look for SiriusXM at the show for details. Offer available to new subscribers only; 18 years+.
- Giveaways include limited first edition Disney Hits Trading Cards, featuring 30 collectible cards.
If you aren’t at the D23 Expo for the panels or pavilions, you are certainly here for the shopping. And the Expo is the perfect place to grab some of the rarest and most limited-edition Disney collectibles anywhere on the planet as well as see new special limited edition sets.
These collections will be spread out across 3 Disney-operated retail shops on the show floor: D23 Expo Marketplace, Disney Publishing, and Mickey’s of Glendale. In these stores, you’ll find never-before-seen, limited-edition collectibles that celebrate the Disney characters, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and more.
What To Buy
Here are some examples of the merchandise you will find in 2024:
- Water Bottles
- Limited Release Pins
- and more…
You’ll definitely want to hit up the “Big 3” stores at D23 Expo: Disney Publishing, Mickey’s of Glendale, and The D23 Expo Marketplace for all the coolest limited edition items you can only get here. This place is a collector’s dream…
Some of the highlights this year include:
- D23 Expo attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase items celebrating Disney100.
- Inspired by the vibrant landscape of Wakanda, and brought to life on-screen in Black Panther, World of Wakanda merchandise from Marvel will debut at D23 Expo Marketplace and on shopDisney.
- Guided by the Light, a new collection by Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), is inspired by Ahsoka Tano’s strength amid darkness. The collection will also be available on shopDisney.
- With the help of some magic, a new line of adorable plush inspired by tasty treats from Disney Parks Main Street Bakery will debut at D23 Expo: Disney Munchlings. These cute collectibles include a scented Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Swirl Bun and Minnie Mouse Wild Strawberry Cupcake. Disney Munchlings will also be available for purchase on shopDisney.
D23 Expo Marketplace
Debuting on the show floor this year is an all-new shopping experience, D23 Expo Marketplace. This 27,000-square-foot retail location offers merchandise from fan-favorite collections and characters across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, including limited-edition merchandise and the availability of the first items celebrating Disney’s 100th Anniversary.
The D23 Expo Marketplace brings together the most exciting offerings from shopDisney, Disney store, and Disney Parks into one shopping destination for a wide assortment of curated brand collections, specialty items, and milestone anniversary collectibles.
Basically, the D23 Expo Marketplace is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true!
Mickey’s of Glendale
Mickey’s of Glendale, is the Walt Disney Imagineering store, and this year at the Expo it’s going to have three stores over three days at the Anaheim Convention Center:
- Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store – Mickey’s of Glendale will feature exclusive merchandise designed by Imagineers, including hats, T-shirts, accessories, and more. Additionally, Guests will have the opportunity to shop limited-edition collectibles celebrating the upcoming Walt Disney Imagineering 70th Anniversary.
- Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store – Disney pin enthusiasts will want to stop by the Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store, which will feature a large assortment of limited-edition pins.
- D23 Expo Shop x Mickey’s of Glendale — The Official Disney Fan Club and Mickey’s of Glendale have joined forces to bring you the official merchandise of D23 Expo 2024.
The shopping destination for Disney book fans returns this year with an array of exciting first-to-market books available for purchase. Disney Publishing continues its tradition of celebrating great storytelling by hosting a variety of authors behind well-loved Disney stories.
Join these world-building creators for book signings within the booth, including Disney historian and 100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime author Marcy Carriker Smothers, DisneyBound’s Leslie Kay, Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl’s Julie Kagawa, and Cautionary Tales’ Ridley Pearson.
How to Shop
Now that you know where to shop, you need to know how to shop at the D23 Expo. Here are the ways you can do it:
- Virtual Queue: Attendees will be able to sign up for an available boarding group in a virtual queue for D23 Expo Marketplace, Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store, or Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store by using the Disneyland Resort app and scanning a QR code located at the store’s entrance.
- Merchandise Mobile Checkout: Pay for items from D23 Expo Marketplace, D23 Expo Shop x Mickey’s of Glendale, or Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store via the Disneyland Resort app to save time!
- StorePass: To shop select limited-edition collection items, attendees will be able to reserve via StorePass, an online reservation system prior to the start of the D23 Expo. Details on how to get a StorePass reservation will be announced later this summer.
Inspired By Stories
Besides the shopping you can do while you are at the D23 Expo, Disney fans can also get the latest in product innovations, listen to revered authors, and explore fashion trends with a variety of content. Here are the highlights:
- Women in Disney Fashion: Step into the minds of major Disney fashion icons as they share an exclusive look at their upcoming Disney collaborations.
- It’s a Small Disney World: Celebrating the Art of Disney Parks: Ever wondered what it’s like to be an official Disney Parks artist? Disney will gather six artists to dive into their art, ideas for the future, and behind-the-scenes insights.
- Cautionary Tales with the Disney Villains: The Imagination of Ridley Pearson: Cautionary Tales author Ridley Pearson and Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline will delight fans and spark creativity with insider Disney stories.
- National Geographic’s 100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime: From a dessert cruise with fireworks views to an exclusive dinner in Walt’s Disneyland apartment, discover one-of-a-kind magical Disney experiences in this memorable discussion with expert Marcy Carriker Smothers.
- Hey Disney! — a custom voice assistant built on Amazon’s Alexa technology — will be highlighted on the D23 Expo show floor (stay tuned for more details). Whether at home or in a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort hotel room, fans will be able to use an Echo device to interact with their favorite Disney, Star Wars, or Pixar characters.
- On the Show Floor: Attendees can also check out activations from Visa, Amazon, Target, Aniplex, BoxLunch, Citizen, Enterprise, Funko / Loungefly, IMAX, Pandora, Ravensburger and Sunglass Hut, along with many others.
Definitely one of the most unique aspects of the D23 Expo is all the cosplay from the fans as their favorite Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar characters, and this year will be taking it to an even higher level. This year fans will be able to show off their goods even more than in previous years with four Cosplay Photo Shoots!
There will be a full cosplay schedule soon so make sure you’re dressed to the nines because all Expo attendees are welcome to participate!
If you like Disney cosplay, you won’t want to miss Mousequerade. This is a costume contest where fans get a chance to compete and show off their cosplay best. The outfits that some guests come up with are absolutely stunning!
This year, contestants will compete in 4 categories: Off the Screen, Imagine That!, Magical Mash-Ups, and Cast of Characters.
The judges of the contest include Nina West, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ashley Eckstein, and Ally Maki. Contestants will be judged on the basis of quality, craftsmanship, originality, use of color and materials, creative use of category theme, and on-stage presentation.
If you are interested in entering, check out the complete rules for entry and details at D23Expo.com.
Meet and Greets
(This year’s meet and greets have not been announced yet but we should be getting more details soon. In the meantime, you can look at some of the ones from the last D23 Expo.)
Friday, August 23
9 a.m. Fancy Nancy character appearance
10 a.m. Vampirina character appearance
12 p.m. Just Roll With It stars Suzi Barrett, Tobie Windham, Ramon Reed, and Kaylin Hayman
1- 2 p.m. Alex Honnold: come see Alex who starred in the Academy Award®-winning film Free Solo as he documented his climb of the face of 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park…without a rope.
2-3 p.m. Dancing with the Stars meet stars of the past and present Ginger Zee, Carrie Ann Inaba, Tom Bergeron, Rashad Jennings, and Jordan Fisher
3 p.m. Raven’s Home stars Navia Robinson, Issac Ryan Brown, Jason Maybaum, and Sky Katz
5–6 p.m. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Jeff Ward, and executive producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb
Saturday, August 24
9 a.m. Vampirina character appearance
10 a.m. Fancy Nancy character appearance
11 a.m. Sydney to the Max stars Ruth Righi, Ava Kolker, Jackson Dollinger, and Christian J. Simon
12 p.m. Coop & Cami Ask the World stars Dakota Lotus, Ruby Rose Turner, Olivia Sanabia, Albert Tsai, Paxton Booth, and Rebecca Metz
3-4 p.m. The Incredible Dr. Pol. meet Dr. Jan Pol from Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series
5 p.m. DuckTales stars Bobby Moynihan and Toks Olagundoye
Sunday, August 25
9 a.m. Big Hero 6 The Series stars Genesis Rodriguez and Brooks Wheelan
10 a.m. ZOMBIES stars Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell, and Carla Jeffery
11-12 a.m. Life Below Zero, hear from Sue Aikens from the multiple Emmy Award®-winning series Life Below Zero as she relates her stories from Alaska, signs autographs, and takes pictures.
1 p.m. BUNK’D stars Miranda May, Mallory James Mahoney, Raphael Alejandro, Will Buie Jr., Shelby Simmons, Scarlett Estevez, and Israel Johnson
3 p.m. Vampirina character appearance
4 p.m. Fancy Nancy character appearance
Talent Central Artist Merchandise Signing Schedule:
Friday, August 23
4-5 p.m. Disney Pixar Tiki Mug Signing with Jerome Ranft
4-5:30 p.m. Jerrod Maruyama
Saturday, August 24
9:30-11 a.m. Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe
11-12 p.m. Midnight Masquerade and Animator Villains Collections with Steve Thompson and Courtney Watkinson
12:30-2 p.m. Jerrod Maruyama
2-3:30 p.m. SHAG
2-3:30 p.m. Noah Fine Art
4-5 p.m. The Little Mermaid 30th Anniversary Collection with Steve Thompson, Bryan Mon, Daria Vinogradova, Diana Tran, and Cathy Clark-Ramirez
Sunday, August 25
5-6:45 p.m. Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe
Where to Stay for D23 Expo
There are many options for hotels within walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center so having a choice shouldn’t be a problem it’s just a matter of how fast you move.
Since Disneyland is right next door to the Anaheim Convention Center the best option is to stay at one of the 3 Disneyland hotels. Any one of the Disneyland Hotel, Pixar Place Hotel, or Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is great choice, though our favorite is the Grand Californian. They are located right next to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure so it’s easy if you choose to do a day or 2 in the parks during your trip.
This is also a great place to spot Disney celebrities and executives as they tend to stay in these hotels. The only problem is during the D23 Expo prices are very high and availability books are up really fast so make sure to jump on it and reserve a room right away if you want to stay in one of them.
Good thing there are plenty of other good choices in the area and all within walking distance of the convention center. Hotels like the Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim Marriott, and Doubletree Convention Center are all great choices and located really close so if you have to go back to the room and take a nap you can no problem. Again book early to make sure you get a room.
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- What is your favorite part of the D23 Expo?
- What are you most looking forward to at the 2024 D23 Expo?
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