The D23 Expo is the largest Disney fan event in the world held at the Anaheim Convention Center- just steps away from Disneyland! Guests can expect to hear the latest news about Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel and of course the Disney theme parks at the D23 Expo, which is now being renamed “D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event” and referred to as “D23.”
This is a must not miss event filled with panels filled with news and behind the scenes information from your favorite franchises, a exhibitor floor full of Disney themed shopping and some of the best Disney cosplays you've ever seen!
We particularly enjoy the D23 Expo because of all the major Disney Parks news we receive and the community that the event brings together. In addition to how to do the expo (covered in this D23 Expo guide), we'll also be sharing all the latest news from the event.
Keep reading for everything we know so far about the upcoming 2024 D23 Expo!
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When is the next D23 Expo?
The next D23 will take place August 9-11 of 2024. D23 is being expanded to offer an entire week of events, including a D23 member event August 8th inside Disneyland and an event at the Anaheim Angels baseball game on August 4th. Additional events will also be announced for days during that week.
Instead of being held at the Anaheim Convention Center across the street from Disneyland, it will instead be held at the Honda Center during the evenings, which is significant because the Honda Center arena is almost double the capacity of the Hall D23 setup. Disney mentioned that the Anaheim Convention Center will still offer “daytime fun” before the D23 happenings in the evenings.
Tickets for D23 will go on sale next Spring, with more details to come!
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When will D23 Expo 2024 Be Held?
Looking at past D23 Expos as precedent we can assume that the 2024 D23 Expo will be held at some time during the 2024 months of July-September. Previously D23 Expo events have been held in July, August, and September. The most recent D23 Expo was held September 9-11, 2022.
We expect that the D23 Expo will be held again in 2024 though no official announcement has been made by Disney. During the recent Disney layoffs, some D23 staff members were cut. We do not expect that these layoffs will impact the upcoming D23 Expo, but it may have delayed some of the planning and announcements around the event.
Another development that may shift the style of the D23 Expo is the rapid nature in which we consume news. Disney Parks for instance now shares announcements throughout the year across their owned channels and via fan sites. As Disney shares more news throughout the year, I could see D23 Expo 2024 shift to focus more on history and fandom rather than tons of breaking news. In recent years we have seen tons of breaking news items come out of the D23 Expo and overshadow each other. I could see them scale this back in some way.
Is there a 2023 D23 Expo?
There is not a 2023 D23 Expo, but there is a Destination D23 event in Orlando, Florida September 8-10, 2023. That is smaller-scale event that is much more focused on the theme parks and history. The event does not have the same collection of Hollywood stars that attend.
Previous D23 Expo Dates
The D23 Expo has been held every two years since 2009 on the below dates. Note the gap in 2021 when the world was still shutdown.
- September 10-13, 2009
- August 19–21, 2011
- August 9–11, 2013
- August 14–16, 2015
- July 14–16, 2017
- August 23–25, 2019
- September 9–11, 2022
D23 Expo Convention Tips
There's some key tips to keep in mind when attending the D23 Expo to assist with your day and allow you to have the best experience possible! Here are our top convention tips:
- Accept that you won't be able to see and do it all. As more information is released about the D23 Expo, start to make a list of things that are your priority. Big panels overlap with niche ones and you'll find yourself deciding between camping out for a spot to see early previews of the latest Marvel movie and hearing from a legendary Disney Imagineer. Both great options, but you can't do it all.
- Make time to explore the D23 Expo show floor. There are tons of exhibits, shops, and random experiences that you don't want to miss. Often the show floor is the sleeper hit of the expo.
- Linger near the Walt Disney Animation / Pixar Animation booth. In previous years, this booth has had incredible giveaways of posters and other exclusive items. I typically don't buy much at the expo but still walk away with an incredible haul of limited edition merchandise.
- Arrive early each day especially if there's merchandise exclusives on the show floor you have your eyes on. This is especially important on Friday as most exclusive items will sell out quickly this first day so the sooner you're in line, the better chance you have.
- Wear comfortable shoes! You will be doing a lot of walking and most of the Anaheim Convention Center includes hard, concrete floors so arrive prepared.
- Add a day to Disneyland! You can get discount tickets through our exclusive link- spend the evenings at Disneyland since it's just down the road from the Anaheim Convention Center!
- Bring a water bottle. While outside food and drinks aren't permitted according to convention rules, you're welcome to bring a water bottle to take advantage of the many water filling statins around the center.
- Pack a battery pack for your phone as you will end up going through your phone battery quickly taking pictures and keeping track of the event on the D23 Expo app.
- Bring hand sanitizer to keep your hands germ free especially if you're snacking throughout the day!
- Put a Sharpie in your bag with paper (cardstock is a good choice!) just in case- you never know when you might run into celebrities or industry icons on the show floor so you're prepared for any spontaneous autographs.
- If you're interested in purchasing prints on the show floor, you may want to consider bringing a poster tube to keep your treasures safe! This is also a good thing to bring if panels you attend end up handing out free posters.
- Temper your expectations. You may not get into every ‘top tier panel' but there's plenty more to do! Have a solid backup for everything you want to do.
But most of all, have fun and enjoy connecting with other like minded Disney fans!
D23 Expo Tickets
Last D23 Expo all tickets for the event sold out except for Sunday. The below information is from the previous D23 Expo and is preserved for your information.
- You must be a D23 Gold or General Member to purchase tickets. Fans can join D23 with a Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), or General Membership (complimentary) at JoinD23.com.
- Attendees will be able to secure advance reservations for select panels and experiences through a new random selection process closer to the event.
- A new preferred seating ticket option will be available for Hall D23.
- You will be able to easily transfer your additional guest badges to your family and friends who will be attending with you.
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D23 Expo Panels
The main sight to see at any major convention are the panels! The D23 Expo panels will feature brand new announcements, sneak peeks, reveals and more for all things Disney including Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars!
The first panel kicks off the D23 Expo on September 9th with a Disney Legends Award Ceremony with panels later that day showcasing future projects from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, and Disney Live Action. Saturday morning, fans will get a sneak peek at the latest news from Marvel and Lucasfilm with the afternoon including a preview from Disney Branded Television. Sunday morning guests will get news from what's coming from Disney Parks, Expereinces and Products plus a special presentation of Disney Princess – The Concert.
D23 Expo Panel List
The main panels will take place in “Hall D23” which is the 6,900-seat venue in Hall D of the convention center. These are the ‘top tier' panels in terms of high list appearances, top news, etc.
Many of these panels will be available through a new random selection process closer to the event- this is likely to avoid any advance lining up so guests know which panels they can attend. And of course, those that purchased the new preferred seating option will have a spot in hall D23!
Friday, September 9
- Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers-10:30 a.m., Backlot Stage
- 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.
- Disney100– 10:30AM
- This panel kicks off the D23 Expo with a presentation that includes the Disney Legends Award Ceremony featuring Disney CEO Bob Chapek.
- “traceback”: Celebrating the People of Walt Disney Animation Studios- 2–3 p.m. on the Walt Disney Archives Stage
- 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.
- Disney Live Action, Pixar & Walt Disney Animation – 3:30PM
- Guests will get 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.
- Panel will include studio heads, filmakers and cast members to discuss the most exciting titles announced.
- LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS- 3:30PM, D23 Hall
- Disney Animation and Pixar are teaming up with Disney Live Action on Friday afternoon, welcoming thousands of Disney fans to Hall D23 for a special look at upcoming films and series.
- 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. Fans will get an insider’s view at Pixar’s unique, perspective-shifting, long-form series Win or Lose, which launches on Disney+ next year.
- Pixar’s Peter Sohn, who helms the 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—and 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.
- Cell phones, cameras, and all recording devices will be checked for this presentation.
Saturday, September 10
- Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm– 10AM
- Representatives from Marvel and Lucasfilm showcase theatrical and Disney+ titles along with behind the scenes and exclusive footage from new projects.
- A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Walt Disney Imagineering Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab-10 a.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
- 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.
- Uncovering Treasures from the Marty Sklar Collection- 12 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
- 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.
- A Century of Storytelling at Walt Disney Animation Studios- 2-3PM
- 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.
- Dreaming, Designing and Bringing to Life the Disney Wish-4 p.m., Backlot Stage
- 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.
- A Celebration of Disney Animation’s “Encanto”- 3:30–4:30 p.m. on the Premiere Stage
- 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!
- Branded Television- 3:30PM
- Presentation of an exclusive showcase of upcoming content featuring talent appearances and sneak previews for original content for Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior. This panel will also include looks at the new Disney+ series such as National Treasure, American Born Chinese, and The Santa Claus.
- Sneak Peek at “Zootopia+” from Walt Disney Animation Studios- 6–7 p.m. on the Backlot Stage
- 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.
Sunday, September 11
- Disney Parks, Experiences and Products- 10:30AM
- Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro will share a look at new announcements and updates for Disney Parks around the world with behind-the-scenes “big dreams of Disney Imagineers.” This panel is said to be full of exciting news and surprises for Disney fans.
- Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible, Possible- 1 p.m., Premiere Stage
- 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.
- 100 Years of Treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library- 2–3 p.m. on the Backlot Stage
- Never-before-seen clips, recording sessions, and live-action reference 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.
- Disney Parks Through the Decades: A Disney Ambassador Perspective- 4 p.m., Walt Disney Archives Stage
- 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.
- The World of Duffy & Friends Revealed-4:15 p.m., Hyperion Stage
- Disney Imagineers discuss the origin and continuing popularity of Duffy & Friends, including the newest friend who has become a global phenomenon — LinaBell!
- Princess – The Concert- 4:15PM
- 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 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.
Schedule and talent are subject to change.
D23 Expo Event Stages
The main panels will take plan in the 7,000 seat Hall D23 with other stages including the 3,000-seat Premiere Stage, the 1,200-seat Backlot Stage, and the expanded, 700-seat Walt Disney Archives Stage for more presentations curated by the staff of the Archives.
On the main show floor, the D23 Expo Live! Stage will feature performances, appearances, demonstrations, and more throughout the duration of the convention.
Walt Disney Archives presents Step in Time
Walt Disney Archives presents a celebration of a the nearly 100 year history of The Walt Disney Company with a chronological exhibit showcasing immersive, themed environments from animated shorts, films, television products, Disney Parks favorites including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins, Tron and the Haunted Mansion!
The gallery space will be divided into nine themed areas giving guests the chance to capture great Disney themed photo ops. Including the chance to captain the boat in Steamboat Willie, walking the blue carpet at the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and visiting with the carousel horses from Mary Poppins, to 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.
D23 Expo Mousequerade
The D23 Expo Mousequerade is the must see Disney costume contest. Guests were invited to design Disney-inspired costumes with finalists displaying their designs before a panel of celebrity judges. No information has been shared yet on if the Mousequerade will return to D23 Expo 2024.
This year's panel of judges includes Nina West as host, with Yvette Nicole Brown (Big Shot, Disenchanted), Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano and creator of Her Universe), and Ally Maki (Toy Story 4, Home Sweet Home Alone) judging the selection of contestants.
D23 Expo Walt's Plane
The D23 Expo previously featured a brand-new exhibit of Disney history hosted by D23 and the Walt Disney Archives. Walt Disney's Grumman Gulfstream I company airplane is being restored and transported to Anaheim.
The plane was on display for years as a part of the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios and will be part of an exhibit at the D23 Expo called Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane presented by Amazon.
D23 Expo Show Floor
The massive show floor is a sight to see at the D23 Expo which will be full of immersive experiences and opportunities for guests to hear upcoming exciting Disney nows plus possibly run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers.
The D23 Expo show floor is also where you can find all the shopping including D23 Expo-exclusive collectibles plus a large variety of Disney exhibitor shops including the main store the D23 Expo Emporium.
D23 Expo Walt Disney Archives Exhibit
The Walt Disney Archives Team always puts together an incredible exhibit of pieces around a specific theme. As the D23 Expo is specifically celebrating the kickoff of The Walt Disney Company's 100th Anniversary I expect the exhibit will be something around Disney100.
Last expo, the exhibit was a collection of costumes from your favorite films. It was stunning to see all of the designs up close.
D23 Expo Shopping
New this year at the D23 Expo will be the D23 Expo Marketplace- a 27,000 foot retail location offering merchandise from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and more. Plus there will be limited-edition merchandise and items celebrating Disney's 100th Anniversary!
Mickey’s of Glendale, the Walt Disney Imagineering store, will also have three retail places at the D23 Expo including:
- Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store — Featuring merchandise designed by Imagineers, including hats, T-shirts, accessories, and more. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to shop collections celebrating the upcoming Walt Disney Imagineering 70th Anniversary.
- Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store — Disney pin enthusiasts will want to stop by this space, 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 2022.
Guests can also enjoy a retail space for Disney Publishing including first to market books available for purchase. Book signings within the book include 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.
- 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.
How to Shop
- There will be a virtual queue in place for the D23 Expo Marketplace, Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store, or Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store that you can access 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 and avoid long checkout lines.
- To shop select limited-edition collection items, attendees will be able to reserve via StorePass, an online reservation system prior to the start of D23 Expo.
- Details on how to get a StorePass reservation will be announced later this summer.
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