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D23 Expo 2019. The next D23 Expo is August 23-25 2019 and the time to get ready is now; we’ll show you what to do and what to expect below so keep reading. Let’s get ready for the ultimate gathering of Disney fans with D23 Expo Prep!
My complete D23 Expo experience from 2017 is documented here, take a look!
Since Disneyland planning is my full-time gig, I couldn’t help but to apply similar strategies to D23 Expo.
D23 Expo 2019: What is D23?
D23 is “The Official Disney Fan Club” sponsored by the Walt Disney Company. D23 launched in 2009 and stands for Disney 1923. 1923 being the year Walt Disney arrived in California, founding the Walt Disney Company. Membership in the D23 fan club comes in three options: General (free), Gold and Gold Family. If you’re not a member yet, head over here to become a D23 member.
From there you can see all the perks and options that come with your D23 Membership. I’ve gone Gold in preparation for the D23 Expo which we’ll talk about shortly.
D23 Expo 2019: Dates & Tickets
When is D23 Expo 2019? The D23 Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 23-25, 2019 and is typically held every-other year. Tickets for D23 Expo 2019 go on sale August 23, 2018. Multi-day tickets and Saturday only tickets do sell out quickly.
When do D23 Expo tickets go on sale? D23 Expo 2019 tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 23, 2018. General admission tickets are $89 for a one-day adult admission and $69 for children. Note the taxes and shipping fees associated with the ticket purchase. And, you can even get shopping started early with exclusive add-ons during check out.
How much are D23 Expo tickets? Tickets are $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children. Discount three-day tickets are also available at D23expo.com. Tickets include entrance to the D23 Expo and NOT Disneyland Resort. Keep reading for discount Disneyland tickets.
How much are D23 Expo tickets for early bird discounts? There are no early bird discounts for the 2019 event unless you are a D23 Gold Member.
Do Gold Members get a discount? Yes, D23 Gold Members will see a discount on admission including discounted single-day and multi-day tickets and discount early bird tickets.
How much are D23 Expo tickets for Gold Members? Tickets are $67 for one day, early bird ($79 after November 20) and $177 for three day early bird ($219 after November 20).
Is there an Early Bird discount? Yes, for D23 Gold Members only who purchase their tickets from August 23–November 20, 2018. Gold Family Members can save $72 off the price of admission, and may purchase up to four three-day tickets at the D23 Gold Member “Early Bird” rate.
What is the VIP Sorcerer Ticket? “A limited number of VIP Sorcerer Packages for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,500 per ticket. The Sorcerer Package includes a three-day admission ticket with a commemorative Sorcerer credential; reserved seating at presentations; a preview day with a tour of the show floor and advance shopping opportunities; a Haunted Mansion-themed welcome reception; a packed D23 Expo gift pack, including an exclusive bag provided by D23 Expo 2019 sponsor American Tourister, and more. Members can purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets.” -D23 Communications
When will D23 Expo tickets be mailed? Tickets will be mailed beginning about July 20, 2019 for U.S. residents.
Can I pick up my D23 tickets at will call? I expect will call pick up to be available starting on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 7 and Sunday at 8:00 am.
What were ticket prices like in 2017? Ticket prices from 2017 are listed below.
D23 Expo 2019: Hotels
Hotels surrounding the Anaheim Convention Center fill up fast when a big event like the D23 Expo hits town. The hotels nearest the convention center like the Hilton Anaheim and Doubletree Convention Center typically sell out for Expo dates a year in advance which means the time to book is NOW!
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I’ve stayed at many hotels near Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center, including Hilton Anaheim Convention Center, Eden Roc, The Anaheim Hotel and more. See my full hotel reviews here.
D23 Expo 2019: Disneyland Tickets
In the past, D23 Expo attendees can purchase discount Disneyland Resort tickets for pre-arrival purchase. If you have purchased your D23 Expo ticket, you will receive information on Disneyland Resort tickets via email or in a link on your receipt. It looks like this:
Prices can change at any time and tickets can only be purchased through the custom link provided in your D23 ticket email. These tickets go on sale April 19, 2019 and must be purchased in advance.
2019 ticket options are as follow. Limit of 6 tickets per order, 2 orders per D23 attendee
- Tickets are valid for use during D23 Expo.
- $140 adult, $132 child for 1 day, 1 park ($185/177 to park hop)
- $210 adult, $195 child for 2 days, 1 park ($255/240 to park hop)
- $255 adult, $240 child for 3 days, 1 park ($295/280 to park hop)
- $280 adult, $265 child for 4 days, 1 park ($325/310 to park hop)
- $300 adult, $290 child for 5 days, 1 park ($340/325 to park hop)
- Twilight Tickets (entrance at 4pm or 4 hours before park closing, whichever is earlier) $93 for 1 day. Note: Twilight Tickets are not available at other time, this is a special for those attending the D23 Expo.
You can also get discount Disneyland tickets for use any day of the year, regardless of if you attend D23 with our partner here.
D23 Expo 2019: Planning Your Day
Planning your day at the D23 Expo is probably the most difficult part of the convention. Gold members get special perks like early entrance to the expo which can save you time and possibly get you into prime presentations. I used my Gold Member perks during the 2017 event here.
I suggest you pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice in case certain presentations reach capacity or you can’t make it there in time due to parking or other circumstances. Remember to add time to the beginning of each presentation for waiting in line and be sure to add some time for shopping!
For lines, expect plenty of them. D23 Expo experts say to arrive by 4 am each morning if you want to get into the major Hall D23 morning panel. Many, many people stay overnight.
Overnight queueing is almost a rite of passage for the super-dedicated. You may still get a seat without lining up overnight but obviously the best seats go to those who arrive first. Thursday and Friday you can begin official line-up (I say official because informal lines may begin prior) at 10pm and will be escorted inside for overnight lines. No overnight lines for Sunday panels.
Not into overnight queueing? Most people say be there by 4 am for the best seats. Certainly don’t arrive at opening or even an hour before, you may not make it inside in time for the panel.
Panel rooms are cleared out before each session. You cannot stay in for one presentation and stay in for the next. Many people do leave and hop into line right away, but there is no guarantee you’ll get back in.
If you want limited edition merchandise or premium seating, expect to spend lots of time in line. There’s just no way around it if you’re looking at the Hall D23 panels. Smaller panels may be less crowded.
D23 Expo 2019 On Display All Weekend
In addition to numerous panels and presentations, you can find shopping galore and these displays all weekend on the D23 Expo show floor. In 2019 the D23 Expo floor will host:
- Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume, see costumes you know and love from 55 years of Disney movies and television. Included in this exhibit is “Cinderella’s Workshop” featuring Cinderella dresses from Into the Woods, Cinderella and Once Upon a Time.
- “Mickey’s of Glendale” returns with imagineering-exclusive merchandise like specialty pins, limited-edition collectibles, and merchandise you can’t find anywhere else (expect of course on eBay at crazy high prices after the expo).
- “Disney Music Emporium” features products and album signings including Disney composers and recording artists. With the purchase of select music products at the Disney Music Emporium Pavilion, guests will be issued a wristband to secure a space for an album signing.
D23 Expo 2019 Walt Disney Archives
Walt Disney Archives returns in 2019 and their display is nothing short of breathtaking.
Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume
See costumes up close from beloved Disney classics like Mary Poppins to current live-actions like Aladdin, more than 70 costumes from 55 years of Disney movies and television shows will be on display!
When you first enter the 12,000-square-foot exhibit, step into Cinderella’s Workshop, a gallery featuring dresses from Cinderella’s numerous Disney incarnations, including:
- 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
- the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series
- 2014’s Into the Woods
- the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella
- and the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time
Guest will explore exhibits dedicated to the “Disney Heroes,” “Disney Villains,” and “Spaces Between,” reserved for Disney’s most complex characters.
Disney Heroes Costume Archives:
- Belle’s village dress from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast
- Belle’s ballgown from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast
- Creations worn by the Genie in the live-action Aladdin
- Costumes worn by Aladdin in the live-action Aladdin
- Creations worn by Jasmine in this year’s live-action Aladdin
- Three iconic Mary Poppins “traveling dresses” worn in three Poppins productions from 1964 original film, 2019’s Mary Poppins Returns, and the Broadway musical.
Disney Villains Costume Archives:
- The famous trio Hocus Pocus witches.
- Dresses worn by the stepsisters in Cinderella, and
- Dress worn by Bette Davis in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain
Spaces Between Costume Archives:
- Maleficent’s gown from the 2014 film
- Evil Queen’s ensembles from Once Upon a Time
- Hook’s costumes from Once Upon a Time
D23 Expo 2019 Schedule Friday
The schedule is slowly being released by D23 and I am making adjustments to this article often. Here are confirmed events happening Friday August 23, 2019:
- Disney Legends Awards 10:30 am hosted by Disney CEO Bob Iger, honoring “visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy.”
- Disney+ 3:30 pm will showcase its slate of original films and series coming to the streaming service, set to launch in the U.S. on November 12. Will you be signing up for Disney+? I know we will at our house! I could see them doing a giveaway in this panel with a Disney+ subscription. What do you think?
- Mousequerade a showcase of attendees costumes.
D23 Expo 2019 Disney Legends Ceremony
The Legends Ceremony will take place Friday morning, August 23, 2019 in the D23 Hall. Since 1987, Disney has celebrate nearly 300 Disney Legends. In 2019 legends include:
Wing Chao. From D23, ” Wing served as vice chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for Asia Pacific Development as well as executive vice president of Walt Disney Imagineering, where he oversaw master planning, architecture, and design. Wing directed development teams consisting of Disney Imagineers and many of the world’s most renowned architects and designers. He also developed and built projects, including resort hotels, parks, cruise ships, entertainment venues, water attractions, convention and exhibition centers, sports stadiums, restaurants, retail spaces, recreational complexes, office spaces, and two new-town communities, at The Walt Disney Company’s properties in California, Florida, Hawai‘i, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and other locations worldwide.”
Robert Downey Jr. His Disney debut was in the 2006 remake of The Shaggy Dog, but we mostly know him as Tony Stark, the man who helped launch Marvel Studios into what it is today. D23 says, “Robert will next star in the title role in 2020’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle and is in pre-production on the third installment of the successful Sherlock Holmes franchise.”
Jon Favreau. Producer and director, his directing credits include Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2(2010), the live-action remake of The Jungle Book (2016), and The Lion King (2019). His list of successes and accomplishments truly goes on and on.
James Earl Jones. Known for his villainous vocal performances in Star Wars films, including most recently in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and TV shows like Star Wars Rebels (2014–18). His voice can also be heard in Disney Parks around the world.
Bette Midler. “Sistas!” Bette played Winifred in the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus (1993). D23 adds, “she also starred in The Lottery (1989), a short film produced for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in Florida for guests of the park’s Backstage Studio Tour.”
Kenny Ortega. I love, love Kenny’s work. If you’re not familiar with his name, you’ve certainly enjoyed the fruits of his labor. D23 says, Kenny “is a multi-award-winning director, choreographer, and producer. His first work with Disney was choreographing the TV special Disney’s Totally Minnie (1988), followed by Mickey’s 60th Birthday the same year, and he would go on to direct three episodes of Touchstone Television’s Hull High in 1990. In 1992, Kenny directed his first feature film, the beloved Disney musical Newsies, which was followed, in 1993, by the Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus. In 2006, he helmed the Disney Channel smash hit High School Musical, and the success of the first film would bring him back to direct—and choreograph—the sequels High School Musical 2 (2007) and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008). Kenny also produced and staged the High School Musical: The Concert tour, as well as the Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers Best of Both Worlds Tour. His other Disney credits include directing the 2014 short The Making of Frozen, The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), and, most recently, the international phenomenon Descendants (2015), Descendants 2 (2017), and Descendants 3, which will be released this summer.”
Barnette Ricci. As a choreographer at Disneyland in the 1960s, “Barnette choreographed and directed many parades, including Christmas parades, America on Parade, and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Perhaps her biggest project to date is the creation of Fantasmic! Debuting at Disneyland in 1992.” -D23.
Robin Roberts. Who is not Gayle King. D23 says, “Robin joined ESPN and would quickly become a frequent contributor to the network’s programming. In her 15 years at ESPN, she contributed to NFL Primetime and hosted SportsCenterand In the Game with Robin Roberts. Robin began making appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America(GMA) in 1995, and in 2005 left ESPN to join the show full-time as co-anchor. Since joining GMA, the show has won four Emmys for Outstanding Morning Program. For ABC, Robin has hosted In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, as well as ABC’s red carpet coverage of the Academy Awards, and has created original broadcast and digital programming for the network through her production company, Rock’n Robin Productions. In 2007, Hyperion publishing released Robin’s first book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By. Among Robin’s many awards are the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, membership in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and being named one of Glamour‘s Women of the Year.”
Diane Sawyer. D23 writes, “ABC News anchor, tackling some of the biggest issues of our time with original reporting, primetime specials, long-form interviews, and in-depth investigations. One of the most respected journalists in the world, she has traveled the globe delivering breaking news reports, and has conducted interviews with almost every major newsmaker of our time. Her primetime documentaries have won critical acclaim for shedding light on difficult and previously under-reported topics, including her reporting on the realities of poverty in America. Diane’s reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including duPonts; Emmys; Peabodys; the grand prize of the premier Investigative Reporters and Editors Association; an IRTS Lifetime Achievement Award; and the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism Award. In 1997 she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. After more than a decade in television news, Sawyer joined ABC News in February 1989 as co-anchor of Primetime. She was named co-anchor of Good Morning America in January 1999, and held the post until taking over the World News anchor chair in December 2009.”
Ming Na-Wen. You know her as Agent Melinda May, aka “The Cavalry,” on the ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or from playing Jing-Mei Chen on ER. She also played the title star of the Disney classic Mulan. Her voice is also heard in Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and more.
Hans Zimmer. Academy Award winner , two-time Golden Globe winner, with three Grammys, an American Music Award, and a Tony Award in the mix. “His early work includes additional music for White Fang (1991) and co-writing music for Cool Runnings (1993). His groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning instrumental score for The Lion King (1994) was followed by many memorable projects, including Crimson Tide (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), The Rock (1996), Pearl Harbor (2001), King Arthur (2004), and Iron Man (2008). Hans is the guiding force behind the music of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, serving in various composing, editing, and producing capacities for The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s End (2007), and On Stranger Tides (2011). Hans composed the music for this summer’s reimagining of The Lion King.” -D23.
D23 Expo 2019 Schedule Saturday
In 2017, this is what we saw on Saturday’s schedule. I expect a similar schedule for main panels like Live Action and Parks Panel to be on Saturday in 2019:
- Walt Disney Studios 10:00 am get a sneak peek at the collection of world-class film labels, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. “Attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!”
D23 Expo 2019 Schedule Sunday
The sleepy Sundays are a thing of the past. This is the first year a major panel will be hosted on Sunday, as the popular parks and resorts panel moves from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.
- Walt Disney Parks and Resorts 10:30 am preview of what’s in store at Disney Parks during a presentation hosted by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek.
We’re only just beginning on our D23 Expo Prep; be sure to sound off in the comments with your tips and questions for the the D23 Expo 2019.
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