D23 Expo Schedule

The D23 Expo Schedule 2022 is expected to be packed full of many must do events and meet ups. It’s impossible to do everything, but because there’s such a wide variety of happenings, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here we’ll outline the schedule, along with some suggested itineraries for those visiting D23 Expo in 2022.

D23 Expo 2022 Schedule Quick Tips

I haven’t been to every expo, but I’ve learned so much in the ones I have attended. Even then, there’s lots to learn and things change every year but I do have a few quick tips to get you started.

 

D23 Expo Schedule

 

The most important things to remember when creating your schedule:

  • be flexible
  • have backups
  • try something new

Having fun and enjoying the D23 Expo experience is the main goal. Being flexible allows you to embrace the moments, even when things don’t go as planned.

A backup and even a double backup is a good thing for each day. I bet you won’t have any problem choosing backups because there is simply so much to do on any D23 Expo day. 

I’ve gone to a handful of events that normally wouldn’t interest me. Sometimes they’re my backup or sometimes a friend I want to hang out with at the Expo has that on their list. I’ve even attended secret panels where the subject wasn’t revealed until the last minute. I have enjoyed every one of them!

D23 Expo 2022 Schedule Friday

Here’s a look back at what we saw in 2019 and I look forward to changes coming in 2022. I will be updating this post as new information is released. This will give you some type of idea of what to expect when 2022 details are released. 

2022 schedule should be announced in increments late 2021 and early 2022.

 

Disney Legends

 

These events are for Friday August 23, 2019:

  • D23 Expo Show various times throughout the weekend with trivia, special guests and more. This is a fantastic filler item, stop by the show flow and see what’s happening during any of your down times. Show floor events are open to come and go, no commitment needed. 
  • 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.”
  • Great Moments with Walt Disney 10:30 am hosted by Randy Thorton at Walt Disney Archives Stage. 
  • Mousequerade 11:00 am a showcase of attendees costumes.
  • At Work with Walt 12:00pm Walt Disney Archives Stage.
  • Star Wars: The Music and Sounds of Galaxy’s Edge 12:30 D23 Expo Arena.
  • Visual Effects Behind Avengers: Endgame 12:30, reservations required. 
  • Making Walls Talk: Disney Historical Sites 2:30.
  • 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 attended this panel and the energy in the room was incredible!
  • Behind the Art of Disney Costuming 4:00 pm
  • Disney Legend Bill Farmer 4:00 pm
  • The Adventures of Bo Peep 4:30 pm

D23 Expo 2020 Schedule Saturday

Here’s a look back at what we saw in 2019 and I look forward to changes coming in 2022. I will be updating this post as new information is released. This will give you some type of idea of what to expect when 2022 details are released.

2022 schedule should be announced in increments late 2021 and early 2022.

 

D23 Expo floor

 

The 2019 schedule is shaking things up! People who bought tickets based on previous year’s schedules (me!) were surprised to see some changes. It’ll be interesting to see if they keep this format in 2022. 

  • 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!” attended this panel and had SO much fun! It’s always a packed audience with so much energy. 
  • Simpsons make their D23 Expo debut at a Simpsons panel 10:30 am.
  • Disney on Broadway: A 25th Anniversary Celebration 3:30 pm in Hall D23.
  • At Stage 28 join the panel of Amphibia stars Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Amanda Leighton, and Justin Felbinger and series creator/executive producer Matt Braly will join Big City Greens cast members Marieve Herington and Bob Joles, and creators/executive producers Chris and Shane Houghton for a lively Q&A session featuring the one-and-only Kermit the Frog.
  • Cast members from Disney’s Emmy® Award-nominated DuckTales and hit Disney Channel series Sydney to the Max and Coop & Cami Ask the World will be on hand to meet fans and take pictures in the Walt Disney Television booth.

D23 Expo 2020 Schedule Sunday

Here’s a look back at what we saw in 2019 and I look forward to changes coming in 2022. I will be updating this post as new information is released. This will give you some type of idea of what to expect when 2022 details are released.

2022 schedule should be announced in increments late 2021 and early 2022.

 

D23 Expo hall e

 

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.
  • Meet the stars of Disney’s Emmy® Award-nominated Big Hero 6 The Series, based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning feature film, as well as cast members from the Disney Channel Original Movie ZOMBIES and fan-favorite Disney Channel series BUNK’D.

D23 Expo 2022 Itineraries

Working off of 2019, I’ll share what my schedule was like. Remember, everyone’s schedule will be different and do-able for them. You might not want the same experience I had and that’s okay! 

As 2022 details are released, I will add suggested itineraries for specific goals and fandoms (think Star Wars, Disney classics, Disney Parks, etc.)

Thursday, Arrival Day

Lots of D23 Expo goers contemplate if they should arrive early to add Disneyland days, stay after the expo or just squeeze some Disneyland into the evenings. One thing’s for sure, you will be exhausted from Expo days, so consider that in your planning. 

I’ve always opted to arrive prior to the expo beginning for my Disneyland days, but since I go so often I didn’t add a lot extra to 2019. Do whatever works for you.

On arrival day consider completing the following tasks:

Arrival day is always filled with fun and excitement for the days ahead. Try to get a good night sleep to be ready for the next day. 

Friday, Day One (Repeat for Saturday and Sunday)

We had reservations and Gold Member status for the Legends Ceremony. 2019 was the first year they offered reservations, but we still wanted to get the best seats we could.

4:00 am We arrived at 4:00 am to check in and by 4:14 am we were the second to the last line of Gold Members in section C (to the side of the stage) because gold lines for A and B were full. We were glad we arrived at that time, because even with a reservation we would have barely made the gold section.

Shopping lines at 4:00 am were double what they were for Legends. Shopping to get things first hasn’t ever been my thing at D23 Expo, but as you can tell people are very serious about getting their hands on limited release merchandise.  

 

D23 Expo Hall E Lines

 

4:29 am the Gold queue was completely full for Legends ceremony. If you did not arrive by now, you won’t be let in to Hall E until 9 am and will. be queuing somewhere else. The key is to get into Hall E before that cut off time, which is announced closer to the expo dates.

6:00 am Cast Members instructed everyone to pack up any overnight things they brought. They’ll allow you to take your stuff to your car or nearby hotel room and return. They will give instructions for re-entry. Remember who you were sitting by! The lines will look different when you come back. 

9:00 am People with reservations to Legends are let into Hall E. People waiting in security line with reservations are being pulled out to get inside quicker. I hope 2022, they find a better way to do this like a security line just for Legend attendees?

And yes, I took voice memos of what time we did everything so I could look back on it a year plus later and remember how crazy I was/am.

12:00 pm After this I was did less note taking and more enjoying. We left the Legends ceremony and went right back to Hall E to get our Gold queue for the Disney+ panel. Get to know your line neighbors, then send a runner to grab lunch.

We got lunch at the food trucks outside, be prepared to wait but you’ll have plenty of time to get back into Hall E. Just get your food and come back so you don’t lose your spot in line. 

 

Disney Archives Expo
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After this we explored the show floor for a bit and went to the parks that evening for dinner. We didn’t even ride anything we were so exhausted and had much of the same to plan for day two. 

What worked on Friday was set to work again, except for more people would arrive earlier if they failed or succeeded the day before. 

We repeated much the same as Friday but arrived a little bit earlier on Saturday for the Walt Disney Studio panel. We spend a lot of time in Hall E. It’s a unique experience and you really meet a lot of fun and interesting Disney fans. 

I always bring snacks and water, along with money to buy breakfast and snacks inside Hall E when it is offered. 

We did some show floor presentations, shopping, Disney archives and more on day 2 after many lines had calmed down. You’ll find even more time to do those on Sunday when many people leave the expo early. 

Bottom line, the D23 Expo takes some strategic planning, but also lots of flexibility and understanding that you can have a blast doing whatever Disney magic comes your way, like running into Josh D’Amaro again and having a nice chat. 

 

D23 Expo Josh

 

My main suggestion for your D23 schedule is to pick one big, must-do each day and set your goal on that and let other fun things fall into place. Want to talk more about the D23 Expo schedule? Let’s talk all things D23 Expo Schedule on social media @DisneylandPlan or email me [email protected] 

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