D23 Expo Schedule

The D23 Expo Schedule 2022 is 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 at 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 Disney Archives

Disney Archives is one of the main attractions for visitors to D23 Expo. It’s on display all weekend and the highlight of many people’s expo experience. 

I have loved exploring the archives at the expo and various exhibits Disney Archives presents throughout the years at various locations. If you ever get a chance to see one, do it! 

But of course during the expo, make time for this display as well as at least ONE archives presentation during the weekend. 

  • Walt Disney Archives presents Step in Time: A 12,000-square-foot fully immersive exhibit celebrating 100 years of The Walt Disney Company, placing fans inside the magic of Disney from the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion to Mary Poppins and Tron.

My husband is a huge Tron fan, maybe this will convince him to join me at the expo? 

Archives Flynns Sign
“FLYNN’S,” prop from the arcade from the film Tron. (The Walt Disney Company)

 

And I am kinda freaking out over seeing a photo of this! I can’t wait to see it in person from one of my favorite Disney films, Mary Poppins. 

Archives MaryPoppins Mary CarouselHorse
Prop carousel horse from Mary Poppins (The Walt Disney Company)
  • Walt Disney Archives Stage: The popular presentation venue is returning with more than a dozen panels throughout the weekend featuring Archivists, Imagineers, Disney Legends, and more.

 

  • Walt’s Plane: Accompanying the return of Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I airplane will be an exhibit featuring items from this piece of Disney history

 

  • Disney100: The Exhibition: A special panel at the Expo revealing more details about the massive exhibit that debuts in early 2023 in Philadelphia

D23 Expo 2022 Schedule Friday

One of my favorite events kicks off the entire expo Friday morning, Disney Legends! And this year it’s even more special because D23 Expo ties into 100 years of the WALT DISNEY Company.

Disney says, “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.”

 

Disney Legends

 

Here is the full event schedule for 2022 which we’ll add to once more information is released:

D23 Expo 2022 Schedule Saturday

Here is the full event schedule for 2022 which we’ll add to once more information is released:

D23 Expo floor

 

  • Filmmakers, celebrity talent, and surprise guests will join representatives from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, among others, onstage in Hall D23 at 10 a.m. to showcase theatrical and Disney+ titles. Going behind the scenes of these studios’ highly anticipated films, specials, and series, attendees will see exclusive footage and be among the first to learn what else is in the works.
  • 3:30 p.m., Disney Branded Television, 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.
  • D23 Member exclusive Oogie Boogie Bash night $179, learn more about adding Oogie Boogie Bash to your D23 experience here.

D23 Expo 2022 Schedule Sunday

The sleepy Sundays are a thing of the past. This is the second time a major panel will be hosted on Sunday, as the popular parks and resorts panel wraps things up Sunday morning. 

 

D23 Expo hall e

 

Here is the full event schedule for 2022 which we’ll add to once more information is released:

  • 10:30 a.m., join Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro for a look at Disney’s boundless future. With announcements and updates on the magic happening around the world in parks, on the high seas, at home, and beyond, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the big dreams of Disney Imagineers. Every Disney fan will want to be a part of this special presentation full of exciting news and surprises.
  • 4:15 p.m., 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 RoofThe 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.

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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