This weekend Disney will be at the Anaheim Convention Center for the D23 Expo; will you be there too? I am so excited that I get to go back to California for this special event that I've actually attended since 2009! Yep, I was at the very first D23 Expo and let me tell you, it just keeps getting better and better. My personal favorites of the past include the Disney Songbook in Concert presentation where I got to see Alan Menken perform, the night I got to see Dick Van Dkye perform and the various Parks presentations and Legends ceremonies! There is just so much to see at D23 Expo between panels and the show floor; it really is the most wonderful time of the year (yes, better than Christmas).
This year, I know there are lots of whispers and excitement of what's to come and I couldn't be more pumped about what we're going to learn all about. I think I'm most excited for:
Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show!
I follow Charles Phoenix's adventures online and I just love his passion and personality. I think it's really going to be a fun look back at Disneyland of the past.
60 Years of Disney Parks Merchandise
Call me a sucker, but I love Disney merchandise. I think this presentation is going to offer a great look at what makes Disney Parks Merchandise so special to guests and how it affects them. Plus, they've promised to offer a sneak peak at future products, which is always so fun!
Disney on Broadway: "The Originals"
If you couldn't tell by now, I'm really into the musical presentations that D23 offers. This concert promises a great time with music from Mary Poppins, Tarzan and Aladdin (three of my favorite shows of all time) so I simply cannot miss it. The best part about this presentation is that there is actually a reprise performance a little bit later in the day, so with two times to choose from, I don't anticipate it being a very long wait!
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
I think this may take the cake as the presentation I am most excited for. With so many changes going on with Hollywood Studios, land purchases and attraction closures, I'm really itching to know what lies ahead for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts! Plus, with Shanghai and Avatar being the most recent projects, I'm sure we'll hear a lot about them as well.
Once Upon a Time: An Evening with Snow White & the Evil Queen
So I have been absolutely obsessed with Once from the very beginning. This panel definitely catches my eye as its special guests are Adam Horowitz (Creator and Executive Producer), Edward Kitsis (Creator and Executive Producer), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) and Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen, Regina). Plus Jeffrey Epstein (one of my favorites) is the moderator, so it should make for a fun presentation!
... And that is really just skimming the surface of what's available at D23! I am so excited.
D23 Expo is held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14-16 2015. You can find more information and purchase tickets here. As of 8/11 Saturday tickets and three day tickets are already sold out, so get on it if you're planning on attending!
If you're already attending the D23 Expo, check out the awesome app they've created this year! Not only does it offer the schedule of events at your fingertips, but it's how you access the Aurasma augmented reality experiences!