Every other year, Disney fans converge on the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California to celebrate all things Disney at the D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan convention. The family-friendly event, which draws over 60,000 adults and kids from all over the world, offers sneak peeks at upcoming movies, the latest theme park plans, panels of Disney creators and celebrity speakers, performances and autograph opportunities. You'll also find custom event memorabilia and a hall full of vendors selling all things Disney, Pixar and Marvel. Tickets for the next D23 usually go on sale a year in advance.
What is D23?
D23 is the official Disney Fan Club, named for the year Walt Disney left Kansas City headed for Los Angeles, 1923. If you never heard of it growing up, that's because it was only created in 2009, at the same time as the first D23 Expo. You can join D23 for free and get basic access to the member website, discounts on the Expo and invitations to select member events. The paid Gold Membership adds additional benefits including early entry into the D23 Expo, access to more member events and the ability to bring a guest, as well as special gifts and publications.
Both Free and Gold Members get discounts on Expo tickets, so it's worth joining if you're planning to attend, but only the Gold Members get early entry.
D23 Disney Fan Expo Details for 2017
When: July 14-16, 2017
Location: Anaheim Convention Center (800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim CA 92802) adjacent to Disneyland.
Admission: 1-day -Members – Adults $72/Kids 3-9 $53, Non-Members – Adults $81/Kids $59; 3-day pass – Members Adults $207/Kids $153, Non-Members Adults $238/Kids $174. Discounts available for advance purchase through Dec 31, 2016. Advance tickets only online.
Info and Tickets: https://d23.com/d23-expo/
D23 Expo 2017 Highlights
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony on Friday honors those who have made a significant contribution to the Disney legacy. The event will take place in Hall D23, allowing 7500 people to witness the event. (Friday, July 14, 2017, 10 am)
Zero to Hero: The Making of Hercules: For the 20th Anniversary of Hercules, members of the cast and creative team will be on hand to celebrate. (Sunday, July 16, 12:30 p.m., D23 Expo Arena)
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films, Hosted by John Lasseter (Friday, July 14, 2017, 2:30 p.m. – Hall D23)
Melodies in Walt’s Time: The Music of Disney Live-Action Films hosted by Whoopie Goldberg featuring Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Dotrice, and other renowned guest stars, joined by live musical performers and a 20-voice chorus—to showcase Summer Magic, Mary Poppins, The Happiest Millionaire, and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, as well as others. (Friday, July 14, 2017, 6 pm, Disney Expo Arena).
A Whole New World of Alan Menken is a new one-man show from the creator such Disney hits as “Under the Sea,” “Be Our Guest,” “Colors of the Wind.” Menken won 8 Oscars and 11 GRAMMY's for composing the music of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Tangled, as well as Broadway shows Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, Newsies, A Bronx Tale, and the ABC television series Galavant. (Sunday, July 16, 2017, 1:30 and 5:30 pm, Hall D23).
The Disney Parks and Resorts Update will present the next developments in attractions and entertainment at Disney parks around the world. (Saturday, July 15, 2017, 3 pm, Hall D23)
Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering: John Stamos will host a chat with Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering, Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter, and 2017 Disney Legend inductee Wayne Jackson.
A new Ultimate Fan Street Party will take place right on the show twice daily with live music, Disney characters and dancing. Stan Lee and Mark Hamill will grand marshal the first cavalcade on Friday, July 14, and members of the cast of Descendants 2 will lead the second that day .
A Galaxy of Stories in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion will give a preview and full detailed model of the new Star Trek Land and other park developments.
Disney Consumer Products Pavilion will showcase the latest Disney, Pixar and Marvel fashion trends, books, apps and other merchandise.
Disney Music Emporium will have a pop-up shop on the Expo floor selling a limited number of Disney Music collectible recordings and other music-related items.
Disney Theatricals Performances: Disney on Broadway's "The Originals" features stars from Disney's Broadway musicals performing favorite songs from Disney's Broadway shows interspersed with behind the scenes videos and interviews.
Meet the Disney TV Stars – Actors from Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will be on hand for performances, readings and autograph sessions.
Radio Disney Dance Party – Personalities from Radio Disney will be on hand to host the Radio Disney Dance Party.