January 13, 2022
Disney’s seventh consumer conference, D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, is welcoming back in-person attendance after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.
Tickets (D23Expo.com) for the Sept. 9-11 event at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., go on sale Jan. 20 to the general public, and on Jan. 19 for D23 fan club members.
Ticket buyers must be members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club — either at the complimentary General Member level or at the Gold Member level — to purchase tickets. Discounted single-day ($89) and three-day tickets ($229) will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members. Regularly priced single-day tickets are $99 for a one-day adult admission and $79 for children, and money-saving three-day tickets also are available.
In addition to kicking off “Disney100,” the centennial celebration of The Walt Disney Company, Disney brands Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars will showcase what’s new and what’s on the horizon from Disney theme parks, streaming (i.e., Disney+) television, music, products and movies.
The event will feature more than 50 shows, presentations, and panels, including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy, as well as an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives highlighting the 100th anniversary of Disney.
The “Mousequerade” costume contest will return, hosted by Nina West and featuring panel of judges, including Yvette Nicole Brown (Big Shot, Disenchanted), Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and creator of Her Universe), and Ally Maki (Toy Story 4, Home Sweet Home Alone).
The contest will feature new categories, including “Off the Screen,” “Imagine That!,” “Magical Mashups,” and “Cast of Characters,” as well as a fan-favorite award voted on by the audience and a “best in show” prize of $2,300.
Disney’s restored Grumman Gulfstream I company airplane, currently housed backstage at Walt Disney World Resort, is slated to appear in an exhibit called Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane presented by Amazon. The aircraft was seen for years as part of the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The 7,000-seat Hall D23 returns and will be joined by the 3,000-seat Premiere Stage, the 1,200-seat Backlot Stage, and the expanded, 700-seat Walt Disney Archives Stage for more presentations curated by the staff of the Archives. On the main show floor, the D23 Expo Live! Stage will feature performances, appearances, and demonstrations all weekend long, many of which will be livestreamed.
D23 Expo 2019 featured appearances by celebrities, including Robert Downey Jr., Christina Aguilera, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Angelina Jolie, Robin Roberts, Salma Hayek, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, and the casts of “The Mandalorian” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”
This year, a limited number of Hall D23 Preferred Seating tickets (which include admission for all three days and a reserved seating section for all Hall D23 presentations) will be available to D23 Gold Members. D23 Members who are also Visa cardholders, and who pay with their Visa, will have pre-sale access to a limited number of one-day and three-day tickets for 24 hours beginning Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. PT, while supplies last.
Discounted hotel and Disneyland Resort park tickets are available to all D23 Expo ticket purchasers.