Disney’s D23 Expo is set to take place Aug. 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is the Ultimate Disney Fan Event that brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three magical days. The expo will include a slew of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more.
A quick look over the full D23 Expo schedule makes deciding between its many exciting panels, presentations, demonstrations, and other sources of entertainment a daunting task. I’ve been to the past three D23 Expos and experience sensory overload every year. If you’ve either thought about or are attending, I’ve gathered some tips and suggestions I hope will make your this year D23 Expo a magical experience.
Plan– This step is essential for enjoying a magical expo. Make sure you are checking the D23 expo website, download the D23 expo app, and following @D23expo on twitter. These sources help familiarize you with the events, schedules, and changes. It’s important to know that you won’t see everything- its not possible. In this planning phase, you need to make some tough choices. Look at the schedule and decide you first, second, and third choices. There is free Wifi available at the Expo, it can assist with planning, communication, and more. Also, don’t be afraid to ask Team Member for seminar run times when at the expo. See full schedule here.
Get There Early– Every event at the expo is going to have significant lines. Every year I have gone the lines get longer and the events get busier. This means packing a lot of patience. I would arrive 90 min to 2 hours early. Even though the lines take a lot of time, its a great chance to meet new Disney friends! As for lining up the night before, here is D23 official statement:
“If you are attending D23 EXPO 2015 on Friday, August 14, lineups will begin on Thursday, August 13th at 10 p.m. in Hall E. If you are attending D23 EXPO 2015 on Saturday, August 15, lineups will begin on Friday, August 14th at 10 p.m. in Hall E. If you arrive at 7 a.m. or later on Friday, August 14 and/or Saturday, August 15, please use the queue at the main entrance to the Anaheim Convention Center for access to the Show Floor. To attend the presentations in Hall D23, please proceed directly to Hall E for the queue. For Sunday, August 16, the Show Floor lineups will begin no earlier than 5 a.m. at the main entrance to the Anaheim Convention Center. Please proceed directly to Hall E to attend the presentations in Hall D23. No overnight lineups will take place the evening prior.”
StagePass- This is basically Disney’s version of FASTPASS. Each guest will have access to limited number of StagePass tickets. The tickets are on a first come, first serve basis and not not available for any of the bigger panels. Located on the schedule, you will see an icon that lets you know which panels offer StagePass.
StorePass- This year Disney is debuting the StorePass which is like the StagePass, but is for Disney Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale.
Here’s how it works:
“Starting at 10 a.m., and while D23 EXPO StorePass tickets last, visit the StorePass desk located adjacent to the StagePass distribution area in Hall A.Choose one of the 30-minute shopping experience timeslots, held from 12–5 p.m. Present your D23 EXPO 2015 admission ticket to receive a StorePass ticket for the respective shopping experience location. Each person is limited to one StorePass ticket for each shopping experience location per day. Please arrive at the shopping experience location at least five minutes prior to the start of your assigned time slot with your StorePass ticket. StorePass tickets are valid only for the timeslot printed on the ticket.”
Pack the essentials– This means wearing comfortable shoes, bringing water, packing snacks, extra phone chargers, and of course- your camera. Act as if you are packing for a day in the parks.
Hopefully these tips help you plan for a magical experience. Make sure to check out our other posts about the expo: 5 Reasons To Be Excited About D23 Expo 2015, Disney on Broadway ‘The Originals’ and “A Silly Symphony Celebration”. For more information about D23 expo 2015 schedule click here. We will be covering all three days of the expo so make sure to stay connected with us on our twitter, instagram, and facebook! If you are at the expo make sure to say “Hi” if you see us or meet up with us at our event. RSVP and get details here.