I was invited by Disney to D23 Expo. All opinions shared are 100% my own
My expectations going to my first D23 Expo ever were high. Little did I know that I was going to be blown away. I was in for an amazing, unforgettable and exciting weekend. I just can’t begin to tell you how beyond my wildest happy dreams D23 Expo really is. All my high D23 Expo expectations were shattered and stratospherically surpassed. Curious about What To Expect At The D23 Expo? Here is an overview of what I experienced.
What to Expect At D23 Expo
We laughed, dreamed, cheered, cried happy tears, relieved childhood memories, shopped and lived all the Disney pixie dust. There is just so much! Here are some highlights of what I got to enjoy at D23 Expo:
The Disney Legends Panel
I am in awe of the passion of all those who tirelessly work to bring us so much remarkable magic. Recognizing them was a highlight and a chance to thank fabulous human beings for their contributions. That is what the Disney Legends panel gave us a chance to do. Yes, a couple of very famous people made the list of the Disney Legends inductees, like Oprah and Whoppi Goldberg, people like Italian immigrant Clyde Geronimo who was responsible for the award winning Mickey shorts that will now be the set up for the first ever Mickey Mouse ride Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railroad. As a huge FanGirl, my favorite moment was when Stan Lee was giving his acceptance speech thanking everyone for the tribute to his late friend and co-creator Jack Kirby. Everyone was on their feet when the exclaimed “Excelsior” at the end. The sweetest moment of the panel was wishing a happy birthday to 107-year-old Ruthy an animator Disney Legend
Breaking news? There was no shortage of it! I got it all for you here:
- Movies, both animation and live action,
- plus new rides for Disney Parks, new hotels,
- and new transportations modes
That is just a taste of it. We found out about the premiere of Duck Tales on August 12th and the release of the Lion King on DVD on August 29th. So much magic! It all just exploded on stage with so much to come!
The Expo Floor
Now we know that Star Wars Land is called Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. We had the opportunity to explore what this immersive area in Hollywood studios will be like with a gigantic scale model of it and the explanations of the experts at hand.
No Star Wars exhibit would be complete without some robotic action
Or superb pieces on display
Limited edition items were going fast. I did not get a chance to purchase my D23 2017 pin (you know I love to trade pins), but I did get my hands on a Thor necklace charm that was being sold at a preview price. I will be getting it in the mail before it even hits stores!
We heard it at the Disney Legends Panel, The Disney Animation, and Live Action panel. We even got a magnificent Alan Menken concert with all the fabulous hits of Disney Movies made my heart sing!
Music is such an integral part of Disney that we just had to visit the Disney Music Emporium. I was all over the vinyl Disney sounds available at the Disney Music Emporium. The records are beautiful and functional, don’t you agree?
Wondering what music I took home? You will never guess: the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Robin Hood!
Disney Archives: Pirates of the Caribbean
My first visit to the Disney Archives left my inner Disney nerd eager for more. Early morning on Day two we had an exclusive look at the Disney Archives “A Pirates Life for me” exhibit. Pirates have played a part at Disney from the beginning. And so, Disney archives brought over special pieces to share with us.
Of course, there also was a special section dedicated to fantastic franchise The Pirates of the Caribbean. I can’t get enough of my Disney pirates! The details on these pieces were incredible and such a flashback to every single one of the Caribbean movies.
It was very impressive. The entire collection brought to D23 Expo was exciting. There even was this, take straight out of the Peter Pan ride!
Fans do not take lightly their Disney attire. While we all had awesome on point t-shirts and ears, others were nothing short of spectacular not only in costume but in total role playing. I will dedicate a post to this soon but did want to give you a few examples
Frozen fans took to the sled
I cheered the Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 cassette
and I also tried to be part of the angry Kakamora tribe…they threw me overboard for making them laugh too much.
In this case more live video opportunities. for example being able to dive into the Duck Tales Money bin. Not only were you able to fulfill a childhood dream of doing it, but you also got to record the memory for posterity
And then there was revealing yourself to Thor. I could not pass on the opportunity of having him celebrating with a big “YES!” when he got to see me, so here it is
He sees me and he beams excitedly to scream "YES!!" I take it! Right back at you #ThorRagnarok #D23Expo
Posted by Taty Pradilla on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
D23 Expo Pixie Dust is Everywhere
Celebrity sightings, the kindness of Disney Fans, long lines for panels and food, plenty of excitement, and tons of positive energy are definitely things that you will find at a D23 Expo. Best of all is making more memories Disney Style and counting down the days for the breaking news you get. It will take you a few days to settle down the Disney High. Settle, I say because it will keep you smiling and feeling goosebumps long after you have closed down a whirlwind of unforgettable Disney coolness.
Are your ready for D23 Expo 2019?