This event will take place on September 9th through the 11th, 2022, in Anaheim, California. It’s called the biggest Disney fan event of the year since guests will get to hear breaking news, see behind-the-scenes looks, and learn about upcoming events from the Walt Disney Company. We attended a media event for the Expo today, where we learned about the pricing, the costume contest, exclusive merchandise, sponsors, and more. But here are a few more details that you’ll need to know if you’re attending this year’s expo!
1 — Lots of Things to Do!
D23 announced that this year’s Expo will have big stars and celebrities, must-see presentations, breaking news from the Walt Disney Company, and immersive pavilions. They’ll be presenting more than 50 events and shows during the Expo. The fan-favorite Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will be coming back and that’s one you don’t want to miss!
One of the exhibits that will be available at the Expo will be the Walt Disney Archives exhibit, which will celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company.
Guests will also be able to see Walt Disney’s original plane, which is coming to the Expo after restorations are completed!
2 — Theaters and Stages
The presentations and exhibits will be held in several different areas, including the Hall D23 (which seats 7,000), the Premiere Stage (seating 3,000), the Backlot Stage (seating 1,200), and the expanded Walt Disney Archives Stage (seating 700).
The main show floor will have exhibits, the D23 Expo Live! stage, and a “party all weekend long.”
3 — StagePass
The StagePass will be returning, which is a lottery-style (random) selection process that guarantees some guests seats at the presentations. When you have your D23 Expo ticket, you can enter your top choices for which presentations you’d like to attend, and then D23 will randomly select some ticket holders to receive reservations for those presentations.
If you don’t get chosen for the Stage Pass, you can always head to the standby line for each presentation.
4 — Live Streaming
D23 will be live-streaming many of their 2022 Expo panels. They used the D23 website and some social channels to show these live-streams for previous events (most recently Destination D23), so they anticipate doing some of the same for the Expo (but they’ll share exact details later on).
This is one potential way that non-D23-members and those who can’t be at the Expo in person will be able to watch some of the panels and get in on the fun!
5 — Ticket Information
This year you must be a D23 member to buy tickets for the Expo. Joining the general D23 fan club as a general member is free, so it won’t cost you extra if you want to attend the Expo. Note that you can also buy the D23 Gold Membership or Gold Duo Membership. These are paid memberships (a.k.a. not free) and will give you access to specially discounted D23 Expo tickets and more.
Tickets vary in cost depending on whether you’re a Gold or General member. This year there will also be a Hall D23 Preferred Seating ticket for Gold Members that replaces the Sorcerer Packages we’ve seen in the past.
There are certain restrictions and rules that apply so be sure to check on those.
6 — Merchandise!
We also learned that there will be exclusive merchandise available at this year’s expo.
Guests can head to the Disney and partner pop-up shops, as well as the D23 Expo Emporium and more to find all kinds of treasures!
7 — Mousequerade
If you are attending in person, you can join in the Mousequerade, which is the costume contest at the Expo.
The winner of this contest (as determined by celebrity judges) will win $2,300! And there will be some fun judges all present during the competition.
8 — Amazon Lounge
Attendees will also find a new lounge area hosted by Amazon at the Expo. We can’t wait to check this space out.
9 — D23 Expo App
In addition, there will be a D23 Expo app coming soon that will help attendees navigate the event.
10 — D23 Expo Website
In the meantime, you can head to the D23 Expo website to see more information about the event and the official countdown calendar.
Get excited for this year’s expo by checking out the video below!
Are you hoping to attend the 2022 D23 Expo? Let us know in the comments.