Preparing for the D23 Expo!

In just a few days, I’ll be attending the D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California. This is one of the biggest Disney conventions in the world, with Disney fans, stars, artists, and authors all converging for one amazing weekend.

There are going to be panels where exciting announcements concerning live action Disney films, Animated/Pixar Disney films, and the future of theme parks (including new attractions) are announced. Unannounced celebrities are sure to show up, and there will be autograph signings and photo opportunities around every corner. There will also be limited edition merchandise sold at exclusive Disney shops just for those attending the convention.

All of this sounds really overwhelming for a first timer, and I don’t know yet if I have it in me to wait overnight for some of the really big panels. However, I hate going into anything unprepared, so I’ve done all the research I can. Below you’ll see a list of tips I’ve gathered, and hopefully this will help other first timers as well:

1. Download the D23 2017 App

This app has everything, from schedules to a map of the convention center. You can even set calendar reminders for when to line up for certain panels.

2. Lower Expectations

It’s unrealistic to think you’ll be able to do everything, especially with the amount of crowds expected this year (thanks San Diego Comic Con). I have 1 panel I plan to attend, and then one autograph session. I’ll consider myself lucky if I get to do anything else, and I look forward to just watching all the cosplayers, and wandering the show floor.

3. Get There Early

For the 1 or 2 panels you DO plan on attending, it is essential to get there early. People will be lining up overnight for the really big panels, and at least several hours before for the smaller ones. As Edna Mode says, “Luck favors the prepared.”

4. Research Stage and Store Passes

At certain times throughout the day, they will be handing out passes to attend certain panels and stores. There will be limited amounts handed out to each guest. I still have a lot of research to do on these, but it’s useful to know what is available and what isn’t.

5. Be Ready to Surrender Your Phone and Camera

For the major panels (especially the live action one), prepare to give up all recording devices for a few hours. These are where major announcements will be made, and you don’t want to get kicked out for holding on to your phone.

As I said, I am still researching, and I’ll be sure to report back after the Expo on what I’ve learned. I’ll be attending Saturday only, so I plan to make the most of it! I know I’ll have a good time no matter what happens- it will just be exciting to be among so many Disney fans!

Do you have any tips for D23 Expo 2017?

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Hugs and Fishes,


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