Disney D23 EXPO 2022 Schedule, Panels, Exhibits and More

Disney D23 EXPO 2022 Schedule, Panels, Exhibits and More

With the news that the D23 EXPO returns to the Anaheim Convention Center in September of 2022, comes the promise of tons of Disney news for the Disney parks, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Plus, and more! Here are all the things to know before you go to the D23 Expo.

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What is the D23 EXPO?

The D23 EXPO is a 3-day event for Disney fans. Showcasing EVERYTHING happening at the Disney company and what fans can expect in the coming years. This includes any Disney Parks changes, like new rides, restaurants, services, shows, entertainment, etc. It includes what’s coming to Disney Plus, New movies on the way, Disney Cruise Line Updates, new merchandise, partnerships, and more. If it’s happening, you’ll learn about it here.

This convention consists of presentations, exhibits, pop-up shopping, displays, meet and greets contests, panels, and discussions, and a slew of celebrities sharing what movies and tv shows are on the way. If you’re generally star-struck then this is the event for you!

When is the D23 EXPO in 2022?

The D23 EXPO in 2022 runs from September 9-11, 2022.

Where is the D23 EXPO?

Anaheim Convention Center near Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California.

Who can go to D23 EXPO?


D23 EXPO Map Anaheim Convention Center

You can grab the full map to the D23 EXPO to save to your phone, or print it as a pdf. The map covers all floors of the Convention Center.

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D23 EXPO Rules for Badge Holders and Guests

If you are attending the D23 EXPO in 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center, take note of the TOP 10 Tips for D23 Guests. 

  1. For the health and safety of all guests, overnight queuing is not available for D23 Expo 2022 and will not be allowed around the perimeter of the Anaheim Convention Center.
  2. There will be five entry points open starting at 5:00 a.m. There is no queuing at entries before 4:30 a.m. This policy will be strictly enforced.
  3. There will be security screening at all event entrances, including bag check and metal detection. Please allow ample time when planning your arrival. View the D23 Expo Policies for details about prohibited items.
  4. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will NOT be required for guests. See full Safety Guidelines.
  5. After entering the plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center, follow signs and event staff directions for entry to the show floor and D23 Expo stages. Hall D23 Preferred Seating, StagePass, and standby queues are in Hall E. Those with a StagePass for Hall D23 will be directed to Hall E to queue.
  6. Please show common courtesy to fellow guests and our cast members by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive, or offensive behavior, jumping lines, or saving places in lines for others. For your safety and the safety of others, please refrain from running or operating your mobility device at an unsafe speed.
  7. Show hours for all guests are 9 a.m.– 7 p.m.
  8. Parking is available at the Anaheim Convention Center for a nominal fee, payable by credit or debit cards, Apple Pay, or Google Pay (cash is not accepted). Please allow ample time for parking, as some lots may be off-site. Accessible parking is on a first-come, first-served basis at Car Park 1 and Car Park 4. Overnight parking is prohibited at the Anaheim Convention Center.
  9. For those parking at the Anaheim Convention Center, all vehicles must be cleared by 10 p.m. to avoid being towed.
  10. For guests who do not get reservations for panels or presentations, standby queues will be available for presentations at all D23 Expo stage venues, Talent Central, and for most experiences across the show floor. Virtual queues for your shopping experience will also be available at select Disney retail locations.

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Do you need a D23 Membership to Attend the D23 EXPO?

No. However, a D23 Membership does get you a discount on D23 Expo tickets, priority access to shopping destinations within the EXPO, priority line access, and a variety of other things that the regular guest doesn’t get. 


Hotels Within Walking Distance of the D23 EXPO

While there are a bunch of Hotels within Walking Distance of Disneyland, there are a couple that is just closer to the Anaheim Convention Center. 

Hilton Anaheim

The Hilton Anaheim Resort is perfect if you’re heading to the Anaheim Convention Center for the D23 EXPO. Grab a suite for a full kitchen in your room. You can also enjoy a grab-and-go breakfast option at the hotel, as well as a pool, large rooms, dining, and is close walking distance to the parks. Our best strategy here is to walk to the Toy Story parking lot and grab the shuttle to the entrance of the parks.  Walking Time to Disneyland Resort: 21 minutes

Hyatt House Anaheim

We are fans of Hyatt almost anywhere we travel. And the Disneyland Area Hyatt House is no exception. Located in between the Convention Center and the Disneyland Resort, this hotel sits atop shopping and restaurants on the corner of Harbour and Katella. This means you get access to Blaze Pizza, Walgreens for necessities, and more. This hotel offers apartment-style rooms with a full kitchen, and complimentary breakfast. Hyatt Place at the Convention Center is also a great option. Walking Time to Disneyland Resort: 13 minutes. 

Starbucks Near D23 EXPO Anaheim Convention Center

If you’re anything like us, while we love traveling there are 2 things we always need to know. How close is Target and Where is the Starbucks? As Ohioans, we’re strangely blessed with multiple Starbuck locations, often in the same city. But in other states, we have not found this to be true. As such, if you’re expected to wake up at 3 am to go wait in line for a Hall D23 presentation at the D23 EXPO, there best be a Starbucks nearby you can visit at least 2-3 times while you’re waiting. The closest Starbucks to the D23 EXPO Anaheim Convention Center is located in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel located at 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802. It Open hours are from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second closest Starbucks is at the Hyatt House Anaheim, a little bit farther walking distance. Located at 1800 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802, this location opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 2 p.m. And lastly, if you’re coming from the Disneyland Resort area, you can grab coffee at the Downtown Disney Starbucks, open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. 

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Food at the D23 EXPO Anaheim Convention Center

One of the biggest challenges during D23 was finding decent food to eat! While the Anaheim Convention Center does have a cafeteria with a variety of quick-service convention food, better food was a mystery for a bit. Thankfully, at the D23 EXPO, the best food can be found just outside the Anaheim Convention Center at the visiting Food Trucks. As well as a little way down the road at Blaze Pizza. Since NO OUTSIDE FOOD IS ALLOWED inside the D23 Expo ( P.S. No one followed this rule, we saw Starbucks in the hands of everyone). Unless you want the cafeteria-style food inside. Either way, there will be pockets throughout the day where you’re not in a panel, and good to take the break to find food elsewhere. Which we highly recommend. Check out all the rules on the D23 EXPO Things to Know page. 

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D23 EXPO Tickets and Badges

How much are D23 EXPO Tickets

A D23 Membership will get you a discount on tickets and early access to purchase them cheaper than the public rate. But, anyone can buy D23 tickets. Check out the D23 EXPO page for the details and ticket availability, at https://d23expo.com/.

D23 2022 Ticket Prices

When do D23 EXPO Tickets Go ON SALE?

D23 EXPO Tickets are on sale now. Check out ticket prices at https://d23expo.com/.

How are D23 EXPO Tickets delivered?

After you’ve purchased your tickets you can select to either have them mailed to you OR you can pick them up at the will-call window. We highly recommend having them mailed. The general chaos of this EXPO is such that finding the will-call window and waiting in line is sure to be stressful.

Your D23 Ticket is actually a Guest Badge.

By replacing a basic ticket with a guest badge, Disney was able to assign all your “things” to that badge. Much like a MagicBand, once your guest badge is received you can connect it, and register it to your D23 account. Attaching your D23 Ticket/ Guest Badge to your account allows you a variety of tools at your fingertips.

  • Ability to make advanced reservations for panels, shows, and more.
  • Scan in for certain reserved experiences.
  • Access your D23 photos.
  • Redeem your Gold Member Expo Gift (D23 Gold Individual and Duo Plan Memberships).

For guests under 14 years of age, while it’s cool to have a badge, they do not need one. But a parent must be present with them to get into any events they hope to attend without the badge.

How Do I Activate a D23 Guest Badge?

All D23 Badges are automatically activated. 

Are D23 EXPO Tickets Refundable?

No, D23 EXPO Tickets are not refundable.

Can I buy D23 EXPO tickets for others with my D23 Gold Membership?

Yes. In the past D23 Gold Members with the Family Plan (Now the D23 Duo Plan) were able to purchase up to 3 additional tickets at the D23 Gold Member Discount rate. 

Do D23 EXPO Tickets sell out?

You bet! These things go like hotcakes. The events run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Saturday is the busiest day with the most popular panels and will sell out FIRST Sunday tickets are the least popular as most booths begin to close up shop between 12-2 pm. Though knowing that getting a ticket is just the first part of the experience, getting a place or seat at any of the events happening is even more difficult, which we’ll go into below.

What are the D23 Gold Membership Benefits at the D23 EXPO?

Apart from the discounted ticket prices, there are a few benefits to being a D23 Gold Member.

  • Access to the D23 Gold Member Lounge. This gives you access to a private area with phone charging stations, games and ice cream bars.
  • Discounts on Merchandise. There is a lot of shopping to be done at the EXPO, as a member, you can keep an eye out for the “Gold Member Offer Spot” for exclusive offers on select merchandise and discounts across the stores.
  • D23 Gold Member Gift
  • Typically a collectible print, D23 Gold Members can grab this at the D23 Member Gift Pick-Up counter.

Disney Exhibits at D23 EXPO 2022

D23 EXPO Panel Registration and Random Selection

Unlike past years, the Reservation RSP is not first come first serve. You will have until 12 p.m. PT on Friday, August 19, to make your selections before the entry period closes. You can return to the page as often as you would like to review and modify your reservation selections before the entry period closes. 

Important D23 EXPO Dates

  • 8/14, 11:59 p.m. PT – Last day to transfer your additional guest badges to family and friends.
  • 8/15, 12:00 p.m. PT – The Reservation Random Selection Process opens! You have a week to choose and rank your preferences.

The Reservation Random Selection Process (“Reservation RSP”) entry period for all D23 Expo 2022 event days will open on Monday, August 15, at 12 p.m. PT, and will conclude on Friday, August 19, at 12 p.m. PT.

  • 8/22, 12:00 p.m. PT – The Reservation Random Selection Process closes. Reservations will be granted starting September 2.
  • 9/9, 9:00 a.m. PT – D23 Expo begins!

Read all the details on the D23 EXPO website. 

How to Register on the D23 EXPO Panels Reservation Website

If you’re wondering where you can register for D23 EXPO Panels now that you have your ticket, check out https://d23expo.com/reservations. Once here you need to sign in to your D23 account and can begin the selection process for panels you wish to attend. The registration process is open from Monday, August 15 at 12 p.m. PT to Friday, August 19 at 12 p.m. P.T.

There are four (4) categories in which to make your reservation selections. Each section will allow you to choose up to four (4) items. The more selections you make, the better your chances may be of receiving at least one reservation. For each item you select, you can choose to bring up to one (1) guest.

  • StagePass – Hall D23: Provides reservations to the confirmed sessions at Hall D23 (Note: Hall D23 Preferred Seating ticket holders will not be able to make selections for Hall D23.)
  • StagePass: Provides reservations to the confirmed sessions at Premiere Stage, Backlot Stage, Walt Disney Archives Stage, and Hyperion Stage
  • TalentPass: Provides reservations for the confirmed talent photos and signings at Talent Central
  • Show Floor Experiences: Provides reservations for the confirmed talent signings, demonstrations, presentations, and giveaways happening in booths around the Show Floor


  • If you are picking up your badges at will call, you can still participate in the Reservation RSP with your D23 member login associated with your badge.
  • Guests under the age of 16 are unable to make reservations but can still participate in reservations as a guest of an adult with an activated D23 Expo badge.
  • The most popular offerings will have a lot of interest, so consider signing up for some of the smaller events to increase your odds of getting a confirmed reservation.
  • Guests with Hall D23 Preferred Seating will not be able to make Hall D23 selections as your badge guarantees reserved seating for ALL presentations in Hall D23.
  • For guests who do not get reservations for their preferences, standby queues will be available for most panels and experiences.
  • All reservations are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • If you do not arrive by the time specified in your reservation confirmation email, your place will be filled by standby Guests.
  • If you are assigned a StagePass reservation, please check for the arrival time noted in your confirmation email. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given away to a guest from the standby queue.

D23 EXPO Star Wars Paviliion

D23 EXPO Marvel Pavilion

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D23 EXPO Events and Panels

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D23 Pavilions and Retail

One of the biggest parts of the D23 Expo is simply browsing around. If you’re lucky enough to make it through the difficult and challenging virtual queue to get into panels, then much of your time will be spent learning what’s new across the world of Disney. But, if you’re stuck out in the cold, wondering what to do, then you can grab a spot in line to shop at a variety of pop-up stores, browse vendor tables, or meander through pavilions featuring exhibits of the parks, films, and archives. 

Wonderful World of Dreams 

This pavilion from Disney Parks and Experiences offers behind-the-scenes details about the newest ride coming to Disney World and Disneyland- Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Plus, even more news about EPCOT park’s continued transformation, new Frozen-themed experiences, Disney Cruise Line news, live entertainment, and more. 

Marvel Studios Pavilion

Head to the Marvel pavilion to see costume displays, participate in exclusive giveaways, photo ops, and more. Highlighting Marvel merchandise featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and more! 

Journey Into Storytelling Pavilion

Interactive experiences gives guests the chance to immerse themselves in a variety of favorite programming. 

  • Good Morning America (ABC and Hulu) TSS Shot
    Begin the journey seeing your name in lights on the famed ABC News’ Good Morning Americamarquee—a must-have photo op.
  • American Born Chinese (Disney+) – Mythical Staff Maneuvers
    Learn how to master the staff alongside the mythical Chinese heroes featured in Disney Branded Television’s American Born Chinese.
  • National Treasure: Edge of History (Disney+) – Clue Room Zoom
    Gear up for an archeological adventure by searching for clues in the secret tunnel of the pyramid with Disney Branded Television’s National Treasure: Edge of History.
  • Abbott Elementary (ABC and Hulu) – Sub for a Day
    Step into a day in the life of a substitute teacher at Abbott Elementary and see how you would respond in some iconic scenes!
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC and Hulu)
    Do as the world-class staff of Grey Sloan Memorial do when they need a boost: strike a superhero pose or dance it out!
  • Cruel Summer (Freeform and Hulu) – Y2K Room
    Enter this experience to take a turn on Dance Dance Revolution to your favorite throwback hits, pose in the Y2K-era bedroom and get a glimpse at the lake life in a cool airstream photo op from the upcoming season of Cruel Summer.
  • American Horror Story – Horror Scare Moment (FX and Hulu)
    Be the star of your own nightmare while celebrating 11 award-winning seasons of FX’s American Horror Story.
  • Only Murders in the Building – Arconia Silhouettes
    Become a resident of the famed Arconia with your very own Mabel Mora-style portrait with Hulu Originals’ Only Murders in the Building.
  • The Kardashians – 7th Sister
    Think you have what it takes to be a Kardashian? Give it your best strut.
  • Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers – Skyhook Slo Mo
    Fulfill your Laker’s legacy with your very own attempt at the skyhook inspired by Lakers legends. 
  • Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory (Disney+); Fire of Love (Disney+); Limitless with Chris Hemsworth (Disney+) Push your own limits by becoming an explorer at some of the most stunning environmental settings around the world with National Geographic.


This new avatar gives guests the opportunity to create their own avatar and express their own Disney style. As part of the Uncharted Adventure game on the Disney Wish Cruise ship, Disney will also be available to guests at D23 EXPO as part of an exclusive quest experience that can only be completed at the Expo. Just downloaded the latest version of the Play Disney Parks App to take part in the fun. 

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D23 EXPO Marketplace

This new and immersive retail experience is all about Disney products from a plethora of franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, Disney, Pixar, and more. Plus, special items celebrating Disney100, and D23 are all available throughout the expo. You can grab products from shopDisney.com, Disney Store, Disney Parks, and more. Featured collections included to debut are the Marvel World of Wakanda and Disney Munchlings.

D23 EXPO 2022 Mysterious Benedict Society

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Disney+ Plus, Hulu and ESPN 

The Disney Plus Pavilion is filled with programs that happen throughout the day. Often open to all who pass by, these sessions are hosted and offer an inside look at the behind-the-scenes excitement at Disney+.

Friday, September 9
11:35 a.m. – Pixar’s Onward Story Presentation by Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann
12:00 p.m. – To the Edge of the Unknown from National Geographic with Jimmy Chin and Alex Honnold
12:35 p.m. – Sketch with an Animator: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Eric Goldberg
1:55 p.m. – The History of Cars: Road Trip from the Original Film to New Series Cars on the Road with Creative Director Jay Ward
3:50 p.m. – Across the Bundle Spotlights: Hispanic Voices Panel
6:25 p.m. – Hulu Dance Party

Saturday, September 10
12:10 p.m. – A Conversation with Frozen Filmmakers with Academy Award® Winners Chris Buck (Director) and Peter Del Vecho (Producer)
1:10 p.m. – Sketch with an Animator: Solar Opposites’ Lindsay Carrozza
3:50 p.m. – Across the Bundle Spotlights: Made by Her Panel
4:50 p.m. – Meet the Muppets: The Muppets Mayhem Conversation Hosted by Tahj Mowry
6:25 p.m. – Hulu Dance Party

Sunday, September 11
10:00 a.m. – A Conversation with Encanto Filmmakers with Academy Award Winners Jared Bush (Director/Writer), Clark Spencer (Producer), and Yvett Merino (Producer)
3:50 p.m. – Across the Bundle Spotlights: Black History Always Panel
6:25 p.m. – Hulu Dance Party

Mickey of Glendale’s Shop 

This shopping experience is courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering. and includes three special spaces; Main Shop, Pin Store, and D23 Expo Shop x Mickey of Glendale store. 

Disney Publishing

Grab all the Disney books your suitcase can carry at the D23 EXPO. And you can even get them signed! “Appearances include Disney historian and author of 100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime, Marcy Carriker Smothers, DisneyBound’s Leslie Kay, Shinji Takahashi and Mark of the Coatl’sJulie Kagawa, and Cautionary Tales’ Ridley Pearson.”

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Pavilion

Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at animation projects past, present, and future, this pavilion will share highlights from the upcoming Strange World and Pixar’s Elemental. As well as have opportunities for a Buzz Lightyear and Turning Red photo op. Autograph signings and open presentations are part of what will be running nonstop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m daily throughout the D23 Expo. 

A prop carousel horse from Mary Poppins, which is white and covered in white and gold flowers and features purple hair, hooves, and accents.

Walt Disney Archives Pavilion

By far one of the best pavilions on the show floor, the Walt Disney Archives presents Step in Time, honoring 100 years of Walt Disney Company history. Coined the Disney100, this exhibit showcases all the archives have to offer in a chronological timeline. All part of the 100th Anniversary of Walt Disney Company. 

“As part of the kick-off to Disney100, this chronological exhibition will showcase Walt Disney Archives’ historical assets like never before with immersive, themed environments from animated shorts, films, and film premieres, as well as television productions and Disney Parks favorites, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins, Tron, and Walt Disney World Resort’s Haunted Mansion. “

Archives Pavilion at D23 EXPO

Disney Broadway’s Virtual Reality Theatre

Settle into watching a VR experience of any of your favorite Disney Broadway shows. Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and more are all part of this showroom floor pavilion. 

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Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I airplane

On exhibit at the D23 EXPO, 2022 is Walt Disney’s airplane! Head to the Arena of the Anaheim Convention Center to get an up close and personal look at this aircraft. Just one piece of an all-new curated exhibit showcasing the history of the aircraft. 

D23 EXPO Events and Panels & PRINTABLE Schedule

Panels and Presentations, Cosplay, Disney Legends, Shopping, and Performances are all part of the D23 EXPO Experience. Check out the previous D23 EXPO Schedule for Each Day so you can see the lineup. Note that events are staggered throughout the day and it’s impossible to see them all, so be prepared to pick your favorites with the D23 EXPO Schedules release. Be sure to get a Stagepass to get access to the events in the priority line. Grab our PRINTABLE D23 EXPO 2022 SCHEDULE so you can start planning. 

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Disney Plus Shows and TV planned at D23 EXPO 2022

D23 EXPO 2022 Friday Schedule

D23 EXPO FRIDAY Schedule | September 9, 2022

Sounds Delightful | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 10 a.m.

Join Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin for an all-new edition of “Sounds Delightful!,” an illustrated audio adventure across decades of vintage vinyl recordings from yesterday’s turntables, including rare promotional and production tracks.

Cesar Milan Better Human Better Dog | Hyperion Stage |10:15 a.m.

Pet owners across America need help, and Cesar Millan is ready to show them the way. His positivity in troubled times and his heartwarming transformations make us feel like we can overcome all obstacles, starting with our own four-legged pals!

Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers | Backlot Stage | 10:30 a.m

An inside look at the continuing development of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers — what it means in the Disney parks and how these stories continue to grow. Disney Imagineers are joined by Julie Kagawa to talk about her first two books in a series of novels that tie into the lore of S.E.A.

Disney Legends Awards Ceremony | Hall 23 | 10:30 a.m.

Disney100 kicks off at D23 Expo on Friday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m. with an epic presentation that includes the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, featuring Disney CEO Bob Chapek. The Disney Legends Ceremony will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. Look for the names of the 2022 inductees to be announced in the coming weeks.

 Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers | Backlot Stage | 10:30 a.m.

An inside look at the continuing development of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers – what it means at Disney Parks and how these stories continue to grow. Walt Disney Imagineers are joined by author Julie Kagawa to talk about her first two books in a series of novels that tie into the lore of S.E.A.

The Simpsons! | Premier Stage | 10:45 a.m.

Join us for a fun chat with the cast and creatives of this iconic show.

Celebrating the People of Walt Disney Animation Studios | Hyperion Stage | 11:45 a.m.

The Walt Disney Animation Research Library presents “traceback,” a look at the lives and work as well as the artistic and technical contributions of women and employees of color throughout the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Who is Honored with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A.? | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 12:00 p.m.

Observers notice details throughout the Disney theme parks, such as names styled on building windows. Discover the people behind the names through a talk with the team that researched the upcoming Disney Editions book People Behind the Disney Parks.

ABC’s “Home Economics” | Backlot Stage | 1:30 p.m.

The stars of ABC’s Home Economics discuss the making of the family comedy and share an exclusive look at the upcoming season three premiere, filmed at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.

National Geographic’s Superhero Women of STEM | Hyperion Stage | 1:45 p.m.

Meet three extraordinary women who are changing the face of exploration, education, and storytelling. Find out what it takes to study large bears up close; learn about the science of Avatar; and get ready to win first place at the Science Fair!

A Very ’90s Afternoon Special with the “All New” Mickey Mouse Club | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 2:00 p.m.

Join cast from The All New Mickey Mouse Club as they share favorite memories about the third incarnation of the series (1989–1994), and discover how MMC pushed boundaries by highlighting topics that had rarely been covered on children’s television.

Marvel DRAW Live! | D23 Expo Live! Stage | 2–2:30 p.m.

Join Brian Crosby, Marvel’s Director of Themed Entertainment, for a real-time, step-by-step tutorial session on how to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains! 

“Disney For Scores” Podcast Live Celebrates Marvel Music | Backlot Stage | 2:30 p.m. 

Celebrate the powerful music of Marvel storytelling when Variety’s Jon Burlingame hosts Disney For Scores Podcast live. Jon will bring the format of the popular Disney For Scores Podcast to life as he interviews composers of some of your favorite Marvel series and films. Listen in as they fill us in on the secrets of creating the amazing music that helps build the Marvel Universe!

Studio Showcase Day 1: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar | Hall 23 |  3:30 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., guests will be treated to new details, first looks, sneak peeks, surprises, and announcements regarding upcoming theatrical and Disney+ titles from Disney Live-Action, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Studio heads, filmmakers, and cast members will come together on stage with the inside scoop on some of these studios’ most exciting titles.

Behind the Scenes: ABC’s “Beauty and the Beast: a 30th Celebration” | Hyperion Stage | 3:45 p.m. 

ABC’s previews the upcoming special “Beauty and the Beast: a 30th Celebration”

Disney Legends in Conversation | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 4:00 p.m.

Listen in as members from the newest class of Disney Legends partake in an enlightening conversation about their storied careers.

The Cast and Creators of Disney Channel’s “Hamster & Gretel” | Backlot Stage | 4:30 p.m. 

Join the cast and creative team of Disney Channel’s Hamster & Gretel as they share a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making the music-filled animated series and reveal exclusive content from the show.

National Geographic Special Screening: Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory | Hyperion Stage | 5:45 p.m.

The face of a new generation of aspirational adventurers and natural history filmmakers, 29-year-old Bertie Gregory takes viewers on an epic and nail-biting journey that pushes into the most spectacular and secretive corners of our wild world.

D23 Mousequerade | Premiere Stage | 6 p.m.

Hosted by Nina West and featuring a star-studded panel of judges including Yvette Nicole Brown (Big Shot, Disenchanted), Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano and creator of Her Universe), and Ally Maki (Toy Story 4, Home Sweet Home Alone). This contest features fans sporting their best Disney costumes. With category themes like Off the Screen, Imagine That, Magical Mashups and more, there is plenty to see here! 

Walt’s Plane: Taking Flight Through Disney History – Presented by Amazon | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 6:00 p.m.

As Walt Disney’s company plane makes its historic return at D23 Expo, discover the fascinating story of the Grumman Gulfstream I aircraft, fondly remembered as “The Mouse.”

Here for the Laughs | Backlot Stage | 6:30 p.m.

Stars of your favorite TV and streaming series come together to discuss their careers, and what it takes to make a comedy hit.

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D23 EXPO Saturday Schedule 2022

D23 EXPO SATURDAY Schedule | September 10, 2022

A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Walt Disney Imagineering Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 10 a.m

Learn about the legacy of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Illusions and Special Effects Development Lab, including the work created by Yale Gracey for the Haunted Mansion and other early projects, plus a behind-the-curtain look at the present-day magical process that is so unique to Imagineering.

The Making of Disney100: The Exhibition | Backlot Stage |  10 a.m.

Producers from the Walt Disney Archives, Semmel Exhibitions and Studio TK reveal illuminating details about the all-new exhibition celebrating 100 Years of Disney Wonder, scheduled to premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in February 2023.

Studio Showcase Day 2: Marvel, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox | Hall 23 |  10 a.m.

Filmmakers, celebrity talent, and surprise guests will join representatives from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, among others, on stage in Hall D23 at 10 a.m. to showcase theatrical and Disney+ titles. Going behind the scenes of these studios’ highly anticipated films, specials, and series, attendees will see exclusive footage and be among the first to learn what else is in the works.

Women in Disney Fashion | Hyperion Stage | 10:15 a.m.

Moderated by DisneyBound founder, Leslie Kay, four of Disney’s major fashion icons will discuss their collaborations, the inspiration behind their unique collections, and what it’s like to work in the fashion industry.

Talkin’ Pets with the Vets of National Geographic | Premiere Stage | 10:30 a.m.

Join National Geographic’s vet sensations Dr. Pol and wife Diane, Critter Fixer Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Geoff, Dr. Jen and animal keeper Rain from ‘Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’ for a heartwarming look behind the scenes of their popular series.

“Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” | Hyperion Stage| 11:45 a.m.

Join the Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cast and creative team as they share an exclusive sneak peek of the highly anticipated series before its debut on Disney Channel and Disney+.

Bob’s Burgers | Backlot Stage | 12:00 p.m.

The Emmy Award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers joins D23 hot off the critically-acclaimed release of The Bob’s Burgers Movie! The cast and creators will break news and have you howling with laughter during a lively panel discussion.

Uncovering Treasures from the Marty Sklar Collection | Walt Disney Archives Stage | September 10, 12 p.m.

Join Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Bob Weis and Leah and Leslie Sklar, the wife and daughter of the late Disney Legend and Imagineer Marty Sklar, as they discuss some of the treasures they’ve discovered while going through Marty’s collection from his more than 50 years with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Magic in the Air: 30 Years of The Muppet Christmas Carol | Premiere Stage | 1 p.m.

Yuletide comes early this year as we celebrate 30 years of the ultimate Holiday classic- The Muppet Christmas Carol– with filmmakers, The Muppets, and a few surprises!

Marvel DRAW Live! | D23 Expo Live! Stage |  1:30–2 p.m.

Join Brian Crosby, Marvel’s Director of Themed Entertainment, for a real-time, step-by-step tutorial session on how to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains! 

It’s a Small Disney World: Celebrating the Art of Disney Parks | Hyperion Stage | 2:00 p.m.

Moderated by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, this panel gathers Disney Parks artists and authors who created artwork for our global parks, including items which will be for sale at the D23 Expo Marketplace.

A Century of Storytelling at Walt Disney Animation Studios | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 2 p.m.

The Walt Disney Animation Research Library celebrates 100 years of Disney Animation storytelling by highlighting the stories and people behind key art and artifacts in its collection.

Marvel Comics: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man | Backlot Stage | 2–3 p.m. 

Celebrate sixty spectacular, sensational, web-slinging years of Spider-Man! From his humble debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, he wall-crawled his way to international super-stardom. Now, join Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe and Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski as they team up to trace the comics history of the web-head across six decades—and BEYOND! Tantalizing trivia about the webbed wonder will be shared in this can’t-miss panel, so be sure to swing by!

Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase The Musical | Hall 23 | 3:30 p.m

At 3:30 p.m., Disney Branded Television, home to some of the most iconic stories and characters in the Disney canon—including Peabody Award winners Doc McStuffins and The Owl House, plus the culture-defining movie franchises High School Musical and Descendants—will present an exclusive showcase of upcoming content that will continue the legacy of excellence in storytelling. The showcase will feature talent appearances and never-before-seen sneak previews of original content for Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior, including looks at the new Disney+ Original series National Treasure, American Born Chinese, and The Santa Claus.

A Celebration of Disney Animation’s “Encanto” | Premiere Stage | 3:30 p.m.

Join the team behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning hit Encanto for stories behind the making of the film—and a few surprises!

Dreaming, Designing, and Bringing to Life the Disney Wish | Backlot Stage | 4 p.m.,

Walt Disney Imagineers fresh off the launch of the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet—the Disney Wish—talk about their experiences bringing this ship to life. From the wondrously themed spaces, imaginative kids’ clubs, and the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, the ship brings to life fantastical stories you know and love like never before.

“Cautionary Tales” with the Disney Villains: The Imagination of Ridley Pearson | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 4:00 p.m. 

Celebrate the writing of author Ridley Pearson and his new book, Cautionary Tales, a collection of scary tales based on Disney films. Get inside scoop on how Ridley and the Walt Disney Archives created a unique and creative continuing partnership.

ABC’s On the Red Carpet’s Storytellers Spotlight | Hyperion Stage | 4:00 p.m.

On The Red Carpet’s Storytellers Spotlight is an intimate conversation series that amplifies the work of historically underrepresented, diverse storytellers and their allies across the Walt Disney Company in film, television, theater, music, and podcasts.

Signings with Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Nick Lowe | Talent Central | 5:30 p.m.

Swing by Talent Central to meet Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowefor a signing opportunity!

National Geographic Special Screening: “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth” | Hyperion Stage | 5:45 p.m.

Though he unfortunately won’t be at D23 Expo, get an exclusive first look at Chris Hemsworth’s new Disney+ series Limitless! He puts his body and mind through transformative experiences, sharing tips that can help you too have a healthier life, body, and mind.

The Santa Clauses | Premiere Stage | 6:00 p.m.

Join The Santa Clauses cast and creatives for a lively chat.

Sneak Peek at “Zootopia+” from Walt Disney Animation Studios | Backlot Stage | September 10 at 6 p.m.

Get a first look at the highly anticipated animated series Zootopia+, coming to Disney+ from Walt Disney Animation Studios, with directors Josie Trinidad and Trent Correy.

Building Walt’s Florida Project: Walt Disney World from Dream to Reality | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 6:00 p.m.

Using rarely seen photography, the Walt Disney Archives and special guests present a “true-life” look at the extraordinary construction and opening of the Walt Disney World Resort.

D23 Disney Stars Trivia Showdown | D23 Expo Live Stage | 6 p.m.

Join the iconic Nina West (RuPaul’s Drag RaceHairspray on Tour)for an evening of Disney trivia and challenges with a slew of celebrity contestants. 


D23 EXPO Events and Panels

D23 EXPO Sunday Schedule 2022

D23 EXPO SUNDAY Schedule |  September 11, 2022

Disney Original Documentary’s Sneak Peek of “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse” | Backlot Stage | 10:00 am

Disney Original Documentary presents a panel dedicated to Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, which celebrates one of the world’s most beloved icons, Mickey Mouse. Hosted by Bret Iwan, the official voice of Mickey himself, the panel will include filmmakers and select film participants. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film as well, as an exclusive sneak peek.

Nat Geo & Disney: 100 Years of Exploring the World Through Storytelling | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 10:00 a.m.

Since 1888, National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in everyone, including none other than Walt Disney himself. With a shared belief in the power of storytelling to change the world, Disney and Nat Geo were connected long before making it official in 2019. Nat Geo’s iconic yellow border has always served as a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond. How did Walt and team use this portal and the iconic Nat Geo Image Collection to the wonder of the natural world to inspire the wonderful world of Disney?

Revisiting Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Disney’s Magical Mid-Century | Hyperion Stage | 10:15 a.m.

Join legendary producer Don Hahn for a look back at Disney projects from the 1950s and 1960s as he shares an illustrated journey through the era with rarely seen art and photography reflecting the unique style that Walt Disney and his artists pioneered.

A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products | Hall 23 | 10:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., join Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro for a look at Disney’s boundless future. With announcements and updates on the magic happening around the world in parks, on the high seas, at home, and beyond, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the big dreams of Disney Imagineers. Every Disney fan will want to be a part of this special presentation full of exciting news and surprises.

The Cast and Creators of the Disney+ Series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” | Premiere Stage | 10:30 a.m. 

The cast and creative team of the Disney+ animated series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder gather to discuss the acclaimed revival of the groundbreaking series The Proud Family and share an inside look at the upcoming season.

Back to the Grid: 40 Years of TRON presented by Enterprise | Backlot Stage | 12 p.m.

Head to the Backlot stage for TRON behind-the-scenes stories from the film, artwork, and more about this digital frontier. 

An Animated Conversation: Celebrating 90 Years of Goofy | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 12:00 p.m.

Join Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, Disney Legend Bill Farmer, animator Eric Goldberg, and producer Dorothy McKim as they celebrate one of Walt Disney’s most memorable creations—Goofy!

Join National Geographic Books on 100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime | Hyperion Stage | 12:15 p.m.

Join Disney historian, notable personality, and book author Marcy Carriker Smothers for a conversation about her beautifully illustrated treasury by National Geographic Books. Discover 100 beloved or little-known Disney adventures—all full of wonder.

Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible, Possible | Premiere Stage | 1 p.m

For seven decades, the magic-makers at Walt Disney Imagineering have blended limitless imagination with cutting-edge technology to create groundbreaking experiences that bring together families and friends to form lifelong memories. Join Imagineers past and present as they discuss the core elements of storytelling and innovation that bring dreams to life for guests from all around the world.

100 Years of Treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library | Backlot Stage | 2  p.m.

Never-before-seen clips, recording sessions, and live-action references mark 100 years of Walt Disney Animation Studios as the Animation Research Library unveils newly digitized media from its collection and from its Oral History Project, in which the legends of animation have been interviewed.

“The Main Street Electrical Parade” — 50 Years of NIghttime Magic & Imagination | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 2:00 p.m.

See and hear how the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade was born and has evolved over its 50-year history with a panel of the creative talent behind it from 1972 to today. Experience it for yourself via never-before-seen film from its opening and early years.

100 Years of Hollywood Magic: A Disney Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive| Hyperion Stage | 2:15 p.m.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents rare footage of the Hollywood that shaped the Disney brothers and sparked their imagination.

Explore the World with the Next Generation of National Geographic! | Premiere Stage | 3:45 p.m.

Meet the exciting next generation of National Geographic stars who are taking viewers to the most remote locations on Earth in pursuit of breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, exotic foods, epic challenges, and undercover storytelling.

FX’s “AHS: Behind the Screams” | Backlot Stage | 4:00 p.m.

Join the legendary designers, artists, and stylists responsible for creating the iconic looks of your beloved AHS characters. Fans will get inside details on how it all comes together, where fashion and horror intersect, and how these creatives keep things fresh after 11 installments and an anthology spin-off. Panelists include producer and costume designer Lou Eyrich and producer and makeup artist Eryn Krueger Mekash.

The Disney Parks Through the Decades: A Disney Ambassador Perspective | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with Disney Ambassadors spanning the decades. From representing Walt Disney in the 1960s to opening Walt Disney World, experience the history of Disney Parks as never before.

The World of Duffy & Friends Revealed | Hyperion Stage | 4:15 p.m.

Disney Imagineers discuss the origin and the continuing popularity of Duffy & Friends, including the newest friend who has become a global phenomenon—LinaBell!

Disney Princess – The Concert | Hall 23 | 4:15 p.m

At 4:15 p.m., Disney Concerts will present a special performance of Disney Princess – The Concert, featuring Tony® nominee Susan Egan (Broadway’s original Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Meg in Disney’s animated feature Hercules), Broadway.com® Audience Award nominee Isabelle McCalla (Princess Jasmine in AladdinThe Prom), Disney Channel star Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Raven’s Home, Broadway’s final Belle in Beauty and the Beast), and Broadway World Award winner Syndee Winters (Broadway’s Nala in The Lion King, Hamilton). Music director Benjamin Rauhala (Fiddler on the RoofThe Secret Life of Bees) and Prince Adam J. Levy (Moulin Rouge) will also join the quartet. The acclaimed cast will perform favorite Disney Princess and Frozen songs, including classics such as “Part of Your World,” “Let It Go,” “A Whole New World,” “Colors of the Wind,” and “Almost There.” The performers will share exclusive, hilarious, and heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen.

D23 Disney Stars Trivia Showdown | D23 Expo Live Stage | 5 p.m.

Join the iconic Nina West (RuPaul’s Drag RaceHairspray on Tour)for an evening of Disney trivia and challenges with a slew of celebrity contestants. 

Dancing with the Stars” 31st Season Celebration | Backlot Stage | 6:00 p.m. 

Stars of the hit competition series Dancing with the Stars come together to celebrate 31 seasons of memorable performances, award-winning choreography and, of course, Mirrorball trophies.

Conversations with Disney Character Voices | Premiere Stage | 6 p.m.

Join Rick Dempsey, Senior Vice President of Character Voices for a behind-the-microphone look at signature Disney voices across the years. 

Memories of Walt Disney World: Framing A Portrait of 50 Magical Years | Walt Disney Archives Stage | 6:00 p.m.

Join the book team behind A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth for a making-of panel discussion. The session will conclude with a special screening of The Magic of Walt Disney World documentary featurette.

EPCOT Posters at D23 EXPO

D23 EXPO Spaces

HALL D23 | Seats 7,000

The Hall D23 Events are the most difficult to land, but also have the biggest events! Disney Legends show up here, news on Disney Movies, and Disney Plus projects, and more. This is where the Biggest News is shared, and where there are the most seats! But we still highly recommend lining up as early as possible ( i.e. in the middle of the night) for anything you want to see here. The Sneak Peek at What’s Coming to the Disney Parks event usually happens Sunday morning and is a MUST-SEE for any Disney fan. 

Premier Stage | Seats 3,000

This stage is typically reserved for mid-size events that will draw a large crowd. Disney plus series, Imagineering, and National Geographic are often found here. 

Backlot Stage | Seats 1,200

Documentaries and BEhind the scene events typically take place here. A select audience demographic, this stage still accommodates a decent crowd. 

Hyperion Stage | Seats Unknown

Niche topics find a home on the Hyperion Stage. Duffy and Friends, children’s programming, and women in fashion are all found on this stage. 

Walt Disney Archives Stage | Seats 700

Digging deep into the archives, this stage honors stories from the Walt Disney Company’s Past! From holiday magic to an inside look at incredible artifacts and finds from the Walt Disney Family Museum, this is where you can learn the stories that make up Disney. 

The popular Walt Disney Archives Stage returns, hosting more than a dozen panels and presentations throughout the weekend. Notables such as Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, author and historian Graham Allan, Walt Disney Imagineering global ambassador Bob Weis, Imagineers from the Illusioneering Lab, and historian and artist Stacia Martin will offer a unique peek “behind the magic.” Fans will enjoy exploring many of Disney’s worlds, including the impressive 50-year legacy of the Main Street Electrical Parade, a look back at the 1980s and 1990s edition of the Mickey Mouse Club, and the first half-century of the Walt Disney World Resort.

D23 EXPO Panels and News

d23 EXPO Live Stage

D23 EXPO Live Stage

The D23 Expo Arena stage features behind-the-scenes panels, with information on new shows coming to Disney Plus and an inside look at special Disney attractions. 

D23 EXPO Panels and Celebrities

Costumes from disney Films at D23 Expo

Walt's Plane Exhibit

Exhibit Rooms

All across the convention center are exhibit rooms that are open for browsing. Costumes, Movie Props, special collections honoring favorite films, and more are all part of this immersive experience. 

Disney Dream Store at D23 EXPO


As part of the experience, guests can roam through aisles and aisles of vendors and merchants selling Disney wares. shopDisney and specialty shops also all have floor space at this event, complete with lines to get in. Get a Storepass to get priority access in line. Attendees can sign up via Virtual Queue to get in line. And you can mobile checkout to save time. 

Hey Disney Product at D23 EXPO

D23 Celebrity Signings and Photos

Another part of the event is special access to favorite celebrities across the Disney stratosphere. Be sure to get a Talentpass if you’re hoping to meet your favorite people. 

D23 EXPO Panels Exhibits

D23 2022 Announcements

Updated throughout the EXPO on D23’s social channels, be sure to follow @DisneyD23 and @D23EXPO for in-the-moment reporting of what is being announced across all panels throughout the weekend.  For a snapshot of the kind of things to expect you can take a look at everything announced at D23 on n our What’s Coming to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise post, for a roundup of everything announced at D23 EXPO 2022. 

Film and Television. We’ll learn more about the upcoming films that are making up Disney’s Live-Action catalog, as well as big projects like Avatar, and Star Wars. and Marvel. Check out the current lineup of Disney Movies and Disney Plus Shows Coming Soon

Disney Parks. Disneyland is set to welcome Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and a possible park expansion to include two new lands, so we’ll surely hear more about that in 2022. Walt Disney World will be waiting on the Princess and the Frog Ride, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, set to replace Splash Mountain as well as plans that had been put on hold as a result of the pandemic. New resorts, ride completions and more are probably all on the docket for Disney Parks news. 

Disney Cruise Line. The newest ship, the Disney Treasure is set to sail in 2024, complete with an Aladdin theme in the grand lobby and feelings of adventure. 

D23 EXPO Tips and Strategies

Bring a Phone Charger or several of them.

While this may seem like a no-brainer, the absolute lack of outlets available when over… people are all needing to charge their phones at once is an issue. Even the D23 Member Lounge, which is just a small gated-off section on the main floor, was absolutely full throughout the entire weekend, with charging stations completely full by others.

When does the D23 EXPO happen?

Every other year, ( 2022, 2024, 2026, etc.)

What is D23?

D23 is a Disney fan organization that includes exclusive website access to certain parts of the D23 website, invitations to special VIP events hosted by D23, a 10% discount on shopDisney.com, access to D23 EXPO tickets, and a quarterly magazine called D23 that highlights everything happening with the Walt Disney Company.

What does D23 stand for?

In 1923 Walt Disney arrived in California and dreams of magic, hence the name D23 for Disney 1923.

How much does a D23 Membership Cost?

Currently, available as an Individual Membership at $99.00 or as a Duo Membership at $129.99 a year for two people. Learn more about the membership on the D23 Membership Page.   Check out everything to know about being a D23 Member in our D23 Membership Review post. 

D23 EXPO 2022 Details

Hopefully, this post has helped you get a handle on what to expect at the D23EXPO. Be sure to grab our PRINTABLE D23 EXPO 2022 SCHEDULE so you can start planning. And be ready when the registration window opens. 

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  • Thanks for all the info! I did have a follow up question, what if I wanted to do a more casual D23 Expo visit, is it worth to buy a ticket? To clarify…if I don’t want to line up overnight/early for exclusive panels or merch. All the tip sites I visited pretty much recommend going super early but not really touching on the fact if I want a more casual experience (walk in 11-12 and just cruise the show floor) is that a realistic expectation?

    • Hey there, thanks for reading. And yes, if you want to just have a slow day wandering the show floor, a ticket could be worth it, if you aim for a Saturday ticket. At that point, all the booths are set up and could give you plenty to look at. There are also often exhibits, and specialty shops on the show floor and second floor that you do sometimes have to wait in line for, but could enrich the experience for you and don’t require a reservation or the need to wake up early. 🙂