Do you have a bucket list of items you hope to do in your lifetime? I do too, and one of those things was checked off my list recently; attending the #D23Expo! This bi-annual conference brings Disney fans together for an exciting 3 days filled with amazing breaking news, musical performances, special guests straight from the films, and so much more! If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll definitely want to check out this D23 Expo recap post including video from the event!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
D23 Expo 2017 Video
As you saw in my D23 Expo recap video, this fan-filled event is pretty amazing! I was able to see huge stars like Oprah and the cast of Avengers: Infinity War, get exclusive breaking news about Disney Parks, be apart of the Disney Magic while watching private performances from Alan Menken and the cast of Lion King, plus so much more!
D23 Expo Floor
The expo floor is filled with interactive fan experiences like the Walt Disney Archives exhibit “A Pirates Life For Me” with exclusive Disney history from costumes worn by famous pirates to movie props and much, much more. Fans stood in line for hours to see this incredible archives exhibit. And yes, wear your most comfortable shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking, and waiting.
Also on the expo floor is exclusive Disney merchandise from vendors and Disney. On the last day of the conference, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few items that were of limited quality. I’ll be sharing those pictures on my Instagram soon! In addition to picking up exclusive D23 Expo merchandise, I also visited the Disney Music Emporium where I was gifted the Disney Legacy Collection Robin Hood soundtrack – before it’s available to the public! I also purchased some beautiful art pieces while there too.
D23 Expo Panels
D23 Expo brought the house down with amazing panels like the Disney Legends Panel where Oprah and Stan Lee were among the honorees (included in the video above). It was incredible to see them up close and hear their inspiring life journeys that led them to Disney. A few of the honorees have since past, like the late Carrie Fisher, however her daughter sent a letter which was read aloud, while other Disney Legends grown children accepted the special induction on their behalf. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house by the end of the special panel.
Other special moments included all the original voices behind the Disney Princesses being introduced to the stage during the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Upcoming Films panel. As well as exclusive Disney films news and never before seen trailers from upcoming films currently in production.
During the Disney Parks Panel we learned of incredible updates coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, like Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and a new Star Wars Hotel right here in Orlando!
D23 Expo Private Concerts
We were also lucky enough to attend “A Whole New World of Alan Menken” concert where the Oscar winner performed some of his hit songs like, “Under the Sea,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Colors of the Wind.” (Also featured in the video above)
D23 Expo was one of the coolest events – ever, and I highly recommend it to any Disney fan. It’s still hard to get my head wrapped around everything that I experienced over the 3 day event! For additional coverage, check out my individual posts below.