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AutoMatters & More: D23 EXPO – What was there and why you really should go next time

The Orville panel
The Orville panel
(Jan Wagner)

Billed as “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” and usually celebrated every two years, D23 EXPO was completely SOLD OUT well in advance of its return, for three wonderful days, to the Anaheim Convention Center, near Disneyland — for the first time since the Pandemic derailed much of life as we had known it before. D23 EXPO was the biggest, most spectacular celebration of all things Disney — in the world! Of course, now Disney has grown to include MARVEL, STAR WARS (Lucasfilm), Pixar, National Geographic and more, including Avatar (20th Century Studios). D23 EXPO also kicked off Disney100, celebrating 100 years of treasured Disney storytelling.

A plethora of presentations were held in ballrooms throughout the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest of those being the enormous Hall D23. Just as it was truly impossible to attend even a small fraction of those, it would be equally impossible to tell you about them here. Their names begin to tell the story so, rather than try and fail miserably to do more, in this short space I will list many of their names and share with you some of my thousands of photos of this three-day event.

STAR WARS exhibit
STAR WARS exhibit
(Jan Wagner)

No doubt many of these presentations would have been on your wish list to see, as they were on mine. There truly was something for everyone — some of which featured large, live, song-and-dance numbers. However, between waiting in long lines and competing with the massive crowds, I only saw a few.

If you did not join us there this year, the sheer enormity of this list will convince you to get your tickets early for the next D23 EXPO. Here they are: Disney Legends Awards Ceremony; Studio Showcase Day 1, celebrating the magic of Disney and Pixar; The Simpsons; Disney & Marvel Games Showcase; D23 EXPO Masquerade; Inside Look at the Society of Explorers and Adventurers; Disney For Scores Podcast Live, celebrating MARVEL music; Who is Honored with a Window on Main Street, U.S.A.?; A Very ‘90s Afternoon Special with the “All-New” Mickey Mouse Club; Disney Legends in Conversation; Walt’s Plane: Taking Flight Through Disney History; Inside The Orville; Traceback Celebrating the People of Walt Disney Animation Studios; National Geographic’s Superhero Women of STEM; Behind The Scenes: ABC’s Beauty and the Beast: 30th Celebration; Studio Showcase, Day 2: MARVEL Studios, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Studios (Avatar); Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza; Magic in the Air: 30 years of The Muppet Christmas Carol; A Celebration of Disney’s Encanto; The Making of Disney100: The Exhibition; Bob’s Burgers; MARVEL COMICS: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man; Sneak Peek at Zootopia+ from Walt Disney Animation Studios; A Peek Behind the Curtain at Walt Disney Imagineering’s Illusions and Special Effects Developments Lab; Uncovering Treasures from the Marty Sklar Archives; A Century of Storytelling at Walt Disney Animation Studios; Cautionary Tales with the Disney Villains: The Imagination of Ridley Pearson; Building Walt’s Florida Project: Walt Disney World from Dream to Reality; Women in Disney Fashion; It’s a Small World: Celebrating the Art of Disney Parks; A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products; Disney Princess — The Concert, Live at D23 EXPO; Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible Possible; Conversations with Disney Character Voices; Disney Original Documentary’s Sneak Peek of Mickey: The Story of a Mouse; Back to the Grid: 40 Years of TRON: 100 years of Treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library; Dancing with The Stars 31st Season Celebration; Nat Geo & Disney: 100 Years of Exploring the World Through Storytelling; An Animated Conversation: Celebrating 90 Years of Goofy; The Main Street Electrical Parade—50 Years of Nighttime Magic & Imagination; The Disney Parks: Through the Decades: A Disney Ambassador Perspective; Memories of Walt Disney World: Framing A portrait of 50 Magical Years; and, finally, 100 Years of Hollywood Magic: A Disney Tour of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Musical number on-stage
Musical number on-stage
(Jan Wagner)

Can you imagine the sheer logistics of just staging all of this — and much more?! The highlights of D23 EXPO for me were the presentations that I somehow managed to enjoy in Hall D23, spectacular exhibits, shopping, art, giveaways, music and the many enthusiastic, costumed fans.

Fans in costume
Fans in costume
(Jan Wagner)

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Copyright © 2022 by Jan Wagner – AutoMatters & More #760


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