Another D23EXPO has came and went. As the BIGGEST bi-annual fan event I have to say it was magical. Once again, all parts of Disney came together and made the ULTIMATE Disney Fan Event. I’m already not so patienly waiting for the announcement of the NEXT D23EXPO and for the tickets to go on sale. First, I wanted to reflect why 2017 #D23EXPO ROCKED!
1. The Panels
I love a good panel. Every single panel I went to was amazing. Not in a, “Well that was good”, kinda way. I’m talking about up out of my seat cheering or being overcome with emotion and wiping tears away. The excitement in every panel builds and builds. There are so many panels to choose from that you will be struggling to figure out your schedule. As someone who loves a good convention, a good quality panel is important.
2. Alan Menken Concert
Not only is Alan Menken a Disney Legend, he is a musical genius! We were treated to an epic concert by him called A Whole New World of Alan Menken and it was one the highlights of this year’s D23EXPO. He covered so much during the concert including: “Under the Sea”… “Beauty and the Beast”… “A Whole New World”…PLUS, he had a few that literally had us all in tears. Especially the one he and fellow fellow Disney Legend Howard Ashman created about the AIDS epidemic.
Ateending any convention, one hope to learn something new. At this year’s #D23EXPO I was exploding with information, sneak peeks, trailers, cast anoouncements, and other tidbits of information. My fingers were cramping from tweeting, but there were so many EXCLUSIVES! To make sure you know about the biggest and best EXCLUSIVES make sure you check out:
4. Dead Men Tell New Tales: “Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate’s Life for Me”
The Walt Disney Archives, which has preserved Disney history for more than 47 years, opens its vaults once again at D23 Expo 2017 to curate a brand-new 12,000-square-foot exhibit on the Expo show floor. “Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate’s Life For Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels, and Really Bad Eggs” honors some of Disney’s most beloved pirates from 1927 to the present—from Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow to the classic Disney parks attraction Pirates of the Caribbean, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The Disney Archives are incredible. Seeing all of exhibits in great condition was amazing.
I admire those who Cosplay so much. The time it takes to make these intricate outfits is impressive. There were so many awesome costumes and outfits at this years D23EXPO it was hard to pick a favorite! Check out the video below:
4. Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
Hall D23 was filled to the gills with people waiting for the Disney Legend Awards Ceremony where a small group of very special individuals were honored for their extraordinary contributions to the Disney legacy.
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said, “With Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN, and ABC under one roof, we’ve got a lot to celebrate, but there’s even more to look forward to.”
So many well deserving men and women won this year, but I have to say my heart pulled for both Stan Lee who had recently lost his wife and Mark Hammil who talked about Carrie Fisher. Not a dry eye in the house during those 2 speechs!
5. The Expo Floor + Photo Ops
The Expo Floor was even bigger this year! It took me 3 days to check everything out. There were many cool photo ops like the one above. There are also neat exclusive merchandise. Food to try. Costumes from your favorite films. There was an even a parade this year! You can spend hours getting lost in all of the nooks and crannies of the expo floor.
6. Disney Music Emporium
Disney Music Emporium is THE online destination for all things collectible and limited edition from the legendary Disney Music catalog.
Disney Music Emporium’s (DME) goal is not only to create a marketplace where our fans can access unique and collectible music products, but to also create a space where we can engage together in a dynamic and exciting way. DME is Disney Music Group’s “Field of Dreams,” a destination to showcase unique and collectible Disney music products. We have a rich catalog of music that continues to grow year after year and our genuine hope is that DME becomes a favorite spot for you to interact with our catalog and join us in conversation.
I received the Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Robin Hood. So now, I can whip it out and be transported to my childhood.
7. Finding Your Tribe
The best part about D23EXPO. You are with people who love all things Disney. From the parks to animation or MARVEL you fill find a group of happy people who get excited about the small things just like you do. That is what’s important after all. Finding your tribe and creating memories that will last forever.
As you can see there are so many reasons why this year was EPIC. I hope to see YOU in 2019!!
***Disclosure: I attended the #D23EXPO My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***