Everything you need to know about D23 Expo 2022
Are you a Disney fan? Are you the the biggest Disney fan? Calling all Disney fans young and old, as we finally have the first information on the biggest Disney event of the year, D23 Expo 2022, presented by Visa.
Nearly 100 years after Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood, and aptly named as a tribute, D23 Expo is “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event.” This weekend will celebrate the magic and excitement of Disney entertainment past, present and future and kick off Disney100, the centennial celebration of The Walt Disney Company. This year it takes place September 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, right next to Disneyland. D23, the official Disney fan club, has announced important ticket sales information as well as early previews of artwork and events to look forward to.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 20 at 3 p.m. EST. There will be a 24-hour presale for Visa cardholders who are also D23 members on Wednesday, January 19 at 1 p.m. EST. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket must be a D23 member, either Gold or Free. Below is a price breakdown – you’ll notice that D23 Gold members get a discount on 1-day and 3-day tickets. And, if you really want to make sure you get the best seats in the house, preferential seating is available for D23 Gold members.
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Expect announcements from every division of Disney: Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Parks, and more. D23 2019 saw the reveals of everything from Raya and the last dragon at the Galactic Starcruiser. It’s also sure to be a star-studded event. Previous years have welcomed big guests such as Robert Downey Jr., Christina Aguilera, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Angelina Jolie.
The massive Exhibit Hall will return, filled with interactive experiences, shops and exhibits. Along with the 7,000-seat D23 Stage, there’s also the 3,000-seat Premiere Stage, the 1,200-seat Backlot Stage, and the expanded 700-seat Walt Disney Archives Stage for more presentations hosted by Archives staff.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…. it’s a plane! Did you know that Walt Disney had his own Grumman Gulfstream I aircraft? It was once on display during the backlot studio tour at Hollywood Studios, but has remained behind the scenes at Walt Disney World since the park was renovated and the tour was retired. Now it is being restored and transported across the country, and it will be on display at D23 Expo 2022 for guests to view in an exhibit titled Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane presented by Amazon.
Calling all Mousequerade cosplayers!
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The hugely popular Mousequerade costume contest is also back. This year, the contest will feature new categories including ‘Off-Screen’, ‘Imagine This!’, ‘Magical Mashups’ and ‘Cast of Characters’, as well as a fan-favorite prize voted by the public and a ‘Best in Show” prize of $2,300. The event will be hosted by Nina West and judged by a panel of celebrities including Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano and creator of Her Universe), Yvette Nicole Brown (Big Shot, disenchanted) and Ally Maki (Toy Story 4, Home Sweet Home Alone). Full entry rules and details are available at D23Expo.com.
Works of art and goods
Can’t wait to own your own D23 Expo 2022 merchandise? You don’t have to wait until September, as some items will be available with ticket purchases on January 19 and 20. Check them out below – t-shirts, a water bottle, a hat, a lanyard and a pin. The t-shirt features Mickey’s iconic artwork for the exhibit, and it looks stunning indeed.
For the latest D23 Expo 2022 news, visit D23Expo.com. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.