We attended our 3rd D23 Expo in 2019 and felt like seasoned vets. No more D23 Expo newbie mistakes! If you were watching via social media and saying, “I need to be there next time!” this is the post for you. The D23 Expo is September 9-11, 2022. Here are 23 things to know before the next D23 Expo in 2022.
What is D23 Expo?
Let’s start with answering the question- what is D23?
D23 is the official Disney fan club which was created on March 10, 2009.
This was the first-ever official fan club of The Walt Disney Company.
The D23 Expo is the biennial fan event held in Anaheim, California to celebrate all things Disney. It’s the ultimate Disney fan experience!
From the Marvel movies and Disney Studios movies to the television shows, to the merchandise and the parks: it can all be found at D23 Expo.
What does D23 stand for?
The D stands for Disney, and 23 represents 1923, the year that Walt Disney made it to California.
23 Things to Know Before the Next D23 Expo
1. When is D23 Expo?
September 9-11, 2022. D23 runs every 2 years.
Don’t make the mistake of saying “I’m going next year!” because there is not a D23 Expo in the US in 2023.
Be cool: 2024 is when the next Disney Fan Expo happens.
For historical purposes, the D23 Expo 2017 dates were July 14-16.
D23 Expo 2019 was held on August 23–25.
And D23 Expo was canceled due to Covid concerns in 2021 and rescheduled for 2022.
2. Where can you find D23 news?
Look for D23 news about the expo to start coming out during the summer before the event. So for D23 Expo 2022, start looking in August of 2021.
Or hey, right here! I’m sharing everything D23 Expo that I can find. Here are a few posts if you want to catch up on the 2019 D23 Expo news.
Watch this space!
Sign up for D23 via the Disney Store (it’s FREE!) to get on the email list or of course, follow along here because you know I’ll share all the details as they come out.
3. D23 Membership Is Required
New for 2022: You DO need a D23 Membership to purchase tickets.
And the free membership counts!
But Gold Members do receive a few perks at the event so it might be worth the cost to become a paying member before the event.
Becoming a D23 member is easy: head over to the Disney Store and purchase your membership level.
D23 Membership costs with shipping:
- D23 General: free!
- D23 Gold: $99.99
- D23 Gold Duo: $129.99
4. How Much Do D23 Expo Ticket cost?
Ticket prices have been announced for the D23 Expo in 2022.
Tickets will go on sale on January 20, 2022, at 12 noon PT (9 am ET).
Visa credit cardholders, take note:
As part of the Visa sponsorship, all Visa cardholders who are D23 Members and pay with their Visa will have an exclusive 24-hour pre-sale for a limited number of one-day and three-day tickets on January 19 at 10 am PT (7 am ET).
This information was released on January 13, 2022, one week before tickets went on sale.
5. Will D23 Expo Sell Out?
The event does sell out on most days- so get your tickets early.
The 3-day tickets sold out in late April for the 2019 event.
Will D23 Expo Have A Virtual Option?
The Expo will have some panels available via live stream events.
More details on this option will be released later this summer.
Update: D23 Expo has sold out for 2019 as of August 12, 2019.
6. Where is the D23 Expo 2022?
It’s always been held in Anaheim and will return to the Anaheim Convention Center in 2022.
Why isn’t D23 held in Orlando?
Well, for one, the Orlando convention center is pretty far from Disney World- so settle down, Disney World fans.
It’s not likely to happen.
There is another event that was just held in November 2021, The Destination D event, which is a mini-D23 Expo. And this one was held in Walt Disney World.
But for the big show, make plans to visit sunny California in 2022.
7. Sleep after D23 Expo
Because you probably won’t get a lot of it during the event!
Between lining up early for panels and staying late for the Expo shopping (and don’t forget visiting Disneyland!) you may not spend too much time in your hotel room.
In the past, we chose to stay in the overnight lines, which afforded a little sleep, but not much. At this time, there’s not any information about panel lines or overnight options.
8. D23 Expo Hotels
Book your D23 Expo Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel early!
While you may not sleep in it a lot, you will still want a hotel room for a variety of reasons: naps, storage, showers… we all will thank you for that!
Most hotels start the booking process about a year in advance.
9. Stay Close to the Anaheim Convention Center
Try to stay close to the action: the best hotels are right around the convention center.
This makes walking back and forth throughout the day much easier.
10. Bring a friend (or three!) to D23 Expo
They help you pass the time, keep you laughing, and geek out right along with you.
Poor Renee was beaten black and blue when the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War parade of stars at the 2017 D23 Expo Live Action Panel started.
Sorry, girl. I warned ya!
11. If you roll solo to D23: make friends in line.
Disney people are some of the nicest people EVER.
12. Don’t be afraid to let your dis-nerd flag fly at D23 Expo
Everyone here is “a huge huge yuuuugggee fan” and they will get you!
Chances are you will learn something new you didn’t know about Disney fandom too.
13. Wear a costume to D23 Expo or try your hand at a Disneybound
D23 Expo Costumes are for everyone- not just the superhero cos-players out there.
But there’s a ton of those to see as well!
They love it when you ask to take their pictures: they didn’t dress up like this just for themselves.
I love channeling a character with my clothing at these events.
It’s called Disneybounding, and it can be a lot of fun to spot the fellow Disneybounders in the room.
14. Visit Disneyland During D23 Expo
Disneyland is just steps away but is NOT included in the price of your D23 expo ticket.
D23 Expo fans will be able to purchase discounted tickets, however, so keep that in mind.
During the D23 Expo 2017, I had a chance to check out Disneyland’s Summer of Heroes and it was FABULOUS!
In 2019, Galaxy’s Edge was opened.
And this year?
15. Should you bring the kids to D23 Expo?
Possibly an unpopular opinion, but we’re just keeping things real here.
Parents: leave the kids at home unless they are strong Disney fans in the tween to the teenage range.
While D23 Expo is kid-appropriate, it’s not exactly kid-friendly.
Strollers are hard to maneuver through the crowds and your fellow expo-goers’ heels will thank you for not bringing them!
16. Explore the D23 Expo floor
There are going to be lines for everything- so just ask people what they are in line for, then look for the “end of the queue” signs to find out where to line up.
Shopping is a HUGE thing at the D23 Expo. Bring your credit cards, yall!
While we missed out on jumping in Scrooge McDuck’s money pit, we didn’t miss the chance to star in the new Thor: Ragnarok trailer.
17. Do you need to go to panels?
A panel is where are the good stuff is “leaked” or shared for the first time with fans.
Sometimes it’s exclusive and only shown to the people in the room (like the D23 Expo Avengers: Infinity War trailer we saw) and sometimes it’s the first peek of something that will be released online soon after the panel concludes.
A typical panel will include directors, producers, and stars of the project chatting with fans about what they can expect to see.
18. What to eat at D23 Expo
Food and drinks cannot officially be brought into the Expo (though many people managed to get around that rule!).
There are places to purchase what you need inside.
Protip: make sure your burger actually has a pattie in it before you walk away. we learned this lesson too late to do anything about it- ours was missing!
But here’s where my point number 11 comes into play: I was rescued by a sweet line-mate who pulled a tuna kit from her bag. I made a tuna sandwich instead and all was good.
Check out the closest Disneyland airports for your travel needs.
You have quite a few options for flying into Southern California, but there are airports that might be better than others.
20. D23 Expo Stagepass is Awesome
Save some time & bypass the lines.
Grab a free Stagepass early if your favorite panel is offering them.
It’s basically a Fastpass into the hall or room that you want to be and keeps you from standing in line hoping to get in.
This year you will have a chance to register for panel access. Seats will be limited, but you can grab a spot in advance.
Here’s what you need to know about the D23 Expo online registration process.
21. Pack your patience along with your Pixie Dust
Because there are a lot of people at this event, they all want the same thing: to see and shop and experience all the amazing things Disney brings to the Expo.
Good things happen to those that are willing to wait, but better things come to those that are willing to be kind.
We’ve heard stories of fans helping each other out- folks who missed out on a Tsum Tsum (hey, I got an extra! You can have it!) or who were shut out of the Animation panel but really wanted the COCO poster that was given (I won’t need mine- you take it!)
Be nice, people! It’s Disney, for goodness sake!
22. Be a D23 Expo Sorcerer? Maybe?
For 2022, it sounds like the Sorcerer package has been discontinued and replaced with the D23 Preferred Seating Ticket.
This costs $899 for all three days and puts you front and center for the best panels.
** Sorcerer packages are a thing of D23 Expo yesteryear. But we’re keeping this information here for historical purposes.**
2019 D23 Expo SORCERER PACKAGES:
A limited number of VIP Sorcerer Packages for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,500 per ticket.
The Sorcerer Package includes a three-day admission ticket with a commemorative Sorcerer credential; reserved seating at presentations; a preview day with a tour of the show floor and advance shopping opportunities; a Haunted Mansion-themed welcome reception; a packed D23 Expo gift pack, including an exclusive bag provided by D23 Expo 2019 sponsor American Tourister, and more.
Members can purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets.
The 2017 D23 Sorcerer Package included:
- Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
- Reserved seating at presentations in Hall D23, Stage 23, and Stage 28
- Limited-edition D23 American Tourister boarding bag
- Pre-Expo tour of select exhibits including Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives
- Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
- Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
- Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
- Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
- A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
- Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
- Meet and Greet with a special Disney guest
- Fond Farewell reception on final day of Expo
- Plus, access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge and other benefits
Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,500 per ticket.
Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets.
Sounds sweet, right? It is.
If you can’t be a unicorn, be a Sorcerer.
23. Final D23 Expo advice
Our final words of advice: if you watched this play out on social media and had any moment of, “Man, I wish I was there!” then this is the event for you.
You don’t have to do it all. In fact: you CANNOT do it all.
Go in with open expectations; pick one or two “must-see” panels and consider anything else extra because there’s no way to do it all.
We repeat: SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS. You cannot do it all.
Need more D23 Expo tips? Check out this post!