Depending on where your fan allegiances lie, you may find 2017 to be a challenge to navigate your fandom. Disney has just announced interesting timing for its next D23 EXPO scheduled for 2017. The officially announced dates are from July 14-16, 2017.
On the Disney side, it seems like a great time to schedule the event, butting right up against the anniversary of Disneyland Resort–the happiest place on earth–which is literally just steps from the Anaheim Convention Center.
However, this new timing pushes the schedule up a month from its typical August run. The move may prove challenging to some of the most hardcore fans as the month of July has regularly been dominated by San Diego Comic-Con which usually schedules its world-famous event during one of the first three weeks of July.
Although Comic-Con International has not officially announced the dates for its event in 2017, Disney’s move could prove to be a very unpopular (or rather cost-prohibitive) solution for fans who attempt to attend both events during the year.
The fifth coming of the D23 EXPO promises the return of its massive show floor plus panels and opportunities to see and meet various Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers.
Although ticket prices have not yet been announced, Disney has already announced that advance tickets for D23 EXPO 2017 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning July 14, 2016. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public.
Full announcement below.
ALL OF DISNEY’S WONDERFUL WORLDS COME TOGETHER AT D23 EXPO—THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT—
JULY 14–16, 2017, IN ANAHEIM, CALIF.
Advance Tickets on Sale July 14, 2016, for the Biggest Disney Fan Event Ever
BURBANK, Calif. – March 28, 2016 – All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents D23 Expo 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of July 14–16. Each of Disney’s magical worlds will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, gaming, and films, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel.
Highlights planned for D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; D23 Expo’s costume contest,Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge andMousequerade will be forthcoming.)
The 2017 Expo will feature a massive show floor full of immersive experiences and special opportunities to see what’s next for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain guaranteed seats for some of Expo’s most popular presentations, and StorePass, which allows priority entry to select shopping venues at the event, will once again enhance the guest experience. Hall D23, the popular presentation and performance venue featuring more than 7,000 seats, will return, as will Stage 23, Stage 28, and Center Stage.
The fifth event follows the success of D23 Expo 2015, which drew tens of thousands of Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Guests were treated to appearances by such celebrities as Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Evans, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Dwayne Johnson and watched performances by Ne-Yo, Sabrina Carpenter, the cast of Teen Beach 2 and stars of Disney’s shows on Broadway. Guests previewed costumes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and were the first to hear about the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. They also enjoyed a look back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products coming from Disney.
Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning July 14, 2016. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Charter Members will also be entitled to special benefits at the 2017 Expo. Gold Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities. Ticket prices will be announced this summer.