What is Disney’s D23 Expo and How Do I Get Tickets?

D23 Expo
D23 Expo


Looking for the perfect way to celebrate your Disney fandom? The D23 Expo held annually is the perfect way!  Each year Disney fan club members, media, bloggers and enthusiasts head to the Expo for a celebration of all things Disney.  Guests can enjoy panel discussions, find out about the latest theme park developments and learn about upcoming Disney movie releases.  It’s also a time to dress up in your Disney-themed finery and stock up on incredible and exclusive Disney merchandise.  Trust us when we say that  D23 Expo is a Disney-lovers dream come true!

When is the next D23 Expo? The next D23 Expo will happen in Anaheim, California near Disneyland Resort from August 23 – August 25, 2019.  The event is slated to take place at the Anaheim Convention Center.

How Do I Get Tickets? There are a couple of ways.  The first is to show your Disney fandom by becoming a D23 member.  Not only will membership provide you with early bird access to D23 Expo tickets but you can also enjoy a range of other fantastic perks throughout the year. These include park, dining, tickets and merchandise discounts, invitations to exclusive D23 member events, annual gifts and more.

An individual Gold Membership will set guests back $79 a year or a Family (of up to four guests) costs $104.99.  Membership would allow you early access and reduced rates for tickets for next year’s Expo which will go on sale August 23rd.  The “Early Bird Rates are available from August 23 – November 20, 2018.    D23 Early Bird tickets purchased before November 20, 2018 are $177 for an adult 3-day pass and $129 for a child (ages 3-9) 3-day pass.  D23 tickets purchased after November 20, 2018 are $219 per adult for a 3-day pass and $79 for a 1-day pass.  Children’s tickets if purchased after November 20th are $164 for a 3-day ticket or $59 for a one-day ticket.

More information can be found here.

Can I get tickets if I’m not a D23 Member? Yes. You can book Non-Gold D23 member tickets out with the early booking period.  The rate for standard tickets is $249 for an adult 3-day pass and $89 for a daily pass.  The children’s rates are $185 for a 3-day pass and $69 for a 1-day pass.

D23 Expo

What sort of events can I expect at the D23 Expo?  One of our favorite things about D23 is the eclectic array of happenings each year.  The 2019 Expo certainly appears to be no exception as Disney recently revealed some of the highlights. These are as follows:

Disney Show Floor – The Expo is a celebration of the past, present and the future of Disney and nowhere is this more evidenced than on the Expo Show Floor.  Here you’ll find exhibits, shopping photo opportunities and so much more.

Expo Stage – D23 Expo 2019 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe in a variety of panels and experiences.  Last year’s Expo welcomed some of your favorite celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Hamill, Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Bell, Chris Hemsworth and so much more!

Disney Legends Awards Ceremony – This special event honors the talented men and women who have made important contributions to the Disney legacy.  In 2017, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were all honored.

Walt Disney Archives Exhibition – This not to be missed exhibit is curated by Walt Disney Archives. Last years event featured a look at the history of Disney and pirates.  We can’t wait to see what they come up with for 2019!

Talent Central – Head over to meet some of your favorite Disney stars! You never know who might turn up to say “Hi!”

Mousequerade – During this event, D23 guests have the opportunity to show of their amazing costumes celebrating your favorite characters from Disney.  The Mousequerade costume contest will be judged by actress Yvette Nicole Brown and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein.

Haunted Mansion Design Challenge – The 2019 D23 Expo Design Challenge will be themed after the much-loved attraction Haunted Mansion which will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019.  Fans are encouraged to create ghoulishly-themed designs from paintings and drawings to models and sculptures celebrating the 999 happy haunted.  23 pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 Expo weekend.  The winning artist will receive a cash prize of$2,300!

Can I combine my visit to D23 with a Disneyland stay? Absolutely, that’s one of the best things about visiting Anaheim! Close proximity to Disneyland means that it’s the perfect time to head to the park for a few fun-filled days.  With packages currently available to book through until  the end of 2019 now is the perfect time to start locking in your Disneyland reservations.  Disney’s three onsite resorts fill up fast in the lead-in to the Expo so now is a great time to get a jumpstart on your travel plans.

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