We’ve had a chance to take part in every Disney D23 Expo since its inception only a few years ago with 2013 being their largest and biggest attraction. The D23 Expo takes place every two years at the Anaheim Convention Center – walking distance from Disneyland and Downtown Disney.
The last D23 Expo was in 2009 and the ink on the Marvel purchase was still very new so the Marvel properties weren’t shining as bright at the show outside of the fan-favorite Avengers panel. Something else in the mix was Disney’s purchase of LucasFilms which meant characters from Star Wars were prominent around the show floor. You get the sense that when Disney D23 Expo returns again in 2015 that it will be even bigger and soon knocking on Comic-Con’s doorstep for attention.
For the 2013 D23 Expo some standout booths were for Tomorrowland which included an interactive experience/tour and Disney Infinity which introduced many fans to the upcoming video game for the first time. The exhibit show room had a plethora of button sellers and memorabilia all dedicated to Disney new and old. A new stop-motion series was announced and premiered at D23 called ‘Blank A Vinylmation Love Story‘ which gave reason for the Disney Store to have something new and different in Disney Vinyl toys for sale.
The main attraction just outside the Convention Center was the Phineas and Ferb exhibit ‘The Waffle-Inator‘. Fans attending witnessed a giant 40-foot attraction where they could take turns shooting waffles at Dr. Doofenshmirt in order to save Agent P. Some other panel highlights back inside featured announcements about upcoming Marvel films and even showed the entire first episode of the upcoming series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Overall – Disney’s D23 Expo gives fans young and old a unique expansion of the movies they’ve come to love over the years. The expo is a great reason to commit to a week-long vacation in Anaheim visiting both the D23 Expo and Disneyland theme parks.
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