This past weekend I had the chance to see all things Disney! I was invited to the D23 Expo at Anaheim Convention Center. I have been a Disney fan since my early years. I remember always having Mickey around. From toys to clothes and collectibles, I have quite the Disney assortment. My favorite character is Ariel, The Little Mermaid.
I was not sure what to expect at D23 Expo. There was a lot to see. Almost too much. I could not be in enough places at once. Then there were the lines. Lines for everything. It took quite a bit of time to stand in line. Waiting in line is what everyone was doing. I thought Disney could have done this a bit better. If you are stuck in lines, you are not able to see all the other stuff! I know I missed a lot. To get the best experience from the D23 Expo, I really had to pick and choose which events or shows I wanted to see. If it is one thing Disney does well, it is organizing lines. They had it all under control. Even though the lines were long, they moved smoothly and it was well worth the wait! Perhaps Disney would consider Fast Passes in the future.
The Mary Poppins display in the Treasures Archives exhibit was my favorite. The costumes and many of the props were on display. A bit of behind the scenes magic of making the movie was a pleasure to watch. I especially loved the gorgeous Carousel Horses!
Another exhibit I enjoyed was the Disney Imagineers section. Inside I got to see all types of special effects that goes into the rides of the Disney Parks. Animation, fire, design and more plus the imagineers themselves were there to answer questions. El Fortuna the fortune teller was a crowd pleaser! I was mesmerized by the Aladdin’s lamp display. I also had the opportunity to participate with the Storyteller who gives you JuJu charms you can collect for doing small adventures. That was a lot of fun!
I recommend D23 Expo to all Disney Fans. Plan out your schedule and be flexible. Each day features different events, so attending all 3 days is a must. Be prepared for surprises too. A few major Celebrities made appearances during the demonstrations.
Collectors: There are D23 exclusive items to purchase or collect from the demonstrations. For the Disneyana collectors – The Collectors Forum was the place to be! I never saw so many Disney Pins in one location! Fine art was available too plus hard to find collectibles.
I am thrilled to have been part of the D23 Expo. I consider myself in my second childhood and now I am all smiles! Mickey has that effect on me!
Many thanks to Disney for providing the D23 Expo Pass.