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D23 – The Ultimate Disney Fan Expo


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This weekend is the 4th (bi-annual) D23 Disney Expo – the ultimate Disney fan experience!  It’s 3 days of panels/discussions, shopping and Disney booths galore! Along with never seen and exclusive to the Expo merchandise! This ticketed event takes place every other year in Anaheim, CA at the Aneheim Convention Center, just minutes from Disneyland.  

This year Love of the Mouse will be there to share with all of you, our fans, just exactly what the Expo is all about, along with new information that is rumored to be shared regarding newly acquired land near Disneyland and what’s going on at Hollywood Studios at Disney world!  Hang tight, we’re all getting ready for some big announcements!  What’s coming next in the World of Disney?  We’re all dying to know!

More about the Expo:

For a complete list of events, timelines and Expo guidelines be sure to check out  To purchase tickets to the Expo follow the links on the D23 homepage.  Please note all Saturday day one day only tickets are sold out, however you are still able to purchase the 3 day event ticket which will include entrance into the show on Saturday.  You do not have to be a member of the D23 fan club to purchase tickets, however there are benefits to being a member, such as discounted tickets and  early entrance to the show among other things!  If you are not yet a member you can purchase the membership online, also on or at the show.  However to get early entrance and discounted tickets you will need to purchase your membership before arriving at the show.    Please also download the D23 app from your providers App Store to find out more.


I have been following along on several forums online in order to get as much info about the Expo as possible.  This is my first time attending the Expo and I have to admit it’s a little overwhelming even for this HUGE Disney fan! But as with anything else in life, arm yourself with information, both official and unofficial, make a plan and dive right in!

Can you bring outside food me beverages into the Expo?

As posted on the D23 website, no outside food or drink will be allowed in the Anehim Convention Center unless they are required by persons with food allergies or other medical needs.  Unofficially it has been stated that water bottles will be allowed inside.

Are costumes allowed at The D23 Expo?

Yes! Unlike the parks, costumes are allowed for guests of all ages at The Expo.  The term cosplay is thrown around regularly among the forums and adults of all ages are going all out! The Expo even hosts a costume contest for guests!  I can’t wait to see who wins! As for me, I’ll be sporting my Love of the Mouse shirt, rhinestone Minnie Mouse converse and Mouse ears!  What will you be wearing?

Are bags allowed inside? 

Yes, you can bring in bags.  They will be checked at bag check upon entry into the convention.  You can also drop your bags off, including any shopping you may do, at bag check for $2.

What time do the doors open?

For regular ticket holders doors will be opening at 10 am.  D23 members can enter an hour early at 9 am.  It has been said that people are being allowed to line up the day before the event and can camp out for entry into some of the first and most popular presentations of the day.

What if my tickets have not arrived? 

You can pick up your tickets starting on Wednesday at Will Call.

Can I buy them the day of the event?

Yes, provided tickets are not sold out, you can buy them the day of the show.  Please keep in mind that single day Saturday only tickets are already sold out.  You can still however get access on Saturday by purchasing the 3 day ticket.

Can you buy a D23 Membershio at the Expo?

Yes, memberships will be available for purchase at the Expo.  You will still have to pay the shipping cost, apx $14 for the membership kit.

What if I’m a D23 member but don’t have my Membershio card yet or have lost it?

You can have temporary card printed that is good to the show only.

What other questions do you have? Comment below and I will get back to you with the answers!  
And with that, we’re touching down in Orange County!  If you see us at the Expo, stop by and say hi! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for up to the minute posts at The D23 Expo!  See ya real soon! 

?o? – Jamie

Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumph
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.


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