Who’s the leader of the con that’s made for you and me? Well, Mickey Mouse and the folks at Disney’s D23, that’s who!

Every two years, Disney and its myriad of titles come together under one roof in Anaheim, California to show off the best of the best, Disney style.

Since 2009, the bi-annual D23 EXPO has celebrated all the magic, wonder, and adventure of Disney at this remarkable gathering created especially for you, our most passionate and loyal fans. D23 EXPO presents three full days of “inside-the-magic” experiences you won’t find anywhere else, including exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming films from The Walt Disney Studios, dazzling celebrity appearances, unforgettable presentations given by Disney luminaries, a look at what’s coming from Disney Parks and Resorts and Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Legends ceremony, and the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibition, which spotlights crown jewels from Disney’s timeless legacy.

You want Disney merchandise? How about the next in upcoming Disney films and television? What about the Marvel franchises that pack theaters across the world? Even fans of the magical kingdom of Disneyland will eat up every last offering that the convention has to give.

So where does that leave you, oh new patron to the convention of the Mouse? You have a variety of options at your feet.

First order of business: the D23 Expo App

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We’re big fans of being mobile while at conventions and we’re super happy to see that Disney has brought all that their convention attendees need to know in app form. According to the D23 Expo website:

 

The D23 EXPO 2015 Official Mobile App will help you navigate the D23 EXPO like the seasoned Disney pro you are. All the entertainment, presentations, shopping, photo opportunities, and magic that Disney has in store will be right at your fingertips—including maps to help you find everything you need, from stages and stores to photo spots; the full schedule of presentations and special entertainment; and up-to- the-minute info on StagePass availability. You’ll be able to personalize a schedule that helps you make those hard decisions about what to do next a little bit easier, and it’ll help you “shop ‘til you drop” with all our Disney and partner stores.

If you have an Apple or Android phone and are attending the Expo, go grab that now if you don’t already!

Be Prepared

No, this isn’t some clever play on words because of The Lion King. While you are dazzled by the magic of Disney, or stuck in some incredibly long lines, you still need to remember that  you are at a convention (the latter will remind you of that.) The D23 Expo website boasts “more than 260 presentations, panels, concerts, demonstrations, meet-and-greets, and sneak peeks during the event,”  which means you are going to have a lot of options to possibly even try to cover.

Here are some tips from our many years of convention-going experience that may help you this weekend.

  • Comfortable shoes are a must. The Anaheim Convention center is no small place, and you’ll find yourself walking the floor, exhibits, lines, and more. You’ll want to make sure your feet are happy.
  • Stay Hydrated: It’s Southern California. Just because we’re in a drought does not mean you should make your body suffer without water.
  • Snack: We mean it. Bring snacks for yourself so you aren’t a hangry mess halfway into the day. Yes, Anaheim has some tasty places to eat and Downtown Disney is nearby, but then you’ll miss all the magic in front of you at the convention.

Panels, Exhibits, and More

As we mentioned, there are more than 260 panels, exhibits, and presentations that Disney has up its sleeve for this weekend. You won’t be able to see them all, heck you may only see one. But know that the one is going to be absolutely what you wanted.

What we know already is that fans of  Disney Animation, Pixar, and more will be more than excited by what is being offered. There will be panels showcasing ZootopiaThe Good Dinosaur, Pixar Secrets, Moana, and most likely some surprises in store!

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Not much a film buff? How about your Disneyland history? There is panel after panel showcasing how Disneyland started and came to be what it is today direct from the people pivotal in doing it all.

Video Games more your forte? Don’t worry. With Star Wars: BattlefrontDisney Infinity 3.0, and Kingdom Hearts III in the mix…well, we think you’re pretty set.

Anything Can Happen

As with any convention, anything can happen. You can witness amazing acts of fandom. You can see brilliant cosplay groups bringing the world of Disney to life. You will join forces with other fans for those seats the front in a panel, or you’ll have to contain your excitement when you run into your favorite Disney actor or actress, maybe even that Disneyland Legend that you look up to. Any dream can happen, and anything can happen. Be ready and embrace it!

A Schedule is a Wish Your Heart Makes

We’ll be back this week to cover some highlights on the schedule for the weekend in specific, noting some of the things that are sure to dazzle you, as well as some schedule highlights that you may not have wanted to see originally, but will surely delight. Until then!

One of these Nerds doing Stuff. Can be found drinking cider on the weekends, and attempting to sing any Disney song in his brain that he can come up with in the shower. Thinks albums sound better on vinyl. Collector of useless trivia and references. Puns a plenty.

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