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Anyone ever gone to D23 Expo??

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by mdurette, May 14, 2019 at 4:16 PM.

  1. mdurette

    mdurette Sighting Expert & TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Ugh....DD 13 is begging to go. I have no idea what it is about, I have looked online - but I'm not finding anything with the true nitty gritty. Entertaining? Long Lines? Worth it? Do you need to go to all 3 days?

    Would love a real life experience from someone who has been there.
     
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    Yes (btdt), yes (entertaining), yes (long lines), maybe (worth it) and no (must go all 3 days).

    My husband and I have attended each D23 Expo to date. We often go all three days (certainly did initially) but more recently have taken a more relaxed approach and will buy "day of" tickets which might mean a day has been sold out.

    For us it is "worth it." We've learned to pick just one or two "big things" we hope to do on any given day and will, thus, commit the time required to stand in those lines. Beyond that, we'll spend our time in the exhibits, talking with Imagineers, talking with fellow fans, talking with vendors, etc. There is so much to do: Special talks from the Disney teams; Historical exhibits; New announcements; Specialty shopping experiences (Mickey's of Glendale and stuff usually reserved for Employee's only?); From-the-archive Movies; fantastic people watching; costumes; etc.

    It is crazy ... but fun. Come join us!
     
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    Go to YouTube.com and search for D23. I am sure there is a ton of first hand videos of it.
     
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    The official website is D23Expo.com and is full of information, mostly in fairly short video format. DH and I are going for the first time this year, so I’ve been following this thread on the DIS: https://www.disboards.com/threads/d23-expo-2019-superthread-dates-announced.3672742/. Also, YouTube has a number of videos that can be useful in understanding the scope. Apparently in the past people have begun lining up the morning before (i.e. on Thursday morning for Friday opening), but there are rumors of virtual queues, lotteries, or other means this year of reducing the huge overnight queues they’ve had in the past. In any case, DH and I don’t plan to arrive at the convention center that early! BTW the 3-day tickets are sold out, so you’ll be buying single day tickets no matter how many days you go.
     
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    OMG - lining up for what the night before??

    The 2 Disney creatures I live with (DH and DD) are all smiles around the house that I am considering this. But, we already have a TX trip planned for 8/25-9/1!. We could feasibly fly to CA for the weekend, then TX.

    But I know these creatures all too well and they are already starting. While we are their we should go to Disneyland too! Hum....my cheap trip to TX is all of a sudden getting squashed by the mouse.

    Ha Ha Ha - I would like to take them, I just need to figure out what I am getting myself into and the cost. I have been researching online what I can.

    One question at the moment - I see the 3 day tickets are already sold out. Do the single day tickets usually sell out too? Is there a need for me to jump in and buy them now?
     
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    Yes, I would expect at least one of the single day tickets to sell out before the event opens depending on which day "big announcements" are scheduled: Parks, Movies, etc.

    I dug my heels in against the mandatory Shipping & Handling fee. It was ridiculous and I refuse to pay it. We'll buy our tickets at the gate.
     
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    I recommend reading the threads in the Disneyland forum on disboards. There are very long threads there.

    I know one couple who go every year. It is "normal" to wait in a line for over an hour to see a lecture and maybe not be able to get in because it fills up.

    Some singles have posted that they pay people to save their spot in line. Some people enjoy waiting in line for several hours. I remember doing that as a kid when buying concert tickets. Not my style anymore.

    I say take your daughter. You will both remember the experience for the rest of your lives.
     
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    Based on threads I’ve read and videos I’ve watched, there’s so much competition for entry to the Show Floor (exhibits, some meet & greets), shopping areas and major presentations such as Disney Legends, Parks & Resorts, and Live Action and Animation films (in 2017, details for Galaxy’s Edge and future Marvel movies were announced there) that people spend the night inside the convention center in order to be first in line and have a better chance of being admitted to the sessions that begin at 9 or 10 AM. And lines for the major afternoon sessions begin forming in the morning that day.

    I’m hoping that the rumors of new virtual queues etc. will turn out to be true and at least give us a chance to attend some presentations without arriving so early. Just have to wait and see!
     

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