Disney D23 EXPO Returns July 2017, Before SDCC written by Sean Gerber March 28, 2016 Disney’s D23 Expo will return to the Anaheim Convention Center next summer and even earlier than usual. D23 Expo, which has been set in August since the biannual Disney convention’s first run in 2011, will take place July 14-16 in 2017. That puts it a week before the believed dates for San Diego Comic Con next year, giving Disney a head start on securing headlines for its properties. The D23 Expo brings all of Disney’s popular brands under one roof to showcase all that’s coming up in the parks, on television, in music, and of course, in movies. D23 Expo 2o17 should be a huge event given that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be out later that year and Disney will also have major 2018 releases to promote, including the Han Solo standalone movie. This will be Marvel’s big chance to provide presentations for Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Black Panther (February 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War Part I (May 4, 2018), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018.) That Avengers presentation will be especially eventful, given that the second Infinity War will be released before the next D23 Expo in 2019. This could be the last time all of the original Avengers cast are together on the D23 Expo stage. That is a moment fans will not want to miss. Pixar will surely bring Toy Story 4 (June 15, 2018) to the Expo while Disney will present its own Gigantic (March 9, 2018) and the currently untitled November 2, 2018 fairly tale movie along with plenty of other projects yet to be named. With all of these properties being presented just a week ahead of Comic Con, I can’t help but wonder if Disney will skip the trip to San Diego entirely. By skipping the trip, I’m not referring to any and all presence Disney and its brands might have. Marvel still has plenty of business to do at SDCC for its comic books, so there should still be a big Marvel booth at the center of the show floor. Marvel Studios, however, will probably pass on a Hall H presentation that year, as the studio has for two out of the last three years in which there has been a D23 Expo (2011, 2015.) Disney seems to be making a push to make D23 Expo the must-see convention experience in pop culture. The company may not have all or most of the brands people enjoy, but Disney does offer a handful of brands that so many people enjoy the most. Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will go on sale July 14, 2016. For more details, see the press release below. ALL OF DISNEY’S WONDERFUL WORLDS COME TOGETHER AT D23 EXPO—THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT— JULY 14–16, 2017, IN ANAHEIM, CALIF. Advance Tickets on Sale July 14, 2016, for the Biggest Disney Fan Event Ever BURBANK, Calif. – March 28, 2016 – All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club presents D23 Expo 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of July 14–16. Each of Disney’s magical worlds will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, gaming, and films, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel. Highlights planned for D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade will be forthcoming.) The 2017 Expo will feature a massive show floor full of immersive experiences and special opportunities to see what’s next for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain guaranteed seats for some of Expo’s most popular presentations, and StorePass, which allows priority entry to select shopping venues at the event, will once again enhance the guest experience. Hall D23, the popular presentation and performance venue featuring more than 7,000 seats, will return, as will Stage 23, Stage 28, and Center Stage. The fifth event follows the success of D23 Expo 2015, which drew tens of thousands of Disney fans for three star-studded days and nights. Guests were treated to appearances by such celebrities as Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Evans, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Dwayne Johnson and watched performances by Ne-Yo, Sabrina Carpenter, the cast of Teen Beach 2 and stars of Disney’s shows on Broadway. Guests previewed costumes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and were the first to hear about the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. They also enjoyed a look back at Disney’s rich history through extraordinary panels, presentations, and exhibits and discovered the newest entertainment, technology, and products coming from Disney. Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning July 14, 2016. D23 Members will receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is open to the general public. D23 Gold and Charter Members will also be entitled to special benefits at the 2017 Expo. Gold Members will also have an opportunity to purchase the Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities. Ticket prices will be announced this summer. About D23 Expo D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. Presentations, talent, and schedule are subject to change. For the latest D23 Expo news, visit D23Expo.com. To join the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo. About D23 The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a member-exclusive website at D23.com; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year. Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. D23 EXPO Returns July 2017, Before SDCC was last modified: March 28th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related D23 EXPO 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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While I loved my Hall H exprerience this last year, how much more incredible would it have been with Marvel’s showmanship added on top of all of it? Which is what I am hoping that Marvel will do this year. SDCC is already expensive on its own, so the idea of having to attend TWO conventions for the opportunity to get exclusive footage and fun panels of all of the content I want to see – when before it was all at one conventions – that’s kind of disheartening and would really hurt my wallet. I love both DC, Marvel, and the X-Men films, so I would much prefer to celebrate all of those things under one roof, as opposed to trying to attend two conventions to make up the difference. So I get it, but as someone who just began attending SDCC and want to make it a regular event, I hope that Marvel studios doesn’t write off SDCC altogether.