I will admit that I attended the 2017 D23 Expo for the panels. What I didn’t anticipate was the amount of stuff on the show floor. Next time I will know to dedicate a significant chunk of time to explore everything.
I picked out 23 of my favorite things from the D23 show floor to share with you. That’s right. Twenty-three, and these are just highlights.
1. Disney Parks Scale Model of Star Wars Land at Disney World
Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts sponsored a pavilion with Star Wars memorabilia and a scale model of the upcoming Star Wars Land at Disney World. It looks AMAZING, and I can’t wait for it to open.
2. Wreck it Ralph Video Arcade
Almost hidden on the D23 Expo show floor was a small video arcade with two working copies of Fix-It Felix Jr.
3. Disney Voluntears
At the Disney Voluntears booth, D23 attendees helped assemble goodie bags for children in local hospitals.
4. Thor Ragnarok Trailer Video
D23 Expo show floor attendees had the opportunity to appear in the trailer for Thor Ragnarok. Here is Patty Holliday’s fun video. (Call her, Thor. Seriously. Call her.)
5. Scrooge McDuck Money Pit Jump
This super popular attraction had lines 4+ hours long, and I didn’t get a chance to try it. But Mindy did! She tells you exactly what it’s like to jump in to Scrooge McDuck’s Money Pit.
6. Pixar Pavilion
Wreck it Ralph, Edna Mode, and Maui’s hook were all on hand for photo ops in the Pixar booth. They also gave away Pixar balls and held lectures about Pixar animation.
7. Disney Archives Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective
Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirates life for me. The pirate pavilion had tons of costumes, props, and models from all the Disney pirates from Captain Hook, Jake the Pirate to Jack Sparrow.
8. Oswald the Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Ortensia the Cat appeared on the D23 Expo show floor both in person and as a cardboard photo ops.
9. Photo Ops
Moana’s boat was just one of the many photo ops scattered around the D23 Expo show floor.
10. Minnie Mouse’s Wardrobe
Minnie Mouse’s adorable outfits were on display at the Honda booth. I wish they came in my size!
File this under “what were they thinking.” The Marvel booth was a quarter of the size it needed to be and was located right up front where it blocked traffic. Hopefully, the D23 organizers realize how popular Marvel is with fans and will expand the booth in 2019.
12. LuLaRoe Disney
LuLaRoe has crazy fans. Disney has crazy fans. Put the two together, and you get a frenzy over free Disney leggings. I read that one person ended up with seven pairs. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to snag a pair of Angry Donald leggings.
13. Live Demonstrations
Live demonstrations included cooking, author readings, and artists.
14. The Stars of Cars
The stars of Cars 3 – Lightening McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, and Jackson Storm- were on hand for pictures. They didn’t sign autographs.
15. Honda Minnie Van
I would consider driving a mini van again as long as it was a Minnie Van! This Honda van is even available for purchase.
16. Fantastical Fashions
As a seamstress, I love to look at the intricate designs of costumes. The ones on display, like the red dress worn by Cruella De Vil, did not disappoint.
I will admit that not everyone would put Doc McStuffins on their highlight reel. But since I get hundreds of hits a day on my Doc McStuffins Museum Tour post, it was fun to see a little sample of the exhibit.
18. Disney Consumer Products
I have been admiring the furniture and accessories in the Ethan Allen Disney collection. At the D23 Expo show floor, I got to see some of the pieces up close and try out the furniture.
19. Cinderella’s Crystal Coach
Technically, Cinderella’s Coach was outside rather than on the D23 Expo show floor. But it needed to be out in the sunshine where you could see it sparkle.
20. Massive Balloon Sculptures
Outside the WDW Radio/Mouse Fan Travel booth stood a life-size balloon Groot and a Star Wars AT-AT walker.
21. D23 Expo Show Floor Parade
The D23 Expo parade featured the Fab Five – Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald – as well as Disney stars like Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi of Tangled.
22. Speciality Disney Merchandise
Tsu Tsums, Funko, Sunglass Hut, and American Tourister were just some of the vendors selling their Disney licensed merchandise.
23. Disney Stores
Mickey’s of Glendale, the Disney Store, and the Disney Dream Store had consistent lines and more than an hour waits the entire weekend. I never made it into a shop and ended up having a friend snag my D23 t-shirt for me.
This is just a sample of things to see at the D23 Expo. If you attend D23, make sure to allow a significant amount of time to explore the show floor.