Tickets go on sale next week for the huge Disney fan convention called D23, which is scheduled to be held in Anaheim from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11. This year’s highlights will include the launch of the company’s 100th anniversary celebration and also the chance to see Walt Disney’s company airplane, which will be trucked to Southern California from Florida for the occasion.
This year, people must be members of D23 to purchase tickets, however the basic level of membership is free on D23.com. The 3-day event is slated for the Anaheim Convention Center, across the street from the Disneyland Resort. Held every two years, this event attracts tens of thousands of fans from everywhere, some of whom stand in line all night to see the exhibits and buy special merchandise. The event was postponed from 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.
“At this time, this is going to be an in-person event,” D23 Director Michael Vargo said Thursday, adding that there would also be an online livestream on the website. Organizers will continue to evaluate health and safety issues as the year progresses, he said.
Here are details about this year’s convention:
- Get tickets: Fans who hold gold memberships can buy tickets starting at noon Pacific time on Wednesday, Jan. 19 and other members can begin to purchase on Jan. 20. However, due to a partnership with Visa, any D23 member can purchase a limited number of tickets starting at 10 am Wednesday, if they use their Visa card. These quantities are limited. Adult day tickets will cost $89 for Gold members, $99 for regular members. 3-day tickets will cost $229 or $279. (A single Gold membership costs $99.99 annually, $129.99 for two). A 3-day ticket with preferred seating for the special events costs $899.99.
- What’s up: The expo is slated to contain more than 50 special events, including shows, presentations and panels, as well as a Disney Archives exhibit that provides a taste of the company’s massive 100th anniversary historical show, which is scheduled to launch next year.
- What’s happening: The convention will include a mix from Disney acquisitions including Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, showcasing new and upcoming projects from the parks, TV, movies, music and more.
- Walt’s plane: One highlight will certainly be the chance to see Walt Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream company airplane, which is kept backstage in Florida. In partnership with Amazon, Disney plans to restore the plane and have it ready for viewing by September, however it will be trucked out to California rather than flown, officials said.
- contest: The costume competition, Mousequerade, will have a top prize of $2,300 this year. People who want to compete need to submit applications online by April 1. Finalists for the live contest will be notified by April 29.
- Internships: There are plans for five performance venues ranging from a live stage in the main hall, a 1,200-seat Backlot stage, 700-seat stage for presentations by Walt Disney Archives, a 3,000 seat Premiere stage and 7,000-seat Hall D23.
For more information, go to D23.com