Disney announces dates for 2019 D23 Expo

March 26, 2018, 11:30 AM · The Walt Disney Company today announced the dates for its 2019 D23 Expo, which again will return to the Anaheim Convention Center, across the street from the Disneyland Resort.

The sixth D23 Expo in the United States will run August 23 - 25, 2019 and tickets will go on sale one year to the day in advance of the event, on August 23 this summer.

Highlights planned for D23 Expo include more than 50 shows, presentations, and panels, including 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; a daily parade down the middle of the show floor; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade will be forthcoming.)

Tickets again will be available through D23expo.com, with special pricing and early-bird discounts available to Gold level members of Disney's official fan club, D23. (Disney has not yet released any prices for the expo.)

Check out our coverage from last year's event:

Replies (6)

March 26, 2018 at 4:01 PM ·

I’m thinking this may be the official grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Especially since it’s later than normal.

March 26, 2018 at 4:22 PM ·

Actually, I think the later date is an attempt to move the Expo out of the summer season, to take some pressure off the resort and local hotels. To me, this announcement pretty much confirms that Disneyland expects to have its Star Wars land open by next summer.

March 26, 2018 at 7:42 PM ·

The crowds are absolutely the worst. Wondercon is great in comparison. I’d rather visit the actual parks than see the preview of the next big thing with fuzzy graphics.

March 27, 2018 at 6:01 AM ·

I was at D23 last year and it was very busy. A theory I heard was that since it was so close to comic con in July a lot of fans came and took time off for both events as they are 2 hours apart by train. Putting it in August may allow for more celeb guests to visit as they tend to not like to do two cons in a row.

March 28, 2018 at 12:18 PM ·

I was at the last D23 Expo and its official slogan should have been, “D23 Expo: come feel the wait!” The overwhelming crush of attendees made the queue times horrendous and even simply navigating the convention center feel like the Oregon Trail.

Now, I know what you’re thinking -- "Well, of course you should expect some long queues at a Disney event." That’s true, but this was beyond the pale. MANY of the attendees—me included—waited hours just to get inside the convention center! I attend WonderCon and ComiCon on the regular, and I haven’t experienced anything within missile range of how poorly managed the crowds were at this event—inside and outside of the convention hall.

Bottom line for me: the ticket price was not worth the all wasted hours of my life when I could just read about everything on this website come Monday morning. Disney needs to bring in folks who have more experience planning these kinds of events, or do something--anything to make this expo a more enjoyable experience.

March 30, 2018 at 5:23 AM ·

Jeff I agree a lot of people that may not get tix to Comic Con are heading there for the Marvel and Star Wars news.

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