It’s hard to realize how many different branches there are in the Disney family until you see them all under one roof. We recently headed to the Anaheim Convention Center with thousands of other Disney enthusiasts. We were all coming to experience the D23 Expo, an event that honors the past, present, and future of The Walt Disney Company by celebrating it with fans! Yes, it’s a real thing! It gave us a chance to fully geek out — Disney-style! We had a truly Fantasmic time. There was so much DISNEY to see! We thought that three full days at the Expo would give us plenty of time to see everything … wrong! There were upcoming movies, imagineering at the parks, celebrities, treasures of the archives, Disney consumer products, fashion, musical performances, video games, apps, Vinylmations, fairies, pirates, etc. As you can see, we could go on and on just listing all of the awesome things that were on display. Rather than telling you, we thought we’d show you with this photo slideshow of things seen only at the 2013 D23 Expo. Hope this inspires the Disney fan in you to try and make it out in 2015! We’ll be there and would love to meet you!
Presenting (just a few) of our favorite photos from the Ultimate Disney Fan Event — D23 Expo 2013!
D23 Expo Recap 1 of 25
Didn't get to attend the D23 Expo this year? We've got you covered with 25 photos that will make you feel like you were there! Disney Magic is much better when you share it!
One Magical Setting 2 of 25
Every 2 years the Anaheim Convention Center is transformed into D23 Expo — the Ultimate Disney Fan Event for Fans and Families.
Guide to the Magic 3 of 25
A complimentary Guide Book was given to each guest as they entered with details of the schedule, exhibits, and everything you could possibly want to know about the weekend.
Getting Tickets 4 of 25
The best time to buy tickets is as soon as they go on sale. Don't miss out on the Early Bird ticket prices for 2015.
Poor Unfortunate Souls 5 of 25
This awesome chalk art drawing was located at the D23 Expo entrance. Notice Ursula's wearing ears and has her ticket around her neck — she was all ready for the magical weekend!
A Jolly Holiday 6 of 25
Disney fans brought their own "bag" of magic by dressing up as their favorite Disney characters, which made it even more special!
Doc McStuffins 7 of 25
Minnie Huffy Bike 8 of 25
Disney Apps 9 of 25
There was lots of hands-on fun with so many Disney apps set up and ready to play.
Shown Above: Mickey Mouse Playhouse Paint and Play, in iTunes $4.99.
Teen Beach Movie 2.0 10 of 25
Check out these mini surfers and bikers hanging out at the Teen Beach Movie lifeguard shack! Good Vibrations at D23 Expo! Have a fab summer!
Muppets 11 of 25
Everyone was encouraged to learn to draw their favorite muppet then put them up on the board for all attendees to enjoy. "This is what we call the Muppet Show!" #D23Muppets
RIDEMAKERZ 12 of 25
RIDEMAKERZ showed off their stuff, including this limited edition D23 Expo Exclusive Lightning McQueen that was available for purchase. Only 500 were made especially for the Expo, sold for $75 each.
Disney Channel Stars 13 of 25
Stars from Teen Beach Movie made an appearance to sign autographs and take pictures with their fans! (More to come on our Disney Celebrity Sightings at D23 Expo.)
Makeup 14 of 25
Disney Junior 15 of 25
There was plenty of Disney Junior fun to go around! Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Phineas and Ferb, Doc McStuffins, and Princess Sofia from Sofia the First all stopped by to say hello to the youngest Disney fans.
Blank and Bow 16 of 25
"When you are born blank. In a painted world. Love can give you color." #BlankAndBow
Those who attended the Disney Interactive presentation got a chance to see a preview of the new stop-motion series called "Blank - A Vinylmation Love Story" which debuts on Disney.com this November. So cute!
Phineas and Ferb 17 of 25
Phineas and Ferb knew what they were going to do today — head to Anaheim and explore the sights and sounds of the D23 Expo!
Disneyland Park Sign 18 of 25
Can you imagine hanging this sign anywhere on your property? One lucky bidder went home with this piece of classic Disneyland memorabilia from the silent auction. Score!
Disney Story Station 19 of 25
You are a storyteller. Share your memories and moments instantly with the new Disney App, Story. Available now in the App store for free. #YoursToTell
Magical Paint 20 of 25
Know of any room in need of a magical makeover? Why not try this Disney Paint by Glidden? With colors like Belle of the Ball Yellow and Piston Cup Blue, you can create a room that any child would love to call their own.
Small World 21 of 25
The Edna A La Mode Costume Contest was the perfect setting for this Small World after all. A mad scientist created this amazing model of one of Disneyland's favorite attractions gone wrong!
Broadway & Beyond 22 of 25
One of the most unique additions to the D23 Expo are the shows. Broadway & Beyond...Celebrating the Stars of Disney on Broadway is pictured above (with Thomas Schumacher, president and producer). Disney Theatrical Productions hosted performances by an all-star lineup that included Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast), Merle Dandridge (Tarzan, Aida), Josh Strickland (Tarzan) and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King), who sang beloved songs from the award-winning musicals they starred in.
Journey Into Imagineering 23 of 25
Fans were welcome to take a Journey into Imagineering. We toured an "open house" of where creativity lives, in the hearts and minds of Walt Disney Imagineers. Never before seen displays, models, designs ... we're talking really cool stuff — the magic behind the magic!
Haunted Ghosts 24 of 25
"Happy haunts materialize
And begin to vocalize
Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize." - Haunted Mansion ("Grim Grinning Ghost"s lyrics)
We found this guy at the "Open House" put on by Disney Imagineering, where guests were invited on a journey behind the scenes of the Imagineers.
Find Your Voice 25 of 25
Guests of all ages sang their hearts out as they took the "Find Your Voice" karaoke-style stage. Dressing up with princess-inspired props made for quite a show. Check out this Rapunzel getting her groove on! The Grand Prize includes a professional recording session, a Radio Disney Studio Tour, and $1000 in cash!
Photo Source(s): Disney Sisters
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