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The Ultimate Family Fun Guide to D23 Expo

The Ultimate Family Fun Guide to D23 EXPO 2015
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Thanks Disney for providing me this experience for free.

Wondering what to do with your kids at this year’s D23 EXPO? We’ve got you covered with the Ultimate Family Guide to the Magic!

The D23 EXPO — the ultimate Disney fan event, is right around the corner. Returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on August 14-16, 2015, just a few minutes away from Disneyland Resort, the EXPO is a kid-friendly event where there is truly something for every kid (and kid at heart) to enjoy.

It’s easy to see how parents might get overwhelmed with the jam-packed schedule, but not to worry! We’ve made a list of the top things that your Disney Princess, Star Wars Jedi-, Frozen Fanatic-, Marvel Superhero-, and/or Descendants-obsessed kids won’t want to miss.

Our advice is to check out the D23 EXPO schedule ahead of time at and try to set a plan. Have everyone in your family pick out one thing he or she really wants to do. Just like visiting the Disney Parks, there will be crowds of people and long lines, but if you go in with that knowledge (and lots of patience), you’ll do just fine.

If you’re still having trouble deciding, we think these events are a good place to start!

Meet Disney Channel Stars

Your tweens and teens have a chance to meet, take photos with, and get autographs from their favorite Disney Channel, Disney XD, and ABC Family Stars throughout the EXPO.

Scheduled to appear are actors from the hit shows: Girl Meets World, I Didn’t Do It, Descendants, Liv & Maddie, Teen Beach 2, Pretty Little Liars, Jessie, Austin and Ally, Best Friend Whenever, Lab Rats, The Fosters, K.C. Undercover, Mighty Med, Kirby Buckets, Gamers Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Dog with a Blog, and more!

Trust us, this is an opportunity that they will never forget!

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: ABC TV Pavilion

Special Performances

It’s like attending a concert with all of your kid’s favorite artists all under one roof! The schedule features “inside-the-magic” experiences including a weekend filled with musical performances by Hollywood Records recording artists Sabrina Carpenter, Dove Cameron & Sofia Carson, Bea Miller, Olivia Holt, and special dance party with stars from the Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach 2.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Center Stage

Disney Interactive

Gamers rejoice! Your players can experience the latest and upcoming titles through hands-on demos, innovative interactive experiences and premium giveaways.

Play Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the new Disney Infinity Play Sets, Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars™ Rise Against the Empire and Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, and the fully enhanced Toy Box mode. But don’t forget about their favorite Disney Apps, try the hottest mobile games including Star Wars: Commander, Frozen Free Fall and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Interactive Pavilion

Family Play Zone

A place designed especially for Expo families to gather for a little “downtime” from the busy show floor. Find a great place to relax, watch Disney movies, do arts and crafts, and play at the interactive playground at the Imagination Playground. There will also be special appearances by Disney characters and entertainers during the weekend. (Children must be supervised at all times.)

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Second Floor of Convention Center

 

The Ultimate Family Fun Guide to D23 EXPO 2015
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Jedi Training Academy

The Jedi Council welcomes youngin’s between ages 4 to 12 to learn the ways of the Force. A Jedi Master will pick randomly selected children in the audience to use lightsabers, and prepare them to duel against a Star Wars villain.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Center Stage

Evolution of a Star Wars Storm Trooper

Guests can explore the history of the design evolution from the Clone Troopers to the Stormtroopers. Star Wars fans are sure to geek out on this display.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Radio Disney Junior & DJ Shuffle

Come dance and sing-a-long to your favorite Disney Junior jams from the voice of Radio Disney, Genevieve Goings while she leads the crowd and performs your favorites from Choo-Choo Soul.

When: Saturday, Aug 15, 10-11:00am ; Sunday, Aug 16 10-11:00am
Where: Center Stage

Disney Junior ‘Fun Spot’

Your kids will love to engage in galactic play with new stellar toys from Miles from Tomorrowland and have the chance to meet Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Disney Junior Storytime

Grab a seat and get ready for Story time. Hear from special guest readers like Sofia the First’s Ariel Winter, and Loretta Devine from Doc McStuffins as they read to children from a magical selection of books.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Mousequerade

Here’s a costume contest that you won’t want to miss! Disney fans will delight in seeing these costumes that were created by some of the biggest and most creative Disney fans. Watch them strut down the runway in dressed in their own creations inspired by Disney.

When: Friday, August 14, 1-2:30pm
Where: Stage 23

Playmation: Marvel’s Avengers

Do you have what it takes to gear up and become part of The Avengers? Be among the first to experience the recently announced Playmation product, a new system of connected toys and wearables that uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of Marvel stories.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

The Ultimate Family Fun Guide to D23 EXPO 2015
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#TinkStyle

Who wants a fairy makeover? Guests can get an iconic Tinker Bell topknot at the “Bun Bar” from professional hairstylists (straight from Never Land) who can’t wait to give you a Tink Hair Makeover. You’ll also be able to see glittering products inspired by the most famous Disney fairy of all time.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Rock Your #MinnieStyle

Get your nails done in the latest style inspired by Minnie Mouse at the “Nail Bar” while you walk through the Minnie Lounge.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!

Take this once–in-a-lifetime musical journey of Frozen FANdemonium with the songwriters of Frozen, also featuring sing-along experiences with the coolest sisters we know — Elsa and Anna!

When: Sunday, August 16 at 3pm

Where: Hall D23.

Frozen Karaoke

Frozen fans of all ages, get ready to sing your heart out to your favorite Frozen tunes

When: Specific times throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Disney Imagicademy

Discover the magic of learning as you dive into the world of technology driven learning through apps designed to encourage children to learn by creating, doing, and making.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

The Marvel Universe

Marvel fans can come together and experience more of their favorite Super Heroes with a preview of the newest large-scale statues, action figures and more.

Additionally, attendees will get a first-hand look at how the attributes of Marvel characters – cool, strong, relatable – come together in fashionable apparel and accessories. Attendees are encouraged to follow @StyledbyMarvel on Instagram and to share their own passion for Marvel with the #StyledByMarvel hashtag.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

Disney Store

Don’t forget to stop in before you head home to get a souvenir showcased throughout more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space. You are invited to shop an array of special products not yet available to the general public. Showcased throughout more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, new collections and Limited Edition items will launch throughout the D23 EXPO weekend.

When: Throughout the EXPO
Where: Disney Consumer Products Pavilion

More Helpful D23 EXPO Information for Parents:

Purchase Tickets

For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com. (Children under 3 are free.) Buy tickets ahead of time online. The Expo always sells out, and we’re sure that this year won’t be any different. Get your tickets now!

D23 EXPO App

Getting the D23 EXPO 2015 Official Mobile App is a must! That way you have the full schedule in the palm of your hands including any updates. Not to mention the Trading Card Quest that is happening this year, sounds like fun! Download the App on your smartphone for free.

Social Media

Now that you have downloaded the App the other thing to do is follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and be sure to use the hashtag #D23EXPO so that you don’t miss out on any updates.

Dress Up

It’s really fun to get into the Disney spirit by dressing up. Whether you Disney Bound or go in full costume – it will just add to the whole experience. Unlike Disney Parks, costumes ARE allowed into the D23 EXPO. But make sure to wear comfortable shoes, there is a lot of walking and standing, and you’d hate to have to take off your glass slippers because of blisters!

The Ultimate Family Fun Guide to D23 EXPO 2015
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Parking

Public Parking is available at the Anaheim Convention Center. The first-come first-served cost is $15 for regular vehicles and $30 for oversized vehicles. In-and-out privileges are not allowed.

Dining and Refreshments

No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed. But the good news, there’s a large selection of food and drinks throughout the EXPO floor. From coffee and breakfast items, to lunch, sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Get your fill of pizza, hot dogs, nachos, Mickey-shaped pretzels, churros, candied apples will be available at a variety of location not to mention gourmet foods trucks parked right out front.

Stroller Info

Strollers are not available to rent, but they are allowed. You may bring your own stroller from home, if you attend a presentation there will be specific areas designated for stroller parking.

Lost Child

Please visit D23 EXPO Guest Relations in the lobby for assistance finding lost children and all Lost and Found items will also be held there.

First Aid

First aid locations are available in the Grand Lobby, Hall A, Hall D, and Hall E.

Hopefully this information will come in handy while you making your plans for attending the 2015 D23 EXPO with your children. It will be a magical weekend that they will never forget! I will be there with my Disney Sisters too, so if you see us please say hello! See you real soon!

Article Posted 2 years Ago

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