Disney D23 2019 Expo | Everything You Need to Know

In the Disney fan community, one of the most anticipated events is the biennial D23 Expo. This is the event that Disney save some of its biggest announcements for. D23 events cover all things Disney including Parks, Movies and more. News about Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel regularly comes out of D23 panels and this will presumably expand to Fox, Hotstar and Hulu at 2019’s event. Here is everything we currently know about what is in store for the Disney D23 2019 Expo.

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When and Where is D23 2019?

The 2019 event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California and run from August 23-25.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can catch the D23 Livestream here.

What Can Guests Expect?

Here is a rundown of the announced D23 panels and events:

Friday, August 23:

Hall D23:

    • Disney Legends Awards Ceremony (10:30am) – Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger will honor this year’s recipients (Christina Aguilera, Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer)
    • Disney+ Presentation (3:30pm) – More news about the new Disney video streaming platform will surely be announced as its debut nears along with first looks at a number of their original content. Disney recently announced that attendees of this panel will get an exclusive sneak peek at Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

D23 Expo Arena:

    • Dancing with the Stars and Disney! (10:00am)
    • The Music and Sounds of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (12:30pm) – Disney Imagineering Music Studio head Matt Walker hosts a session that explores the music featured throughout Disney’s most ambitious park expansion in decades.
    • Marvel’s Agents of the SHIELD (3:00pm)
    • Disney+ Screening of High School Musical: The Series (5:30pm) – A panel session featuring a panel comprised of the cast and an advanced screening of the highly-anticipated Disney+ series.

stage 28:

    • Mousequerade (11:00am) – A Disney costume competition judged by Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars Rebels), Yvette Nicole Brown (Lady and the Tramp live-action) and Jennifer Leonard and hosted by Jim Babcock.
    • Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode II First Look (2:00pm) – An exclusive look at the second episode of the latest Star Wars video game experience.
    • Behind the Art of Disney Costuing: Heroes, Villains and Spaces Between (4:00pm) 
    • Marvel Animation’s Venom Invaision and a World Premiere (6:00pm)

Walt Disney Archives Stage:

    • Great Moments with Walt Disney (10:30am) – A session featuring archival footage of Walt Disney recalling the early days of Disney.
    • At Work with Walt: James Algar’s 43 Years with Bambi, Lions and Mr Lincoln (12:00pm)
    • Making Walls Talk: Disney Historical Sites and Museums in Conversation (2:30pm)
    • In Conversation: Disney Legend Bill Farmer (4:00pm)
    • In Search of the Swiss Family Treehouse with Kevin & Jody (5:30pm)

Saturday, August 24:

Hall D23:

    • Go Behind the Scenes with The Walt Disney Studios (10:00am) – News and first looks at a number of upcoming films, live and animated, from across the ever-expanding portfolio of Disney properties.
    • Disney on Broadway in Concert: A 25th Anniversary Celebration (3:30pm) – An exclusive concert to celebrate Disney on Broadway’s 25th anniversary. It will be hosted by Gavin Lee and will feature Heidi Blickenstaff, Ashley Brown, Kissy Simmons, Josh Strickland and Alton Fitzgerald White singing a number of Disney Broadway classics.

D23 Expo Arena:

    • The Simpsons Panel (10am) – The Simpsons Creator Matt Groening, Executive Producer Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman, Supervising Director Mike B. Anderson, and stars Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith will all be in attendance talking about the upcoming season of the newly-acquired Fox property.
    • Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years (12:30pm)
    • ABC’s black-ish Welcomes mixed-ish to the Family (3:00pm)
    • The Musical Journey of Disney’s Aladdin (5:30pm) – Hosted by original Disney voices Scott Weigner (Aladdin) and Linda Larkin (Jasmine) and exploring the iconic songs of the animated classic. Guests include Brad Kane (Aladdin’s singing voice), Deedee Mango, Jamal Sims, Clinton Greenspan, Lillas White and Norm Lewis. Disney is also teasing the possibility of a surprise at this session…

stage 28:

    • Women of Impact: Meet the Nat Geo Explorers Changing the World (10:00am)
    • Disney Channel’s Amphibia and Big City Greens are Joined by Kermit the Frog (11:30am)
    • Secret Walt Disney Company Project | TBA 8/22 (1:30pm)
    • Immersive Worlds: Bringing Films to Life in Disney Parks (3:30pm) – Disney Imagineers Joe Rohde and Scott Trowbridge are featured in this interesting session that explores themed environments and the creative process behind their development.
    • Marvel Comics: Marvel 80th Anniversary (5:30pm) – A session hosted by Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort takes a look at Marvel’s storied first 80 years.

Walt Disney Archives Stage:

    • Digging Deeper: Uncovering Disney’s Hidden History (10:00am)
    • Making Holiday Magic at Disney Parks (11:30am)
    • Secrets of Walt Disney’s Fun and Fancy Free (1:30pm)
    • Ken Anderson’s Haunted Mansion ’57: A Year of Horror, Humor and… Voodoo? (3:00pm)
    • Collecting the Creepy: 50 Years of Haunted Mansion Merchandise (4:30pm
    • Travels with Marty: A Conversation with the Sklars and Imagineers (6:00pm) – Marty Sklar’s colleagues and contemporaries explore the Disney Legend’s lasting impact on The Walt Disney Company.

Sunday, August 25:

Hall D23:

    • Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Presentation (10:30am) – There is a TON of changes coming to Disney parks in the coming years. This is the presentation that many in the industry will keeping an eye on for more details of current and planned projects form Parks Chairman Bob Chapek. We have already been told that more details about Disney’s plan for an Epcot revitalization will be revealed at this time.
    • Disney Character Voices, Inc 30th Anniversary Celebration (4:15pm) – Hosted by Disney SVP of Character Voices Rick Dempsey and featuring legendary Disney voice actors Bret Iwan (mickey Mouse), Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), Jodi Benson (Ariel), Bill farmer (Pluto and Goofy) and Linda Larkin (Jasmine).

D23 Expo Arena:

    • The Little Mermaid: The 30th Anniversary Celebration (10:00am) – A session hosted by Jodi Benson (Ariel) which takes a look at the animated classic which is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
    • Power Up Your Brain with Keegan-Michael Key (12:30pm) – Get a first look at the Nat Geo reboot of BrainGames with Key and mentalist Lior Suchard.
    • The Art of Disney Storytelling (3:00pm) – A panel hosted by John Stamos (Full House) and featuring Disney legends and icons Tony Baxter, Floyd Norman, Paul Briggs and Don Hahn.
    • Two World, One Family: The Making of Tarzan (5:45pm) – A look at the Disney animated movie on its 20th anniversary. Session guests include Chris Buck, Kevin Lima, Bruce W. Smith, Ken Duncan, Glen Keane and Bonnie Arnold. There will also be a special performance from Matthew Morrison (Glee).

stage 28:

    • Heroines of the Disney Galaxies (10:00am) – Ashley Ecstein (Star Wars Rebels) hosts a celebration of the herroines of Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies. Special guests include Sana Amanat, Ally Maki and Christy Carlson Romano.
    • Marc Davis in His Own Words – Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks (12:00pm) 
    • Inspiring Women Behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2:00pm)
    • World Premiere: Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents Short Circuit (4:00pm) – An early look at the new short film programthat will make its debut on Disney+ in early 2020.

Walt Disney Archives Stage:

    • Sounds Delightful (10:30am)
    • Hidden Gems of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library (12:00pm) – A fun and informative panel that will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the team responsible for preserving Disney animation art.
    • 50 Years of Walt Disney Archives: A Gold Mine of Fun Finds (2:30pm)
    • Magic Journey: Take a Fantastical Ride with Imagineer Kevin Fafferty (4:00pm) – The longtime Disney Imagineer recounts his 40+ year career with The Walt Disney Company.
    • Disneyland ’59: Matterhorn, the Monorail and Submarine Voyage (5:30pm)

More events, panels and presentations will be announced in the coming weeks and, as always, I will be sure to update this post as more events are revealed.

Character Appearances:

The following Disney Channel characters and actors are scheduled to appear at the Walt Disney Television booth:

Friday, August 23:

  • 9am: Fancy Nancy
  • 10am: Vampirina
  • 12pm: Suzi Barrett, Tobie Windham, Ramon Reed, and Kaylin Hayman (Just Roll With It)
  • 3pm: Navia Robinson, Issac Ryan Brown, Jason Maybaum, and Sky Katz (Raven’s Home)

Saturday, August 24:

  • 9am: Vampirina
  • 10am: Fancy Nancy
  • 11am: Ruth Righi, Ava Kolker, Jackson Dollinger, and Christian J. Simon (Sydney to the Max)
  • 12pm: Dakota Lotus, Ruby Rose Turner, Olivia Sanabia, Albert Tsai, Paxton Booth, and Rebecca Metz (Coop & Cami Ask the World)
  • 5pm: Bobby Moynihan and Toks Olagundoye (DuckTales)

Sunday, August 25:

  • 9am: Genesis Rodriguez and Brooks Whelan (Big Hero 6 The Series)
  • 10am: Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell, and Carla Jeffery (Zombies)
  • 1pm: Miranda May, Mallory James Mahoney, Raphael Alejandro, Will Buie Jr., Shelby Simmons, Scarlett Estevez, and Israel Johnson (BUNK’D)
  • 3pm: Vampirina
  • 4pm: Fancy Nancy

Additional National Geographic at D23:

Three National Geographic personalities will be on hand at D23 to sign autographs, books and take pictures. Here is the lineup:

  • Alex Honnold (Free Solo) – August 23, 1-2pm
  • Dr Jan Pol (The Incredible Dr Pol) – August 24, 3-4pm
  • Sue Aikens (Life Before Zero) – August 25, 11am-12pm

The three will appear in the first-ever National Geographic pavilion. Also located in the pavilion will be a ‘unique fan experience’ called “Beneath the Blue.”

D23 Expo Apps:

Disney recently launched the official D23 event app. Users will have access to their reservations and helpful maps on their mobile devices. You can download the D23 mobile app for Android here and iOS here.

How Can You Get D23 Tickets?

This is a super-popular event and some of the tick options are sold out already. Tickets can be purchased at D23Expo.com. One-day tickets cost $89 for adults and $69 for children aged 3/9. One-day admission tickets for Official Disney Fan Club members are $77  for adults and $59 for children aged 3-9).


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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.