Disney’s Ultimate Fan Expo is coming a little bit earlier than expected. The three-day event will take place July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center across the street from Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Over the past 4 events, D23 Expo has been a place for Disney fans to gather and celebrate everything that is going on with the Walt Disney Company. It has featured presentations from Disney’s Animation and Live-Action Film Studios, as well as announcements from Walt Disney Theme Parks and Imagineering. Most relevant to readers of Guide2WDW, D23 Expo 2015 featured the announcement of a Star Wars-themed land coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as Toy Story Land at DHS. We will be much closer to both of those lands opening when the next D23 rolls around, so I would expect to see some in-depth previews of those new Star Wars and Toy Story attractions, similar to the sneak previews of Avatar and Shanghai Disneyland offered at last year’s event. D23 also has a bevy of wonderful panels on Disney’s past, present, and future.

Here’s a bit from Disney’s official press release about D23 Expo 2017:

“D23 Expo launched in 2009, and since then the biennial event has attracted tens of thousands of Disney fans from across the country and around the world.

Highlights planned for the fifth D23 Expo include 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; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade are coming soon.)

The 2017 Expo will feature a massive show floor full of immersive experiences and special opportunities to see what’s next for Disney around the world—and guests may run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers. StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system that allows attendees to obtain guaranteed seats for some of Expo’s most popular presentations, and StorePass, which allows priority entry to select shopping venues at the event, will once again enhance the guest experience. Hall D23, the popular presentation and performance venue featuring more than 7,000 seats, will return, as will Stage 23, Stage 28, and Center Stage.”

Tickets for D23 Expo will go on sale beginning July 14, 2016, with discounts available to D23 Gold and Charter Members.

Having been to the last two D23 Expos, I can safely say that it is one of my favorite events to attend as a Disney fan. Hopefully, I’ll see you there in 2017!