D23 Expo kicks off this week and I’ll be headed over there Thursday night to camp out for the Legends Ceremony on Friday morning, but there’s one thing people don’t quite understand about what D23 Expo is. While lots of film bloggers are overhyping their readers with promises of what Marvel may show at SDCC, they fail to realize that on D23 Expo years they traditionally save their best stuff for that convention.
Disney only holds D23 Expo every two years and it’s basically their version of Comic Con or Star Wars Celebration, but for Disney fans. And that’s where it gets a bit different. Anyone who has an AP at Disneyland can tell you of the “Passhole” phenomenon of overly entitled Disney fans who believe they deserve the world on a silver platter, and at D23 Expo that is amplified. There are “Sorcerer” packages that cost into the thousands of dollars, and on top of that these people spend about $100 a year for their annual D23 Fan Club membership card.
Update: I’m not meaning to point fingers at the Sorcerers. I was using them to illustrate that people do pay a lot of money to be at D23 and Disney treats them the way they should be. Disney runs D23 better than ANY other convention, because they realize that people pay good money to be there and they’ll hear about it if they’re not treated right.
That’s why what Disney shows at D23 Expo remains exclusive. If anything wasn’t exclusive just for those people who spend a lot of money with Disney, they’d riot and scream at Disney for not treating them like special snowflakes. That’s one of the reasons why they seal phones in static bags before the big presentations and confiscate all cameras. Nothing from D23 Expo ever leaks. In 2015 they showed the first footage from Civil War, and that did leak online, but the leak didn’t come from the Expo floor. It was from some other source months after the convention.
Having said that, if anything were to be released online officially from the 2017 convention; it’ll be the Behind the Scenes sizzle reel for The Last Jedi. None of the Marvel stuff will likely make it online.
With just over a week and a half until D23 Expo and two and a half weeks until SDCC, my prep for both conventions is officially underway. Oh, yea. You have to prepare for these things. People who don’t end up having a terrible time, especially when they find out about the Hall H line and the fact that you have to camp out over night for it.
So I’m getting ready for two weeks of conventions. My MacBook Pro’s battery died and swelled up, breaking the trackpad, so I’m replacing both of those now so I have a laptop for both conventions. I also wanted to take my PS Vita for the Hall H line, but lost my charger. Since it’s a 1000 model, and uses the dumb proprietary connection, I had to track down an aftermarket charger since finding a Sony one for a system that isn’t “officially” discontinued is nearly impossible. I also have a new backpack to carry all my gear, which is also very important.
By the time SDCC rolls around the only thing I’ll need to get is a trolley card, which I’ll either do when I get down there or just use the phone app since I’m not driving to the convention center every day and paying for parking.
I’ve done these conventions for more than 15 years (SDCC) and the key is being prepared for days away from civilization.
It’s quickly approaching summer, which means it’s convention season.
I won’t be going to E3 this year since it lands on a really bad week for me and I can’t drive into the city for it during that week. I may be able to make it to the Microsoft E3 conference, since that is on a Sunday afternoon, but I’m still debating going.
But in July I’ll be going to two conventions. D23 Expo is this year. Disney does it every other year and I really believe it’s the best convention. Crowds aren’t nearly as bad as something like WonderCon or SDCC and I’ve never ran into any issues with how Disney runs it. They do such a great job with it they should really take over Star Wars Celebration and run it themselves.
Then a week later I’m going to the San Diego Comic Con. I actually kind of swore it off the last couple years with the difficulty in getting a pass, the insane parking lottery where people game the system by using 200 emails, and then the hotel lottery. But this year I managed to get a four day pass with preview night. I don’t have parking but I managed to book a hotel right down the street from the convention center and right next to the green line trolley (which stops right in front of the convention center), so I’ll be going all four days to SDCC for the first time in years.
It’ll be an exhausting two weeks, but I’m looking forward to the vacation.
We’ve known they were coming, but the first two Force Awakens figures for the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0 were revealed at D23 Expo this weekend.
As part of the Disney Interactive panel on Sunday they revealed the Rey and Finn Disney Infinity 3.0 figures. The two they showed were just prototypes, but the appeared to have a base so they could possibly work in Infinity 3.0 when it becomes available later this month.
To unveil them they brought Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on stage. The two then gave away the figures to younglings in the audience. A boy dressed as Darth Vader received the Finn, while a girl dressed as Leia was given the Rey.
The figures feature the familiar Disney Infinity style and Rey has her staff while Finn is equipped with a blaster rifle. It’s obviously not known yet how they play in the game as it’s not out until the 30th, and there isn’t yet an official release date for The Force Awakens playset. That should definitely be available sometime after December 18th though.
When the last D23 Expo took place in 2013, Disney had only owned Star Wars for less than a year. That’s different this year as there is a huge presence for Star Wars on the floor, and there may actually be more Star Wars stuff than Marvel this year! We got a quick preview of the floor as set-up was still going on, but this is basically the cool stuff you’ll see as the Expo opens up to the public later this morning…
Before we get to The Force Awakens, there’s a bunch of cool Star Wars booths to check out. To begin with the Disney Infinity and Star Wars Battlefront exhibits from E3 have shown up at D23 Expo. This is cool because E3 is a trade show and public wasn’t able to check out those cool displays, and now you can get your picture taken on the Battlefront Speeder Bike just like E3 attendees did.
Also for video games, we noticed a couple of Star Wars Battlepods on the floor. This is cool for those who haven’t had a chance to play the new arcade game at a Dave & Busters location.
Younglings will be able to take part in the Jedi Training Academy just like they could at Star Wars Celebration and across the street at Disneyland. Target also has a booth setup for photos where it looks like you’ll be able to put on some Star Wars costumes for a souvenir photo.
What’s there for The Force Awakens? Well aside from seeing the First Order Stormtrooper all over the place (including a cool evolution of the Stormtrooper style exhibit in one booth), there’s the HP Art booth they recently announced as well as a booth for the Force for Change. But what everyone will be taking pictures of are the costumes on display at the Walt Disney Studios booth.
This booth is split between a small display for Marvel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and a large The Force Awakens section. The Finn, BB-8, and Rey from the Star Wars Celebration exhibit are back, as are four First Order Stormtroopers standing in front of a First Order banner. The big and awesome new addition is the stunning silver armor of Captain Phasma.
Of course the big attraction this year will be the Walt Disney Studios Live Action presentation Saturday morning at 10:30. While there won’t be any new footage or a trailer there should be something big shown. We’ll be camping out in line for that and we’ll let you know what they reveal!
Two years ago Disney faced a near riot when they promised Lucasfilm to show something at the 2013 D23 Expo and had nothing, and this year may be a repeat of that PR disaster.
JJ Abrams told Entertainment Weekly:
“It is true, we are showing no footage, behind the scenes or otherwise,” director J.J. Abrams tells EW. “In the fall, there’ll be a trailer.”
He knows fans are eager for another look at the film and promises to bring something compelling to the Disney conventioneers. “We’re thrilled to go to D23 and meet the fans, but it’s a tricky thing to try and rush [footage] for a convention or preexisting event that would, of course, be fun to show something at,” he said.
Disney is going to have 7,500 people in Hall D23 (MORE people than in Hall H at SDCC) and they’re not going to show anything new from The Force Awakens? Prepare for A LOT of pissed off people on social media…
After Comic Con people were wondering what Disney would do for Star Wars at D23 Expo next month, how about George Lucas himself?
Today Disney announced that The Maker would be inducted as a Disney Legend in the ceremony hosted by Disney CEO Bob Iger on Friday August 14 at 10:00am. Having Lucas appear at the ceremony on the first day of the D23 Expo will ensure that there will be people camping out for the Hall D23 festivities just like people do for Hall H at Comic Con.
Disney’s D23 Expo takes place every other year in Anaheim. This year’s expo runs August 14-16, and there are still tickets available via the website.
We’ll be at D23 Expo 2015 to bring you all the Star Wars and Marvel news as it’s announced.
Yesterday Disney had their annual earnings call, and of course the question about Star Wars in the theme parks came up. We’ve known for a long time that Disney has been working on ideas to bring more Star Wars stuff into the parks outside of the already existing Star Tours and Jedi Training Academy, the only question is when we’ll see them.
Once again Iger said how ambitious and big the plans are, and said that we’ll be hearing about them later in the year.
The thing a lot of people are going off on wild speculation is about is when they’ll make that reveal.
Obviously some people are thinking they’ll talk about it at Star Wars Celebration in April. There’s a slight possibility they may be hinted at there, but don’t expect a huge blow-out of what Imagineering is working on.
Another place everyone is talking about is San Diego Comic Con in July. This won’t be happening. Disney, especially the Parks division, never has a presence at San Diego Comic Con. They don’t care how many people attend that convention, they don’t reveal new Parks attractions at what is basically a movie/tv/comics show. There’s also another very good reason why Disney won’t be revealing Star Wars theme park attractions in San Diego this July.
In August Disney is holding their biennial D23 Expo in Anaheim. This is where we’ll see what Imagineering is planning for Star Wars. Not only does Walt Disney Imagineering hold panels and presentations at Disney’s expo, but they also usually have a really impressive pavilion on the show floor where they’re able to display artwork, models, and a lot more for people to see up close.
So if you want to see the sort of Star Wars attractions Disney is working on for their theme parks around the world, you’ll just need to be patient and wait until August when they put on their Expo in Anaheim. Don’t go into Celebration or SDCC expecting to see them, otherwise you’ll probably end up disappointed.