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.