This past weekend I went to the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. D23 is the official Disney Fan Club. Anyone can purchase tickets to the expo, but D23 members get exclusives all year long. Find out more about D23 Expo here.
The convention covered many, if not all the aspects of Disney. Games were there with Disney Universe and Kinect Disneyland (more on that in another post). Consumer Products showcased many great new products that made me want to do some major shopping. Disney Baby is coming out with a new line of baby items. One is like a onsie that has a second set of buttons that allow an outfit to be used at least a little longer while the baby grows. Pretty smart. Disney Books was there to talk about their latest selections. The color on the floor really came from the new Disney party offerings. Now it’s easy to set up a Princess or Fairy themed party like a pro. No need to bring out your inner Martha Stewart. Order the party theme and use the extra time to treat yourself like a princess. Disney has partnered with Cakes.com to offer amazing Disney cakes. My favorite is the Tinkerbell and is included in the pictures below.
The parks were represented with discussions about the new Cars land. In the pictures, there are pics of the cars and what pieces of the track looks like. Also, Walt Disney World will be getting a re-imagined Fantasyland in the future (I think 2015).
Disney Channel was there and featured many stars for kids to meet all weekend. Loved seeing Radio Disney get out there and dance!
Of course when you are done looking at the variety of new products that are coming, you can shop for ones that are already out. Vendors had collections of hard to find items. Disney Shop was there celebrating 25 years with special items you can only get there. One of the items I wanted so badly (read no way can afford), is the re-imagined princess dolls. They are all so beautiful! The collection was being sold for $500 there. The dolls will be sold every couple of weeks starting soon. It was difficult to get details, but I think they are about $50 each. Instead I bought sticky notes that showcased the designs.
No celebration of Disney would be complete without appreciation of the art. There was so much to fall in love with. Many artists interpretations were represented. I picked up a few prints, but my favorite are from Mary Blair, whom until recently I really didn’t know much about. Now I want to buy even more of her art! I picked up her Small World prints. But I am definitely a fan and will be getting more in the future.
With so much Disney Magic in the air, D23 is a must convention for any Disney fan. I do wish I could have gotten into the arena for a panel, but there definitely was enough to see and do otherwise. I went home with fabulous art and a head full of dreams.
*disclosure – I attended D23 Expo as press for GamingAngels, but I do work at Disney Interactive Media Group for my day job. ^_^