At the Walt Disney Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on March 18 in Portland, Oregon, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger announced the dates for the fourth D23 Expo.  The Anaheim Convention Center will once again host the D23 Expo on the weekend of August 14-16, 2015.  All of the different subsidiaries of the the Walt Disney Company are once again expected to unite and to celebrate what’s new and on the horizon from Disney theme parks, television, music, games, and films, including Pixar, the Muppets, Star Wars (Lucasfilm) and Marvel.

According to Iger in his announcement to shareholders, “the D23 Expo is the ultimate Disney fan event, created to honor and celebrate your love of all things Disney, and we hope to see you there.”

Highlights for D23 Expo 2015 are currently planned to include:

  • The 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony – honoring the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy
  • Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives – a collection of one-of-a-kind assets, props, and costumes curated by the Walt Disney Archive
  • Collectors Forum – where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise

As in prior years, the Expo will offer a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world.  Guests will be sure to run into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators, and filmmakers as well.  Also returning from 2013 will be StagePass, the popular ticket distribution system (similar to the Disney Parks FastPass system) that allows attendees to obtain a guaranteed seat for some of the Expo’s most popular presentations.

Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2015 will be on sale starting August 14, 2014.  The event is open to the general public, but D23 members will receive special pricing on one-day and three-day tickets.  As in the past, D23 Gold and Silver members will be allowed early admission to the Expo show floor.  A charter member lounge will once again be available to D23 Charter Members.  The limited, exclusive Sorcerer Package will again be offered in 2015 as well.  For the last D23 Expo, Sorcerer Package tickets cost $1,500 each and featured reserved seating at all presentations in the D23 Arena and Stage 23 (both are where the most popular panels & presentations take place), early opportunities for shopping at the D23 Expo Dream Store, a private welcome and farewell reception, and access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge.

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The previous D23 Expo in 2013 was the most successful to date, with an estimated 65,000 Disney fans attending.  Among the highlights in 2013 were appearances by such superstars as Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston; performances by Idina Menzel, and R5 featuring Ross Lynch; and a once-in-a-lifetime concert from Disney Legends Alan Menken and Richard M. Sherman.  To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Walt Disney Imagineering, a special exhibit exploring the inner workings of Walt Disney Imagineering was featured on the show floor.