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Sounds like they've made attending D23 every bit as much fun as planning a five-day vacation at WDW.I also should add here a word of caution for anyone attending their very first D23 Expo.
These suggestions are based on the research I did before I attended my first Expo in 2015, and from personally experiencing the Expo in person once.
Perhaps these observations can help others out.
It is chaotic, confusing, and exhausting.....but, yes, can be fun too.
Some tips to help others avoid the many pitfalls and possible disappointments -
DO YOUR RESEARCH - I cannot stress this enough!
I would have had a terrible experience if I had not done my research ahead of time and read other fans' experiences and opinions on what it is REALLY like to experience this.
Knowledge is indeed power, and learning all you can before arriving in Anaheim will increase your chances of having a great time.
DON'T arrive at the crack of dawn on Friday to try to enter the venue at it's scheduled opening time.
About five thousand fellow attendees( or so it appears outside, trust me ) are trying to do the same thing.
The line situation to just enter the Convention Center is absolute mayhem.
Good luck trying to find the end.....
Folks will line up for hours just to get in that morning to have first crack at everything.....so unless you absolutely MUST see the first panel of the day or buy that certain merchandise item, avoid the area until 11am or later.
Every eBay reseller within a 500 mile radius is there that morning to scoop the Limited Edition merchandise that is Expo exclusive....as well as hundreds upon hundreds of attendees.
BE SMART - wait until 11am or later and avoid the long lines and stroll through the entrance like a boss!
I did this two of the three days and it was a far more pleasurable , and less stressful entry experience.
DECIDE WELL IN ADVANCE what you absolutely 'must do' or see.
Except it now - you will NOT get to see /do everything you would like to unless you have scored a 'Sorcerer' ticket.
Much of your time will be waiting in lines, and the reserved options fill up quick.
Choose ONE or TWO panels each day of attendence you really want to experience and focus on those.
Having a good plan of attack is absolutely crucial when dealing with the complicated and often back to back scheduling of events, shows, and entertainment options.
Often panels or shows you might like to experience are scheduled at the same time.
Know your priorities!
STUDY the D23 Expo Schedule closely - Use the official Expo APP and NOT the official Expo website for the most complete schedule listings.
The app schedule listing there, at least the year I attended, was FAR more informative and most importantly complete then compared to the 'schedule' listed on the official D23 website.
I nearly missed a autograph session that was the absolute highlight of the Expo for me because of the website not having the full schedule of events.
Don't have that almost happen to you....which brings me back to my first tip - RESEARCH!
DO keep your eyes open and pay attention to the people around you.
You just never know who you might see!
And finally, DO have a great time.