Sunday, August 16, 2015

D23 Expo 2015: New Disney Storytellers - TV Animation Panel

Date of Visit: August 14, 2015

Even though we aren't really familiar with the current animated shows on the Disney Channel and Disney XD, we thought this would be an interesting panel because it said there would be a peek at some new shows. Well, it did end up being an interesting panel and glad we did it, but kind of disappointed it was only a sneak peek at a show (Pickle & Peanut) and not shows.

Mostly, though, I was just excited they handed out the Launchpad McQuack card for the trading card set being distributed at the D23 Expo. That was the one card I really wanted to get and I told Mik before the panel that if it's going to be a special one they hand out, this was the panel it was going to happen at. Not sure if they handed it out another time, but I was right and Mik was glad we could stop having to worry about finding it because I was kind of driving him nuts wanting to get it.

D23 Expo
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA

D23 Expo 2015: Disney Store

 Date of Visit: August 13 & 15, 2015

The Disney Store has always been our least favorite store at D23. We didn't even venture in there last Expo and if we hadn't been Sorcerer, we would've skipped again. Instead though we ended up in there almost every day because they released different collections each day.

As usual the store was annoying to navigate. It wasn't too bad on Thursday as mostly it was just the line coming a little into the store and there were only a few people wandering around rather than being in line. The checkout line moved horribly slow, though.

Saturday the line moved a little faster, but it may have been an illusion because we ended up kind of star struck with Bob Iger stopping in and meeting him. The people wandering through the store and trying to just get into the line was more annoying, though. Thankfully, everyone was friendly, but seriously they need to make wider aisles for navigating through the stores, especially this one and Mickey's of Glendale. Also, more cash registers or at least a larger area for the line to not end up in the store.

D23 Expo
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, August 15, 2015

D23 Expo 2015: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Date of Visit: August 15, 2015

After a little confusion of the guy trying to send us downstairs, we got in the Sorcerer line for the presentation an hour early. Mainly because we had nothing else to do, but also so we could end up closer than at the Disney Legends ceremony. We ended up being close enough to the front of the line to be in the front row (dead center, too!). They almost tried to send us back some because of the wheelchair, but thankfully those that were in line with us were in agreement that we should get to stay in the front row and they moved in a seat so we could be on end.

There was lot of exciting stuff in the presentation. When I asked Mik what his favorite part was at first he said Star Wars Land, Pandora, and Disneyland Shanghai, but really he liked it all and the best part was being in the front row.

I agree that was the best part, but my favorite thing coming is Soarin' Around the World. I'm somewhat disappointed that means Soarin' Over California is probably going away, but I've always thought it was wrong that they put Soarin' Over California at Epcot and thought it should've been Soarin' Over Florida. Soarin' Around the World is definitely an even better fit for Epcot.

Disney Parks Interactive Trivia Pre-Show

Star Wars Land Coming to California and Florida

New Star Tours Coming Soon

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars Season of the Force - Early 2016 @ Disneyland and Walt Disney World 

Star Wars Season of the Force -  Special Food

Star Wars Season of the Force -  Hyperspace Mountain version of Space Mountain at Disneyland

Star Wars Season of the Force -  Fireworks Show @ Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land @ Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land  - Slinky Dog Roller Coaster

Toy Story Land  - Another Track for Toy Story Mania!

Frozen in Norway Pavilion @ Epcot

Animal Kingdom - New Night Show and Pandora: World of Avatar

Iron Man Experience @ Hong Kong Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland - Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure

Shanghai Disneyland -  Tron Lightcycles

Shanghai Disneyland -  Roaring Rapids

Shanghai Disneyland -  Castle including water ride through it

Soarin' Around the World @ California Adventure and Epcot

D23 Expo
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA