The ever-expanding portfolio of Team Mickey Mouse will be showcased at this year’s D23 Expo, the all-things-Disney convention presented by its official fan club, D23. Disney confirmed Thursday morning that upcoming films from the Marvel and “Star Wars” universes will be previewed at the August convention.
Additionally, fans will get a peek at what’s to come at Disney theme parks, no doubt a look at the “Avatar”-inspired land under construction in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom but perhaps some news on a much-anticipated Star Wars land (Hero Complex’s fingers are crossed).
Tickets for the D23 Expo are currently on sale, with single-day passes for adults starting at $67 (cheaper for D23 members). A three-day pass for the Aug. 14-16 convention at the Anaheim Convention Center currently runs $196 for adults, with prices set to rise after June 30.
The D23 Expo was last staged in Anaheim in 2013. It will be competing with July’s massive Comic-Con International in San Diego, but expect Disney to withhold any key information on its Marvel and “Star Wars” properties for its own event.
Perhaps anticipating a rise in attendance with new “Star Wars” episodes on the way and demand for Marvel films showing no signs of slowing, Disney said it has increased the size of its main arena to now seat 7,500 attendees. Marvel and “Star Wars” will take center stage on Saturday, Aug. 15, with a look at what’s to come at Disney parks set for Saturday afternoon.
Opening day of the D23 Expo will feature the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony as well as peeks at Disney and Pixar’s animation slate, including looks at “Zootopia” and “Finding Dory.” Disney’s live-action properties, such as its upcoming take on “The Jungle Book” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” will be previewed on Saturday.
A full schedule and times has yet to be announced.
— Todd Martens