Dateline Disneyland’s Guide to the 2013 D23 Expo, plus the latest news from Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on August 05, 2013 at 5:05 am with 26 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • Internitty

    I kind of think the safety rails on the buildings on Main Street looked better than the solution to hide them. As for the new rails on the castle I personally think raising the actual walls would be better than the horrid rails.

  • disneychrista

    Can someone explain to me, something about the DCA wait times board. For World of Color it says 9:00pm with 6:00pm underneath it, I know they do not have a 6pm showing, so what does that mean?

  • Sparky

    I’m extremely displeased and disappointed with the D23 Expo schedule. On Friday and Saturday, every single panel or seminar that I am interested in conflicts with arena presentations or other good presentations. So, I have to choose between arena things or panels. Very poor scheduling. Very frustrating. Originally, like most of my friends, I was not going to go to this Expo after the bad experience of the last one, but decided to give them one more chance after their reassurances that things would be better. I can already see from the schedule that I will not be getting a worthwhile return for my investment in time off from work, hotel and other costs and the admission ticket. Three strikes, they’re out. This will be the last Expo for me. I’ll stick with the Destination D events. Those have been very satisfying.

    • Open_at_the_close

      The reason why they schedule in that manner is simply because if everyone was able to go to every major panel then all panels would be packed. The way they do it then makes you choose what panel is more important for you to want to see and try and spread the crowds around. The last expo was a utter disaster IMO considering the first expo was truely a great experience. Now they are adding a overflow viewing room for those that cant get a seat into the major panels and also a fastpass-ish option to allow you a for sure spot in two large panels for that day. If you go in expecting to see all the panels you want then sure, you are already setting yourself up for a bad experience. Like you the last expo left a bad taste in my mouth but i see that they are taking certain steps to attempt to work or fix issues last time had. At the same time i feel we should keep in mind that although the company name “Disney” is at the root of this expo, this is still a fairly new concept for the people who organize it. This is their third go at it. The first time was superb, second was a definate miss with many issues and i hope that they heard the criticism from the last to make this years expo much better.

      • Sparky

        I have no expectation of getting to see every panel that I’m interested in. But, it is not unreasonable to expect to be able to see at least one on my “most interested” list. Not getting to see any of them is unacceptable.

    • daveyjones

      yea, i’ve been weary of this too. it’s just to big, imo. nothing seems less appealing that sharing a convention center with thousands of other uber-fans, being herded around like cattle, trying to cram into a room to listen to rolly crump or tony baxter tell and anecdote i can guarantee you i’ve heard before. and as for having the ‘first look’ at anything, that’s what i have things like miceage for. anything announced i can read about in the comfort of my own browser.

      i’d rather stroll the park solo than be caught dead at the D23 expo.

  • FANTASTIC update Andy!!!

    I would have thought that the Starbucks on Main Street would be further along by now. The local Starbucks by my work closed down recently, was gutted and rebuilt in just 30 days. Disney works very slowly.

    I’m actually looking forward to the D23 Expo and can’t wait to meet everyone. Please swing by the MiceChat booth in the Collectors Forum and say hello. And all are welcome to our cocktail party at Anabella on the evening of Saturday the 10th.

    • Big D

      At least one reason is that Disney has to get 10 times the permits of anyone else anytime they want to change a lightbulb. There is someone at OSHA that either absolutely HATES them (maybe he was stuck on Small World once when it broke down and had to listen to the song over and over and over) or is taking bribes from all of the surrounding businesses (GardenWalk) to make things as difficult on Disney as possible to try and get people to walk across Harbor Blvd to their business instead.

      • EC82

        What I’ve never understood, at least in the past 5-7 years, is this: Disney has literally billions of dollars, and it pays a remarkably large team of lawyers to fight for it in just about every instance. Ever known anyone who tried to bring an employment action against Disney, for instance? Surely these lawyers could fight every OSHA action brought against Disney if they wanted to? What I really don’t understand is … why DON’T they, and make the lawyers do something that actually benefits the park and the guest experience, rather than seemingly roll over and beg for more every time an OSHA decision is passed down?

  • ssaamm

    Can anyone explain why there have been 2 of the same Buena Vista Street characters out at the same time? In an update last week there was 2 Officer Calvin Blues and in this week there are 2 of Molly the Messenger.

    • Susan Hughes

      I’m not sure why we’re “seeing double” lately with the Citizens of Buena Vista Street. It’s obviously not a fluke because it happens a lot now.
      Maybe it’s just Molly and Officer Blue because they’re uniformed characters, unlike the others who are individually dressed.

  • Skimbob

    I don’t get what is taking so long with Starbucks either. They must not have too many people on the job. Maybe one person from the look of things. Who knows it might still be unfinished when I come in January to race.

  • kkocka

    “The wildly popualar Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel will expand its footprint onto the Frontier and Adventure towers’ lawn areas near the pool on D23 Expo nights only”

    Exactly why I will be avoiding DLR during D23.

  • Caretoman

    oh god the railing!!!

  • TodAZ1

    Excuse me??? Billy Crystal and John Goodman are going to be named Disney Legends??? WHY???

    • Stormy

      Simple. Publicity for the Monsters U movie. Just like every studio now buys a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the star of their latest blockbuster, an honor that used to be reserved for those who had made a substantial contribution to or had a long storied career in the entertainment field.

  • lurkyloo

    Thanks for the great guide to D23 Expo, which does what Disney’s Expo app is inexplicably unable to do: break out just the Studio 23 and Studio 28 presentations from all the fluff going on at the various brands’ booths.

  • Eric Davis

    this column is a wealth of information!

  • huskydawg

    I can confirm that they are handing out “Planes” pins to anyone, since I got one on Saturday.

    I noticed King Arthur Carrousel is going to be down for a month long refurb. I hope they fix the canopy. That thing looks awful.

  • KCmike

    Those railings on Sleepy’s Castle look horrible. I hope they can cover them up somehow. What an eyesore.

  • sean317

    I do not think that the safety railings are that big of an eyesore. If they are able to make them more appropriate for the “themed area”, let them have at it. Safety first, though, even if they do look a little ugly (I think guests can understand).

  • EC82

    I bought tickets to the D23 Expo several months ago — but I doubt I am going to go. It just seems so manufactured and corporate.

  • stamphead

    I just bought my tickets to the D23 Expo. The receipt says they will mail my credentials. Since it is this weekend, will they hold them at will call?

  • scorsese

    Great update on the D23 stuff. I will be there on Friday, but I have to admit, when I went in 2009 I pretty much spent the entire time waiting in line, and I didn’t even get into the D23 Arena event even though I lined up at 7am. It was enjoyable overall but there were just too many lines. I also couldn’t get into the WD Treasures exhibit last time – line was so long the thing closed before we got to the front of the line.

    I’m hoping some slightly better planning on my part and the Stagepasses might help me out this time… but you definitely have to assume you’ll only get into 1 or 2 seminars throughout the day.

  • CaptainAction

    Saw a great presentation at D23 Expo entitled – “How Universal is Handing Us Our Butts”.
    I was surprised how open and honest they were. They had a slide show which showed how Disney was begining year 3 of construction of “New Fantasyland” compared to what Universal had accomplished in half that time: New Despicable Me Ride, New Nightime Water Show, New Parade, Transformers, New Resort, New Train Station and Emersive Themed Area At Wizarding World of HP, State of the Art Train Attraction Which Will Simulate Hogwartz to London and Return With Different Rides Each Time, Completion of New Harry Potter London in less Than 1 1/2 years, New Simpson’s Emersive Land, etc.
    At the end of the presentation the presenters all put on lanyards with Universal annual Passes openly visible and then placed sacks over their heads and left the stage.
    I and the rest of the audience were fairly shocked.

  • p8treot

    I do not know if someone asked this, but does anyone know if Starbuck’s in Market House will allow free refills of coffee if you bring back your receipt. I always liked that Market House would do that