Iím all set to go to D23 and already have my airplane tickets, hotel booked, and 4-day pass ordered, so I am definitely going. Now my question is will this be a madhouse?
According to the Business Week article there are over 20,000 people in D23. How many of these plus the non-member are likely to show up? What is the expected attendance?
The events I heard about so far that am most interested scheduled for the Story Tell Theater which only holds 500 people. It is not clear if they are going to hold multiple sessions or not, but even then that just does not seem like many people even with multiple sessions for the most popular talks. I would think the World of Color Talk and the other Imagineer sessions should be held in a much larger room.
So far it seems that for all the D23 events the demand has exceeded the capacity (like the Studio Tours that sold out about 1 minute). Iím certainly concerned that this could turn into 4 days of having to camp out for the popular sessions.
The folks at Disney could probably use the power of the Internet/email to figure some of this out for D23 Expo since this is a first time. They could use some polling to see how popular the sessions are expected to be and then have venues that are big enough to hold the anticipated crowds.
Maybe I am missing something or just being overly worried. Iíve read some of the stories about Comic-Con and how people camped out for hours for certain sessions. I noticed that D23 expo says they will clear the rooms between talks (which Comic-Con does not) which does suggest that they are anticipating that there may be more people wanting to get into events than they have capacity.
Does anybody have an idea of what the crowds are expected to be and how Disney expects to deal with the capacity for various talks.