The intent behind this photo blog series (which will span the next 3 days) is to share with you some of the MANY pavilions and experiences available to Expo attendees, focusing especially on those that Lou did not/ could not share with the Box (or did so very quickly.) The enormity of things happening on the show floor (aside from all those presentations!) will demonstrate that one could EASILY spend an entire, fun-filled, interactive day at the D23 Expo without ever taking in a presentation!
Just outside the Expo doors was this amazing chalk art. People crowded around this work each day to take their picture with Ursula. I’m so glad it didn’t rain while we were there. It would have been heartbreaking to see this amazing artwork washed away.
I mentioned the stores–and the lines to get into the stores–in one of my blogs yesterday. In the background of this photo is the line for Mickey’s of Glendale (that’s the store behind the black curtain.) The line for this store (the only place where attendees could purchase Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise) was persistently long! The Aulani bag you see the couple holding in the middle of the picture was given to all attendees, as a way to store all their treasures from Expo.
This seating area was in the Collector’s Forum (where the WDW Radio / Mouse Fan Travel booth also was located.) This particular location was earmarked for pin and Vinylmation trading. And as you can see–it was a very popular location! (Look at the wagon the one guest has!!) My favorite part of this area?? Note the picnic tables–they are Disney themed! The one on the left is Donald Duck, and the one on the right is Minnie Mouse.
Awwwww….. Among the fun photo opportunities (and there were A LOT of them) was this booth where attendees could have their picture taken with one of the SuperBuddies. I don’t know about you and your pets, but there’s no way my black lab would have sat there for that–wearing a cape to boot!
Here’s another fun photo opportunity–this time, with no fur. This area was within the Disney Consumer Products part of the exhibit floor and featured different types of Playhouse Disney toys and apparel. Children (and kids at heart) could use the photo props in the basket to help channel their inner pirate and then pose with Jake. It was cleverly placed in the corner so kids could play while Mom and Dad looked at the amazing toys (and started their holiday shopping lists!)
I LOVE Disney for this (and for countless other reasons….) Each day of the Expo, the Disney VoluntEARS were on hand with a different project to help the people of the Los Angeles area. Projects were short but productive, and participants received a sticker and a VoluntEARS bag. On the day I participated, I was asked to decorate a lunch bag for a student and then put Disney-themed, healthy snacks into it. There regularly was a line to participate in these activities, demonstrating once again what good people Disney fans are.
Of course, there were plenty of opportunities to see and learn more about future Disney products. The display for Disney’s Frozen was a consistently popular one, and beautifully designed. Many pictures of the characters and action were on display here. Throughout the Expo, different people associated with the movie were on hand to sign autographs–and there was always a line to meet them!
Which of the experiences pictured here would you have most liked to have seen? Put your thoughts in the comments below, and one person will be randomly selected to receive a beautiful set of Disney Studios Collector Cards.
That’s all for today. More picture from the show floor will be posted tomorrow!