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When is Disney's D23 Expo? Looking into the future of Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm's landmark event

After 140k people attended 2022's D23 Expo by Disney, the next question is simple: when can we do it again?

D23 Expo 2022
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D23 Expo 2022 is over - and the anticipation for the next D23 Expo has begun.

No, Disney hasn't announced dates for the next D23 Expo... but they will.

When is Disney's D23 Expo?

The last event, 2022's D23 Expo, was announced 23 months prior to the event - so the next D23 Expo could be announced any time now. The event, which is usually scheduled for every other year, is roughly antipicated to take place in Fall 2024.

As for 2023, Disney is hosting Destination D23 - a smaller event going on September 8 - 10, 2023 at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort.

What is Disney's D23 Expo?

D23 Expo is the Walt Disney Company's official pop culture convention. What does D23 mean? The 'D' stands for Disney and '23' stands for 1923 - the year in which Walt Disney founded the company. Launched in 2009, D23 Expo is usually held biennially (every other year), although it skipped 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

D23 Expo is one part pop culture convention, one part musuem exhibition, and one part gift shop. On its show floor it routinely hosts a cavalcade of new and hard-to-find merch from across the Disney family of companies, and in some cases the only North American appearances of Disney merch from the international parks. In the panel rooms, each D23 Expo features the Disney Legends awards ceremony, showcases from Disney's film studios (Walt Disney Animation, Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Pixar, and 20th Century Studios), an always-exciting Disney Parks presentation, and various historical exhibits from the company's past.

Where is Disney's D23 Expo?

D23 Expo 2022

Since it's debut in 2009, the D23 Expo has been held biennially at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California - literally steps away from Disney's first theme park, DisneyLand. It has held a smaller, sister event in Japan called D23 Expo Japan in 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Could the biennial D23 Expo be held somewhere besides Anaheim, California? It's possible. Disney's other major convention, Star Wars Celebration (co-produced by Popverse's parent company ReedPop), has been held in Essen, Germany, London, England, Chiba, Japan, Orlando, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois. But given Disney's extra strong ties to the Anaheim area (and no doubt the ease of DisneyLand being next door), it'd be a surprise to many if it ever tours outside of the Los Angeles area.

In some ways, D23 Expo is a three-day live version of Disney's streaming service Disney+. TV shows, movies, and specials from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, National Geographic, and more are on the streaming service.

Interested in making your own predictions of what might be announced and shown at the next D23 Expo? Check out everything that Popverse covered at D23 Expo 2022.

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Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)

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