In Hollywood, it’s “lights, camera, action,” but for crews preparing the first-ever D23 Expo, the getting-ready checklist goes much deeper, and with just two days before the Anaheim Convention Center opens the doors to the first Expo guests, the “action” part of the classic equation is definitely underway.

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Crews are working around the clock on more than 500,000 square feet of Disney excitement, creating a bevy of unique experiences that will greet D23 EXPO guests. Among their tasks:

Rolling in the actual Volkswagen Beetle that “played” the role of Herbie in The Love Bug and uncasing the costume worn by Michael Jackson as “Captain EO,” which are part of the 100-pieceTreasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Creating a “magic beach,” a dazzling, brand-new effect developed by Walt Disney Imagineering that will be seen at the D23 EXPO

Reviewing digital “prints” of such classic Disney movies as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tron, Sleeping Beauty and the 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, all of which will be screened for audiences during the four days of the D23 EXPO

Making plans to host such celebrities as Nicolas Cage, Courteney Cox, Selena Gomez, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Tommy Kirk, Cody Linley, Paige O’Hara, Anika Noni Rose, Betty White and Robin Williams, who are among the luminaries attending the incredible event

Setting the stage for special announcements about the future of Disney theme parks

Preparing the Arena for incredible musical events, including performances by members of the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, including Donny Osmond; and a performance by hot new recording artists Honor Society.

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There’s more to see, do and experience than any one Disney fan could possibly take in during four days. There will be something here for Disney fans of every kind, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic four days.
Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans, which is hosting the D23 EXPO

One-day and four-day tickets to the D23 EXPO can be purchased in advance at, and will also be available at the main D23 EXPO entry of the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 EXPO, and is $37 for a one-day adult ticket and $27 for children 3-12. Four-day passes are $111 for adults and $81 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 EXPO for themselves and their guests.

Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting, as well as by following “Disney D23” at Twitter and on Facebook.