If you are a fan of Disney, then the D23 Expo in Anaheim was the place to be this past weekend.
Disney enthusiasts gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center for 3 days of fun that included meet and greets, previews of upcoming projects, auctions, performances, and special guests. Also roaming around the convention center were fans dressed as their favorite Disney characters. We were there all three days to get the scoop just for you. There was so much going on that we can't write about it all, but here are some highlights.
The Disney Channel Pavilion was the place to be all weekend long. Stars from "Lemonade Mouth," "So Random," "Shake It Up," "Fish Hooks," "Pair of Kings," "Good Luck Charlie" and more all signed autographs for fans while the Radio Disney NBT contestants and China Anne McClain provided musical entertainment.
The main arena was also a busy place hosting the Disney Legends Ceremony where Regis Philbin was honored, and the big Walt Disney Studios panel. The Studios panel included appearances by stars like Taylor Kitsch, Jason Segel, Jennifer Garner, Kevin McKidd, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johannson and Jack McBrayer. Fans were treated to previews of The Muppets, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Avengers, and various Pixar projects like Brave.
Another fun place to explore was the exhibitor area where you could find rare Disney collectibles and art to buy as well as cool t-shirts, figurines, and toys. If you couldn't find what you were looking for there, there were a number of stores like the Dream Store and the Treasure Store located throughout the arena.
The last day of the convention featured a big "Shake It Up" showcase which included a fashion show, a Q&A with the cast and also a special performance from the cast. Fans were also treated to a screening of the Halloween episode from Season 2!
It was a fun weekend filled with free swag, celebrities, friends, and previews of the latest up-and-coming items. If you haven't been to D23 before, we highly recommend going to the next one. Stay tuned throughout the week for our interviews with the casts of some of your favorite Disney shows and check out this roundup to find out what all the stars were excited for at D23.
(Photos: Michael Yada/Disney)