For those who are unfamiliar, D23 Expo is a bi-annual Disney convention that takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center. Every two years, D23 gets bigger and bigger; adding more exhibits and attractions. This is especially true for Marvel fans as D23 had so much in store for them. Hit the jump to find out more!
When people think “Disney” they tend to think of princesses, Peter Pan, etc. However, today the average Disney fan is not the same as those who were around when the first Disney park in Anaheim first opened in 1955. Today Disney fans now include Marvel Comics fans and Pixar fans; since Disney has acquired more properties since its existence and will probably continue to as time goes on. Because of this, Disney has grown with its audience and the D23 Expo is indicative of this.
One example of this is the pirate exhibit that was on display entitled, “Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate’s Life For Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels, and Really Bad Eggs.” Unsurprisingly, the exhibit showcased a number of props and costumes from the popular Pirates of the Carribean films. However, the exhibit also had some other unconventional “pirate-themed” items on display. For instance, one of the displays featured the pirates from the often overlooked Disney film, James and the Giant Peach. There were even pirates for the younger crew in the way of things from the children’s television series, Jake and the Neverland Pirates! However, the highlight for me was the props from the Pirates of the Carribean ride. The Pirates of the Carribean ride part of the exhibit did not just showcase props from the US rides (i.e. Orlando, FL and Anaheim, CA) but also from international Disney parks such as a breathtaking Davy Jones animatronic piece from Shanghai. However, there is a sense of incredible nostalgia to be standing next to a retired prop that I have seen more than a dozen times.
And, of course, being a Marvel fan (as indicated by my photos) there were a lot of great Marvel attractions to see at D23, as well! The Marvel booth was bedecked with screen worn costumes and detailed scale models of familiar Marvel properties. Each day at D23, a large statuette would be unveiled, revealing the character designs for Thanos’ children (otherwise known as The Dark Order.) Another notable part of the Marvel booth was the exhibit displaying various screen worn costumes for the upcoming highly anticipated Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok films. Of course, there were celebrity signings as there are with other conventions. A couple of the notable signings from the Marvel booth were Josh Brolin (aka Thanos) and Michael Rooker (aka Yondu aka Mary Poppins, ya’ll!) Yours truly was lucky enough to take part in the Josh Brolin signing and even be featured in Marvel Studios’ Instagram Story!
While all the attractions at D23 Expo were great, it should be noted that some of the fan made cosplay was also spectacular! There were truly too many to list so I’ve included them below. Please feel free to let us know if you’re in our gallery and where we can find more of your work!