Disney+ has announced its plans for the D23 Expo, which includes a chance for guests to get the first public preview of the App Experience and a sneak peek screening of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
For the first time ever, three of Disney’s signature streaming services, Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu, will showcase their variety of original and exclusive content through immersive show floor pavilions, live demos, never-before-seen content, and special experiences at D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California.
Guests will be the first to experience Disney+ before it launches in the U.S. on November 12.
On the Expo show floor, the Disney+ Pavilion will offer guests demonstrations of the live Disney+ app as experienced across mobile and connected TV devices, showcasing the unprecedented collection of entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Guests will also see costumes and props from Disney+ Originals and have the opportunity to subscribe to the service with a special offer available exclusively to Expo attendees and D23 Members.
Off of the show floor, Disney+ will make its debut appearance in the 6,800-seat Hall D23 and D23 Expo Arena venues:
Disney+ First Look Showcase
Friday, August 23, 3:30 p.m., Hall D23
Fans won’t want to miss this exclusive preview of Disney+ and its exciting slate of original films and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Yvette Nicole Brown (Lady and the Tramp, Elena of Avalor) will host this star-studded presentation packed with never-before-seen content, surprise guests, performances, and reveals, including a first look at Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Sneak Peek Screening and Panel
Friday, August 23, 5:30 p.m., D23 Arena
Before the global phenomenon returns in a brand-new series on Disney+, Expo guests are invited to a special advance screening of the first episode and panel with the talented new cast on the arena stage.
Disney+ Pavilion Stage Programming
Additionally, the Disney+ Pavilion Stage will host three full days of panels, highlighting the service’s diverse originals and its collection of beloved movies and shows, along with special ESPN+ panel programming.
The tentative schedule is as follows with times subject to change:
Friday, August 23
10 a.m. ESPN+ Presents Peyton’s Places Special Screening and NFL 100th Anniversary Trivia
12 p.m. Walt Disney Animation Studios Panel with Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn
12:30 p.m. The World According to Jeff Goldblum Q&A with Jeff Goldblum
1:15 p.m. Phineas and Ferb Conversation with Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
Saturday, August 24
10 a.m. ESPN+ Presents SneakerCenter Panel moderated by show director Bobbito Garcia
11 p.m. ESPN+ Presents SneakerCenter Demonstration by Mr. Cartoon
12 p.m. Stargirl Performance and Panel
1 p.m. The Simpsons Trivia with Yeardley Smith
1:15 p.m. Marvel’s Hero Project Panel with Sana Amanat, Sarah Amos and Stephen Wacker
2:30 p.m. Forky Asks a Question and Lamp Life Creative Panel with Val LaPointe, Bob Peterson, Mark Nielsen, and Marc Sondheimer
3 p.m. Secret Society of Second Born Royals Q&A with Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Skylar Astin
Sunday, August 25
10:45 a.m. Prop Culture Movie Prop Showcase and Q&A with Dan Lanigan, Jason Henry, Tony Swatton, and Fon Davis
11:15 a.m. Be Our Chef Games with Angela Kinsey
12 p.m. Monsters At Work Behind-the-Scenes Presentation with Bobs Gannaway and Ferrell Barron
12:45 p.m. The Imagineering Story Conversation with Leslie Iwerks and Bob Weis
1:15 p.m. Short Circuit Creative Panel
3:30 p.m. Pixar’s SparkShorts Screening
5 p.m. ESPN+ Hosted DJ Wrap
Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $79 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out.
The D23 Expo certainly looks like we are going to learn a lot more about Disney+, both in terms of its exclusive content and a closer look at the app. And if they are letting people sign up, they must be close to offering the same to everyone else.
Are you excited for the D23 Expo?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.