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Announced: D23 Disney Fan Expo

The mega convention dances back into Anaheim in 2015.



    D23 Expo
    The D23 Expo returns to Anaheim in August 2015. Details for the Disney convention were announced on Tuesday, March 18.

    DISNEY EVERYTHING: Going up against a through-and-through Disney fan in the trivia department can be an education in the company's vast backstory. Who's the Ghost Host inside The Haunted Mansion? (Answer: Paul Frees.) What animated short did Walt Disney try out his multiplane camera on? (Answer: "The Old Mill.") Which hotel served as an inspiration for The Grand Californian? (Answer: The Ahwahnee in Yosemite.) Disney love is a vast love, and it incorporates the worlds of Pixar and Marvel and Star Wars and The Muppets, too. So a convention encompassing all of these properties has to be big, three-day big, across-the-street-from-Disneyland big, and it has to come with oodles of booths and merch and presentations and talks and star appearances and sneak peeks. And so it does: D23 Expo is the convention's name, a convention so capacious and audaciously Mouse-mega that it only shows up every two years. The next go-around was expected to be 2015, since the third D23 Expo rolled in August of 2013, and so it shall be: The fourth D23 Expo has been announced for Friday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

    EARLY HIGHLIGHTS: The convention will gel over the next seventeen months, but the announcement revealed a few early highlights. There shall be a 2015 Disney Legends Ceremony, a display of pieces from the Walt Disney Archives, and the Collectors Forum, a favorite from past events. Count on clips of upcoming films, celebrity cameos, and more Disneyana, to admire, study, and purchase, than you can shake a Mary Poppins-style umbrella at. Yep, it is a ways away, but ticket-buying? That starts in 2014. Aug. 14, to be specific, so best keep a watch on the D23 Expo site. And start boning up on all of that Mickey-sweet trivia.