D23 Expo - Day 1 Thoughts and Observations (9/10/09)
The D23 Expo kicked off today with much fanfare. I was able to spend some time on the main floor visiting the Parks and Resorts Exhibit, Consumer Products, and some of the smaller exhibits. Also I attended the keynote presentation of the day by Bob Iger followed by the Disney Legends event. I also attended the Wonder World of Vintage Disneyland and the ABC's of Disney presentation.
Today I ended up walking 10,594 steps, 4.0 miles (6,025 steps for 54 minutes at a moderate pace) according to my pedometer.
Nuts and Bolts: The D23 Expo ran from 9/10-13. One day tickets were $37 for adults and $27 for children. All four days were $111 for adults and $81 for children. For D23 members the price was $30/$22 and $90/$66. The main floor was open from 9am - 5pm (opening at 8am for D23 members). Presentations and movies were scheduled all day and into the late evening (midnight 3 of the nights and 11pm one night).
Overall I was really impressed with the D23 Expo. Considering this was the first event of its type they have staged I thought the turn out was solid and the selection of events and presentations great. I thought the access you had to Disney CMs from all aspects of the company was incredible. Ranging from Imagineers to techs to management you did not know who you would run into next.
My only real complaint is I think they misjudged the audience a bit. The largest interest is in the parks and those seminars/presentations were in the smallest room. This lead to long waits and people not being able to attend. By the last day they had reacted to it and moved to a slightly larger room and added overflow rooms to watch it but seems to me someone misjudged the audience big time on this one.
I was a little disappointed with the options on the main floor. I would have thought Media Networks would have had a larger area including ESPN, more ABC, the other cable channels, as well as the Disney Channel. There was a Radio Disney area and a ABC Lost exhibit and that was pretty much it. In the Parks and Resorts I was surprised not to see more WDW and Paris information. Especially with the big announcement being the Fantasyland work in Florida. Also I was surprised to not see more from the record labels on the floor.
Rundown and thoughts from the day:
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