D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event

Over 55 Panels on 5 Stages Announced in Programming Lineup and Show Floor Activations for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event

The programming lineup and show floor activations for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event has been announced. This year’s D23 event offers more than ever before. It includes over 55 panels across five stages throughout the weekend that is dedicated to Disney fandom. The FULL lineup sees over 230 panels and presentations, show floor offerings, and Talent Central interactions over the course of the sold-out weekend.

“We are thrilled for fans of all ages to join us in Anaheim next month for what will truly be the ultimate Disney fan experience,” said Michael Vargo, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. “This year, D23 has been reimagined to showcase even more of what they love from across the worlds of Disney. Guests will enjoy the incredible programming and show floor offerings we have in store at the Anaheim Convention Center, where our exceptional storytelling and experiences will come to life through spectacular entertainment with many of the creative masterminds behind the magic.” 

Panels and Presentations

With over 55 panels and presentations across five stages, there is going to be no shortage of things to do during D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. These panels and presentations will showcase how Disney is the best in creative storytelling and innovation. It will also do this by showing how this is done from across the company. There is a carefully curated lineup of panels and presentations that will offer fans behind-the-scenes access, a look at rarely seen treasure, first-look showcases, and also some very special reunions. There will also be some fan-favorite presentations returning this year as well. This includes the D23 Mousequerade: The Ultimate Disney Costume Contest, Disney Princess – The Concert, Disney Character Voices: Inside the Studio, and more at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Show Floor

The show floor promises to be the biggest in D23 history! It will offer more ways for fans to interact with their favorite brands, stories, and talent. There will be immersive pavilions from Disney Experiences, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney+, Hulu, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and more. Avatar will also have a full pavilion for the first time. ESPN and ABC News will also be having a presence on the show floor. Lucasfilm’s ILM Stagecraft Technology will also be making its D23 debut for fans to interact with. On top of all of that, The Walt Disney Archives has curated the biggest exhibition in history. This comes in the form of a A Great Big Beautiful Car Show. At a media event earlier this year, the press was given a glimpse at what this would include.

Talent Central will return again to offer guests the opportunity to meet with many extraordinary stars and creative visionaries behind pouplar films and series. This time around this will include stars and talent that bring Percy Jackson and the OlympiansDescendants: The Rise of RedThe SimpsonsRaven’s Home, and more to life!

A Bigger D23 Event

This year, D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will grow beyond the Anaheim Convention Center for the first time. This means that it will be the largest footprint for this event previously known as the D23 Expo. There will be events and programming found throughout the city of Anaheim. This includes the first ever D23 Day at Disneyland Resort on August 8, 2024. There will also be three nights of incredible showcases at the Honda Center on August 9, 10, and 11 (sold out). On Sunday August 4th it will be D23 Day at Angel Stadium. On top of all of that, Disney has launched a new sweepstakes with 23 magical offerings in the form of the D23: The Ultimate Disney Sweepstakes – FANtastic Prizes.

Programming Reservation Details

Reservations for programming at D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event utilize the Reservation Random Selection Process (“Reservation RSP”) for Anaheim Convention Center, event stages, Talent Central, and also most show experiences will be opening on Monday, July 15, at 12:00 PM PT! They will remain open through Friday, July 19, at 12:00 PM PT. To make reservations, visit ultimatefanevent.reservations.d23.com.

Making reservations on the D23 website simply provides a guideline to D23 for what your preferences are. They do not guarantee access to anything. After the reservation window has closed, reservations will be randomly distributed based on preferences and availability. For those guests who do not get assigned reservations for their preferences, there will be standby queues available for most Anaheim Convention Center panels and experiences.

There will be no reservations available for the evening shows at the Honda Center. The Honda Center requires a separate D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event ticket for entry. These are already sold out. Additional details about the reservation system can be found at d23./com/ultimate-disney-fan-event/2024-reservations/.

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event Offerings

Here is a look at a selection of the opportunities coming to D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. A full lineup will be found on the Daps Magic’s D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event page and also on the D23 website for the event.


30 Years of Toy Story
Celebrate 30 Years of Toy Story with filmmakers and Pixar Legends as they reflect on the making of the groundbreaking classic nearly 30 years ago and share never-before-heard anecdotes about how the historic film came to be.

Exploring New Parts of the Mind: Behind the Design of Inside Out 2 + a Dreamy Surprise!
Join Inside Out 2 production designer Jason Deamer as he gives an in-depth look at designing the new emotions joining Headquarters as Riley enters teenagehood. And stick around for a special dreamy sneak peek of an upcoming Pixar series!

Jolly Holiday: A D23 Musical Celebration of Richard M. Sherman
From Mary Poppins to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, a heartwarming and joyous musical tribute to our beloved Disney songwriting legend Richard M. Sherman—with unbelievable performances and delightful surprise appearances by some of the people who knew and admired him best.

Marvel Animation Sneak Peek 
See what’s coming next to Disney+ from Marvel Animation, with special guests and first looks at hotly anticipated series including Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-ManEyes of Wakanda, future seasons of What If…?X-Men ’97, and more!

MARVEL COMICS: Celebrating 50 Years of Wolverine
Look back at 50 years of Wolverine with Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and writer Jason Aaron as they dive into the legacy of Marvel’s most popular mutant (and what’s next!). PLUS: an exclusive giveaway while supplies last, and a sneak peek at what’s in store for Marvel’s 85th anniversary!

Disney Princess – The Concert
Be our guest for a magical evening celebrating the music of Disney Princesses, heroes, and (yes!) villains, performed by Disney on Broadway and animation stars, as Disney Princess – The Concert returns to D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. 

From Book to Screen: How Bestselling Novels Become Hit TV Series and Films
Join creators/producers from Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the Disney Original Movie Out of My Mind, the hit anthology series Goosebumps, and FX’s Shōgun, as they discuss their creative processes and share how their teams and artists bring each story to life. 

The Animation Greats + Cast and Creator Sessions featuring Bob’s BurgersFuturama, and The Simpsons Presented by Hulu Animayhem & 20th Television Animation
Four of the most influential creators in the world of animation—Matt Groening (TheSimpsonsFuturama), Seth MacFarlane (Family GuyAmerican Dad!), Mike Judge (King of the Hill), and Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers , The Great North)—come together for a historic and extraordinary conversation you won’t want to miss. Then, the voice talent and creative teams behind Bob’s BurgersFuturama, and The Simpsons take the stage to entertain with clips, conversation, and fan Q&A. Whether you’re a longtime fan or an aspiring animator, this is a must-see panel for all!

D23 Mousequerade: The Ultimate Disney Costume Contest 
Join host Nina West and a panel of celebrity judges to see what happens when the worlds of fandom and fashion collide with the worlds of Disney in a dazzling array of cosplay creations at The Ultimate Disney Costume Contest!

Behind the Summer Shenanigans with the Phineas and Ferb Creators
Join Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the masterminds behind the beloved animated show Phineas and Ferb as they look back at the creation and legacy of this pop culture phenomenon. Hear behind-the-scenes stories and get ready to laugh!

Disney Character Voices: Inside the Studio
Take a trip behind the scenes with Disney Character Voices and join us in the studio for live recording sessions with your favorite Disney characters! (Who knows, you may even get the chance to voice a character yourself!)

Making A Goofy Movie: The Road to Lake Destiny
The creatives behind the A Goofy Movie phenomenon reunite, reminisce, and share clips from a new documentary about the incredible origin story of this beloved cult classic.

Charles Phoenix’s Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show
A pop culture time travel tour to the early days of Disneyland, from the backstories and glories of the classic and long-gone attractions of Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, the original Tomorrowland, and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Join the cast and creative team of the Disney+ Original series for a conversation about their epic first season journey and what they’re looking forward to as they embark on their next adventure—season two! 

Stay Tuned: You’re Watching Disney Channel
Join beloved Disney Channel stars on the Walt Disney Archives Stage for a look at some of the iconic series and movies that have created generations of fans. Stay tuned for laughs, fun, and moments you won’t want to miss!

Grey’s Anatomy: 20th Celebration
Celebrate the cultural phenomenon that is Grey’s Anatomy, the longest running primetime medical drama in TV history. From gripping surgical procedures to unforgettable characters that leave viewers feeling all the feels, join the staff of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as they reflect on 20 seasons of storytelling. 

Abbott Elementary: Class is in Session! 
Step into the world of Abbott Elementary as we explore the charm, wit, and comedic brilliance that defines this award-winning workplace sitcom, set in the halls of a Philadelphia public school. The all-star ensemble cast will break down their portrayals of the relatable struggles faced by educators and dissect what makes Abbott Elementary a standout in the world of television.

Donald Duck’s 90th Quacktacular 
We’re celebrating 90 years of Donald Duck with special screenings, never-before-seen art from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, the Disney Animation artists who bring him to life, and even the voice of the duck himself!

Big City Greens the Movie: Spacecation Screening
Blast off for a hilarious outer-space adventure with a screening of the animated comedy Big City Greens the Movie: Spacecation, introduced by the talented creative team, including creators and executive producers Chris and Shane Houghton. 

Once Upon a Costume: Fashion and Design in Disney Animation Films
Disney Animation costume designers Lorelay Bové, Brittney Lee, and Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay join with the Walt Disney Animation Research Library to show how historical and contemporary fashion design has inspired some of the most iconic costumes in animated films and even reveal a few designs that didn’t make the cut.

Restoring Disney Animation Classics
Director of Restoration Kevin Schaeffer and Disney Animation artists Eric Goldberg and Michael Giamo will delve into the history of Disney’s preservation program, showcase before-and-after clips, and share how classic films are brought back to life.

Bringing the Worlds of Disney Animation to Life in Disney Parks 
Team members from Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios discuss bringing the worlds of Disney Animation to life in Disney Parks around the world, including such projects as World of Frozen (Hong Kong Disneyland), Zootopia (Shanghai Disneyland), Fantasy Springs (Tokyo DisneySea), and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Magic Kingdom and Disneyland).

Dream Chasing: Four Decades with Walt Disney Imagineering
Join Leslie Iwerks, Bob Weis, and Wendy Lefkon for an intimate conversation spanning four decades of creating Imagineering projects from Anaheim to Paris, and Tokyo to Shanghai. Audiences will be inspired to believe any dream worth doing is worth chasing.

Disney Legends in Conversation
Listen in as members from the newest class of Disney Legends partake in an enlightening conversation about their storied careers.

The Muppets 70: A Glamorous Miss Piggy Retrospective
Join Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline and The Muppets Producer Dani Iglesias for a fabulous look back on the past 70 years of the Muppets, but mostly Miss Piggy! We will dive into the vaults to uncover nostalgic artifacts along with how we preserve this collection today!

National Geographic’s A Real Bug’s Life LIVE
Join insect experts and enthusiasts for a live show-and-tell of insects featured in National Geographic’s hit Disney+ series A Real Bug’s Life, narrated by Awkwafina, with its second season coming in early 2025. 

Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed – The Return of a Beloved Classic 
Wield the paintbrush once more in Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed out this fall! Join Disney Games, Epic Mickey Creative Director Warren Spector, and more special guests, for a conversation that delves into how this beloved classic adventure came to life.

National Geographic Investigates
Listen to Emmy® Award-nominated investigative reporter Mariana van Zeller discuss her hit series Trafficked and subjects and experts from the Stanford Prison Experiment and Cult Massacre: One Day in Jonestown ruminate on the popularity of true crime investigations and the art of balancing the stories with the subjects and the situations they lived or live in.

The reimagined Spotlight Stage will delight guests on the show floor with exclusive programming featuring content from National Geographic, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, Disney on the Yard, Lorcana, Disney Global Ambassadors, and more. Additional programming includes surprise talent appearances as well as a musical performance from the award-winning pop-punk band Simple Plan.

Throughout the show floor, guests will be delighted by surprise entertainment experiences, including pianists, improv, balloon artists, and more. For the full list of panels and presentations coming to D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, visit ultimatefanevent.d23.com.


Imagineering: Behind the Dreams, Disney Experiences
Imagineering: Behind the Dreams is a one-of-a-kind pavilion that gives our biggest fans and fans-to-come unprecedented access to Imagineering’s passionate and talented team of artists, engineers, and craftspeople. Through design models, interactive demos, live prototypes, and exclusive presentations, guests will get a first-hand view of the innovative and immersive storytelling that will fuel the growth of Disney’s parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other experiences for decades to come.

Walt Disney Archives Presents: “A Great Big Beautiful Car Show”
“A Great Big Beautiful Car Show” pays homage to vintage car shows and Americana, giving guests an up-close look at over 20 vehicles from the Archives’ collection. A “Worlds Beyond” area showcases fantastical vehicles from distant lands.

Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Animation Studios Pavilion
Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios once again join forces for a must-see animation experience at D23. Artist demonstrations, filmmaker signings, fan giveaways and interactive photo opportunities make this booth one to visit over and over again.

ESPN: Showcasing College Football in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
ESPN celebrates college football and the College Football Playoff! ESPN & Marvel enter a decade of collaboration honoring college football, kicking off the season with original artwork featuring university mascots inspired by classic Marvel covers.

The Magic of Disney on Broadway
Celebrating 30 years of enchanting theater, Disney on Broadway returns to D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event with an extraordinary new experience, “The Magic of Disney on Broadway.” Guests can immerse themselves in the theatrical world with live demonstrations, an intimate look at props and costumes, and the chance to meet talented artists from stages around the globe. Watch Michael James Scott, Genie from Aladdin on Broadway, showcase his magical prowess. See John Austin bring Scar from The Lion King to life through intricate mask mechanics. Witness Collin Baja’s incredible transformation into Sven from Frozen. Enjoy these and many more magical moments daily throughout the weekend.

The Avatar Pavilion will be an immersive exhibit and walk-through experience inspired by the alien beauty and unique storytelling of Avatar. Guests will discover the captivating culture of the Na’vi, explore the Bioluminescent Forest, and soar through the mountains like a banshee.

Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm presents the magic of ILM StageCraft™, the technology used to bring to life the worlds of The MandalorianAhsoka, and more. Hear from luminaries such as Doug Chiang, the creature team from Legacy Effects, and more for a look behind the scenes.

Marvel Studios’ TVA Walkthrough Experience
Fans will get to enter the Time Variance Authority through an immersive walkthrough experience and see pivotal moments recreated from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as what lies ahead. Just don’t step out of line… or timelines.

Disney+ is where all of Disney’s greatest stories come home. With themed environments and surprises around every corner, fans can step into the worlds of new and favorite stories. Celebrating five years of Disney+, Subscribers and D23 Gold Members who visit the booth will also be able to receive a special gift (while supplies last). *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

The Hulu Experience
Visit The Hulu Experience for immersive activations and shareable moments featuring the Arconia from Only Murders in the Building; the iconic opening sequence of The Kardashians; and the wild world of Hulu Animayhem. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

The National Geographic Hexadome Experience
Step into the world of National Geographic and be transported around the globe and beyond in this one-of-a-kind 360-degree immersive audio-visual experience. Also look for two National Geographic Expeditions photo ops outside the Hexadome, featuring remarkable global travel destinations. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

Good Morning America Anchor Desk: Fan Photo Opportunity
Experience what it’s like to anchor America’s No. 1 morning TV show—ABC News’ Good Morning America! Sit behind the iconic GMA news anchor desk and pose for an exciting and memorable photo moment. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

Abbott Elementary Presents: A.V.A. Fest
Abbott Elementary invites D23 attendees to experience A.V.A. Fest (A Very Abbott Festival) firsthand! Inspired by two fan-favorite episodes from the hit series, this carnival-themed activation showcases games, activities, exclusive giveaways, and more. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween
Try your luck at the Wheel of Misfortune! Spin for tricks, spin for treats… and spin to celebrate 31 Nights of Halloween on Freeform. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

Disney Jr. Let’s Play!
Join in on the fun at the Disney Jr. play park—with scheduled character meet and greets, dance parties, photo moments, and more! *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

Disney Channel Wand ID
“You’re watching Disney Channel!” Step behind the scenes and in front of the camera to create your very own Disney Channel Wand ID. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

Descendants: The Rise of Red
Be immersed into the world of Descendants: The Rise of Red! Explore multiple rooms inside Red’s castle with multiple photo opportunities—a Villain Kid experience like no other! *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

This interactive experience features The Bear restaurant, serving up premiums inspired by FX’s The Bear; a Shōgun garden and a costume display showcasing items from the series in a fully immersive Shōgun-inspired atmosphere; and the AHS Wax House exhibit inspired by the award-winning American Horror Story franchise. *The Great Pin Pursuit participant

The Great Pin Pursuit
The Great Pin Pursuit offers a new way to explore D23! Select activations will feature commemorative pins as part of their interactive experiences and encourage those stopping by to collect them all. Visit the Disney+ Pavilion or The Hulu Experience to collect a pin lanyard and get started! 

World of Disney: The Product Experience
The expansive, reimagined, and must-visit shopping destination will also be home to interactive experiences for guests to enjoy, including: 

• Star Wars Darkade: Test your skills at the first-ever Star Wars villains-themed arcade while checking out new Star Wars products.

• Marvel Block Party: Step onto this Marvel-inspired New York City street to snap a few photos and experience a range of Marvel lifestyle products for every fan.

• Disney Princess Create Your World featuring LEGO: Snap a photo alongside LEGO® builds of beloved Disney Princess dresses and participate in an interactive LEGO mural.

• Pixar Putt: Play the pop-up mini-golf sensation inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films.

• Mickey & Friends: A festival-inspired space that features a live art installation, a DJ, and an engaging photo moment.

• Disney Publishing featuring Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.: Disney tells stories that foster a love of reading, inspire natural curiosity, and excite families and fans. Attendees can also enjoy a brand-new sip-and-shop experience featuring the latest blend from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.!

• Stop by the Disney Store booth to take photos in front of a plush mountain, and try your hand at picking the cuddliest plush from one of three claw machines.

• Live at World of Disney: The Product Experience: Meet authors and artists, get products and books signed, and participate in pin trading during scheduled sessions throughout the weekend. 

Show Floor Sponsors and Licensees
More booths than ever before from some fan-favorite companies will also have activations across the show floor, including: RSVLTS’ “Workshop of Wonders” created by Disney Legend Tony Baxter and Michael and Jimmy Mulligan; a one-of-a-kind photo op from Lionel Trains featuring a surprise making its way from back-of-house at Disneyland Resort; the opportunity to be among the first to play Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed from THQ; a Disney Villains tunnel from Pandora; The Oasis at D23 connected by AT&T; Bullseye’s Playshop from Target, and much, much more. For more information on sponsors and licensees that will have booths at D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, visit ultimatefanevent.d23.com/partners.


Some of the most prominent names from across the worlds of Disney will be onsite to meet with guests at Talent Central that will be open each day on the show floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. Various Disney artists—including incoming Disney Legend Mark Henn; Disney Animation director Ron Clements; Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, Pete Docter; Marvel Comics’ creators; the voice of Donald Duck, Tony Anselmo; and current and former Imagineers—will be available to sign complimentary exclusive lithographs, fine-art prints, posters, and other art related to their projects. Stars from award-winning series and shows will be at the event to meet fans, including Bertie Gregory and Mariana van Zeller from National Geographic, as well as the stars of ZOMBIES 4: Dawn of the VampiresDescendants: The Rise of RedPercy Jackson and the OlympiansBob’s BurgersFuturamaThe SimpsonsRaven’s Home, and Wizards Beyond Waverly Place

Readers of all ages will also have the opportunity to have their books signed by authors including incoming Disney Legend Martha Blanding; Bret Iwan, the official voice of Mickey Mouse; Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives; Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano in the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars; and Bob Weis, former president of Walt Disney Imagineering. 

Cast and talent appearing throughout programming offerings and Talent Central are subject to change. This uniquely Disney experience will offer additional discounts, exclusives, and giveaways and feature the biggest participation of sponsors and licensees, as well as brands and segments from across The Walt Disney Company. Shoppers will have a treasure trove of options, more than ever before, as the shopping footprint has also been expanded. Additional details around shopping and merchandise will be released at a later date.