The D23 Expo has been delayed
The biennial fan event of Disney D23 Expo has been delayed. It will now commence on September 9-11, 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Though Disney has not specified why the expo has been delayed, a short statement from the house remarks that the expo in 2022 will coincide with the founding of Disney in 1923, and hence will kickstart the 100th-anniversary celebration.
A short statement on Twitter from Disney‘s official handle on September 29 gives us information about the delayed event. In a message to fans, the statement reads: “D23 Expo 2022 will be a celebration unlike any other, as we give fans a first look at the incredible plans for the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company“.
The event, which was previously supposed to take place in the summer of 2021, has been pushed back by almost a year. Though this might be a little disappointing, fans can also wait with anticipation for the incredible announcements that would kickstart the 100th anniversary of the company. If last year’s Expo was any indication, then the 2022 Expo will be a treat to Marvel fans.
D23 and Its Purpose
The Walt Disney Company‘s official fan club is called the D23. The ” D” stands for the company name, Disney, while the number “23” is the year the company was founded,1923. The official fan club was formed in the year 2009 and was unveiled by Bob Iger in a company meeting. The D23 Expo is a major event of the club that brings together all things Disney. A membership card (that comes in two forms- free and gold) includes Disney Twenty Three, a quarterly publication, yearly gifts, exclusive invite to events by Disney, merchandise offers, and the most important- early access to the D23 convention.
The first Expo was held on September 10-13, 2009, in Anaheim Convention Center, California. Fans were treated to features from Walt Disney Engineering, which showcased models for future attractions; Corporate Responsibility, and Disney Consumer Product, which includes a wide range of Disney merchandise from consumer to collectible editions. There were also announcements regarding the transformation of Disneyland and Disney Hollywood Studios. Movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, a Muppets movie, and Tangled were also released. The D23 Expo became the most anticipated event among Marvel fans. Apart from this it also included celebrity appearances, including Nicholas Cage, Tim Burton, Selena Gomez, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Robin Williams, and a live performance from Miley Cyrus.
D23 Expo 2019
The 2019 event was one of the biggest that Marvel fans had ever witnessed. It came with giant Marvel exhibits and a kiosk to sign up for Disney+, the official streaming platform. Coming on the heels of the success of Endgame, this particular convention had much to offer. It had the burden of raising up the ante- and the Expo delivered it wonderfully. No Marvel fan would ever forget the excitement that ran through during the 2019 Expo. There was so much anticipation and just so many incredible movies and shows to witness. The event presented previews to movies such as “Frozen 2”, “Eternals“, “Black Widow”, “Mulan“, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker“, along with 20th Century Fox projects such as ” Ford vs Ferrari”, “Spies in Disguise” and “The Kings Man”.
Along with the movies the fans were treated to what Disney+, the official streaming service was about to offer. The biggest announcements where the animated “What If” series, that would analyse hypothetical questions, a new “Loki”, “Wanda and Vision”, ” The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Ms.Marvel”, “Moon Knight” and ” She Hulk”. The Expo also showcased a montage from various shows put together which gave fans a glimpse into what to expect.
It’s no wonder the next Expo is much awaited by the fans. But fans are not to worry about the delay, because the D23 2022 Expo is going to be a game changer for Disney, and also for the fans; it would be a celebration of entertainment for 100 years.