D23 Expo: Weekend Update – Schedule Changes, New Shopping Opportunities and More

Disney D23 recently posted an advisory regarding the Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament, which is awarding a preview cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy to the winner. While Disney D23 wants to emphasize that those wishing to participate must audition on THURSDAY, August 18, one day prior to the Expo’s start, the newly released gotcha is that the line will be cut off at 9:45 am (the selection process begins at 7:30 am, but hopefuls are invited to line up as early as 6 am at the Anaheim Convention Center).

Another point worth noting, but is not being emphasized by Disney D23, is that in order to satisfy ‘no purchase necessary’ requirements, non-attendees are eligible to try out (assuming all other requirements are satisfied). If a non-attendee makes it through to the fourth round, which takes place on Friday, they will be provided with a one-day pass to the Expo to complete their participation in the competition. You can read more about the competition’s process and the rules here.

Premiere and Sorcerer attendees have begun receiving their information packets for the D23 Expo. While most of the information pertains specifically to them (and thus is almost pointless to present here), one interesting item to note is that there are implied presentations daily at 9:30 am for all D23 members in Stage 23 and Stage 28. No other information is provided in regards to the content of the presentations, whether Stage 23 and Stage 28 can be combined for these presentations, or if they’re completely separate presentations and even topics.

Another item learned from the packet that’s worth noting is yet another shopping opportunity at the D23 Expo. In addition to the returning D23 Dream Store and the previously announced Mickey’s of Glendale pop-up shop in the Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion, there will be ‘Treasure Trove’ shop associated with the Walt Disney Studios Archive, located on the second floor.

There have been a couple of schedule changes since they were initially posted on the official site. The THQ uDraw panel, titled ‘Drawing on Disney Magic’ has been removed. This is likely temporary, but still worth noting. Also, the Marvel presentation in the Arena on Sunday, has been pushed back a whopping 15 minutes.

On a related tangent, for those not attending D23 Expo, or those daring enough to try to fit it into their schedule, the Hollywood Bowl is presenting Disney’s Fantasia with music accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by conductor John Mauceri, along with a fireworks display. For more information, visit the event’s page.

Stitch Kingdom will be among those allowed early entry to the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, August 18, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live coverage as well as our continued unrivaled coverage of D23 Expo announcements and changes.

Thanks to @artisticdoodle and @jobber99 for some of the information presented above.

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