In just a few weeks, D23 Expo will host its bi-annual Disney content showcase for fans at the Anaheim Convention Center. And while it’s long been sold out, the event will be taking a lot of its panels, presentations, exhibit tours, and conversations with special guests online so fans at home can watch.
That said, before you get your hopes up too high, that will not include any of the Disney Animation, Pixar, Disney Studios live-action, or Marvel panels. (Lucasfilm is pretty quiet presence at this event as it recently held its own Star Wars Celebration 2022 a few months ago.) For those events, you can check io9 for updates since we’ll have writers there in person.
But if you still want to check out D23 from afar, the offerings aren’t too shabby even without the most high-profile panels included. Disney fans will get eight hours a day of live stream fun courtesy of D23 Expo [LIVE] (which includes D23Expo.com/live, D23.com, and D23 social platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch); there, you’ll find the Disney Legends Award Ceremony as well as panels from Disney Branded Television, Disney Games, and Marvel Games, and well as Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products. Hosting will be Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Her Universe), Mark Daniel (Disney Parks Live Entertainment), Bret Iwan (the official voice of Mickey Mouse), TikTok luminary Juju Green, Ryan March (Disney Vacation Club), and Alyssa Navarro (Walt Disney Studios).
What’s Streaming Live at D23 Expo 2023?
Here are the highlights of the D23 Expo [LIVE]; times are PT:
Friday, September 9
10:30 a.m. – Disney Legends Awards Ceremony
- Disney100 kicks off at D23 Expo with an epic presentation that includes the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, featuring Disney CEO Bob Chapek. The event will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s honorees include Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Chadwick Boseman, Patrick Dempsey, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Ellen Pompeo, Tracee Ellis Ross, and more.
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1 p.m. – Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE
- Tune in to the Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE for announcements, trailers, and reveals for new and upcoming games from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios.
2:30 p.m. – Disney For Scores Podcast Live Celebrates Marvel Music
- Celebrate the powerful music of Marvel storytelling when Variety’s Jon Burlingame hosts Disney For Scores Podcast Live. Jon will bring the format of the popular Disney For Scores Podcast to life as he interviews composers of some of your favorite Marvel series and films. Listen in as they fill us in on the secrets of creating the amazing music that helps build the Marvel Universe!
4 p.m. – Disney Legends in Conversation
- Listen in as members from the newest class of Disney Legends partake in an enlightening conversation about their storied careers.
6 p.m. – D23 Expo Mousequerade 2022
- The Ultimate Disney Costume Contest returns to D23 Expo! Join host Nina West and guest judges Yvette Nicole Brown, Ashley Eckstein, and Ally Maki as we showcase the most magical makes and quintessential creations of the Disney cosplay fan universe. And new this year, fans watching the show at D23 Expo and at home will be able to cast their vote for “Fan Favorite” and see who will be named the winner!
Saturday, September 10
10:30 a.m. – Talkin’ Pets with the Vets of National Geographic
- Join National Geographic’s vet sensations Dr. Jan Pol and his wife Diane (The Incredible Dr. Pol); Dr. Vernard Hodges (Critter Fixers: Country Vets); Dr. Geoff Pye, Dr. Jen Flower, and animal keeper Rain Westgard (Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom); and Alfonso Ribeiro (America’s Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition) for a heartwarming look behind the scenes of their popular series, moderated by Tamron Hall (Tamron Hall Show).
12 p.m. – Bob’s Burgers
- The Emmy® Award-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers joins D23 Expo hot off the critically acclaimed release of The Bob’s Burgers Movie! The cast and creators will break news and have you howling with laughter during a lively panel discussion.
2 p.m. – MARVEL COMICS: Celebrating 60 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man
- Celebrate 60 spectacular, sensational, web-slinging years of Spider-Man! From his humble debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, he wall-crawled his way to international super-stardom. Now, join Executive Spider-Editor Nick Lowe and Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski as they team up to trace the comics history of the web-head across six decades—and BEYOND! Tantalizing trivia about the webbed wonder will be shared in this can’t-miss panel, so be sure to swing by!
3:30 p.m. – Disney’s Epic Entertainment Showcase: The Musical: The Extravaganza!
- Join Disney Branded Television for an exclusive showcase that highlights a legacy of excellence in storytelling and includes talent appearances, performances, and never-before-seen previews of original content for Disney+, Disney Channel, and Disney Junior.
6 p.m. – D23 Disney Stars Trivia Showdown
- Join the iconic Nina West (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Hairspray on Tour, D23 Mousequerade 2022) as she hosts hopeful celebrity contestants and audience members through a kaleidoscopic world of larger-than-life Disney Games, including Disney Trivia, physical challenges, and so much more!
6:30 p.m. – The Making of Disney100: The Exhibition
- Producers from Walt Disney Archives, Semmel Exhibitions, and Studio TK reveal illuminating details about the all-new exhibition celebrating 100 Years of Disney Wonder, scheduled to premiere at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in February 2023.
Sunday, September 11
10:30 a.m. – A Boundless Future: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
- Join Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro for a look at Disney’s boundless future. With announcements and updates on the magic happening around the world in parks, on the high seas, at home, and beyond, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the big dreams of Disney Imagineers. Every Disney fan will want to be a part of this special presentation full of exciting news and surprises.
1 p.m. – Walt Disney Imagineering: 70 Years of Making the Impossible, Possible
- For 70 years, Walt Disney Imagineering has blended imagination with cutting-edge technology to create groundbreaking experiences. Join Imagineers past and present as they discuss the core elements of storytelling and innovation that bring dreams to life for guests from all around the world.
3:45 p.m. – Explore the World with the Next Generation of National Geographic!
- Meet the exciting next generation of National Geographic stars—Kristen Kish (Restaurants at the End of the World), Bertie Gregory (Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory), Mariana van Zeller (Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller), Jeff Jenkins (travel blogger), and Dwayne Fields (7 Toughest Days)—who are taking viewers to the most remote locations on Earth in pursuit of breathtaking landscapes, extraordinary wildlife, exotic foods, epic challenges, and undercover storytelling.
5 p.m. – D23 Disney Stars Trivia Showdown
- Join the iconic Nina West (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Hairspray on Tour, D23 Mousequerade 2022) as she hosts hopeful celebrity contestants and audience members through a kaleidoscopic world of larger-than-life Disney Games!
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