You have heard all the stories about waiting for panels at D23 Expo. Tales of sleeping on the floor and waiting for hours upon hours just for one merchandise item. This year, Disney has made plans to make these experiences few and far between! Advanced reservations are coming to this year’s D23 Expo for the first time ever!

Disney sent out an e-mail to fans that have already purchased tickets for their time at D23 Expo. Inside, there was some important information about tickets and the new reservation system. The e-mail read as follows:

  • D23 Expo Badges: Expo badges will begin shipping to guests on August 5. Once you receive your badge, it will be important to activate it online prior to arriving at the Expo. More information will be shared about how to activate your badge in the coming weeks and specific instructions will be included with your badge.

  • Advance Online Reservations: For the first time ever at D23 Expo, we are excited that guests with activated badges will be able to make advance reservations online for shopping times at select Disney retailers using StorePass; guaranteed entry to select sessions, including performances in Hall D23, using StagePass; and reserved times to meet special luminaries and celebrities using our new TalentPass. More information will soon follow about how advance reservations will work, so stay tuned.

  • D23 Expo App: The official D23 Expo App will soon be released on the App Store and Google Play to help you navigate and plan your experience. It will include details and schedules for sessions and shows, an interactive map of the show floor, information on special appearances, tips on where to grab a bite to eat, and more.

Just like that, Disney is taking so much pressure off the expo experience! If you won’t be able to attend the expo, worry not! We will have live coverage directly from D23 Expo so you won’t miss one bit of news!

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