Walking into the D23 Expo wields the same wallop of excitement as walking into a Disney park. No corner of the Disney's enormous empire was left unrepresented during the three day expo at The Anaheim Convention Center.
I was flying solo, without my kids, because of all the *ahem* work I had to do, but I found myself saying over and over again, "Oh, man! My kids would LOVE this!" Even though the prevailing perception of D23 Expo is that it's for hard-core, dyed in wool, Disney fans, which it is, it also caters to everything kids love about Disney.
A good place to start when planning a day at D23 Expo with the kids would be taking a look at the events scheduled throughout the convention. The Disney Legends Ceremony is a must for kids 10-years-old and up. For the second time the D23 Expo hosted the ceremony that's become one of Disney's most touching and heartfelt traditions. It honors the folks that have made a indelible contribution to The Walt Disney Company.
This year I could have cried because my daughter wasn't seated next to me. Four women who gave a voice to some of our favorite princesses were honored. Watch this video of Lea Salonga, the voice of Mulan, perform "Reflection" during the ceremony. What young girl wouldn't be moved by her performance?
Disney Channels revs it up for D23 Expo with loads of stars from all of their hit shows from Disney Jr. to Disney XD.
Watch my interview with the cast of Phineas and Feb, here.
Walking the convention floor offers lots of pop in opportunities for the kids to have fun with Disney and Disney partner products. Ridmakerz, Build-a-Bear, and LEGO were there, just to name a few.
Disney Play Place was all set up and ready for kids to come play, naturally. Everything the little ones love about Disney just waiting for hands-on play.
The Carousel of Projects is a walk-through exhibit that shows visitors what's coming to Disney Parks and Resorts. Kids would love to get the inside scoop on upcoming projects like Cars Land.
Kids (and adults) have the opportunity to preview some of DIsney's new video games in the gaming section of the D23 Expo.
For the older kids Disney Treasures offers some exclusive peeks into their favorite Disney movies and TV shows through artifacts and costumes.
Disney Baby also offers a lounge with diaper changing stations, private rooms for breast feeding. If you have little ones this you can stop by and relax on the nice couches and just kick it with the kids.
Next time D23 rolls into town grab the kids and head on down, even if it's just for one of the three days. There were so many unique Disney opportunities for the kids they will love it.