D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, released information on May 30 concerning some of the merchandise events, collectibles and specialty items for the upcoming D23 Expo. In addition to event-specific and Disney merchandise from various division of the company at the Dream Store, the D23 Expo will host a silent auction, autograph sessions with artists and product debuts.
D23 Expo, billed the Ultimate Fan Event, will take place Aug. 9 – 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center near Disneyland Resort in California. The three-day event covers all things Disney, from the theme-park resorts and Disney Cruise Line to films, television and gaming. Disney merchandise is part of the mix, from apparel to collectibles for fans of all ages.
Here’s a look at some highlights of the D23 Expo merchandise and special events:
D23 Expo 2013 Silent Auction: This year’s silent auction offers collectors the opportunity to bid on Disney artifacts, artwork, props and even experiences. The silent auction will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, with tickets to the auction going on sale June 11 at 11:00 a.m. PT through Art of Disney Parks. Tickets to the auction cost $23 and include the opportunity to participate in the silent auction, a mini-catalog, credential and a pin. Be aware that separate admission to the D23 Expo is required to participate in the auction; Sorcerer-level ticket holders must also purchase tickets to the auction; it is not included in their D23 Expo package.
Official D23 Expo Merchandise: Guests who attend the expo can pick up some official event-inspired merchandise at the Dream Store. Among the offerings will be apparel, baseball caps, drink ware, accessories, pins and Vinylmation figures. For instance, the expo will feature an exclusive jewelry collection designed with classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Tinker Bell, among others.
Dream Store Autograph Sessions: At the expo Dream Store, Disney fans can meet, chat with and collect autographs from authors, artists, Disney Legends and other Disney-related celebrities. Who appears and when varies, and the daily schedule will be posted at the D23 Expo Dream Store.
Disney Theme Park Merchandise: Disney enthusiasts for whom the parks are “the happiest place(s) on Earth” can bring home some of the new releases from Disney licensees and artists. For instance, ACME Archives Limited will focus on the latest releases from Disney-Pixar, Disney Studio Art, Disney Limited and Disney Underground. And the Disney Design Group will highlight its new Signature Collection of four pieces of artwork, including Sorcerer Mickey and other Disney characters.
Among other artists and licensees who will be present at the D23 Expo: Dave Avanzino, Dooney & Bourke,Duffy the Disney Bear, Noah, Robert Olszewski, Precious Moments, Linda Rick and Jim Shore.
HARVEYS Seatbeltbags, an line of bags made by recycling seatbelts, introduces a new collection created for the D23 Expo. The new collection showcases Sorcerer Mickey and a classic Disney “D” on some of HARVEYS popular bag silhouettes. The company also offers a HARVEYS for Disney Couture collection.
More information on the D23 Expo will be released as the event draws closer, including more details about Dream Store merchandise and silent auction items.
Disney fans that want to attend the D23 Expo may learn more about the event or purchase ticket at Disney D23.
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