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Destination D23 Is This Weekend

Destination D23 will take place this weekend, November 19-21, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The in-person event is sold out, although parts of it will be livestreamed.

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D23 is the official fan club for Disney and its affiliates. General Membership is free, and you can use that to enter contests. Gold Membership costs $99.99 per year, and it includes (among other things) availability to register for events throughout the year. Being a Gold Member does not guarantee a spot at an event, since spaces are usually limited.

The largest event hosted by D23 is the D23 Expo. In the past, this was held every other year on odd number years, but the 2021 Expo was moved to 2022 because of the pandemic.

D23 Expo is held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Tickets are available to the general public, but Gold Members receive a discount. It will take place September 9-11, 2022.

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There are always announcements about the future of the Disney Parks at the D23 Expo, and since it didn’t take place this year many people assume that the announcements will be made at Destination D23 instead.

Rumors always fly before a D23 information event. One rumor that we have heard is that Paint the Night is going to make its way to Walt Disney World as part of the World’s Most Magical Celebration. We don’t know if this rumor has any merit, but it would be nice to see a new nighttime show in Florida.

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We could also learn something about the now empty space where Primeval Whirl used to be at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. That seems like too big of a space to keep empty for long, and most people agree that DinoLand U.S.A. could use an upgrade.

Most likely any announcements about the Theme Parks will take place on Saturday during the Connections: A Look at the Future of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products panel. We’ll be sure to share any news as soon as it breaks.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.