So as luck would have it, we had a family emergency in the middle of the night. We didn't have to cancel, but my golden rule of getting there early quickly changed to Rule #2: Roll with the punches!
We arrived at the expo around 2:00 that afternoon. I had already seen the updates about Angelina Jolie making an appearance, so that was one celebrity sighting missed. I did, however, catch a glimpse of Joey Fatone with the Live Well Network. On the plus side, we didn't have to wait in any long lines to enter. On the negative side, I did miss out on the cool Disney Aulani bags they were giving away that morning.
|Really cool (and expensive) chess set at the D23 Store|
We started out with the silent auction items which included ride vehicles from the park attractions as well as old displays from the stores. My kids quickly got bored with this and wanted to check out the toys! This was about the time my oldest decided he wanted to start a Vinylmation collection. I'm still kicking myself for not letting him buy the $5 ones that he could have picked out. Instead he bought some at Downtown Disney later in the week for more than double that price, and he didn't know what he was getting until he bought it and opened the box. I can see how this little hobby could become expensive! Lesson learned: know something about what you're looking to collect so you can take advantage of a deal when you see it!
All in all the D23 Expo was a fun event despite it being a bit crowded. It was a great warm-up for us since we were gearing up for the parks that week. I've learned from our park trips that, even when you have a good plan, something can always happen to throw a wrench in it. It's best to stay adaptable and make the most of your time. It doesn't hurt that there are cool things to look at literally around every corner, so it's not hard to find a new distraction. If, however, you are there for something specific, you may want to refer back to the first rule - get there early!