TMSM Explains: How Meet And Greets Will Work At The D23 Expo

The D23 Expo kicks off this Friday and we have so much information for you to help you enjoy your Expo experience. Tonight I want to share some information with you on Meet and Greets which are a huge fan favorite at the D23 Expo, but this year a few changes have been made in how these fan favorites will work so you will want to be prepared.
The D23 Expo app released later last week, and when it did several people noticed that there are 9am ticket/wristband distributions noted in the scheduled. There were several questions on how this would work so we checked in with D23 to see. We asked if tt the early AM meet and greet bands (Avengers etc), will those have a special building entry line, or will guests come in on the show floor to the Marvel Studios area and get in line there? D23 responded that “Guests will lineup in the general show floor queue in the morning and when doors open at 9am, they can head to the Marvel Studios booth to retrieve their wristband.For meet and greets that note wristbands but not sign up times, please check with the pavilion/stage in question the day before or morning of to see when and where the line for distribution will form!”
There are also some BIG changes coming to the D23 Expo Meet & Greet system this year! The 2017 D23 Expo will be the first year where ALL Meet & Greets events will be FREE. In the past what many people don’t realize is that there were two types of Expo autograph sessions. The first option was the free sessions that were listed in the D23 Expo’s schedule, these Meet & Greets were officially announced by D23 before D23 and were posted in the Expo schedule. These events were directly  run by D23.  The second Meet & Greet option involved private vendors that had “for cash” Meet & Greet options. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how the second option worked, in the past vendors were allowed to set up special meet and greet options where they either sell tickets and time slots, or had a “minimum merchandise purchase requirement” that you had to reach to be able to meet the star at their Vendor booth. These Meet & Greets were something that not only confused D23 Expo attendees (mainly because they were not listed in the Expo’s schedule or announcements) many people missed a chance to purchase a ticket for the booth in question’s event because the tickets were sold weeks or months before the Expo on the vendor’s website.

This year the folks who run D23 decided that the only Meet & Greet sessions Vendors will be hosting at this year’s Expo will be FREE. Currently the only confirmed Meet & Greet event that involves a required purchase is the Disney Music Emporium event. This decision was made in part because there had been so many complaints about the “for pay” Meet & greets in 2015 and so much confusion over the different type of Meet & Greet/Photo opportunities. D23 even went as far as to include a clause about this in their vendor contract. As mentioned before several Meet & Greet options will have wristband or tickets released prior to the event, others will require a purchase from a specific Disney owned location at the Expo. If the app hasn’t been updated by Expo to tell you when you can buy those items and when the line for those experiences will open, check in with the area hosting the event that day.


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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