The dates for the next Disney D23 Expo in 2017 have been unveiled… and the convention opens right before that year’s San Diego Comic Con is speculated to arrive.
From the official D23 website:
All the magic and excitement of the past, present, and future of Disney entertainment will come together once again D23 presents D23 Expo 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center the weekend of July 14–16. Each of Disney’s magical worlds will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from theme parks, television, music, gaming, and films, including Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel. Advance tickets for D23 Expo 2017 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning July 14, 2016. Highlights planned for the fifth D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new exhibit curated by the Walt Disney Archives; D23 Expo’s costume contest, Mousequerade, showcasing the most creative designs by fans; the D23 Expo Emporium, where Disney fans can buy, sell, and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia, merchandise, and more; and the D23 Expo Design Challenge. (Details on the Design Challenge and Mousequerade are coming soon.)
What’s really interesting is that the D23 convention is currently scheduled to arrive about a week before the San Diego Comic Con of that year (July 19-23). My guess is that D23 2017 will most likely have a larger Pixar/Disney/Star Wars presence (with some Marvel content) while SDCC 2017 will be almost exclusively focused on Marvel (since the convention would be an ideal place to start talking about the massive two-part Avengers: Infinity War and the comics that are being worked on).
It doesn’t seem likely that Disney would completely skip out on the year’s biggest comic book and media convention entirely, but it does suggest that they may be toning down their presence for their upcoming movies. Marvel Studios, for instance, ditched promoting Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange at SDCC 2015 in favor of showing footage and concept art for both films at Disney D23 2015; but even with that in mind, Lucasfilm held a panel for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens at both events, with the SDCC presentation being the more enlightening one in terms of information revealed. In any case, it’s going to be a long time before we find out one way or the other, since SDCC 2016 won’t even happen until July 20-24 of this year.