D23 Expo and Garden Rocks Concert Series Details
2021 is barely in the rearview mirror, but Disney executives are squarely looking forward to later in 2022.
Park officials just announced details about two of the most significant events this year, the D23 Expo 2022 and the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Here’s what we just learned.
Save the Dates
We’re not even two months past Destination D23 at Walt Disney World, yet Disney’s already planned the next one.
You can mark the date on your calendar. This event will take place from September 9th through the 11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Tickets will go on sale next week for the 2022 D23 event. D23 Gold members will get the best deal.
For them, a one-day pass costs $89, while a three-day ticket for the entire event is $229.
Everyone else will pay $99 for one day and $279 for three days. I have two thoughts about this.
The first is that if you only pick one day, you want September 10th. That’s the Saturday, which means it’s likely the big Disney Parks presentation, the cornerstone of D23.
The other thought is that if you’re not a D23 Gold member but plan to spend all three days at D23, you might as well sign up. You’re pretty much priced in.
I should mention that D23 Gold members also get an exclusive booking window via presale on January 19th at 1 p.m. EST.
Everyone else can buy a ticket package starting on January 20th at 3 p.m. EST.
The other option of note is Hall D23 Preferred seating pricing. For $899, you get what Disney describes as “guaranteed reserved seating for ALL presentations in Hall D23.”
Personally, I think of that as the vlogger tax, but D23 doesn’t always allow live video recording. So, there’s some risk here if that’s your purpose.
By the way, Disney confirmed the return of the Mousequerade costume contest. There’s even a website with important deadlines.
Garden Rocks Returns
The 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden arrives in roughly six weeks. As such, Disney has started revealing details about some special events.
I’m happy to report that the Garden Rocks concert series will return in full force in 2021.
Last year, Disney took a modified approach to the event, hiring local musicians to perform at the shows.
That was a nice touch, but it’s also something we get every weekend at Disney Springs, the home to countless troubadours.
In 2022, we’ll get the real deal, by which I mean a bunch of recording artists that you know from that one song at least 25 years ago.
I’m joking…mostly. You can read the list and decide for yourself how much I’m kidding about the subject.
- March 4-5 – The Guess Who
- March 6-7 – Rick Springfield
- March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks
- March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW
- March 20-21 – Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks
- March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- April 1-2 – The Spinners
- April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters
- April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks
- April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW
- April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles
- April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
- April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW
- April 29-30 – Berlin
- May 1-2 – TobyMac
- May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
- May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks
- May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW
- May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls
- May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW
- May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW
- May 29-30 – Little River Band
- June 3-6 – Simple Plan
- June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
- June 17-20 – Plain White T’s
I would have lost a bet on whether all of Herman’s Hermits were still alive, much less touring.
Good News at the Grand Floridian
What’s the one thing that we’ve all missed at the Grand Floridian? Well, the hotel’s full name is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
During the pandemic, it’s lacked the spa, though. Since March of 2020, Walt Disney World has kept all its spas closed.
During the interim, DVC guests have only had Anaheim and Hawaii options for spa treatments.
Thankfully, this situation will change on January 26th. On that date, the Grand Floridian Spa reopens.
You can and probably should book reservations through the official site.
The reservation page also lists prices, which I’m guessing are higher than before the pandemic since that’s Disney’s recent operating procedure.
Disney didn’t indicate anything about other Walt Disney World spas.
I presume those are coming soon, but it’s equally possible that only one is needed right now.
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