Back in August, we decided to take Super B to Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. It’s something we’d heard a little about for a long time, but never had any clue about, so we figured we’d give it a try. Unlock Comic-Con, we weren’t able to attend the entire event, so we only made it Saturday and Sunday. While this meant we missed on all the great Star Wars activities the first day, it was really for the best, since the several weeks prior had included the complete Comic-Con (including Preview Night) and a trip to Europe for a cousin’s wedding (shout out to C&H). Much like our first year at Comic-Con, we really feel like we must have missed most of it, but we still had a great time. There were several vendor booths, mostly a subset of SDCC, but Disney did have a Playmation booth where you could try out and pre-order the toys (Super B is going to love when Santa brings it for him!). Unfortunately, the special Disney store and some of the other great booths were swamped with lines and, unfortunately, Super B’s powers (and his father’s) don’t include patience, so we didn’t try waiting.
Cosplay was something we expected a lot of, and Super B went into it wearing a custom Ewok costume and Shannon wore her Her Universe R2-D2 dress. Surprisingly, especially given the various D23 cosplay videos we’ve seen online, we really didn’t run into many folks in costume. Super B’s costume is 30-some years old, having been a dog, a bear, Chewbacca, an Ewok, and probably some other things in the past. Grandma fixed it up as a perfect Ewok for Super B, and added a lot of additional touches that certainly weren’t there for my brother or me when we first wore it! It was really wonderful and Super B loved all the attention he got (note to Grandma: there were a lot of offers to purchase the Ewok costume…), although be careful if you go in costume – D23 seemed even hotter than SDCC!
After a lot of additional effort to get in (Disney seemed to be having some coordination issues that day and a lot of us were being given conflicting directions and information), we were able to get into the Disney gaming announcement. This was a ton of fun, even though there was a lot of PlayStation focus (we very much prefer Xbox, but that’s just us). The entire event was very well down, with Super B wanting to see the Disney Infinity 3.0 release and us wanting another glimpse of Star Wars: Battlefront. Super B was not disappointed, with Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn) even appearing on stage for the announcement of their Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters for the game. Additionally, Disney gave everyone there a Disney Infinity 3.0 Mickey Mouse character, Kingdom Hearts D23-only power disc for Disney Infinity 3.0, and a couple Apple/Google game codes. A number of people seemed to have just gone for the prizes, but it was just a very pleasant surprise for us, and Super B was extremely appreciative.
Star Wars: Force for Change Challenge
One of the greatest things we did at D23 was visit the Star Wars: Force for Change Space Chase Booth. Super B and Shannon donned UNICEF Kid Power Bands (now available from Target, actually) to measure their activity during the chase. Super B wanted to represent “Darth Vader when he was good”, so that would seem to be the light side (?) while Shannon represented the dark side. They then went through a quick obstacle course chasing each other and competing for the most motion points. It’s a little unclear who won, really, but they both had a lot of fun and each unlocked five Disney-funded food packets for malnourished kids around the world. Once we explained the results, Super B was very excited that, together, the light and dark side were able to feed ten kids that day just by chasing each other. Incredibly, from the Star Wars: Force for Change @ D23 Recap, “In just 3 short days, fans accumulated enough Kid Power points to unlock over 8,800 food packets to children in need.” We keep hoping UNICEF Kid Power comes to Super B’s superhero school, since it would be a great cause that all the super-kids could get behind. Oh, and removed from the clip for my own safety, there is a wonderful moment after-the-fact where Shannon is laughingly complaining that they promised THREE LAPS, not FOUR. 🙂