National Geographic Joins the 2019 D23 Expo Lineup with Panels, Interactive Experiences, and Cuddly Animals

National Geographic will be joining the D23 Expo in 2019 for the very first time. Attendees of the event will get to meet some popular talent, explorers, and animals to promote the upcoming slate of originals set to come to Disney+ in the near future.

National Geographic’s presence won’t be a small one either. In fact, not only will there be a National Geographic pavilion, but there will also be a handful of panels for guests to learn more about the latest brand to be added to the Disney family. For an easily accessible list of all the events, the D23 Expo app will include all the information provided below:

    • Beginning August 23, from 1-2pm, legendary rock climber Alex Honnold will be holding a book signing. Honnold is best known for being featured in the Academy Award-winning film Free Solo, a documentary about his lifelong dream of climbing the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park (without a rope).
    • On August 24, from 3-4pm, attendees can hear incredible animal stories and meet some cuddly, furry friends, as Dr. Jan Pol (of Nat Geo WILD’s series, The Incredible Dr. Pol) shares these special experiences.
    • On August 25, from 11am to noon, join Sue Aikens (from multiple-Emmy-award-winning series Life Below Zero) and hear about her crazy lifestyle in the remote corners of Alaska. Get autographs, take pictures and hear all about these amazing subzero stories.
    • On the show floor throughout the weekend, National Geographic will be sharing a unique fan experience, “Beneath the Blue,” an immersive underwater world that shares an explorative journey of the oceans, and tells of the impact of plastic on marine life.

National Geographic will be at D23 Expo for the first time, with new experiences and panels.

As for panels, on Saturday, August 24, from 10-11am, National Geographic will present WOMEN OF IMPACT: Meet the Nat Geo Explorers Changing the World. Taking place on Stage 28 and featuring women of exploration, conservation, and storytelling, join in this multimedia storytelling experience hosted by Erika Bergman, Lily Sedaghat, and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant. Then on Sunday, August 25, from 12:30-1:30pm, at the D23 Expo Arena, attendees will get a first look at the reboot of Brain Games. This first look will be offered during Power Up Your Brain With Keegan-Michael Key, where guests can engage in some interactive challenges with Brain Games host Keegan-Michael Key (Toy Story 4). Learn about the “why” behind the “wow,” as you explore your mind’s skills during this cranium exercise.

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3-9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $77 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3-9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit

About D23 Expo 2019
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2019 news, visit Presentations, talent and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

For more on D23, don’t forget that 2019 will be the first D23 Expo to feature The Simpsons. Set to return this year to the D23 Expo is Disney on Broadway, celebrating 25 years with a special concert. On top of that, attendees will get to see more than 55 years of Disney movie and television costuming in The Walt Disney Archives exhibit, Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.

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1 year ago

I can’t believe there is no mention of panels or seminars about the plastic straw and animal cracker crisis. When will they stop ignoring these horrors?