To borrow from Shakespeare, that is the question isn’t it?
It seems early to think about whether or not to invest in the Sorcerer’s Package. After all, D23 Expo 2017 just finished and 2019 is still two years away. Tickets won’t even go on sale for a year, but once they are released there won’t be much time. Apparently, they sold out in 10 minutes. Even if you decide to make the plunge of $2,250 (2017 prices), there’s no guarantee you’ll get tickets. Not only are you competing with hardcore Disney Nerds, but investors looking to profit from the exclusive goodies and early access that comes with the package will be vying for your space.
So what do you get for your money?
Investing in the Sorcerer’s Package is more than just “good seats.” That’s a big part of it to be sure, but there are a number of great perks beyond that. In 2017, we had reserved seating in all four major areas – Hall D23, D23 Expo Arena, Walt Disney Archives Stage, and Stage 28; exclusive preview day at the Expo for shoping; pre-Expo tour of select exhibits and the Show Floor; exclusive entrance to the Expo with shortened security lines; meet and greet with a “special Disney guest;” awesome exclusive gifts from D23 and the rest of the Disney companies; an exclusive limited edition American Tourister boarding bag; a goodie bag filled with fun presents; and even a massage from an onsite therapist. Believe it or not, that’s only SOME of what you get. The folks at D23 try to add even more perks here and there to enhance your experience. One of our bonus perks was a special reception on preview night complete with rooftop fireworks and a special Sorcerer’s popcorn bucket we could refill at the Expo all weekend.
I have to admit, the biggest draw for me was the time I saved by being a Sorcerer. When you consider how much time you don’t have to wait in line to get in to the panels you most want to see, and then be guaranteed the best seats in the house, that’s an incredible perk right there. It also allows you to experience more of the Expo because whether you have special access or not, no one can do it all. It’s physically impossible. So finding a way to maximize your time is a huge benefit. I was able to shop for most of the stuff I wanted AND still make it to the big tentpole presentations (Animation, Live Action, and Parks and Resorts). Plus, getting in even 5-10 minutes early meant at least getting one special item per day that I was hoping for. I was able to buy that Limited Edtion of 300 Oswald for my daughter, that gorgeous Limited Edition 1023 Snow White, and some pretty awesome pins from Mickey’s of Glendale.
On top of all that, Sorcerer’s Package recipients get exclusive ID tags, an exclusive lounge, a “welcome” and “farewell” reception, and tons of other perks not even listed. But remember, only Gold and Gold Family Members even have a chance at purchasing these precious tickets. So if you’re not already a member, consider signing up before tickets go on sale again. If you can afford it, the Sorcerer’s Package is WELL worth the price, but bring LOTS of money! And maybe an extra suitcase…or two.
- To find out more about D23 Gold Membership, read our post on Disney Nerds!
- To follow along on our journey as a Sorcerer at D23 Expo read our first post!
- To find out more about all the things happening at D23 Expo go to our D23 Expo Page!
- To find out what great stuff is being sold at D23 Expo, check out our post!
- What was my final analysis? Read about it at the end of my Sorcerer’s Journey