Chris Hemsworth

First-timer at a D23 campout: Enjoying and surviving the Disneyland expo

First-timer at a D23 campout: Enjoying and surviving the Disneyland expo

As many Disney fans were preparing to head home from the first day of the D23 Expo, I and about 7,000 others were calling the Anaheim Convention Center's basement our home for the night.

Instead of warm beds, we lay upon the cold cement in a windowless room where the lights and air conditioner were on full blast at all hours. We endured the less-than-ideal conditions in order to gain access into the following morning's Live Action panel, featuring Marvel, Star Wars and other non-animated upcoming Disney films.

My friend Cindy Hoang, a convention veteran and middle school teacher, guided me through my first time camping out. She did her best to calm me as my heart fluttered...

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