Two years ago I discovered the delights of Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and yesterday I returned to see what wonderful sights awaited. I've said before that I like Disney movies and visiting the theme parks, but I'm not a die-hard fan (that honour will forever be taken by Marvel Comics), so my main reason for attending the three day fan event is to see what costumes, props and screen-used memorabilia were on display from the Walt Disney vaults.
Around the corner and you'll glimpse a fantastic selection of original costumes from Disney's recent Oz The Great and Powerful, which starred James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as the titular 'Wizard' and the feuding witches of the land of Oz.
This really was a celebration of all things Oz, with costumes and props from two Disney movies from 1985 and 2013 in one place (the gleaming golden robot Tik-Tok from Return to Oz was a real highlight for me).
Meanwhile in anticipation of Disney's new movie about the story behind the making of Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks, they had a fantastic assortment of original outfits worn by Julie Andrews as the infamous magical nanny and the rest of the cast.
I think my camera finger needed some serious rest after all the photographs I took in the exhibit, so be sure to check out my Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props blog in the days to come for even more fantastic coverage from this year's D23 Expo.
Just like two years ago when Marvel was bought by Disney, another noticeable addition this year was all the Star Wars characters and fans dressed in costume at the event, like this concept helmet replica for Darth Vader himself, now that the Star Wars Universe is part of the Disney family.
Nevertheless I still enjoyed the was the event had to offer this year, you just can't beat seeing amazing costumes and props up close and in person.
Last time I attended this event my wish list was for Mary Poppins and Return to Oz exhibits and look what happened. Next time I'd still like to see displays from Disney's The Black Hole, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, Escape to Witch Mountain and the forthcoming Maleficent...