Destination D - The Florida Project is now history. It was an amazing weekend hearing about the history of Walt Disney World, what it was, what it could be, what it has been, and what it might be. Along the way, we get to appreciate a lot more what Walt, Roy, and all those pioneers did and accomplished in building this resort from the swamp and jungle that it was. So in that sense, this D23 event certainly succeeded.
However, in other sense, it disappoints. There is a sense that this was done ON THE CHEAP! There were no banners, decorations, etc. at the convention area other than the standard signs directing foot traffic, i.e. there were no theming! There's nothing much to do beyond sitting in the convention hall. The archive exhibit was a joke - a small room with a few pieces of history and memorabilia.
And of course, the fiasco of the merchandise sale on Friday. They started the sale ahead of the stated time, they had very too few people working the area, some cast members were still being instructed on what to do (right in front of us), they didn't print the whole list of available merchandise, and of course, the slow-moving line that is the result of all this. It is not that we are surprised that this is happening, it is just that we are surprised that this is happening at WDW, considering that they, of all people, should KNOW how to deal with large crowds. They hold events all the time. One would think that holding the annual Pin Celebration alone would give them a clue on what to expect. But of course, this would require that those organizing the D23 event, headquartered in Glendale, CA, would actually consult with those who organize the Pin Celebration event headquartered here in Orlando. What are the odds?
So yes, while I enjoyed and fully expected the sessions in the convention hall, I was truly disappointed with the lack of other activities surrounding it. I expected more for what I paid for. There wasn't even a character meet-and-greet. I also expected more "gifts" with my attendance. A booklet on the history of WDW is nice, but it is rather paltry.
In the end, I don't think I got my money's worth in terms of overall experience.