Cosplayers, Are You Ready? The D23 Expo Costume Contest Will Return This Year!

Back in 2020, the D23 Expo, the largest Disney fan event in the world, was postponed until 2022. However, 2022 is finally here and the biannual event is set to go ahead on September 9th-11th at the Anaheim Convention Center. In the past, this event has been the springboard for some MAJOR Disney announcements, including sneak peeks at attractions, movies, and more!



But one of the expo’s most beloved events is the Mousequerade Costume Contest, where cosplayers bring their SERIOUS Disney “A” costuming game. And during the D23 Expo Media Event this morning, we learned that the costume contest will return in 2022!

So what can D23 Expo attendees expect at this year’s costume contest event? Well, for starters, you’ll see some of the best of the BEST Disney cosplay on the planet! If you want to see your favorite Disney characters brought to life, this is the place to do it!



The costume contest also brings in some celebrity judges. This year’s event will bring both Ashley Eckstein and Yvette Nicole Brown back for the third time, along with new judge Ally Maki. And the Mousquerade will be hosted by Nina West.



This year’s contest will feature some new categories, too, including “Off The Screen,” Imagine That!,” “Magical Mashups,” and “Cast of Characters,” along with a fan-favorite award and a “Best in Show” prize of $2,300. If you’re interested in entering, head on over to for rules and details.

We’ll keep you updated on everything else about the D23 Expo, so stay tuned!



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