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Creative cosplay and first-ever Disney costume contest bring out fan favorite characters at 2013 D23 Expo

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Disney is known for its characters. After all, it all started with a mouse. But unlike at their theme parks, the cast of colorful characters seen at the 2013 D23 Expo wasn’t made up of their own official creations, but instead the many Disney fans roaming the convention with their own creative costumes.

Cosplay was minimal at the first D23 Expo in 2009, picked up a bit in 2011, and came out in full force at this year’s event, fueled by the first-ever official Disney costume contest. Not everyone had a chance to participate in the contest, with D23 requiring applications to be submitted weeks before the event, only allowing a select few through to be judged. But no matter if entered in the costume contest or not, Disney fans displayed extreme talent in the careful crafting of elaborate outfits to become their favorite characters.

Below are a few of my favorites spotted throughout the duration of the D23 Expo, including the announcement of the five costume contest winners.

2013 D23 Expo Costume Contest

The costume contest featured entries from across years of Disney history, even stretching into recent acquisitions Marvel and Star Wars. Both live action and animation were represented in impressively accurate costumes. Though the costume contest itself had a few bumps as technical difficulties prevented contestants from sharing their prepared 1-minute audio tracks to accompany them, the winners were no less enthusiastic upon accepting their awards.

Video: 2013 D23 Expo costume contest winners announced

The winners:

2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay

2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
2013 D23 Expo costume contest winners
2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
The Rocketeer
2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
Giselle and Edward

2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
Original costume inspired by Disney characters

2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay

Cosplay at the 2013 D23 Expo

Throughout all three days of the 2013 D23 Expo, fans showed off their love for Disney franchises by dressing up as a wide variety of costumes with many creative results. There were a lot of Annas and Elsas from the upcoming film “Frozen” and plenty of theme park outfits too.

Below is just a small sampling of some of the best seen at the convention, starting with my wife Michelle’s own costume that I helped assemble, a PNK sorority girl from “Monsters University.”

2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
Monsters University PNK girl
2013 D23 Expo Disney costumes and cosplay
Monsters University students


  1. Carson U

    The Jack Skelington costume is amazing!!! Props to them!!

  2. Jeff Lynch

    I just have to ask: where do the people find the money to make things like this? I love looking at the costumes, but then I feel really bad about myself because I could never afford to do something like this and would never even know where to begin to make something this beautiful. I get really jealous of these people because I wish I could have a costume as beautiful as theirs and every Halloween I want to do that but then I never know how so I never end up dressing up and then I am just mad at myself some more. It gets worse every year.

    1. To answer your question, Jeff, we dedicate every spare penny and every free moment we have to our craft. It’s our passion and what we love to do so it’s worth it in the long run. I hate to hear that you feel defeated by the expense and time constraints of costuming. Cosplay is great fun and you don’t necessarily have to make your own costume. When I first started I put my costumes together with found items from my own wardrobe and thrift stores. You can also buy costumes from costumers online or commission custom orders. If you ever need help or inspiration, please feel free to reach out to me via my facebook page (facebook.com/angiviper) or email (angi.viper@gmail.com). I’m very passionate about helping people get started making their cosplay dreams reality 🙂

  3. I’m so glad I found this! I’m the Ariel in the pink dress && I was also the Taffyta ((not pictured)) in the costume contest. Thanks for snapping my pic. Hope you had as fun of a time as I did this year! <3

  4. Wow!!! Beautiful cosplay costume collection…It really creates a magic in your heart…I am really impressed with the stack of images shown in your blog….Thanks for sharing the post with us…

  5. autiful cosplay costume collection



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