The Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament's opening rounds took place on August 18, 2011 the day before the start of the 2011 D23 Expo. The first round consisted of answering a single question. Contestants could begin lining up at 6 a.m. outside the main entrance to the Anaheim Convention Center. The first round would begin around 7:30 a.m. The line would be cut off when 2000 contestants qualified for Round 2 or 9:45 a.m. whichever occured first.
The Thespian arrived a few minutes before 6 a.m. not knowing what to expect. The line was a lot shorter than she expected. The Thespian was 17th in line. It was wonderful to chat with contestants who were local or who had traveled, like the Thespian from across the country for the D23 Expo.
However, the line was never that long. There were maybe a total of just over a hundred contestants in the line by 7:30 a.m. Round 1 began a few minutes past 7:30 a.m. They took contestants in groups of 5 to the door of the convention center and then individually for their question. Everyone was asked a single question, get it right and move inside the convention center to Stage 23 for Round 2. Get it wrong and you could go to the back of the line and try again. The Thespian got her question correct (In the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence in the film Fantasia, what inanimate objects come to life and cause a flood?) and moved on.
Round 2 took place in Stage 23 on the third floor of the convention center. Everyone was handed a pencil and a scantron sheet and was invited to take a seat. There was cardboard on the chairs to provide a backing for bubbling in your answers. The Thespian was part of Round 2 group A. Contestants were asked to fill in their names, a phone number and email address. There were 50 questions and they were projected on large screens at the front of the room. The questions were multiple choice with five potential answers. Following the conclusion of Round 2 contestants turned in their scantron sheets and pencils and were dismissed for the morning. The contestants found out who qualified for Round 3 at 2 p.m. The results were posted on the doors of the convention center and on the D23 website. If you qualified, and just about every one to tried out did, Round 3 began the same day at 3 p.m.