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The 2019 Expo is Proud to Present:

Thomas Doherty (“Harry Hook”)  Appearing Noon – 3pm at the FLY 92 Stage!


In addition to the Descendants star, don’t miss the MARVEL SUPERHEROES appearing all day, 10:15 am – 3pm. Guests may get autographs and photographs free of charge.  The heros are fully interactive and Marvel trained.



Descendants 3 will be the third installment in the Descendants series. The film is written by Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, and is directed by Kenny Ortega. The film is set to premiere on Disney Channel on August 2, 2019. After a barrier breach threatens the safety of Auradon during the VKs departure off the Isle, Mal (Cameron) decides to permanently close the magical barrier, fearing Uma and Hades will do irreparable damage. But an unfathomable, unforeseen dark force threatens the people of Auradon­—and it’s up to Mal and the VKs to save everyone in the kingdom before it’s too late.  Join us at the Back to School Expo where one of the series’ biggest stars will make an appearance from Noon to 3 pm!  Harry Hook will be on hand all afternoon!  Autograph tickets are available.  General admission guests can still get up close near the Main Stage for pictures and contests!


From American Idol Star
Madison VanDenburg
11:45 – Noon on the Main Stage


Madison VanDenburg is a 17 year old singer/song-writer from Upstate New York. The highlight of her career occurred in March of 2019 when her audition for American Idol went viral on the internet and rendered Lionel Richie “speechless”.  Madison’s rendition of “Speechless” by Dan and Shay shocked the judges and the world. Katy Perry compared her to Kelly Clarkson, and claimed she could be the winner of the season. Luke Bryan showed his goosebumps over Madison’s voice during her audition. Even Dan and Shay tweeted that Madison is “a star”. Since returning from her third place finish on American Idol, the teen has hit the ground running when she came back home and shows no signs of slowing down. She won the American Idol Encore competition, and traveled to NYC to sing on the Live with Kelly and Ryan show. Kelly Ripa claimed that Madison “sounds even better in person” after listening to her cover of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys. Not only has Madison performed on national television, Madison has sung at many well-known venues. These include the Times Union Center in Albany, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York, and the Orpheum Theater in NYC. The teen has performed in front of millions watching from home and thousands in an arena in her hometown. She has performed with Dan and Shay, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and was coached by Adam Lambert, who called Madison “a force”.

Madison started writing songs from a young age, and her first single, “Need A Little Heartbreak” is released on all major streaming platforms. Currently, she is recording a new single that is scheduled to be released in August, and has many more songs ready to be sent to the studio. She plays a mix of covers and original songs during her live shows. She loves performing on stage and knows how to command one. She is looking forward to playing venues across the nation, and is excited to share her gifts with her fans.


Celebrity Stage Sponsors

Join Harry Hook for a STEM-inspired day at the Back to School Expo!  The Disney star will be appearing on the FLY 92.3 Main Stage at Noon for a welcome from the Capital Region!

Main Stage Schedule

Introduction of Marvel Characters                 10:30 am
*Marvel characters appear all day, 10:30 am – 3 pm, and appear free of charge to all guests on the bottom level

Live Performance by Madison VandenBurg    11:45 am - Noon

Welcome to Harry Hook                                 Noon
General admisison guests gather around the Main Stage area and snap photos of the Disney star as they walk the catwalk and wave to fans

Autograph Session 1                                      12:00 – 12:30 pm
*Autograph ticket required

Autograph Session 2                                      12:30 – 1 pm
*Autograph ticket required

Descendants Dance off                                  1 pm – 1:30 pm
*10 lucky guests get to show their best moves on the Main Stage for Harry!
Stop by the FLY 92 booth for your chance to win between 10 am – 12:30 pm

Autograph Session 3                                      1:30 – 2 pm
*Autograph ticket required

Autograph Session 4                                      2:00 – 2:30 pm
*Autograph ticket required

Descendants Q&A                                          2:30 – 2:45 pm
*10 lucky guests get to ask Harry the burning questions that we ALL want the answers to on the Main Stage!
Stop by the FLY-92 booth for your chance to win between 10 am – 2 pm

Descendants Sing Off                                    2:45 – 3 pm
*10 lucky guests get to show off their vocals when they sing acapella for Harry on the Main Stage!  No experience or talent required, only enthusiasm!
Stop by the FLY 92 booth for your chance to win between 10 am – 2pm.

Goodbye to Harry and Marvel Superheroes!   3 pm



A look back at Back to School Expo special guests

Fans flocked to meet Skai Jackson, star of “Jessie” and spin-off “Bunked.”


Thousands of Descendants fans showed up to see Booboo Stewart at the 2017 Back to School Expo.  He was a standout celebrity who stole the hearts of all who met him that day!

Karan Brar from the hit series “Jessie” and “Bunk’d” along with Kelli Berglund from “Lab Rats” really hit it out of the ballpark with their fans at the 2016 Back to School Expo!

Calum Worthy (Dez) from “Austin & Ally” and Peyton Meyer (Lucas) from “Girl Meets World” stole hearts
at the 2015 Back to School Expo

Peyton List (Emma) from the hit show “Jessie” making an appearance at the 2014 Back to School Expo!

Bella Thorne (CeCe) from Disney’s Hit Show “Shake it Up!” making an appearance atthe 2013 Back to School Expo.

Zendaya Coleman (Rocky) from Disney’s Hit Show “Shake it Up!” making an appearance at the 2012 Back to School Expo.

Noah Munk (Gibby) from the Nickelodeon show, iCarly. Making an appearance at the 2011 Back to School Expo.



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