Today Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger presided over a special ceremony to dedicate the newly restored office of Walt Disney in the Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Disney Parks guests have been able to see selections from Walt’s office suite over the years at One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and inside the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park, but the Walt Disney Archives painstakingly restored the suite—down to the smallest details—including original furnishings, his piano (frequently played back in the day by Disney LegendRichard Sherman), awards, and some items from his collection of miniatures.
Park fans will love the large map, hanging over the couch in his working office, of Disneyland as it existed in 1966, including recent additions to the park as well as those yet-to-be-constructed including Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square. There’s one of the first master plans for what would become Walt Disney World Resort—including his vision for EPCOT. The office also features a golden cage containing a brightly colored tiny, singing robotic bird, which served as inspiration for the Audio-Animatronics we know today.
In 2016, the office will be featured on select D23 Member tours. Keep your eyes here for more opportunities to see this incredible permanent exhibit.
Oh what fun it is to … have something new to celebrate every day! D23, Disney’s official fan club, is giving fans 23 days of holiday delights with the D23 Days of Christmas. Each day there is a new story, recipe, craft, and a featured item that members can enter for the chance to win. (Be on the lookout for a pair of Disney Parks Mickey and Minnie Mouse nutcrackers!)
Over the next few weeks, guests will be able to print out exclusive gift tags and Christmas cards, see rare video content, learn how to cook Disney Parks favorites of today and yesterday (such as the apple crisp from the Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and the Chicken Crepes Lilly from the Empress Lilly at what is now Disney Springs), and preview the hottest holiday gifts of the season.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. PT on 12/1/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 12/1/15. Open to residents of the U.S. including D.C., ages 18 and older (or the age of the majority in state of primary residence, whichever is older). Must be an active D23 Member prior to date of entry. Only one entry allowed per D23 Member. For full details on entry requirements, odds of winning, and prize limitations and conditions, click here for official rules here.
Did you know the original Mouseketeers first appeared at Disneyland Resort before they started their beloved television run? It’s true! They were there on opening day, July 17, 1955, before the first incarnation of Mickey Mouse Club aired on ABC starting in October of 1955. That means the iconic show is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, D23 EXPO 2015 will hold Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club — 60 Magical yEARS on Sunday, August 16, at 5 p.m. in Stage 23. Author Lorraine Santoli will host the panel of original Mouseketeers including Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey, along with “Spin and Marty” actors Tim Considine and David Stollery!
Plus, the Disney Dream Store will offer a small collection of 60th anniversary Mickey Mouse Club items, which several of the Mouseketeers will be on-hand to sign that day.
For more details about the event—and a host of other panels just announced, including A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!—click here.
D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, just across the street from Disneyland.
On Sunday, August 16, at 3 p.m., in the 7,500-seat Hall D23, host Chris Montan, president, Walt Disney Music, and the Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will take D23 EXPO 2015 attendees on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world of “Frozen” during Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration! This one-day-only performance will feature sing-along experiences of your “Frozen” favorites such as “Let It Go,” “In Summer,” and more. Plus, fans can expect special surprises and fascinating stories behind some of your favorite Frozen songs. The performance will even feature Anna and Elsa!
D23 EXPO 2015 runs August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across the street from Disneyland Resort. Tickets are available here.
The new issue of Disney twenty-three is a love letter to Walt Disney’s original theme park with more than 40 pages of photographs, artwork and stories that span from the inception of Disneyland to the excitement of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.
D23, Disney’s Official Fan Club, takes readers on a fabulous and fascinating journey in the new issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members. Disney LegendMarty Sklar and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn take a stroll through the park together reminiscing about Disneyland’s rich history while looking to its exciting future.
Plus there’s something for every Disneyland fan, from features about the pitch portfolio full of dazzling concept artwork used to sell Walt’s dream of Disneyland to East Coast investors and a story on unique collectibles through the years to a look at rare photographs from the Disneyland Hotel and a “sampling” of some of our favorite park treats (churro, anyone?).
Dive in and enjoy, and if you’re not already a D23 Gold Member, you can join today and get more information here.
With the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration about to get underway, the Walt Disney Archives just announced it will be saluting the 60th anniversary of the world’s first theme park at D23 EXPO 2015 with Walt Disney Archives presents – Disneyland: The Exhibit.
The display — the largest ever presented by the Archives at the Expo — will showcase more than 300 props, costumes, Audio-Animatronics figures, attraction vehicles, photographs, pieces of artwork, and memorabilia from six decades of the resort’s rich history.
Included in the dazzling exhibit is the #1 Ticket to Disneyland purchased by Roy O. Disney on July 18, 1955, as well costumes from the Mickey Mouse Club (as the Mickey Mouse Club Circus opened in November 1955 at the park). Plus, there will be many items that have never been displayed previously by the Archives including a prototype for vehicle for the Alice in Wonderland attractions, the Abominable Snowman from the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and a Disneyland pitch portfolio used to help sell investors on the East Coast on Walt’s dream for the park.
When did you know you first loved Disney? It may not be your first Disney memory—and it may not even be your favorite Disney memory. But when was the first time Disney made your heart sing and your spirit soar?
Imagineer Vinny Logozio recalls his experience visiting Epcot for the first time when he was just six.
Disney Legend and founder of the Walt Disney Archives Dave Smith remembers going to Disneyland and meeting Walt Disney himself!
These are just a few of the memories people are sharing with us — plus there’s Lance Bass, Disney Legend and animator Floyd Norman, Disney Archivist Kevin Kern, “Cinderella” star Lily James, and a bunch of fan-tastic Disney fans.
And we want to hear your stories too! Post them below and share them on social media using the hashtag #WDIS4U and maybe you’ll see your story on D23.com!
In honor of the upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, the D23 Expo Design Challenge asks artists young and young-at-heart to craft their own interpretation of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Fans can use a variety of mediums to express their creativity, and 23 lucky finalists will have their pieces exhibited at D23 Expo 2015, from August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. And the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $2,300!
Entrants do not need to be members of D23 to participate. Just click here for more details and get the complete set of rules.
Good luck—and we hope to see you at the Expo!
No Purchase Necessary. Ends 11:59 PM (PT) on 4/30/15. Entry/Rules: d23expo.com/designchallenge. Void where prohibited. Limit three (3) Submissions per person. Prize does not include travel to or accommodations in Anaheim, CA.
Because Mickey Mouse is such a huge presence in Disney Parks around the world, we just had to share this special “mouse” moment in Disney history with you. We’re sure many of you are well aware that Mickey Mouse made his big screen debut in 1928 in the short “Steamboat Willie.” But just over a year later marked another milestone for our favorite mouse — he began a longtime run in newspapers across the country in his very own comic strip.
After his auspicious debut, the country—and the world—fell in love with Mickey, so it didn’t take long for the little mouse to become a big cheese. There were more Mickey shorts, character merchandise, local Mickey Mouse Clubs and—on January 13, 1930—a comic strip, which celebrates its 85th anniversary today. Written by Walt Disney himself and drawn by Ub Iwerks, the earliest comics would follow Mickey’s adventures far and wide, starting with his attempt to build his own airplane. What could go wrong with that?
By the summer of 1930, the comic strip appeared in up to 40 newspapers across nearly two-dozen countries, helping to usher in Mickey’s golden age and establish the mouse as the foundation and universally recognized symbol of the Disney organization.
To kick off the holiday season, Disney’s official fan club is giving Disney fans something truly special. “D23 Days of Christmas” kicks off today to add some sparkle to the most wonderful time of the year.
Every day for, well, 23 days, fans can “unwrap” a special gift at D23.com/23days. And we have goodies for everyone who loves a little Disney under their tree. We’ll have exclusive videos with Disney talent, special artwork, printable downloads and a trio of sweepstakes anyone can enter that will make the season even brighter.
So ho, ho, hop over today and start seeing what D23 has stuffed in your stocking!