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D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind — Party Like It’s 1964!

posted on March 26th, 2014 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Remember If You Had Wings? Did you love Adventure Thru Inner Space? Recall your first time taking the dive on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? So do we at D23: The Official Disney Fan Club!

November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ll be celebrating beloved attractions of yesteryear during D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus. Not only will the event celebrate these attractions, but Disney Legends such as Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis will be on hand for a full day of presentations and panels in honor of Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City, where attractions like Carousel of Progress, “it’s a small world”, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln made their debuts.

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In addition to two jam-packed days, there will be an exhibit curated by The Walt Disney Archives, created just for Destination D. Plus, the weekend will end with a special nighttime party—Pleasure Island: Rewind, a party inspired by the Downtown Disney nightlife district. Look for areas dedicated to the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax. And of course there will be a “New Year’s Eve” celebration to cap the night.

And for those with an eye for shopping, Mickey’s of Glendale, the Walt Disney Imagineering store located in Glendale, Calif. will create a pop-up shop just for the event! Expect collectibles inspired by the attractions and entertainment of the past, as well as a selection of WDI merchandise.

For information on how to get tickets, visit D23.com. See you at the party!

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The D23 Expo Will Return in 2015

posted on March 18th, 2014 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is returning to Anaheim in 2015. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will present the D23 Expo the weekend of August 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, right across the street from the Disneyland Resort. Once again, all the wonderful worlds of Disney will come together under one roof including film, television, music, games, and — of course — theme parks!
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In 2013 fans were treated to appearances from such superstars as Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, and Billy Crystal; enjoyed performances by Idina Menzel, as well as R5 featuring Ross Lynch; took in a once-in-a-lifetime concert from Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken; and much, much more! Plus, guests were invited to Journey into Imagineering as WDI celebrated its 60th anniversary, and Tony Baxter was honored at the Disney Legends Ceremony.

2015 promises to be the biggest Expo ever with the Disney Legends Ceremony returning as well as the spectacular Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit. The show floor will be bursting with pavilions where guests can experience what’s new and what’s next from Disney, and the Collector’s Forum will offer guests the opportunity to buy sell and trade collectibles, memorabilia, and merchandise.

Tickets will be available August 14, and D23 Members receive a special pricing on entry. Visit D23Expo.com for more details and learn how you can join D23 for free today!

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First Look: D23 Celebrates the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


As Disney fans from all around the globe know, the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York was a veritable explosion of Imagineering creativity. Guests marveled at magnificent wonders from “it’s a small world” and the Carousel of Progress to the groundbreaking Audio-Animatronics figure of Abraham Lincoln and Ford Magic Skyway (part of which would become the Primeval World along the Disneyland Railroad).

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The spring 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, the publication of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, celebrates Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of this landmark happening. And we at D23 are excited to give Disney Parks Blog readers a first look at a few of the pages from the exciting new issue!

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In addition, the celebration will continue online in the upcoming weeks as D23 unveils a closer look at the artwork from “it’s a small world’s” Tower of the Four Winds as well as a drive through the Ford Magic Skyway, with an extensive photo gallery.

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Disney twenty-three is available exclusively to Gold Members of D23; D23.com is available to all levels of D23 Members. To learn more about Disney’s official fan club — and to join for free today — visit D23.com.

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Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken to Perform ‘The Disney Songbook’ at the D23 Expo

posted on May 28th, 2013 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


It’s virtually impossible to walk through Disney Parks without hearing the music of the Sherman Brothers and Alan Menken. And for one night only, Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken will take the stage together to play some of their most beloved compositions at the D23 Expo. This once-in-a-lifetime event, entitled “Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook,” will take place Saturday, August 10, as part of the Ultimate Disney Fan Event at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Richard M. Sherman Will Perform 'The Disney Songbook' with Alan Menken at the D23 Expo

In the parks, the Sherman Brothers music can be heard on such attractions as “it’s a small world,” Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Carousel of Progress. Alan’s work is highlighted on the numerous attractions and shows based on “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” in many parks. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and guests at the D23 Expo can expect to hear many of their favorites during the show.

“I can’t express how excited I am that my esteemed friend Alan Menken and I will be sharing the same bill for the very first time,” said Richard. “Alan is an incredible talent, and I know we’re both thrilled to be performing for Disney’s most ardent fans — they’re the best, and I can’t wait to be a part of what promises to be a very special night for all of us.”

“And I can’t think of anyone I’d prefer to share that stage with,” added Alan. “Richard, along with his brother Robert, wrote songs that filled my formative years with joy and fantasy.”

The concert will take place inside the 4,000-seat D23 Expo Arena and will be simulcast into a 2,000-seat overflow theater inside the Convention Center. For more information about the concert, click here, and to purchase your tickets for the D23 Expo, click here.

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D23’s Fanniversary Celebration Brings Disney Magic to Guests Across the Country

posted on February 12th, 2013 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is taking the show on the road once again! After a sold out tour in 2012, D23 is bringing an all-new Disney Fanniversary Celebration to 10 cities across the country. This 90-minute multimedia show, hosted by a Disney archivist and a member of the D23 Team, will highlight dozens of unforgettable Disney milestones, celebrating landmark anniversaries in 2013 through rarely or never-before seen artwork, photography, film footage and exclusive interviews with Disney Legends and luminaries.

From the creation of Mickey and Minnie Mouse to classic animated films like “Peter Pan” and “Mulan”; from the launch of Disney Channel to the momentous founding of The Walt Disney Company 90 years ago in (of course) 1923, no speck of pixie dust will be left unturned.

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Of course Disney Parks play a huge role in this show, with such beloved attractions as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland park and Horizons at Epcot celebrating anniversaries, as well as entire theme parks like Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland (15 and 30, respectively). Not to mention the launch of Disney Cruise Line in 1998!

Tickets are now on sale to both D23 Members and the general public for shows in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Click here for complete details.

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D23 and The Walt Disney Archives Decipher the Contents of Brad Bird’s Mysterious ‘Tomorrowland’ Photo!

posted on February 7th, 2013 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


D23 and The Walt Disney Archives Decipher the Contents of Brad Bird's Mysterious 'Tomorrowland' Photo!

Disney fans, Twitter followers, and the media have been speculating on the contents of a perplexing box labeled “1952,” since Pixar Animation Studios writer/director Brad Bird and screenwriter/producer Damon Lindelof posted photos of this curious container on their personal Twitter accounts on January 23. Last week, The Walt Disney Studios announced that the film, which will release on December 19, 2014, is now titled “Tomorrowland” (it was previously known as “1952″). But what do the box’s contents reveal? D23: The Official Disney Fan Club called upon the Walt Disney Archives’ Director Becky Cline to examine the box’s contents. Check out the complete story on D23.com to see 12 interesting items she uncovered!

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D23 Celebrates Magic and Merriment at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Hundreds of members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club gathered at Walt Disney World Resort this past weekend to enjoy Magic and Merriment, D23’s holly jolly event. Magic and Merriment has grown so popular, the fan club offered the event twice this year!

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Both days began with compelling and entertaining presentations. Graham Allan explored how the parks have celebrated the holidays throughout the years with fascinating images pulled from the Walt Disney Archives and beyond. Shawn Slater built on Graham’s entertaining session with a look at how Disney Parks around the world celebrate the holidays today. Disney Parks pastry chefs Jeff Barnes of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Daren Lanpher of Disney’s Beach Club Resort revealed some sweet secrets about the creation of Christmas treats at their respective hotels. Disney historian and Disney Parks Blog author Greg Ehrbar closed out the morning with “Disney’s Happy Peppy Holiday Music,” a delightful—and informative—presentation on the very merry music Disney has created and recorded over the years.

The rest of the weekend was full of enough festivities to last a lifetime of happy holidays, including reserved viewing of the beautiful Candlelight Processional, private dessert party and viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth with its stirring holiday finale, a “holiday hunt” inside Magic Kingdom Park featuring New Fantasyland, a sumptuous dinner on the sets of two action-packed attractions (Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show for the first cycle of the event and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! for the second) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finally the unforgettable weekend closed with a private viewing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, providing the perfect ending to a magical — and very merry — weekend.

Check out some of D23’s exciting events for 2013 here!

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D23 Announces Disney Events Across the Country For 2013

posted on November 28th, 2012 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has just announced a slate of extraordinary events for 2013, which will cross the country sprinkling pixie dust on D23 Members and Disney enthusiasts of all ages.
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The fan club will bring its popular Sip & Stroll event, celebrating the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, back to Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2013, as well as an all-new festive family event, D23’s Holiday Splendor, which will deck the halls in December of 2013.

Walt Disney World Resort will also play host to one of the ten stops of D23’s Fanniversary Celebration, the exciting multimedia road show event, which commemorates dozens of magical milestones celebrating an anniversary in 2013. This all-new show will highlight anniversaries for such park favorites such as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (50th), Tokyo Disneyland Resort (30th), Horizons (30th) and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (15th). Along with its Orlando stop, Fanniversary will bring Disney delight to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

The Walt Disney Imagineering campus in Glendale will host two special events at its Mickey’s of Glendale employee store, flinging open its doors exclusively to D23 Members on Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Returning in 2013 are D23’s popular tours of the Walt Disney Studio Lot and Archives, where guest have the opportunity to truly walk in Walt’s footsteps, as well as their 50 and Fabulous and From the Vaults film series held in the original Studio Theater on the Burbank Lot.

Of course, D23’s most spectacular event of 2013 will be its third D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, which will take place August 9 – 11, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center, directly across from the Disneyland Resort. This can’t-miss, unforgettable three-day experience for Disney fans will once again be brimming with live appearances, musical performances and autograph opportunities by Disney’s top stars from films, TV and music; exclusive sneak peaks of what’s on the horizon at Disney Parks around the world, plus entertaining presentations on a variety of Disney topics. Attendees will also thrill to the always compelling Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit and the exciting Disney Legends Ceremony.

To read more about D23’s 2013 events, click here.

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Disney’s D23 Expo 2013 Tickets Available on August 9!

posted on August 8th, 2012 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Tickets for the D23 Expo: the ultimate Disney fan event, will be available to guests beginning August 9 at 10 a.m. PT.

Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the D23 Expo – the largest Disney fan event in the world – will take place right across the street from Disneyland Resort at the Anaheim Convention Center August 9-11, 2013.

The D23 Expo brings together all the wonderful worlds of Disney from Disney Parks, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Walt Disney Studios to Disney Living, Disney Channel and Disney Interactive. The 2011 Expo – which attracted more than 40,000 Disney fans from around the world – was attended by such celebrities and Disney luminaries as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Tony Baxter, Tom Bergeron, Regis Philbin, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin, Paige O’Hara, Anika Noni Rose, Sarah Silverman, Sean Astin, Chelsea Kane and Kyle Massey.

Disney’s D23 Expo 2013 Will Take Place Right Across the Street From Disneyland Resort, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets Available on August 9!

The 2013 D23 Expo promises to be even more spectacular! In response to great fan demand, the Expo will feature an overflow theater for the D23 Arena to accommodate more than 2,000 guests for live streaming of the popular presentations, nearly double the seating in the Stage 28 venue and an expanded show floor and Collectors’ Forum to provide even more memorable experiences for guests.

Returning to the Expo are the Disney Legends Awards to honor the talented men and women who have contributed to the Disney legacy, the 12,000 square-foot Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit and the Fan Art Contest, which this year will be themed to Walt Disney’s classic film “Mary Poppins” (a year-long 50th anniversary celebration for the film will kick-off at the Expo).

Discounted tickets for D23 Expo 2013 will be available for a limited time, from August 9–December 31, 2012, and D23 Members save even more! For complete information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit www.D23Expo.com.

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D23 Reveals ‘Treasures’ from Disney Parks, Films and More in a Dazzling New Exhibit

posted on July 5th, 2012 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum officially opened the doors to an impressive new exhibit – D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.

This remarkable exhibition, covering almost 90 years of Disney history, boasts nearly 500 stunning artifacts — many of which have never been seen by the general public — from Disney movies, television, parks and the early years of the company.

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Along with elaborate props, costumes and set pieces from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Mary Poppins” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” guests can get an up-close look at Walt Disney’s formal office full of his personal effects, see the original “Steamboat Willie” script penned by Walt himself, and gaze on the original storybooks that opened the animated film classics “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”

There’s also a treasure trove of delights for fans of Disney Parks, including the original concept drawing of Disneyland park by Disney Legend Herb Ryman, the first ticket sold to Disneyland (purchased by Roy O. Disney), the original bride from the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, original attraction vehicles from Peter Pan’s Flight and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and the imposing head of the original Maleficent dragon from Fantasmic! at Disneyland park, which many guests may have seen several weeks ago during its journey to the museum in Simi Valley. There is also an impressive section called “Disney’s Hall of Presidents,” a salute to both the classic Magic Kingdom attraction in Florida and the long association Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company have enjoyed with many residents of the White House dating back to the 1940s.

To learn more about the exhibit, which runs through April 2013, and to purchase tickets (D23 Members receive a discount!), click here.

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