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There’s A ‘Lot’ Happening at the D23 Expo 2013 Silent Auction

Michelle Harker

by , Manager, Event Programming

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the first look at D23 Expo 2013 official merchandise. When I did, it seemed to me there were a lot of you out there anxious to see what we have up our sleeves for this year’s D23 Silent Auction. Any interested bidders, better get ready.

There are more than 70 lots in the mix, which include everything from experiences and artifacts to attraction vehicles, signs, pin sets, props and more.

Here are a few I knew you just had to see!

Matterhorn Bobsleds Tandem Vehicles
Remain Seated Please! Permanecer sentados por favor! Why? Because, these vintage Disneyland park Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction tandem vehicles will let your mind race thru Alpine passes, around ice caverns and past an abominable snowman.

Matterhorn Bobsleds Attraction Tandem Vehicles Will Let Your Mind Race Thru Alpine Passes, Around Ice Caverns and Past an Abominable Snowman

Mickey Mouse Club Drum
If people often tell you that you march to the beat of your own drum, then have I got the ticket for you. Check out this Mickey Mouse Club drum prop which was previously displayed at Mickey’s of Glendale at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Mickey Mouse Club Drum Prop Which was Previously Displayed at Mickey’s of Glendale at Walt Disney Imagineering

Siamese Cats – Si and Am Props
Don’t be so catty about this next set! The cats in this lot are Siamese, if you please. For years, these two felines were used as display pieces in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you are wondering why I chose to show you Si and Am, it’s because first of all, they’re troublemakers, and I can relate, but mostly it’s because “Lady and the Tramp” is one of my favorite animated films.

Siamese Cats - Si and Am Props from 'Lady and the Tramp'

100 Mickeys – Pin Set
Calling All Pin Traders! This one’s for you! Developed in 2002 in celebration of the 100th birthday of Walt Disney, this framed commemorative pin set includes one-hundred limited-edition pins inspired by the artwork of artist Eric Robison and featuring American icon, Mickey Mouse.

Developed in 2002 in Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Walt Disney, this Framed Commemorative Pin Set Includes One-Hundred Limited-Edition Pins Inspired by the Artwork of Artist Eric Robison

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Oversized Chair
Finally, take a seat and let us help you get to the heart of the matter. This oversized metal chair, once used as a photo opportunity at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse who are bound to bring loving comfort and a ‘heart-y’ décor to your home. When I say oversized … I’m not kidding. This chair actually measures 16’ ft tall by 6’ wide.

This Oversized Metal Chair, Once Used as a Photo Opportunity at the Walt Disney World Resort, Features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Silent Auction tickets are $23 per guest. The ticket includes the opportunity to participate in the silent auction, a mini-catalog, commemorative pin and credential. The auction is set to take place Saturday, Aug. 10. Tickets for the auction will go on sale June 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. Pacific via Ticket information is available now. View this year’s D23 Silent Auction lots online at Separate D23 Expo admission is required.

Remember the ultimate Disney event for fans and families takes place August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. To find out details on D23 Expo 2013, visit

As they say in the auction world… Going Once… Going Twice… Gone!


  • Seems funny that in the past many of these items had to be destroyed and the Company did not want them floating outside the Company or to the competition. I hope they are not selling the Carnation Plaza Gardens sign, and will refit it into the stage area where the dancing will resume.

  • I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the silent auction. The “silent” bidding is going to be Wild!

  • Hi Michelle. Thanks for the update on the D23 Expo Silent Auction. I took a look at the lot previews and some of the items are really neat and unusual. I am hoping you can clear up some confustion for me. I have never participated in a silent auction like this before and didn’t understand something that was on the page describing the event. It says the lots will “begin closing in sequential order at 2pm Pacific with an approximate end time of 5p.m. Pacific.” Does that mean that the window of time to bid on items is between 2pm and 5pm, or does it mean that we can bid on items on August 9th and 10th and then the times when the auctions finish is between 2pm and 5pm (with a specific time for each lot)? I hope you can help me understand this better. Thanks.

    • Lauren, you are correct! You will actually have the opportunity to bid on the items on the 9th and on the 10th until the specified closing time for that item.

  • I’m a little surprised that a silent auction has a price tag. Why is that? Wouldn’t you want as many people as possible to bid? Sure, generally only people who could afford the extra would bid, but still.

    • Craig, traditionally our auction experiences as part of D23 have always included a fee to participate, separate from regular Expo admission, as the venue space is limited. In addition, you also receive a catalog, credential and commemorative pin, which limits the number of participants.

  • I so need a ride vehicle… I know just where to add it WOW

  • I need to save even more! Is there also going to be a live auction or is only a silent auction this year?

    • Mike, it’s only a Silent Auction, but I have a feeling with some of the lots we are featuring, it’s going to get pretty ‘lively.’

  • That chair was actually created for a window display at World of Disney.

    • Thanks Becky! You are absolutely right!

  • This is for you Michelle

    From the 2011 D-23 Behind the Magic contest.

    Lady and the Tramp

    Without a doubt it would have to be Lady and the Tramp and not just because I’m a collector of all things related to the movie but because the movie encompasses every day human life but through the perspective of a dogs world. The movie runs the gamut of emotions as well as characters. From the underdog to the overachiever, from happy to sad the movie challenges all of your senses. No one dies in the movie and it has the classic man gets woman happy ever after ending. The music is phenomenal Pegs’ rendition of He’s a Tramp with the accompaniment of the dog pound quartet nails Tramps persona and who can hear Bella Notte and not visualize the most successful screen kiss ever. The movie has it all, chase scenes, jail breaks, love lost and found. It is a well balanced mix of drama, comedy, action and suspense. All this done in Wide Screen Cinemascope in 1955 and with a depth that only Walt Disney could have pulled off. The characters come to life and they all have their own distinctive personalities and place in the movie, villains Si and Am provide the nexus for what can only be described as the beginning of the classic lost and found adventure that occurs in many of Walt Disney’s movies. The best part of all, Lady in the hat box is based on the true life gift of a dog to Walt’s Wife Lillian. Truly an outstanding under appreciated masterpiece by a true master of entertainment. All of this provides the reasons I would have liked to have been a part of making this movie. A movie you could take your children and grand children too and be proud to say that you were a part of making something special.

    • Thanks Michael!

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