Thursday, March 5, 2015

Contests Announced - D23 Expo 2015



D23 EXPO INVITES FANS TO JOIN IN TWO CREATIVE CONTESTS THAT CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF ALL THINGS DISNEY  

Mousequerade Dares Disney Fans to Create Costumes Inspired By Disney’s Many Wonderful Worlds for a Grand Prize Trip to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

D23 Expo Design Challenge Encourages Artists to Interpret Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle for a Chance to Win “D23-Hundred Dollars”

BURBANK, Calif. – March 5, 2015 – To highlight the creativity and passion fans have for all things Disney, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is holding two remarkable contests in celebration of D23 EXPO 2015, which takes place August 14­–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Mousequerade* invites participants to create their own Disney-inspired costumes and compete in the following categories: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!” The winner will receive a trip for two to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/mousequerade to complete an entry form and find out more about how to enter. The closing date for entry is April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity and originality, quality and craftsmanship of costume, and relationship of costume to the contest theme. The Live Contest will be held Friday, August 14 in Stage 23 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will be 90 minutes in length. The number of Finalists is limited to 15 contestants per category for a total of 75 contestants. 

D23 Expo Design Challenge** will honor Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary by encouraging artists young and old to depict Sleeping Beauty Castle. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 EXPO weekend on the show floor, located in the Walt Disney Archives area. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 EXPO and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Anyone interested in participating must visit d23expo.com/designchallenge to submit sketches of proposed artwork (and to find out more about other entry requirements) no later than April 30, 2015. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of creativity, originality, and artistic expression.

Finalists in both competitions will receive one (1) complimentary ticket (and one (1) for a guest) to attend D23 EXPO 2015. Contestants do not need to be members of D23 to enter either contest.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From January 1–June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

About D23 EXPO 2015
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2015 news, visit D23Expo.com. To join the D23 Expo conversation, make sure to follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter and use #D23Expo.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts, and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.


Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Disney Twenty-Three Spring 2015 Issue

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CINDERELLA STAR LILY JAMES OPENS UP TO DISNEY TWENTY-THREE ABOUT THE MAGIC OF MAKING THE NEW FILM

D23 GETS AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND–THE–SCENES LOOK AT DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION FAIRY TALE. PLUS, JOSS WHEDON REVEALS THE SECRETS BEHIND MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON AND BRITT ROBERTSON TAKES US TO TOMORROWLAND

BURBANK, Calif. – FEBRUARY 17, 2015 – With Cinderella set to grace movie theaters on March 13 in Disney’s new live-action adaptation of the beloved animated classic, Disney twenty-three, the publication of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, sat down with the creative team to get all the details—from the tiniest mouse to the biggest pumpkin coach. And star Lily James opens up about her first nerve-wracking day of filming, taking on the role of one of the most iconic princesses, and the challenges of dancing in a spectacular couture creation.  

Also in Disney twenty-three’s Spring issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, is an interview with Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon, who reveals some surprising details about the highly anticipated spring release, including why Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were two must-have characters in the film. In addition, stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. put in their two cents about the helmsman.

Plus, the issue features an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson about working on the upcoming film Tomorrowland, and a celebration of 40 years of Space Mountain with a look back at some of the original designs, early photography, and opening day materials for the Walt Disney World attraction. Also, the Walt Disney Archives unveils 14 of the newest treasures added to its incredible collection, including an original Donald Duck doll circa 1935, a pair of out-of-this-world space boots from the Epcot attraction Horizons, and Sam Eagle’s CIA travel badge from Muppets Most Wanted.

Also included in the Spring issue of Disney twenty-three:
  • How runDisney has turned Disney fans into marathon runners—and colorful characters
  • A sneak peek at the design, menu, and costumes of the soon-to-reopen Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
  • Original concept art and drawings for the 1950 animated classic Cinderella
  • A look back at how Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color television series seamlessly transformed into The Wonderful World of Disney
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional features and members-only content, including a gallery of additional images of Cinderella from the Animation Research Library.

Other features coming to D23.com include:
  • More exclusive interviews with the cast and filmmakers of the live-action Cinderella
  • Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson talks about filming at Disneyland and her Disney favorites
  • A Turkey Pot Pie recipe from Walt Disney World’s Cinderella’s Royal Table that lets you bring a taste of Disney to your dining room table


Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving late February. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

D23 Expo 2015 Ticket Information


TICKETS FOR D23 EXPO 2015: THE ULTIMATE DISNEY FAN EVENT, GO ON SALE THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014

Early Bird Discounted Tickets Available for a Limited Time

D23 Members Enjoy Additional Savings and Member-Only Benefits

BURBANK, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – On Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PT, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 14–16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2015 marks the fourth bi-annual event held in Anaheim.

More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. D23 Expo 2015 marks the return of fan favorites including the Disney Legends Awards, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which spotlights costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history. 

As in previous Expos, D23 Expo 2015 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2013, celebrity appearances included Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, with performances by Idina Menzel, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, and a once-in-a-lifetime concert with Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 14–December 31, 2014, tickets are $61 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $52 for a one-day adult admission and $37 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $268 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, an extremely limited number of D23 VIP Sorcerer Packages will once again be available. Based on fan feedback, even more benefits have been added this year including exclusive opportunities in the Walt Disney Imagineering pavilion and Mickey’s of Glendale.

The SORCERER PACKAGE includes:
·       Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
·       Reserved seating at all presentations in the main hall, Stage 23, and Stage 28
·       Limited-edition D23 American Tourister boarding bag
·       Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
·       Special tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion
·       Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
·       Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
·       Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
·       Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
·       A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
·       Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
·       Saturday morning Meet and Greet Coffee with a special Disney guest
·       “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
·       Plus, access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge and other benefits

Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both Gold and Silver D23 Members at $2,000 per ticket. Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and benefits are highlighted at D23Expo.com.

D23 Gold and Silver Members are entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge.


Visit D23Expo.com to relive some of the extraordinary experiences from the first three Expo events and get a peek at what’s to come in 2015.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Disney Twenty-Three Fall 2014 Issue

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D23: THE OFFICIAL DISNEY FAN CLUB CELEBRATES 23 ISSUES OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREE WITH AN AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE

READERS WILL JOURNEY TO FRANCE TO EXPERIENCE RATATOUILLE: THE ADVENTURE, JAPAN FOR A SPECIAL TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES EXHIBITION, AND
SAN FRANSOKYO TO EXPLORE THE NEW UNIVERSE OF BIG HERO 6

D23.com sits down for exclusive interviews with Marvel icon Stan Lee and the creators of Once Upon a Time.


BURBANK, Calif. – JULY 29, 2014 – To celebrate 23 issues of its collectible publication, Disney twenty-three, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club circles the planet to experience Disney’s worlds from Europe, South America, and Asia to the fantastical fictional realms of San Fransokyo and Once Upon a Time’s Enchanted Forest. The cover of the issue features a spectacular photo mosaic with a classic image of Walt and Roy O. Disney with Margie Gay of the Alice Comedies shorts series, courtesy of images of D23 Members from around the globe.

Disney twenty-three’s Fall issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23, starts the journey with a visit to France for an in-depth look at how the creative team at Walt Disney Imagineering brought the spectacular world of Ratatouille to life at Disneyland Paris for Ratatouille: The Adventure. Then it’s off to Japan where Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives is touring the country with a dazzling exhibit featuring more than 70 props, costumes, images, and artifacts. In “It’s A Disney World After All,” D23 goes on a non-stop tour from Latin America to the Middle East to look at Disney’s indelible mark on the rich cultures of many nations. And, in true Disney fashion, we visit the stunning and sleek fictional city of San Fransokyo for a look at spectacular concept art that inspired the upcoming Walt Disney Feature Animation release Big Hero 6.

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Also included in the Fall issue of Disney twenty-three:
  • A rich look into Marvel’s remarkable 75-year history, including a season two preview of the ABC hit Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • A chilling glimpse at Once Upon a Time’s upcoming Frozen-themed season with the series’ creators
  • A dive into the Walt Disney Archives to view rarely seen concept art from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year
  • A journey back in time to celebrate 89 amazing Disney milestones from 1989
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, Ask Dave, and our final edition of PHOTOfiles 
All D23 Members are invited to visit www.D23.com for additional members-only content, including an in-depth video interview with Stan Lee who sits down to talk about Marvel’s 75-year legacy.

Other features coming to D23.com include:
  • A soaring look at Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who used his initial score as inspiration for the soundtrack to Ratatouille: The Adventure
  • More scoop on what’s to come this season on Once Upon a Time
  • An extended gallery of concept art from the development of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The publication will begin arriving mid-August. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Additional Information: A Moment in Time Collection

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Border Fine Arts, the UK’s premier manufacturer of hand-painted resin figurines, is very proud to announce the launch of the first two figurines in their new A Moment in Time collection.

Sculpted by Peter Mook under the direction of Border Fine Arts’ design director, Ray Ayres, the figurines are made entirely by hand in the Border Fine Arts studios in Langholm. Both figurines are to be produced in worldwide numbered editions of 250. After casting and assembling by hand, each will be painted by hand, meaning no two will be identical, and, as befits such prestigious studies, every piece will be presented with an individually numbered limited edition certificate of authenticity.

The new figurines portray favourite ‘moments in time’ from two of Walt Disney’s most successful films — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figurine [pictured] is inspired by the iconic moment in the film when Snow White wakes up to find the dwarfs looking at her in awe from the bottom of her bed. Every intricate detail of the scene is included in the model from interpreting the grain of the wood to the adorable expressions of the dwarfs. Meanwhile the memorable ‘moment in time’ when Pinocchio first comes to life is the inspirational scene for the Geppetto & Pinocchio figurine. 

With such a pedigree the figurines are destined to become the ultimate ‘must have’ for serious Disney collectors.

'A Moment in Time' - Border Fine Arts to unveil Prestigious Disney Collection


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs captures one of the most memorable ‘moments’ in Disney’s celebrated film, which remains one of the most popular Disney movies since it was first released in 1937. 



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This enchanting figurine is inspired by the film’s iconic ‘moment in time’ when Show White wakes up to find the dwarfs looking at her in awe from the bottom of her bed.

This limited edition figurine is made in the UK at Border Fine Arts’ Langholm-based studio, and only the most exceptional artists will be working on each piece. With such a pedigree the figurines are destined to become the ultimate ‘must have’ for serious Disney collectors.

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Peter Mook, one of the UK’s most talented sculptors whose art ranges from minute four-inch high figurines to imposing six-foot statues, worked alongside the Border Fine Arts design team, to create the original studies for the Moment in Time collection.

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figurine is inspired by the iconic moment in the film when Show White wakes up to find the dwarfs looking at her in awe from the bottom of her bed. 

Peter has included every intricate detail of the scene in the model from interpreting the grain of the wood to the adorable expressions of the dwarfs.

Product Details:

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Height: 20.5cm (approx. 8 5/64")
Width:  35.0cm (approx. 13 25/32")
Depth:  37.0cm (approx. 14 9/16")

SRP: £695 (approx. $ 1,183.36 US)

Estimated first availability: Early September. Currently there are no plans to distribute beyond Europe.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Disney Pixar: Walt Disney World CARS Masters 2014


Park Yourself for a Fun-filled Weekend

Cars Masters Weekend June 14-15 

Chip Foose will be making an appearance at D-Street from 10:30am - 1:30pm each day. 
Hit the road to Downtown Disney area each summer for an unforgettable automobile extravaganza! There’s a ton of fun to rev your engine to and a host of unforgettable activities, which may include:
  • Disney Character Meet ‘n’ Greet – Snap some pictures and get to know a few of your favorite Disney Characters.
  • Downtown Disney Car Show – Lock your eyes on classic and exotic cars—pick your favorites and see which ones win awards.
  • Auto Personality Appearances – Fill up your schedule with special appearances and autographs from automotive celebrities.
  • Car Masters Merchandise – Take the event home with a purchase from a large selection of event merchandise.
  • Exotic Driving Experience – Get up close to real-life supercars and learn how you can get behind the wheel at Walt Disney World Speedway.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Upcoming Releases from Grand Jester Studios from Disney's Frozen!

Grand Jester Studios is proud to announce the upcoming releases from Disney's Frozen .. Anna and Elsa.


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As impetuous as she is feisty, Princess Anna wants nothing more than to bridge the icy divide between herself and big sister Elsa, the future queen of Arendelle.  But when Elsa reveals her hidden power and accidentally freezes the entire kingdom, it’s up to Anna to venture forth into the wintry wonderland created by her self-exiled sister and bring Elsa back home to undo the damage she’s unwittingly wrought.  

This character-authentic polystone mini-bust is designed by Patrick Romandy-Simmons and sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault.  Standing 7” tall, Anna comes painted and ready to display.


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Regal but aloof Elsa carries a terrible secret.  On the very day she is crowned Queen of Arendelle, the icy beauty inadvertently reveals to her subjects that she possesses a strange and frightening power:  She can project freezing blasts of sub-zero cold frigid enough to lock her entire kingdom in a never-ending winter.  Fleeing into a self-imposed exile, Elsa casts off the restrictions of her past and finally embraces the wild and liberating power that she has so long denied.  All hail the Snow Queen! 

This character-authentic polystone mini-bust is designed by Patrick Romandy-Simmons and sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault.  Standing 7 ¼” tall, Elsa comes painted and ready to display.

Both Anna and Elsa are an Open Edition release, scheduled for October, 2014.  Both retail for $70.00 US each.


Grand Jester Studios' Disney Busts dynamically capture all the grandeur and power of the Walt Disney Studios' noblest heroes, loveliest heroines and vilest villains in a character-authentic collection of highly detailed and hand-painted polystone busts. 

Through dramatic poses and film-inspired design, these expressive portrayals recreate the unique mannerisms and individuality of favorite animated and live-action characters.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Update: Figment Sculpture Release June 28, 2014

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Now, All the World is Figment’s Stage!

The play’s the thing when Figment dons the garb of the Bard and tackles the coveted role of Hamlet.   

The dithering Dane may have been melancholy, but Figment is anything but as he addresses the grinning skull of Yorick above the crumbling ruins of Elsinore.  Figment’s boundless creativity and unfettered imagination run free upon the well-trod boards of theaters everywhere, and what better way to celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare than with this whimsical ode to actors and playwrights everywhere!   

This character-authentic polystone bust is designed by Patrick Romandy-Simmons and sculpted by Jacqueline Perrault.  Measuring 7” H x 4" W x 3-1/2" D, Figment comes painted and ready to display.

Limited Edition of 3,000

The polystone bust thru Grand Jester Studios will be available June 28, 2014. Sculptor Jacqueline Perrault will be on hand from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m in the Art of Disney in Epcot. Park Admission is required.

Unable to make it? Take advantage of a special pre-purchase opportunity now through June 27, 2014. 

Please visit The Art of Disney Parks web site for information about the event and how to order.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

R2D2 Delivers a Very Special Message to the D23 Offices




To celebrate May the 4th, everyone's favorite droid, R2D2, stops by the D23 offices to deliver a message to a very special guest. 

But before he can accomplish his mission, D23 staffers surround him to enlist his help with various tasks. 

Will R2D2 reach his destination?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Disney twenty-three Summer Issue

ANGELINA JOLIE CASTS A SPELL AS MALEFICENT ON THE COVER OF THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF DISNEY TWENTY-THREE

DISNEY’S OFFICIAL FAN CLUB TALKS WITH THE ICONIC ACTRESS AND THE CREATIVE TEAM TO LEARN THE SECRETS BEHIND MAKING THE FILM; THE ISSUE ALSO TAKES A FASCINATING LOOK AT THE CREATION OF WALT DISNEY’S CLASSIC SLEEPING BEAUTY

Plus, D23.com journeys to galaxies from a long time ago—and into the future—with a deep dive into the Star Wars universe and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

BURBANK, Calif. – APRIL 29, 2014 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the upcoming release of the eagerly anticipated Maleficent in the summer publication Disney twenty-three. Angelina Jolie and the creative team pull back the curtain on the surprising tale behind one of Disney’s most iconic villains. “I was afraid of her, and I loved her,” Jolie confesses in the cover story. Accompanying the piece is an in-depth look by animation historian Charles Solomon at the development of Walt Disney’s 1959 creative masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty, with rarely seen concept art and drawings.

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Disney twenty-three’s Summer issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23, also includes a behind-the-engine look at Walt Disney World’s newest theme park attraction, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, featuring striking images and interviews with the team responsible for creating the experience, which is based on the world’s first animated feature. Disney twenty-three also explores the Marvel universe, talking to star Chris Pratt about his wild and wacky Super Hero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:
  • Star Wars 101: A fascinating look at the creation of the landmark films—and what’s to come
  • Disney Villains: The comprehensive list—from the mild to the wild—of Disney’s best baddies
  • A tour of Walt Disney’s Hollywood, with rarely seen photos and stories about his favorite spots
  • A behind-the-scenes look at Dusty Crophopper’s latest thrilling adventure in the new Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, PHOTOfiles, D Society, and more

All D23 Members are invited to visit www.D23.com for additional members-only content, including a talk with producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) about how Disney turned the animated Sleeping Beauty into the vibrant, live-action Maleficent.

Other features coming to D23.com include:
  • A deeper journey into a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars mega fan Steve Sansweet
  • The story behind Marvel’s selection of one of its lesser-known comic stories—Guardians of the Galaxy—to become its next mega-feature
  • A virtual map of Walt Disney’s Los Angeles with rarely seen photos 
Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The publication will begin arriving mid-May.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Disney Exhibit Extended!

DISNEY EXHIBIT EXTENDED!
D23 PRESENTS: TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES
TO STAY AT MSI THROUGH AUGUST 3, 2014


WHAT:           Due to popular demand, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is extending the run of Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through August 3, 2014.

                        “This interactive exhibit has been so well-received by guests of all ages,” said Anne Rashford, director of temporary exhibits. “It tells the great story of the imagination and perseverance of Walt Disney and offers a rare peek into his life and the unforgettable entertainment he created. We are thrilled to be able to keep it at MSI for an additional three months.”

From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, television shows and live-action films. Hands-on activities allow kids and adults alike to explore animation technology from all 53 Disney animated films and learn to draw one of their favorite characters in the Animation Academy.

The exhibit is not included in Museum Entry but can be added to an Explorer ticket package. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry. For more information and to buy tickets, visit msichicago.org. For more information about D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, visit D23.com.
This exhibit is presented by Walgreens. 

WHERE:         5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60637 

CONTACT:    Renee Mailhiot, renee.mailhiot@msichicago.org (773) 947-3133
                        Beth Boston, beth.boston@msichicago.org (773) 947-6003

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind


DISNEY LEGENDS AND LUMINARIES CELEBRATE THEME PARK FAVORITES OF YESTERYEAR AT D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND

FROM AMERICA SINGS AND IF YOU HAD WINGS TO DISNEY’S GROUNDBREAKING PARTICIPATION IN THE 1964–65 WORLD’S FAIR, GUESTS WILL ENJOY PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, UNIQUE SHOPPING, AND MUCH MORE, NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

BURBANK, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

Presenters and panelists include Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley—and more to be announced.

During the weekend, guests will be able to explore a special exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

The weekend will end with an exciting evening event—Pleasure Island: Rewind. This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include 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.

Plus, for the first time, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, will set up a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. The shop will also carry a special line from H2O Plus, whose products are featured at Disney Resort Hotels. 

Highlights of D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus will include*:
  • Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: A look at how Disney became a part of the landmark event
  • Lost on the Way to the Fair: Pavilion concepts for the World’s Fair that never came to be
  • Retro Rewind References: Nods to favorites of the past in current Disney Parks attractions
  • That Was Entertainment: Revisiting beloved theme park parades, shows, and spectacles 
The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets, available Wednesday, April 16, are $190 each and available exclusively to D23 Gold and Silver Members for a limited time. Any remaining tickets will be made available to D23 Free Members on May 28 for $250 per ticket. All guests will receive a special gift in honor of Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York City. A limited number of “Top of the World” tickets will be available featuring reserved seating, early shopping on November 21, an exclusive dinner reception, special collectibles, gifts from H2O Plus and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and more. 

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events. Additional schedule announcements will be made in the coming months. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

D23 Spring 2014 Issue Celebrates Disney Contribution to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair!

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DISNEY TWENTY-THREE CELEBRATES DISNEY’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE
1964–65 NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR IN SPRING 2014 ISSUE

FEATURING RARELY SEEN CONCEPT ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE FAIR,
AS WELL AS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH CHRIS EVANS, TINA FEY, AND THE MUPPETS

Plus, D23.com online exclusives include extended celebrity interviews and additional stories, artwork, and photography from the World’s Fair.

BURBANK, Calif. – FEBRUARY 13, 2014 – The 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York celebrated a time of optimism, growth, and progress. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club captures all the excitement of this epic event in the Spring issue of its publication, Disney twenty-three. The Fair, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, marked the creation of landmark Disney technology, music, and attractions including it’s a small world, Audio-Animatronics® technology, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and the Carousel of Progress—with its memorable theme song “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.” Disney twenty-three sat down with several Disney Legends responsible for these iconic landmarks including Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr. Stunning concept art and rarely seen photography from the Fair complement the stories in this issue, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23.

Disney twenty-three’s Spring issue also includes a look ahead at some of the latest entertainment coming from Disney. Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy give readers a peek “behind the felt” at Muppets Most Wanted, which opens this March. Chris Evans talks about suiting up once again for April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Plus, Jonathan Freeman discusses taking his characterization of the villainous Jafar from screen to stage, as Disney Theatrical Productions prepares to open Aladdin on Broadway this March.

Also included in the Spring issue of Disney twenty-three:
  • We celebrate D23’s fifth anniversary with a look at some of the club’s most memorable events
  • “Ask Dave” with Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith returns to print in the U.S. for the first time in nearly a decade
  • Disney trendsetters are all the rage—and on the page—in “The Hippest Place on Earth”
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, PHOTOfiles, D Society, and more 
All D23 Members are invited to visit www.D23.com for additional members-only content, including extended Q&As with Kermit, Fey, Burrell, and the irrepressible Miss Piggy from Muppets Most Wanted.

Other features coming to D23.com include:
  • A closer look at the artwork from it’s a small world’s Tower of the Four Winds at the New York World’s Fair
  • Details on which parts of the World’s Fair attractions made their way to Disneyland
  • A drive though the Ford Magic Skyway, with an extensive photo gallery 
Also in the Spring issue, D23 Gold Members will receive a reproduction of the “Souvenir Map and Small World Guide” from the centerfold of the commemorativeit’s a small world, guide book.

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 90-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at www.DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.