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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

D23 2014 Special Events Release


D23 UNLOCKS THE MAGIC OF DISNEY WITH A NEW YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEMBER EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

In 2014, The Official Disney Fan Club Will Travel to New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Other Cities as Well as Walt Disney World Resort

BURBANK, Calif. – January 21, 2014 – This year, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country with a wide array of uniquely magical Disney experiences for members.

DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H20 Plus: Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It’s in that spirit that guests this summer will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. Destination D: Attraction Rewind, held July 26 and 27 at Walt Disney World Resort, 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 revealing stories. In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.

MARY POPPINS 50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: On August 24, 2014—nearly 50 years to the day on which this beloved classic premiered—D23 will celebrate with a very special screening event.

D23’S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: For the third year in a row, D23 will hit the road, visiting cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year. Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Seattle, and other cities in fall 2014. Fanniversary 2014 will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters, TV series, and more than 90 years of Disney history including Donald Duck, the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid, and many more. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices and surprises created for D23 Members in attendance.

D23’S LUNCH WITH A LEGEND: A limited number of D23 Members will join Disney Legend Marty Sklar for a private luncheon on The Walt Disney Studios lot, where Marty will talk about his extraordinary 54-year career with Disney. Look for additional “Legendary” lunches later this year.

DISNEY STORE MEMBER MIXERS: After giving members a peek at the reimagined stores in Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, California, and Nevada in 2013, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games and goodies.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE: The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store in Glendale, Calif., will open its doors to D23 Members on April 26, June 21, and other dates throughout the year, with special guests and surprises. Members will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition merchandise and view the park-like grounds at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ creative “think tank.”

SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT: Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular movie screenings inside the historic Studio Theatre at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The 2014 roster includes Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and The Little Mermaid.

D23 DAY AT THE WALTDISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES: D23’s members-only tours of the historic Studio Lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks—as well as showcasing many of the external locations used for filming Saving Mr. Banks. Tours will take place April 5, May 31, August 2, and November 8.

SIGNATURE EVENTS: Look for the return of some favorites, including the popular holiday offering DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December), as well as other D23 traditions. 

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2014 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. All events and dates are subject to change.

Current event calendar:
  • January 31: D23’s Lunch with a Legend — Marty Sklar, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 15: The Jungle Book, Burbank, Calif.
  • March 22: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • April 26: Mickey’s of Glendale shopping event, Glendale, Calif.
  • May 31: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • June 21: Mickey’s of Glendale shopping event, Glendale, Calif.
  • July 26 & 27: Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H20+, Walt Disney World Resort
  • August 2: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • August 24: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Celebration, Los Angeles Area
  • Fall: D23’s 2014 Disney Fanniversary Celebration, locations to be announced mid-2014
  • September 13: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Burbank, Calif.
  • October 11: Sleeping Beauty, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 8: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 15: The Little Mermaid, Burbank, Calif.
  • December: Disney and Dickens, Burbank, Calif.
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 more than 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.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Looking Back: Mickey's Christmas Carol

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Two weeks ago I did a 'Looking Back' entry on Scrooge and Marley from Disney's classic, animated short, Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Another favorite release by the Walt Disney Classics Collection from that short was Scrooge McDuck (as Ebenezer Scrooge) and Daisy Duck (as Isabelle). 

This year, I added a new twist to the scene adding the Jiminy Cricket ornament. It was a perfect fit both in size and moment from that short, as Ebenezer was visiting his past and Jiminy was the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Scrooge and Daisy, sculpted by Ruben Procopio were Limited to Production Year 2010 and released in December of that year. It was a two-piece set release. 

Jiminy Cricket, sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons, was released as an Open Edition release in July, 1997 and retired in July, 1999. Jiminy was released along with Mickey Mouse (as Bob Cratchit), Minnie Mouse (as Mrs. Cratchit) and Scrooge McDuck as Ebenzer Scrooge.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

'Tropical Holiday Decorating '

Hawaiian Holiday, a favorite Disney short was the subject of a Walt Disney Classics Collection scene release in February, 2009.

The Open Edition scene release, sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales featured Donald Duck (pictured at right), Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

This year, decided to give the scene a holiday feel, so seeked out holiday palm trees and came across these 4" resin ornaments, complete with tree lights (resin lights and string) and packages. 

I wish they would have been slightly taller but very content with the detail, well done paint job and the subtle holiday feel they gave the scene. 


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