Friday, August 27, 2010

Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 Will Gross $1 Billion Today!


BURBANK, Calif. – August 27, 2010 Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.

“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over.”

As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney’s largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region. Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far. In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie. Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.

Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios’ biggest opening for a non-sequel film. Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney’s biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas. Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history.

About The Walt Disney Studios

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel, and Touchstone Pictures, which includes the distribution of live action films from DreamWorks Studios. Through the Home Entertainment and Television divisions, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!. For more information, please visit

Thursday, August 26, 2010

WDCC 'Welcomes Back' Chip 'n Dale!

The Walt Disney Classics Collection proudly welcomes back our favorite mischievous chipmunks, Chip and Dale from the animated short, Working for Peanuts (1953). This delightful sculpture is back in-stock after their long vacation.

That nutty pair, Chip 'n Dale are busily gathering acorns when they discover a nut they have not encountered before, a peanut that will take some prying. Even though they sometimes try to outwit each otehr, these mischevious chipmunks know the value of teamwork, especially when it comes to sharing a tasty treat!

"Determined Duo" sculpted by Bruce Lau, an Open Edition release was released in October, 2005.

Pick up this clever pair now while supplies last!

New Restaurants and Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

New Restaurants to Tables in Wonderland as of August 2010!
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort:
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Bongo’s Cuban Café
DOWNTOWN DISNEY® Pleasure Island:
Paradiso 37
Epcot® Italy Pavilion:
Via Napoli

Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival offers Tables in Wonderland Member discounts

Tables in Wonderland Members have a special opportunity to purchase discounted advance tickets to the culinary demonstrations and wine/beverage seminars at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, taking place October 1st – November 14th, 2010.
Beginning Wednesday August 25th, at 9:00am, a limited number of discounted tickets will be available for Tables in Wonderland Members to purchase online in advance of the general public. The discounted rate is $7 and $10 per person for culinary demonstrations, and $6 and $10 per person for wine/beverage seminars (regularly $9 and $13, and $8 and $12 per person) while they last. (Events are expected to sell out.) Please note that the discount will not be available at the event, so advance purchase is required to get the discounted rate. Discounted tickets, if available, may be purchased until 24 hours before the start of any individual session.
The culinary demonstrations and wine/beverage seminars, which last up to 45 minutes, let participants learn from featured chefs and wine presenters, pick up a few tips and taste the featured items. Everyone must have a ticket to attend, and attendees must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.
To register for the culinary demonstrations and wine/beverage seminars at the discounted rate, visit

Party for the Senses

The weekly Party for the Senses grand tasting event showcases tempting bites from eminent chefs from around the country as well as the finest Disney chefs.

Start your evening off with confirmed seating to the Eat to the Beat concert series at the America Gardens Theater. Then head over to World Showplace for this grand culinary event! Wander among tantalizing food and beverage in the midst of imaginative decor and awe-inspiring acts from La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®.

Upgrade your experience with the Wine View Lounge. This is an exclusive area within Party for the Senses which includes a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission, premium bar, an artisanal cheese station, and more. Limited Availability

When: Saturdays 6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
Where: World ShowPlace Pavilion (Wine View Lounge: 6:15 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.)
Price: $135.00 USD per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.
Theme park admission is required.

Wine View Lounge access is $90.00 USD per person, plus tax (in addition to admission for Party for the Senses.). Gratuity included.

NEW! First Bites Opening Reception at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

An opening reception in the Festival Welcome Center featuring epicurean samplings from the International Marketplaces, Wine Seminars, Culinary Demonstrations, merchandise locations, celebrities and entertainment. This is truly a sneak peek of the Festival before it is officially open to the public.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010, from 6:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. at the Festival Welcome Center
Price: $195.00 USD per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission is required.
For more information about the festival, visit

All Tables in Wonderland Restaurants as of August 2010

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort – World Premiere Food Court
Disney's All-Star Music Resort – Intermission Food Court
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort – End Zone Food Court
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma - The Flavors of Africa, Jiko - The Cooking Place, Sanaa, Victoria Falls
Disney's Beach Club Resort – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (excludes take-out shop), Cape May Cafe, Martha's Vineyard Lounge
Disney's BoardWalk – Belle Vue Lounge, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ESPN® Club, Flying Fish Cafe, Kouzzina by Cat Cora
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort – Shutters at Old Port Royale
Disney's Contemporary Resort – California Grill, Chef Mickey's, Outer Rim, The Wave
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
– Maya Grill
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Crockett's Tavern, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (9:30 p.m. show only), Trail's End Restaurant (Excludes take out shop)
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – 1900 Park Fare, Citricos, Garden View Tea Room, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mizner's Lounge, Narcoossee's, Victoria & Albert's (excludes Chef's Table and Queen Victoria Room)
Disney's Old Key West Resort – Olivia's Café
Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course - Sand Trap Bar & Grill
Disney's Polynesian Resort – ‘Ohana, Kona Cafe, Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Late show only), Tambu Lounge
Disney's Pop Century Resort – Everything Pop Shopping and Dining (excludes merchandise from shop)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter - Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, Scat Cat's Club
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside - Boatwright's Dining Hall, River Roost
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort – The Artist's Palette, The Turf Club Bar & Grill, Turf Club Lounge
Disney's Vero Beach Resort – The Green Cabin Room, Shutter's, Sonya's (Excludes Sunday Brunch)
Disney's Wilderness Lodge – Artist Point, Territory Lounge, Whispering Canyon Cafe
Disney's Yacht Club Resort – Ale and Compass Lounge, Captain's Grille, Crews Cup Lounge, Yachtsman Steakhouse
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Garden Grove, Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Kimonos, Shula's Steak House, Todd English's bluezoo

Magic Kingdom® Park – Cinderella's Royal Table, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Crystal Palace, The Plaza Restaurant, Tony's Town Square Restaurant
Epcot® – Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Bistro de Paris, Chefs de France, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn Restaurante, The Garden Grill Restaurant, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Via Napoli
Disney's Hollywood Studios™ – 50's Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood & Vine, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Tune-In Lounge
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – Flame Tree Barbeque, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus, Tusker House Restaurant

DOWNTOWN DISNEY® – Marketplace - Cap'n Jack's Restaurant, Fulton's Crab House
DOWNTOWN DISNEY® – Pleasure Island – Paradiso 37, Portobello, Raglan Road™ Irish Pub and Restaurant
DOWNTOWN DISNEY® – West Side – Bongo’s Cuban Café, House Of Blues® (Excludes Sunday Brunch), Planet Hollywood®, Wolfgang Puck Café
ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex - ESPN Wide World of Sports® Grill

D23's "Sip & Stroll" Event at the Walt Disney World Resort

23's Sip & Stroll details announced!D23's Sip & Stroll details announced!

Friday and Saturday, October
15 and 16, 2010

Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort

Available Monday, August 30, 2010 at 1 p.m. EST. Check back here for ticket link.

$85 per person/$185 per person includes Dave Smith's Retirement Celebration Dinner

Check In begins at 5:30 p.m. on October 15

  • Private wine and cheese reception Friday evening inside the foyer of The American Adventure pavilion
  • Dave Smith's Retirement Celebration Dinner Friday evening inside the VIP lounge of The Living Seas pavilion. Note: there is an extra cost to attend this dinner.
  • Breakfast pastries and presentation Saturday morning at La Hacienda at the Mexico pavilion
  • Exclusive presentations Saturday morning from Scott Hunnel, Israel Perez, Guerlain, and Givenchy
  • A "sip and stroll" Saturday afternoon with members of the D23 Team including Steven Clark, Dave Smith, Becky Cline, Carmen Capone and Jeffrey Epstein
  • Access Saturday to the VIP lounge inside the The American Adventure pavilion
  • Private VIP seating at Howard Jones's Eat to the Beat concert
  • Private dessert party and viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Sip & Stroll surprises (one per guest)
NOTE: Available only to D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. Park admission is not included with the price of the ticket. Must be over 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. There are a limited number of tickets available to Dave Smith's Retirement Celebration Dinner. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. If you wish to request for sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to at least two weeks prior to the event date. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancelations or refunds, tickets are not transferrable.

D23 and Walt Disney Pictures Present a Special Preview Screening of Secretariat

Secretariat Screening for D23 MembersDATE
Monday, September 13, 2010

Studio Theatre, The Walt Disney Studios
Burbank, California

Available next Tuesday, August 31, at noon PDT. Check back here at that time for ticketing information.


Check in begins at 6 p.m.; Screening begins at 6:30 p.m. (please do not arrive at the Studio Lot before 6 p.m.)

Our friends at Walt Disney Studios are offering D23 Members and their families an exclusive sneak peek at Secretariat, the remarkable true story of horse racing's legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner. The movie will be shown at the historic Studio Theatre on the Walt Disney Studio Lot.

The beautiful and emotional film tells the story of housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), who agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

The film strives for authenticity, and Penny Chenery, now 87, was an important resource during the making of the film. Secretariat is directed by Randall Wallace, whose directorial credits include We Were Soldiers, and is the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-nominated screenwriter of Braveheart.

Please note, no cameras of any kind will be permitted inside the theater. This includes still cameras, video cameras and cell phones with built in cameras. We suggest you leave these in your car, or you will be asked to check them in the lobby of the theater.

Secretariat arrives in theaters nationwide on October 8, but D23 Members and their guests get to see this unforgettable film nearly a month before the general public!

NOTE: Available only to D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and three (3) guests. There are a limited number of tickets available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. If you wish to request for sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to at least two weeks prior to the event date.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Disney Online Breaks All-Time Traffic Records in July!


Disney Games, Disney Channel Features and Disney Movies Drive Increased Guest Traffic and Growth

BURBANK, Calif. – August 19, 2010 – According to recently released data from comScore Media Metrix, Disney Online, the No. 1 ranked community-family and parenting destination on the Web, reached a record-breaking 36 million unique visitors in July, beating the previous all-time record of 34 million uniques set in June 2009 by two million unique visitors. This growth was in great part due to increased traffic to areas of the site such as Disney Games, Disney Channel and Disney Movies. Most notably, Disney Games climbed to the No. 3 spot in the Online Gaming category.

Traffic growth highlights include:
· Strong interest in
online games (+6% vs. prior month), due to the wide variety in Disney Online’s portfolio of casual games and virtual worlds. Among Disney virtual worlds, Club Penguin continued to be the most popular on the Web (based on monthly traffic), while Toontown Online had a 64% increase in unique visitors and Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow saw an 80% lift month-over-month.
· High traffic numbers to
Disney Movies (+27% vs. prior month) due to the popularity of movies such as “Toy Story 3”
·’s unique programming and special events drew increased traffic and participation from guests, including Disney’s “U Rock” user-generated music video promotion and the launch of the Create portal’s new Group Wall feature, an online mosaic that enabled thousands of guests to create and share original pieces of art
· Unique visitors in July represent a 16% increase from the prior month

“The online environment sets a very competitive landscape, making record-breaking traffic numbers like these a tremendous achievement,” stated Paul Yanover, executive vice president and managing director, Disney Online. “Year after year, our traffic growth demonstrates our dedication to delivering innovative content and guest engagement, making Disney Online an unparalleled destination for kids and families on the Web.”

In addition to its record-breaking Web traffic, Disney Online continues to lead the way in the online video and mobile Web sectors.
· Disney Online’s reach of the Web video viewing population came in at an all-time high of 14%.
· Disney Online achieved a record-breaking amount of video streams with kids ages 6-14 (56.4 million).
· In the mobile space, Disney reached new milestones in July in great part due to the traffic driven by games and apps including, Toy Story, Camp Rock 2 and Radio Disney.
· Mobile video views and game starts reached new highs in July with 1.9 million views and 900,000 game starts.
· The Disney app recently surpassed 1 million downloads, with an app engagement rate 14% higher than the average entertainment app.
o Traffic: comScore Media Metrix July 2010
o Video: comScore VideoMetrix July 2010
o Mobile: m:metrics July 2010 and internal tracking
o Club Penguin ranking based on a Disney pre-selected list of 95 key known virtual world gaming competitors

About Disney OnlineDisney Online ( or text MOBILE to DISNEY*) a unit of Disney Interactive Media Group, produces the No. 1 ranked community-family and parenting destination on the World Wide Web. Launched in 1996, is the online and mobile web gateway to all of the company's Disney-branded entertainment initiatives, providing comprehensive access to, and information about Disney movies, travel, television, games, music, shopping and live events.

Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) is an affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

D23 Expo 2011 - The Countdown Begins!


2011 Tickets Available for a Limited Time at a Discounted Price,
D23 Members Enjoy Additional Savings… and Members-Only Benefits

BURBANK, Calif. – August 18, 2010 – The first-ever D23 EXPO in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. On Thursday, Aug. 19th, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club begins ticket sales for the next adventure – an incredible three-day event that brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center next Aug. 19–21, 2011.

Tickets for the D23 EXPO 2011 will be available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 19–December 31, 2010, tickets will be $37 for a one-day adult admission and $27 for children 3-12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will be $30 for a one-day adult admission and $22 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available for both D23 Members and the general public, and D23 Members can save as much as $204 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

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, D23 Members can also buy new D23 EXPO VIP packages that are only available to members. These new packages offer incredible exclusive opportunities and will have very limited availability.

· Three days of admission to the D23 EXPO
· Reserved seating at all events and presentations in the Arena
· Access to a relaxing Premiere Lounge with concierge and complimentary refreshments, as well as a special exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives
· A D23 EXPO autograph book
· A special Premiere Package gift bag

· All benefits in the Premiere Package
· A private tour of and reception in the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit the night before the Expo opens
· Exclusive hardhat tour of the show floor prior to opening
· Limited edition artwork signed by Disney artist Dave Pacheco
· Reserved seating at all presentations and panels
· A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
· Special shopping opportunities at the Disney Dream Store
· A hardbound, collectible D23 EXPO guidebook.

Only 250 Premiere Package tickets will be available at $500 per ticket. Availability of the Sorcerer Package will be strictly limited to 50 D23 Members at $1,000 per ticket. Both packages are only available to D23 Members.

All D23 Members – both Gold level and Silver level – can take advantage of these exclusive admission savings and access to the special packages when tickets go on sale on Thursday, Aug. 19th at

The D23 EXPO 2011 will also feature the Disney Legends Awards – a tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; the return of the D23 Live Auction boasting extraordinary rarities and specially designed items for Disney fans; an all-new Fan Art Contest themed to the 50th anniversary of One Hundred and One Dalmatians; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives with an expanded exhibit of costumes, props and set pieces from Disney’s rich history; plus amazing live events, special celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, sneak peeks and unique experiences that celebrate the past, present and future of Disney. The D23 EXPO 2011 is scheduled to take place Aug. 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

In 2009, the first D23 EXPO brought together all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof including The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Archives, ABC, Disney Channel, Radio Disney, and Disney Interactive Media Group to celebrate all things Disney. Stars like Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Courteney Cox, Betty White, Robin Williams, John Travolta and the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place made appearances; Miley Cyrus and Honor Society performed in concert. Imagineering legends took to the stage, and key Disney executives and creative talent including Walt Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter.

Gold-level D23 memberships are $74.99, and Silver-level memberships – which provide all benefits with the exception of a Disney twenty-three subscription – are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members.

Disney fans can become members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club at, select shops at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World Resorts and at

Sunday, August 15, 2010

D23 Expo 2011: Tickets Go On Sale This Week!

Ticket for the D23 Expo 2011 will go on sale August 19, 2011 (one year in advance) with specially priced tickets available exclusively to D23 Members.

The first-ever D23 Expo attracted nearly 40,000 Disney fans, bringing the entire world of Disney under one massive roof. During the D23 Expo, fans were treated to appearances by superstars like Johnny Depp, Miley Cyrus and John Travolta; explored exciting, new concepts and attractions from Disney Parks and Walt Disney Imagineering; peered into Disney's history at special panels, presentations and displays; and discovered the newest entertainment, products and events from throughout The Walt Disney Company.

The next D23 Expo, which will light up the Anaheim Convention Center from August 19-21, 2011, promises to deliver even more excitement! We're still hard at work finalizing plans for the D23 Expo 2011, but you can expect to see what's new and what's next from Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Studios, Media Networks and Disney Consumer Products and more. Of course, there will be special exhibits of rarely seen Disney props and costumes from the legendary Walt Disney Archives, headline-grabbing celebrity appearances, screenings of classic Disney movies and exclusive sneak peeks at some that no one has seen yet, musical performances, panel discussions with legendary Disney actors, performers, animators, Imagineers and more and of course, Mickey and some of our favorite characters will be on hand to make sure the fun never stops!

Special Member ticket prices will be announced soon. In addition, D23 Charter Members will have access to a special Charter Member Lounge at the D23 Expo 2011, at no additional cost.*

* D23 Members must renew their memberships to retain their Charter Membership status. D23 Members who allow their memberships to lapse and renew at a later date will no longer be considered Charter Members.

New Talent Added to Lineup for D23's "E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks" Concert!


BURBANK, Calif. – August 11, 2010 – D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, is bringing more musical talent to its “E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks” concert, part D23’s Destination D: Disneyland ’55 event at the Disneyland Resort September 24 and 25. The announcement was first made through D23’s Disney Geek, a new show on the D23 Web site featuring the latest news from all around Disney.

Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), and Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles) are joining a previously announced, all-star line up of performers, including Disney Legend Richard Sherman, Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life), and John Tartaglia (Johnny and the Sprites).

The concert will be performed the evening of Friday, September 24, in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel.

Destination D: Disneyland ’55, an event designed exclusively for members of D23, will illuminate the fascinating history behind Disney’s flagship park, taking members on a mesmerizing journey through the design, creation and debut of the world’s first Disney theme park.

Destination D will also feature a special homage to the 55th anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club, with original Mousketeers in attendance, including Sharon Baird, Doreen Tracey, Bobby Burgess, Karen Pendleton, Sherry Van Meter (née Alberoni), Tommy Cole, Cubby O’Brien and Mary Geoff (née Espinosa).

Throughout the two days of Destination D – which will be held September 24 and 25 – guests will also enjoy panels, presentations and guest speakers, including explorations of the development of Audio Animatronics; Disneyland’s unique place in pop culture; amazing never-completed Disney attractions; and an appearance by Disneyland President George Kalogridis.

Tickets to Destination D: Disneyland ’55 are $125 per person and are currently available to D23 Members at All talent appearances are subject to scheduling and availability.

Gold-level D23 memberships are $74.99, and Silver-level memberships – which provide all benefits with the exception of a Disney twenty-three subscription – are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members.

Disney fans can become members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club at, select shops at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World Resorts, and at

D23 Introduces Refer a Fan Program!


D23 Members Receive Special Rewards When They
Spread the Word about Disney’s Fan Club

BURBANK, Calif. – August 10, 2010 – Membership in D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is already filled with exclusive perks, and now D23 Members who ‘Refer a Fan’ to the global community of Disney enthusiasts will receive very special gifts for making their friends a part of the magic.

When existing D23 Members refer new members to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the referring member will receive the following special rewards:

· Refer one (1) fan who becomes a new D23 Member, receive an exclusive collector pin created especially for the D23 Refer a Fan program
· Refer five (5) fans, receive an exclusive three-pin set featuring favorite Disney characters
· Refer 10 fans, receive a special tour of the Walt Disney Archives
· Refer 15 fans, receive a free, one-year Gold-level D23 Membership

This special ‘Refer a Fan’ program began on August 9, 2010, and continues through July 31, 2012, and is open to all existing D23 Members. This program applies to the purchase of new memberships (Gold or Silver-level) only and cannot be applied to the renewal of an existing membership.

D23 Members receive a host of special benefits throughout the year, including a one-year subscription to Disney twenty-three, the quarterly publication of D23 (Gold-level memberships only); access to special, member-only events throughout the year; annual membership gift from the Walt Disney Archives Collection; special discounts and offers on a wide range of products and services; and a suitable-for-framing membership certificate plus a personalized D23 membership card.

In addition, D23 Members will receive discounted admission to the 2011 D23 Expo and a number of special benefits during this ultimate Disney fan event.

Gold-level D23 memberships are $74.99, and Silver-level memberships – which provide all benefits with the exception of a Disney twenty-three subscription – are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members.

Disney fans can become members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club at, select shops at the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World Resorts, and at

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fall Issue of D23 Magazine Lands!

BURBANK, Calif. – August 2, 2010 – Exclusive interviews with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, who lead the voice cast in Disney’s Tangled, are among the fantastic features offered in the fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, produced by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

In this all-new, lavishly produced issue, Moore, Levi and Tangled directors Nathan Greno and Bryan Howard, along with producer Roy Conli, share their stories of this uniquely comic take on the classic tale of Rapunzel. One of Disney’s most acclaimed animators, Glen Keane, also reveals some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the movie, and shares never-before-seen artwork from the film.

Disney twenty-three’s Fall issue debuts August 2, and will be sent directly to D23 Members. Disney twenty-three is also available at select Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstore locations, online at and throughout the Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts.

But only D23 Members also receive a member-exclusive gift with their copies of Disney twenty-three. D23 created a set of nine patches featuring the original circular Future World logos created for EPCOT Center when it opened in 1982, and members will each randomly receive one of the patches.

The patches accompany an eight-page exploration of Epcot, one of the most challenging theme-park projects ever created by Disney. From its conception as a city of the future to the development and construction of Epcot, Disney twenty-three examines the evolution of Epcot, offering readers exclusive interviews with Disney Legend Marty Sklar and celebrated author Ray Bradbury, whose ideas were key to the creation of this unique park.

Packed with amazing photos and beautiful artwork, the Fall issue of Disney twenty-three also gives readers an incredibly rare opportunity to tour the top-secret hallways of Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale.

Led by Imagineers Bruce Vaughn, Tony Baxter, Joe Rohde and Kathy Mangum, Disney twenty-three­ gives readers exclusive previews of such projects as Cars Land and its Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure; the Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii; the new Disney Dream cruise ship… and assembles an extraordinary collection of artwork from Imagineering’s history.

Disney twenty-three also looks back at the life, legacy and talents of Fess Parker, remembered best as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, but also the guiding force behind an acclaimed Southern California winery.

There’s much more in the Fall issue of Disney twenty-three, including:

· Recipes from top Disney chefs around the world, who offer up delectable dishes from Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland
· The True-Life Adventure of a Jungle Cruise skipper, the first Disney job of Imagineer Jason Surrell
· Tips for creating Disney-style fun this Halloween
· A look back at the creation and premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

And there’s even more for Disney fans to explore in the Fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine! Beginning August 2, it is available at select retail locations for $15.95 and delivered free to Gold-level D23 Members. To become a D23 Member, visit