Sunday, March 4, 2012

D23's First-Ever "Fanniversary" Celebration Announced!


Never-Before-Seen and Rarely Shown Film Clips, Photos and Art Combine with Cherished Disney Creations in First-Ever FANNIVERSARY Show

BURBANK, Calif. – March 1, 2012 – From EPCOT Center to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Pete’s Dragon, more than 40 unforgettable Disney creations come together as never before when D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings D23’s DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION to six cities across the U.S. in April, May and June.

FANNIVERSARY is a fun-filled showcase of magical milestones celebrating Disney anniversaries in 2012.  Produced and hosted by D23 and the Walt Disney Archives, the nearly two-hour show is an engaging blend of video, archival footage and never-before-seen artwork for Disney fans of all ages.

The kick-off of the FANNIVERSARY celebration will be at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, on April 27, then travel to San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Orlando and Chicago.

All FANNIVERSARY events are open to the public. Tickets are $18 for members of D23 and will be available Friday, March 16, at D23’s website –  Remaining tickets will be available to the general public for $25 beginning Friday, March 30.
The touring schedule is as follows:

·        April 27 – The Walt Disney Studios, Burbank
·        April 28 – Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
·        May 20 – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
·        May 22 – Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City
·        June 23 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort
·        June 24 – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Fanniversary is a incredible opportunity to celebrate more than 40 beloved Disney anniversaries with our fans across the country. From the fairest of them all—Snow White—to Star Tours, which continues to take guests to a galaxy far, far away,” said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

D23’S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION explores unforgettable movies, cartoons, theme-park attractions and other Disney creations that celebrate anniversaries in 2012, including:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s first-ever, full-length animated film which premiered in 1937
  •  The 1997 launch of Star Tours
  •  EPCOT Center’s grand opening on October 1, 1982
  •  The opening of Pirates of the Caribbean in 1967
  • Memorable Mickey Mouse cartoons released in 1937, including “Clock Cleaners,” “Hawaiian Holiday,” “Lonesome Ghosts” and “Magician Mickey”
  • The 1927 debut of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who Walt Disney created before Mickey Mouse
  • Goofy’s first-ever on-screen appearance, in 1932’s “Mickey’s Revue”
  • The seminal science-fiction film TRON, released in 1982
  • Unforgettable movies like Aladdin (1992), Pete’s Dragon (1977), The Jungle Book (1967) and Bambi (1942)
  • The 1972 premiere of the Main Street Electrical Parade and 1992 debut of Disneyland’s Fantasmic!
More details about the full program for the D23 FANNIVERSARY celebrations can be found online at


Justin Lopez said...

Interesting to see all of the animated feature film anniversaries this year. Will be interesting to see if WDCC has any plans to acknowledge Lilo and Stitch, Aladdin, Bambi, and Jungle Books' respected anniversaries. However, they did pass by 101 Dalmatians' anniversary. Another interesting note is that Donald Duck was released this year and Hawaiian Holiday is celebrating a milestone anniversary. I would love to see a Lonesome Ghost scene :)

Justin Lopez said...

And of course Snow White :)

Duckman said...

Hi Justin,

I've always looked to the anniversaries and wondered each year if the Walt Disney Classics Collection would honor those films hitting a milestone anniversary.

With last year's release from The Jungle Book, I'm guessing we won't see something more from that film and quite possibly the same with Bambi.

It would be nice to see something from Aladdin and Lilo and Stitch. Given this is Snow White's 75th Anniversary, I'll be very surprised if they would pass on honoring this milestone anniversary.

Hadn't heard if coincidence (or planned) Donald's release from Hawaiian Holiday. Strong rumor, something was in the works during the Disneyana error from Lonesome Ghost but was tabled by the parks.