As D23: The Official Disney Fan Club gets ready to celebrate its third anniversary in the midst of its most exciting year ever, D23 Members and Disney fans are invited to get in on the fun with a special, 23-day Twitter sweepstakes that combines the fun of Disney fandom, history and trivia with the thrill of a scavenger hunt.
Beginning February 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012, current passholders at either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts are eligible for a special 20% discount off of new ‘Disney D23′ Gold level memberships, representing a savings of nearly $15.
The Gold membership level includes the quarterly ‘Disney twenty three’ magazine which is generally accompanied by a special gift exclusive to Gold level members.
Passholders who currently do not have a ‘Disney D23′ membership and would like to take advantage of this offer should purchase the ‘Disney D23′ Gold Membership on DisneyStore.com and use coupon code D23AP12 at checkout.
D23 devotes its entire Spring issue of Disney twenty-three magazine to the remarkable legacy and influence of Disney animated films. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the animated classics of tomorrow, the official Disney fan club takes readers on a fantastic journey from the drawing board to the silver screen.
Available nationwide February 14, this special issue of Disney twenty-three magazine is an extraordinary treasure trove of fascinating stories, insights and details of Disney animation’s heritage. From pre-production to music composition, every facet of making classic Disney animated features is explored–including the transcriptions from Walt’s story meetings with his animation team as they developed such classics as Fantasia, Pinocchio and Cinderella.
In 2012, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will take the show on the road as it kicks off a year-long celebration for D23 members with a bold lineup of fantastic events.
Throughout the year, D23 will delight Disney fans from Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Palm Springs to Orlando, Burbank and even Marceline, Missouri — Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown — with the thrill and excitement of uniquely magical Disney experiences.
It’s time to raise the curtain! Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, Fozzie and friends grace the cover of the Winter 2011 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, on stands November 15. These beloved characters return to the silver screen in the much-anticipated new film The Muppets, in theaters November 23.
Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams, star and writer Jason Segel, Oscar® winners Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Alan Arkin and Chris Cooper, plus many more, share the spotlight with the furry co-stars in this Thanksgiving treat from Walt Disney Studios. And, yes, even Miss Piggy does a star turn. “I really do believe that in this movie I will finally get that Academy Award®,” Miss Piggy tells Disney twenty-three magazine. “I’ve been studying with Stanislavski.”
In honor of the release of Rock Star Mickey from Fisher-Price on September 6 (now available for pre-order), ‘American Idol’ favorite and star of Broadway, Constantine Maroulis, took the stage at the Disney Consumer Product booth at the 2011 Disney D23 Expo to help the must-have toy make its public debut.
Maroulis performed his hit cover, ‘You Really Got Me’ (available on iTunes) before inviting Mickey Mouse himself to the stage where the new partners in rock went over all of Mickey’s new power moves including kick-steps, head bobbing and the must-be-seen-to-be-believed Mickety-split, which ends up with Mickey Mouse playing the guitar with his nose!
If your visits to the Disney theme parks around the world leave you longing for the days of yore when your most favorite attraction ever was still around, or you feel the hankering to share those memories with your children who never were afforded the opportunity, your wishes may soon be answered, and that comes directly from Disney Parks Chair, Tom Staggs.
‘You must get great reception with those,’ said Mickey Mouse to a Mouse Ears-sporting attendee at the 2011 D23 Expo which took place last weekend. Gradually he stepped further away from the guest, asking the inevitable ‘can you hear me now?’ question over and over.
This is just one of the many interactions that took place at the D23 Expo in which guests got their first public, announced opportunity to speak with Mickey Mouse for the first time since Disneyland introduced the meet and greet character, decades ago.
The constant screams in the D23 Expo Arena stemming from hundreds of fans was the only Expo schedule you needed to know that they would soon be entertained by the stars of one of the most successful tv series in Disney Channel history, ‘Shake It Up.’
The event first kicked off, however, with a fashion show highlighting the current Target-exclusive D-Signed collection, inspired by the show’s lead characters, CeCe and Rocky, played by Bella Thorne and Zendaya Coleman.
This will probably be the last official update we’ll be sharing with you, prior to the start of our extensive 2011 Disney D23 Expo coverage, but there will more than likely be additional things to note prior to the event, so you will want to stay in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook to keep on top of things.
Although the D23 Expo officially begins Friday, August 19, we’ll be starting our coverage on Thursday afternoon with early looks at shopping opportunities, sneak peeks at the Disney Parks’ ‘Carousel of Projects’ Pavilion, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Studios Archives and more. The extensive coverage is being supplemented by the incredible talent of Stitch Kingdom’s own Kelly Noble as well as (hopefully) a few additional contributors along the way.