Disney’s D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced plans for its third annual Fanniversary event tour which kicks off on August 9, 2014 in Burbank, CA and will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Orlando. This year, the event will be sponsored by the new Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection which launches in June with its release of The Lion King, featuring thirty minutes of its previously unreleased score by Hans Zimmer.
ANOVOS Productions LLC has announced it will be revealing its replica costumes based on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Chicago’s C2E2 Expo (April 25-27).
Based on original costume designs and patterns used for the films, the collection will kick off with Luke Skywalker’s Bespin uniform as well as Han Solo. A full-length Darth Vader costume is expected to be released later in the summer. ANOVOS also plans to build on the line with what it calls its ‘Kamino Armor Works’ which will include a Jango Fett costume and Clone Troopers costumes. Future plans also include costumes for Sandtroopers, Biker Scouts, Stormtroopers and other variants of Clone Troopers.
The restoration and preservation of Walt and his brother Roy’s birthplace and home officially got underway today, on Walt Disney’s 112th birthday, at a press conference held at the historic site. Alderman Rey Colon was on hand along with homeowners Brent Young and Dina Benadon to kick off the year-long meticulous process of restoring the home to its 1901 state, when Walt was born. As part of the celebration, Mayor Emanuel proclaimed it Walt Disney Day in Chicago.
Just outside Chicago, built by his father Elias Disney in 1893, stands the house in which both Walt Disney and his older brother Roy were born and spent the early years of their lives. The decades since have brought significant wear and tear to the building and now the current property owners — Dina Benadon and Brent Young — are seeking to restore the home to its original glory to preserve its history and honor the legends from whence they came.
Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company celebrated its 90th anniversary commemorating the date Roy and Walt Disney signed the contracts to produce the ‘Alice Comedies.’ In Chicago, the city in which Walt Disney himself was born, the anniversary was honored by the opening of the ‘D23 Presents the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).
D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, an exhibition which encompasses nearly 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on October 16, 2013 (the actual 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company) and continues through February 17, 2014.
Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago’s native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features many artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public—including drawings; props; costumes; artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films; plus items from contemporary Disney milestones.
In honor of Peter Pan: Diamond Edition taking flight on February 5, 2013, Disney D23 — the official club for Disney fans — has announced some very special events including a panel to take place ahead of the screening at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 11th.
Moderated by noted film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, the panel is set to include Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy), Ted Thomas (son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo) and Margaret Kerry (live-action reference model for Tinker Bell).
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® presented by BMO Harris Bank, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration, will ring in the 2011 holiday season for the nation on Saturday, November 19 with a “bigger, better and brighter” schedule of events. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved holiday tradition.
Radio Disney AM 1300 kicks off the holiday season in Chicago with a day of fun for kids and families on Saturday, November 20, at the 19th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by Harris. The day of special events will bring fans face to face with some of their favorite stars, including Allstar Weekend and the “Phineas and Ferb” walk-around characters.
The Walt Disney World resort has provided us with the (almost) full line-up of the annual Sounds Like Summer concert series at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre. Admission to the concert series which features established cover bands is free with paid admission to the park. This year’s series runs from June 12 through July 31 and includes the following acts:
- June 12 – June 19: Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)
- June 20 – June 26: Hotel California (Eagles)
- June 27 – July 3: Karin Lawson (Janet Jackson)
- July 4 – July 10: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)