SMS Audio Announces Partnerships with Disney Parks, D23, ‘Star Tours’ Sponsorship

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SMS Audio Star ToursSMS Audio today announced it has entered a multi-year strategic alliance with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, naming SMS Audio the official headphones of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. In addition, SMS Audio will be a sponsor of ‘Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and will feature their products at the park’s annual Star Wars Weekends. SMS Audio will also be a sponsor of the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, both at Disneyland Resort in California.

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Disney D23 Expo: Mousequerade Costume Contest, Design Challenge Details and Prizes Announced

D23 Expo Mousequerade and Design ChallengeDisney D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced details for two of its upcoming events at the 2015 D23 Expo: the Mousequerade costume contest and the return of the fan art contest, now called the ‘D23 Expo Design Challenge.’

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D23 Announces Initial Plans for Member Events Throughout 2015

In 2015, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring back many of its beloved events while adding a selection of new experiences for members.

CINDERELLA LIGHTS UP THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS: On March 12 members will be treated to a screening of Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming release Cinderella, followed by a reception exclusively for D23 Gold Members. The event will take place following The Walt Disney Company 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. (Members do not need to be shareholders to attend the screening.)

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D23 Expo 2015 Tickets on Sale August 14, 2014; Sorcerer Level Details

D23 Expo 2015D23, the official community for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced that tickets for its biennial D23 Expo — to take place August 14-16, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center — will go on sale on August 14, 2014 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT. For the third time, a premiere Sorcerer level package will be available for purchase in limited quantities.

From August 14 through December 31, 2014, single day admission tickets for the public will be available for $61 per adult and $42 per child (3-12) while D23 members are $52 per adult and $37 per child, with additional savings with purchasing multi-day admission (full ticket details and pricing will be available at D23Expo.com).

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D23’s Fanniversary Event to Tour 11 Cities; ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Lost Song to be Previewed

D23 Fanniversary 2014Disney’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.

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‘The Legacy Collection’ to Celebrate Disney Anniversaries with Previously Unreleased Music, Documentaries

'The Legacy Collection: The Lion King'Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including Pinocchio (75th), Fantasia (75th), Cinderella (65th), Lady and the Tramp (60th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), Mary Poppins (50th), The Lion King (20th) and Toy Story (20th), among others.

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SNEAK PEEK: ‘Disney twenty-three’ Summer Issue Features ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Star Wars’ and More

'Disney twenty-three' Summer 2014D23, the official Disney fan club, has announced that its summer 2014 issue of Disney twenty-three magazine — available exclusively to gold level members — will celebrate the upcoming release of the eagerly anticipated Maleficent (May 30, 2014). In the issue, 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 D23 ‘Destination D: Attraction Rewind’ Preliminary Details

D23 Destination D 2014: Attraction RewindWalt 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 (Progressland).

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Iger: ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Cars’ Sequels and New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Attraction in Works

Treasure Cove at Shanghai Disneyland (Concept Art)At the 2014 Annual Shareholders meeting being held in Portland, Oregon, Bob Iger made several announcements related to various arms of the Walt Disney Company.

When it comes to future film productions, Iger announced that The Incredibles director Brad Bird is working on the story for a sequel. He also acknowledged that Disney/Pixar is working on a third installment of the Cars franchise. While he had little to offer on the Star Wars Episode VII front, he did state that the story takes place thirty years after the Return of the Jedi installment and will feature ‘familiar faces’ as well as a ‘trio of young new faces.’

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D23’s Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (Photos, Video)

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at MSI

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).

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