As part of the inaugural D23 Expo in 2009, Disney celebrated the legacy of Donald Duck by offering Disney fans the opportunity to create an official portrait for the Disney icon and Stitch Kingdom was on hand when the rare, coveted Duckster Award went to winner Jennifer Sleeper.
The first-ever D23 EXPO in 2009 left Disney fans asking when there would be another. On Thursday, Aug. 19, 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.
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 www.Disney.com/D23.
An ever-growing array of exclusive benefits for members of D23, Disney’s official fan club, now includes a special, limited-time offer from Adventures by Disney, which is offering $200* per person off of select vacations.
More than a dozen different itineraries can be booked under this special offer, including travel in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, South America and China. To take advantage of this special offer from Adventures by Disney, D23 Members must book their vacations before June 21, 2010, and travel must begin before April 26, 2011.
“D23 brings our members special access to the very best that Disney has to offer, and we’re really excited to be teaming with Adventures by Disney for this special offer,” said Steven Clark, head of D23.
D23 has recently announced new discount opportunities for its members at participating locations throughout North America as well as providing a sneak peek at one of the exclusive opportunities available for D23 Charter Members at the 2011 D23 Expo.
We previously told you about the existing discount opportunities in 2010 for members at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and select ESPN Zone locations across the country, as well as the opportunity to join a reunion of the original Mickey Mouse Club at the 2010 Hollywood Show. D23 Members will also receive special D23 pricing on tickets to the popular “Evening of Disney Rarities” at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Even Scrapblog has gotten into the act, offering special opportunities for D23 members.
Scrapblog™, the leading online service for social storytelling through photos, announced today that it has been named by Disney as “The Official Memory-Maker for Disney’s D23.” For the first time, Disney fans can get creative with one-of-a-kind Disney content for their scrapbooks, calendars, family trees, travelogues, yearbooks, fan tributes, greeting cards, and any other creations they make on Scrapblog.
Scrapblog users can decorate their online photo creations with unique stickers and backgrounds featuring Mickey, Minnie, and the classic crew, plus beloved Disney feature film characters like Ariel, Tinker Bell and the Mad Hatter. The content featuring these familiar Disney friends, and many more, can be found exclusively in the Scrapblog D23 store. In addition to its new Disney selection, Scrapblog has also created content that is available exclusively to D23 Members.
D23 themes full of charming character stickers and whimsical Disney-themed backgrounds are available immediately on Scrapblog, and there is much more magic to come in 2010. Also, Scrapblog will host a variety of creative contests with great prizes, including D23 Memberships and tickets to exclusive D23 events held throughout the year.
It’s a milestone year for the Disneyland® Resort, and D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans is celebrating with the premiere of DESTINATION D, a brand-new, two-day event exclusively for D23 Members that illuminates Disney’s fascinating history.
D23 announced its latest members-only event on its first anniversary – capping a year in which Disney’s first-ever fan community grew to encompass tens of thousands of members from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries worldwide.
The inaugural DESTINATION D, whose theme is “Disneyland ’55,” will be held this Sept. 24-25. DESTINATION D: Disneyland ’55 will take D23 Members on a journey through the design, creation, debut and magical history of the world’s first Disney theme park. The first DESTINATION D will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel.
DESTINATION D: Disneyland ’55 will offer two full days of special presentations, panels, screenings and guest speakers that let fans meet and talk with key figures in Disneyland’s history. Future DESTINATION D events will explore other important aspects of Disney’s creative legacy. Following its premiere in September, DESTINATION D will alternate annually with the enormously popular D23 EXPO.
The next D23 EXPO is set for Aug. 19-21, 2011, returning to the Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets for the 2011 D23 EXPO will go on sale Aug. 19 (one year in advance), with specially priced tickets available exclusively to D23 Members. In addition, D23 Charter Members will have access to a special Charter Member Lounge at the 2011 D23 EXPO, at no additional cost.
Last night, Disney’s D23 held a private after-hours event for members who attended its (slightly early) first anniversary party in which most of the existing Fantasyland was turned into a bounty of attractions, unique character meet and greet experiences and dessert party.
Aside from the party, there were two key events. The first of which was a buffet style dinner inside the Diamond Horseshoe in which D23 head Steven Clark offered a presentation concerning the first anniversary of the first official community for Disney fans.
Introduced by Walt Disney World ambassador Clay Shoemaker, Clark talked about his own personal experience as a fan prior to joining the company, attending an event in the early 90s in which many Disney legends (past, present and future) were in attendance and presented upcoming projects from The Walt Disney Company. He spoke of meeting Walt Disney Studios archivist Dave Smith whom he had recognized from Dave’s column in Disney Channel magazine. He spoke fondly of Smith’s warmth and how Smith had offered him a private tour of the Studios in Burbank. Clark recalled how he had encountered a custodian with a fanny pack at the Studios and watched as a squirrel ran up the custodian’s leg, took food out of the fanny pack and ran off, appearing to gesture a thank you along the way. It was then, Clark notes, he knew he ‘was at Disney.’ Clark then led the room in a toast saluting D23 and its members and both of their successes. He introduced several key members of the D23 group that were in attendance (and a couple that were not) and spoke of their contributions to the success of the club and the expo.
On reporting the D23 First Anniversary Party at Disneyland, which appears to uncharacteristically have problems selling to the point where multiple outlets are giving away free tickets, Geoff Boucher of the LA Times reveals that Disney has no current plans to host the D23 Expo this year.
Instead, according to the report, the event will be biennial, next occurring at some point in 2011. Still presumably in Anaheim.
Last year’s inaugural D23 Expo was officially announced on March 10 as part of the annual shareholders’ meeting / D23 announcement.
Adding to her established collection of Disney princess-inspired wedding dresses for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, designer Kirstie Kelly will soon be adding new dresses inspired by Tiana from The Princess and the Frog and an all-new Snow White dress inspired by the Disney Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The new Snow White dress will be unveiled on the runway later this year, but Brides.com has an exclusive first look at the new dress which you can see here.
As part of his presentation Sunday at the D23 Expo, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter spent a great deal of time talking about the upcoming Winnie-the-Pooh movie from Walt Disney Animation that was announced a few months ago.
Lasseter began by fighting off the notion that Pooh was just for kids and that he and co-directors Steve Anderson and Don Hall recently reviewed the original Walt Disney Pooh films, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Hunny Tree and Winnie-the-Pooh and the Blustery Day and how they found them just as charming and funny today as they did back then and it was there they found inspiration for the new film.