As we first reported January 1, D23 now offers a multi-tiered membership option for new and existing members.
D23 has now furnished us with some additional details including some in regards to the 23-month Disney Undiscovered calendar that serves as the membership gift.
Disney Undiscovered presents rare and never-before seen images from Disney theme-park, live-action and animation projects that were not completed, many of which have achieved legendary status among Disney fans. The calendar features art from never-built project like the Mineral King ski resort and Walt Disney’s St. Louis Project; theme park lands such as Discovery Bay at Disneyland and the Switzerland pavilion at Epcot; and unproduced films including a watercolor from the original Little Mermaid that Walt had in early pre-production in the late 1930s.
Also new for 2010, D23 Members will enjoy new discounts and offers. Members who show their valid D23 Membership card (with a photo ID) will receive a discount at many locations in the Downtown Disney® District at Disneyland and at ESPN Zone locations across the country.
D23 Member year-round discounts at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort include:
AMC 12 Theaters® 10% off
Anne Geddes 10% off
Basin® 10% off
Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar 10% off, not during special events
Compass Books & Café 10% off
Fossil® 10% off
Haagen-Dazs® 10% off
Hairwraps International 10% off
House of Blues® 10% off, before 5 p.m.
Island Charters 10% off
Jamba Juice® 10% off
Kaman’s Art Shoppe 10% off, including Face Painting, Letter Brush Art, and Pastel Portraits Cart
La Brea Bakery & Café® 10% off
Letter Brush Art Receive for free, when you present your Membership card, one of the following upgrades: calligraphy text, glitter, or stamped design on your matting.
LEGO Imagination Center® 10% off
Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria 10% off, not during special events
Napolini 10% off
Pastel Portraits Receive a free stamped design on your matting when you present your Membership card!
Pearl Factory 10% off
Quiksilver 10% off, cannot be combined with other sales, offers or promotional items or gift cards.
Rainforest Café® 10% off is on breakfast and dinner before 4 p.m.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen® 10% off, max discount of $40.00 excludes special events.
RIDEMAKERZ® 10% off
Something Silver® 10% off
Sunglass Icon® 10% off
Tortilla Jo’s 10% off, not during special events
Wetzel’s Pretzels® 10% off
All discounts are subject to change.
ESPN Zone locations in Anaheim, Baltimore, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Washington, DC will offer the following to D23 members: With proof of membership shown when ordering, members can receive a burger, a non-alcoholic beverage and a $15 game card for $20. Price is based on Classic Cheese Burger. Add bacon for $1. For the Smoke House, Black and Blue or Cajun burgers add $2. Portobello burger add $3. Triple Double Burger add $4. Meal must be purchased first in order to receive game card. No cash value. May not be resold. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Up to four bundle offers per membership card per seating. Offer subject to change without prior notice. Offer valid January 5, 2010 and expires December 31, 2010.
It should also be noted that renewals will not be receiving a membership certificate. It is included only with new memberships. All subscriptions will receive a new Member ID card however as each card has a dated expiration.
Although it’s been this humble person’s opinion that a D23 Membership was worth it for the full-color, all-access, oversized, quarterly magazine subscription alone (at a mere $11 over the cover price for the rest), many have balked at the $74.99 per year price tag. Enough so, perhaps, to convince the D23 brass that the bottom line was being affected by a subscriber base not living up to its potential.
Whatever the reason, D23 now offers two levels of subscriptions: D23 Gold ($74.99) is the original level and so far appears to be unchanged in 2010. The new level, however, is D23 Silver and can be had for a little more than half the price of the D23 Gold level — $34.99. The only apparent difference between the two levels is that D23 Silver doesn’t include the magazine subscription.
Also being touted for both levels this year are periodic discounts throughout the year at Downtown Disney (presumably at both resorts).
Pictured above is the 2010 D23 Member gift, a 23 month (2010-2011) calendar titled Disney Undiscovered, featuring ‘Disney’s unrealized masterpieces from the Walt Disney Archives collection’ — rare and never-before-seen images from Disney parks, animation, and live-action films.
Can’t wait until March for your 2010 & 2011 calendar? Membership renewals are also available today. Although DisneyStore.com doesn’t say whether it’s possible to switch between levels, a D23 Silver Membership renewal appears to be available, suggesting it’s possible (since new D23 Silver members won’t be able to renew until 2011).
For more information or to purchase your D23 Gold or D23 Silver memberships, renewals or gifts, visit the DisneyStore.com