D23 Members Now Receive 15% Discount off Meals at House of Blues Orlando

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Between now and December 31, 2010, D23 members and up to 5 guests will receive a 15% discount off meals (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities) when they dine at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney district when they present their D23 membership card to the server.

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D23 Announces 2010 ‘Sip & Stroll’ Event, Dave Smith Retirement Dinner at Walt Disney World

On October 15 and 16, D23 members are invited to partake in the 2010 ‘Sip & Stroll’ event at Walt Disney World. In addition, a limited number of tickets will be available for a private retirement celebration dinner in honor of Walt Disney Studios Archivist Dave Smith which will be held at the VIP Lounge at the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot.

Tickets for the just event are $85 while tickets for both the event and dinner are $185 each. D23 members in good standing may purchase a ticket for themselves and one additional guest.

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D23 Members Invited to Free ‘Secretariat’ Screening at Walt Disney Studios on September 13

'Secretariat' Theatrical Poster from Walt Disney StudiosD23 members and up to 3 guests each are invited to a free screening of the upcoming Walt Disney Studios epic Secretariat on September 13, 2010 , nearly a month before its official October 8 release. The screening will take place at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

The beautiful and emotional film tells the story of housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), who agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

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D23 Expo 2011: ‘101 Dalmatians’ Fan Art Contest Announced

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.

Although a Duckster isn’t likely to be in the cards for the winner of the 2011 art contest, Disney D23 is once again inviting fans to celebrate the magic of Disney’s history by create art, this time commemorating the Walt Disney animated classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011.

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D23 to Offer Star Tours ‘Final Flight’ Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sept. 7

Following in the footsteps of the ‘Final Flight’ event at Disneyland, in which D23 members were invited to enter the park after hours to ride Star Tours for the final time before it closes for its refurb and transition into Star Tours 2: The Adventure Begins, D23 has announced a ‘Final Flight’ for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on September 7. The attraction is currently scheduled to re-open on May 17, 2011.

Guests will check in at the main entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning at 8:30 pm and will receive their commemorative boarding pass for their trip. According to the event’s page, the event will consist of just visiting the attraction.

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D23 Adds New Stars to ‘E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks’ ‘Destination D’ Concert Event

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, is bringing more musical talent to its “E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks” concert, part D23’s Destination D: Disneyland ’55 event at the Disneyland Resort September 24 and 25. The announcement was first made through D23’s Disney Geek, a new show on the D23 Web site featuring the latest news from all around Disney.

Michael Urie (‘Ugly Betty’), Tracie Thoms (‘Cold Case’, ‘Rent’), and Barrett Foa (‘NCIS: Los Angele’s) are joining a previously announced, all-star line up of performers, including Disney Legend Richard Sherman, Ana Ortiz (‘Ugly Betty’), Wilson Cruz (‘My So-Called Life’) and John Tartaglia (‘Johnny and the Sprites’).

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Disney D23 Announces New Membership Referral Rewards Program

Membership in D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is already filled with exclusive perks, and now D23 Members who ‘Refer a Fan’ to the global community of Disney enthusiasts will receive very special gifts for making their friends a part of the magic.

When existing D23 Members refer new members to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, the referring member will receive the following special rewards:

  • Refer one (1) fan who becomes a new D23 Member, receive an exclusive collector pin created especially for the D23 Refer a Fan program
  • Refer five (5) fans, receive an exclusive three-pin set featuring favorite Disney characters

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D23 Members Invited to Mickey’s of Glendale, Marty Sklar Signing at Walt Disney Imagineering August 21

Once again, D23 members and one guest are being invited to join Disney D23 at the exclusive Mickey’s of Glendale shop located at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California on August 21. This time, however, Disney D23 is bringing a guest of its own in the form of Disney Legend and former Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all eleven Disney Parks worldwide.

Marty will be on hand to sign copies of the newly released volume Walt Disney Imagineering — A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real from 10 am – 12 pm.

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D23 to Offer Free Screening of ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’ at Walt Disney Studios August 7

On Saturday, August 7, D23 and Disney Channel are offering D23 members the opportunity to see Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam almost a month before it premieres on the Disney Channel at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, followed by a Q&A with the film’s creative team. Tickets are free and do not include a $5 processing fee. The screening is scheduled to begin promptly at 3 pm.

Get ready to rock out at the Walt Disney Studios and be a hero to those tweens and teens in your life!!! Our friends at Disney Channel are offering D23 Members and their families an exclusive sneak peek at their new original film Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, starring Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers!

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D23 Unveils Full Schedule for ‘Destination D: Disneyland ’55’ Event at Disneyland Resort

For those still reeling from the shock of no D23 Expo in 2010, D23 has unveiled its schedule of events and panelists for its Destination D: Disneyland ’55 event that takes place at the Disneyland Resort September 24 and 25, 2010. In addition, D23 has announced that the event will alternate annually with D23 Expo going forward.

Event highlights include the Mickey Mouse Club 55th Anniversary presentation, reuniting original Mouseketeers Sharon Baird, Doreen Tracey, Bobby Burgess, Karen Pendleton, Sherry Van Meter (formerly Alberoni), Tommy Cole, Cubby O’Brien, and Mary Geoff (formerly Espinosa) for a delightful trip back in time to the dawning of the television era with the club that was “made for you and me.”

Destination D will also mark the debut of the Disney Legends Celebration, a heartfelt tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the Disney legacy. All Destination D attendees and Disney Legends will be invited to attend E-Ticket: Music from the Disney Parks, a concert of memorable tunes through the years at the Disneyland Resort with some very special guests, including Disney Legend Richard Sherman.

All guests will also receive a limited-edition set of colorful, vintage Disneyland postcards from the Walt Disney Archives Collection. It’s a reproduction of actual postcards sold when Disneyland opened in 1955 — it’s just a coincidence that the complete set features 23 images!

There will also be a selection of limited edition merchandise available for purchase at the event.

Shown below is the current lineup for Destination D: Disneyland ’55 (times to be announced later this summer; panels and talent subject to change):

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