D23 Announces Contest to Become Official Donald Duck Portrait Artist – Winner to Receive Rare ‘Duckster’ Award

Donald DuckBURBANK, Calif., May 26 — Irascible, cranky, mischievous, outrageous – Donald Duck has a seemingly limitless personality, and in honor of his birthday on June 9, Disney’s D23 is commissioning an official portrait from those who know Donald best: his fans.

For the first time ever, Disney is turning to fans to create an official portrait of one of its biggest stars. Finalists in the Donald Duck 75th Anniversary Portrait Contest will have their work unveiled and displayed at the inaugural D23 Expo, which will be held September 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center, adjacent to Disneyland.

The contest is hosted by D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans, and is open to all D23 Members who are 18 or older. Full-length oil, acrylic or watercolor canvas portraits of Donald Duck, no larger than 24″ W x 36″ H, are eligible. Artists must first submit an original sketch, in any medium or size, of the planned artwork. The submission form, as well as full contest rules and additional details, can be found at the official D23 website, http://www.disney.com/D23. All finalists selected to have their works displayed will be eligible for two complimentary, four-day admission passes to the D23 Expo.

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Tickets Now Available for D23’s Lion King Roar into Vegas Event

D23 members can now purchase tickets to the D23 Lion King Roar into Vegas event. Purchase tickets to the June 27 performance for $113.50 per ticket and receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience after the show. You’ll also get a premium seating location, complimentary admission to the Founder’s Room at the hotel’s House of Blues, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item.

Tickets will be available via will-call only and you must have your D23 card and a photo ID to claim them.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Registration for D23 Illuminations Event at Walt Disney World Now Open

As Stitch Kingdom reported earlier, D23 members who will be visiting Walt Disney World on May 31 are invited to a free Illuminations private viewing and dessert reception along with preferred seating to the final performance of this year’s Flower Power Concert Series featuring Tony Orlando.

D23 members may request one ticket for themselves and one additional guest. Theme park admission is not included in this offer and is required. Tickets will be available at Epcot’s Guest Relations beginning at 9 am on May 31st. A photo ID and your D23 membership card are required to pick up tickets. Event subject to change without notice.

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D23 Announces Contest to Win Getaway Package to Las Vegas

More details will be announced at www.disney.com/D23 in early June, but here’s what we can tell you right now:

One D23 member and a guest will have the chance to win a 2 night stay at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort, home to Disney Theatrical’s The Lion King and being able to see the show will be just the beginning.

Get your thinking caps on because in order to run with the pack (mind the wildebeests, please), contest entrants will be asked to write an essay on why they love the Lion King (in 300 words or less).

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Enjoy D23 Events Nationwide this Summer – from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York & In-Between

The following are a list of events being held for D23 members in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Orlando, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York City, San Francisco and Burbank. Remember that your D23 membership card will be required to attend all events. Visit http://www.d23expo.com for more details. (more…)

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D23 Members Offered Discounts at Newport Beach Film Festival

D23 members are being offered discounts to certain screenings and events at the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Marc Shaiman (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Marc Shaiman (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

On Friday, April 24 at 7pm, enjoy An Evening of Film and Fun Set to Music: A Gala Reception & Concert with Marc Shaiman. Join multiple Academy Award® nominee, Tony Award® and Grammy Award®-winning film composer and songwriter Marc Shaiman for a tune-filled evening of performance and memorable behind-the-camera stories of his many film projects including such modern day movie classics as Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, My Giant, Sleepless in Seattle, Sister Act, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally and Beaches. Shaiman received the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards for his work on the Broadway hit Hairspray. May not be suitable for younger audiences. D23 Member Price: $20 (Regular: $30).

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One Man’s D23…

Disney Snowglobes has a few photos of a D23 exhibit set up in the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One thing that caught my eye was the series of D23 portraits featuring Disney characters such as the Jiminy Cricket one that was first shown to the world exclusively by Stitch Kingdom. In addition to Jiminy (Wishes Come True) and Bandleader Mickey (Made for You and Me), the portraits include Cinderella’s glass slipper (Perfect Fit), the Mad Hatter (Your Cup of Tea), Dopey (Speechless), Tinker Bell (Think of the Happiest Things) and 101 Dalmations (Hits the Spot).

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Exclusive D23 Items from DisneyMovieRewards.com

D23 PinDisneyMovieRewards.com is offering exclusive merchandise to D23 members. Currently two items are available: The pin featured to the left is a limited edition of 2300, 1.75″ wide and can be redeemed for 500 points.

Also available is a 1/2 inch square D23 pendant (including 18″ chain) and accented with a Swarovski crystal. The pendant can be redeemed for 1000 points.

There is a one item per member limit.

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Additional D23 News from Press Conference Call

D23 Head Steven Clark began the call by providing some background and inspiration on D23, talking about how the Walt Disney Company first got its start on October 16, 1923 (where the 23 comes from) by signing its contract to produce the Alice comedies.

Clark addressed concerns about why there hasn’t been a greater outreach by Disney to its fans in the past. He stressed that Disney has always reached out to its fan base in many different aspects but that they’ve always been at the hand of individual units. D23 represents the first time the company has formed a united front to bring that level of relationship to the Disney fan community. Clark defines D23 as pulling back the curtain, going behind closed doors, going backstage and meeting the cast members that make the magic every day, all summed up as the ultimate insider Disney experience.

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