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.

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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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D23 Merchandise and Club Information on DisneyShopping.com

D23 Membership Kit

D23 Membership Kit

Membership is $74.99 plus sale tax annually per individual. At this time, registration can only be done online at either Disney.com/D23 or DisneyShopping.com. In the future, vouchers will be able to be purchased at the theme parks, the Disney Store and the Disney Cruise Lines.

International guests are able to join, but will have to pay additional shipping as required (for now, domestic shipping is free).

Gift memberships are also available to give to loved ones in addition to those under the age of 18.

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