For Disney D23 members fortunate enough to have attended one of the nationwide D23 Fanniversary events will no doubt recall the video below as being one of the many highlights of the event. Using sketches found within the Disney Archives, the staff produced a video re-creating what might have been a scene from the 1928 lost short, Harem Scarem, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Yahoo! has now exclusively released the re-created segment online:
According to DisneyShorts.org, Oswald is a tourist in a Moroccan cafe and falls in love with a dancing girl, who he inevitably has to rescue from the clutches of Pete.
Oswald, who was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2006, was famously created by Walt Disney and proved to be extremely successful, inspiring a healthy merchandising campaign, before losing creative interest at the hands of Charles Mintz, who oversaw Winkler Productions, the company that produced the shorts that were distributed by Universal. In response to losing control over Oswald, along with many of his key animators, Disney and Ub Iwerks created Mickey Mouse in secret, producing the shorts directly for themselves and creating cartoon history.
Disney D23, the official fan club of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Library to offer museum tickets in advance for the first time ever. Available beginning June 26 at 8 am PT, tickets can be purchased online at http://www.reaganfoundation.org/tickets for dates beginning July 6 to visit the museum and the Disney Archives exhibition.
Purchasing tickets online will guarantee access to the museum when desired as they are entry time constricted to keep the flow of guests at an enjoyable pace. A limited number of same-day tickets will be available at the museum for those who do not wish to take advantage of the new system.
When purchasing tickets online, guests will also have the opportunity to reserve the museum’s GuideCam audio-tour system ($7) that doubles as a video and still camera, pre-purchase a meal, pre-purchase the ‘D23 Presents Treasures from the Walt Disney Archives’ exhibit catalog and pre-purchase a Presidential Library Passport, the perfect keepsake of your visit to the Reagan Library.
Ticket prices range from $6 for children through $21 for adults with a small discount for active D23 members. Active military personnel are allowed free admission for themselves with ID (other guests in the party are advised to purchase tickets in advance online).
In addition, D23 Members are still able to purchase tickets to an advance preview of the ‘D23 Presents Treasures from the Walt Disney Archives’ being held on June 30 whose attendees include Archives Director Becky Cline and Disney Legends Dave Smith and Bob Gurr.
Showcasing the boundless creativity and unbridled imagination that helped define 20th century entertainment, the 12,000-square-foot exhibit — for which the Reagan Library has constructed an entirely new exhibition space — opens July 6 and continues through April 2013.
More than 500 items have already been transported from the Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, Calif., to the Reagan Library by the exhibit’s Official Logistics Sponsor, UPS, which is ‘moving the magic’ for the planned nine-month run of ‘D23 Presents Treasures from the Walt Disney Archives.’
Many of the items have never left the Walt Disney Archives and are being publicly displayed for the very first time. Artifacts on exhibit will include:
- An early drawing of Walt Disney’s first major cartoon character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
- The actual 9½-foot tall head of the Maleficent dragon from Disneyland’s Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular
- The fully rigged, 23-foot model of the Black Pearl pirate ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean films
- Meticulously restored, handmade books used in the opening shots of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty
- The very first ticket ever issued to Disneyland – No. 000001, with a face value of $1
- Miniatures hand-built by Walt Disney, which helped lead to the development of Disneyland and Audio-Animatronic figures
- The very first piece of Disney merchandise ever created: a child’s school writing tablet
- Walt’s own Disneyland name tag – as Cast Member No. 1
- A complete re-creation of Walt Disney’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif.
- Original Audio-Animatronic figures from Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree and Pirates of the Caribbean
- A letter to Walt Disney from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Costumes worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins, Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean
- Props and costumes used in the production of recent Disney blockbuster films, including National Treasure, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy and Marvel’s The Avengers
Additionally, ‘D23 Presents Treasures from the Walt Disney Archives’ features an entire section devoted to items that celebrate the connection between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan. Photos, letters — including a hand-written draft of a letter from Reagan to the U.S. Postmaster General urging the creation of a special Walt Disney stamp — and an assortment of archival items underscore the close personal and professional relationship between the two men, and Reagan’s commitment to honoring Walt Disney’s legacy.
UPDATE #1 – 6/18/12 – Disney D23 members will be able to purchase tickets online at a discount beginning June 25. In addition, D23 members will get access to the exhibit as early as 9:30 am, even though the museum opens at 10 am daily.
Disney D23 has announced that it will be adding a brand new twist to its annual ‘Sip’n'Stroll’ event normally held during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Two levels are being offered for the event, ‘Super Scream’ (which is a two-day event, October 2 and October 3) for $320 and a single-day event on October 3, for $125 (note that admission is required for either package on October 3 as it takes place during regular park hours).
The ‘Super Scream’ package kicks off on October 2, at an after-hours costume party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The event includes a tour of the Creative Costuming building, where guests will have a chance to see where some of Disney’s most detailed outfits are designed and constructed and a private dinner inside ‘The Great Movie Ride.’ This progressive dinner makes you the star of the show, as we wine and dine our way through the elaborate sets of this signature park attraction, stopping for drinks in the gangster’s den, dinner in the old west, and for dessert guests will head ‘over the rainbow.’
Wednesday’s event begins at 10 am with coffee and tea provided inside World ShowPlace, where guests will be treated to presentations highlighting this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and how Disney celebrates the ghoul-iest time of the year.
Following the panels, it’s time to party! A pairing party that is, as guests will be able to sample some of the succulent new dishes being served during the festival, paired with exquisite wines to accent the flavor. Additional details on panelists and food will be provided to guests as the event date draws nearer.
At 1 pm, it’s time to take the show on the road as guests will have the opportunity to stroll World Showcase and Future World at their leisure. The hospitality suite inside The American Adventure pavilion will be open during this time, exclusively for Sip & Scream guests to relax and cool down.
At 7 p.m. it’s time to Eat to the Beat, as attendees head to the America Gardens Theater for reserved seating to see Sugar Ray (‘Fly,’ ‘Someday’) perform in concert. Following the concert, guests will enjoy a delectable dessert party and private viewing of the nighttime spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in France with special ‘Mickey Vision’ glasses. No D23 event would be complete without a few surprises and commemorative gifts as well.
Tickets will be available for purchase on June 27 at 1 pm ET. For more information and to purchase tickets when available, see the event page.
Disney D23, the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company, has announced that it will be offering its members the opportunity to see Disney/Pixar’s Brave during the week of June 11 for free, ahead of the film’s official opening on June 22.
Metro areas included in the opportunity include: Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach.
Tickets are free and will be available from Disney D23 on a first come, first serve basis tomorrow, June 8 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Members will be allowed to secure one additional ticket for a guest. Times and dates of screenings vary between cities and are not yet known. Admission to the actual screening is also first come, first serve and is not guaranteed.
For more information and to obtain tickets when available, see the official event page.
Hailed as the most groundbreaking theme park of its time, Epcot marks its 30th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2012, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is preparing a unique celebration of one of Disney’s crowning achievements.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, D23’s Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration will whisk D23 Members back to a time touted as when “the 21st century begins”—those early Epcot years when guests first marveled at “Astuter Computers,” “Smellitzers,” and the novelty of “riding on sunshine,” and were awed by a massive geodesic sphere called Spaceship Earth.
This journey to yesteryear, the future, and around the world takes place one day only: on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. inside Epcot (Park admission is required and not included in the event ticket price). Each D23 Member may bring up to three guests.
“When Epcot opened in 1982 it was a monumental achievement and its opening was an unforgettable moment for Disney fans everywhere,” says Steven Clark, head of D23. “We know our members have a deep passion for this park, and we’re producing a memorable experience that lets our members relive some of their favorite Epcot shows and attractions of the past while experiencing the incredible Epcot legacy that continues today.”
D23’s Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration will offer the most detailed look at the design, development, and evolution of Epcot ever presented by The Walt Disney Company and will include rare and never-before-seen artwork; film and video footage and photos; along with a number of pioneers of Epcot, including such Disney Imagineers, Legends, and Epcot luminaries as Marty Sklar (exclusive pre-taped presentation), Tony Baxter, Ron Schneider, Charlie Ridgway, Ron Logan, Bill Sullivan, Bob Garner, Jason Surrell, Jason Grandt, Alex Wright, Duncan Dickson, and Steve Taylor.
Tickets will be available for purchase on June 21 at 10 a.m. on D23.com. There are two levels of D23 Member participation:
World Passport general admission is $65 per guest and includes:
- Access to all presentations
- A commemorative gift
- Access to exclusive D23 merchandise
World Key level admission is $185 per guest and includes:
- All features of the World Passport admission
- Reserved seating for all presentations
- A special dessert reception at 8 p.m. inside an exclusive Future World lounge
- Exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity with Disney Legends and Epcot luminaries
- Reception will also include screenings of rare film footage of Epcot’s early days
- Hooray for the 21st Century – Disney Legend and former Walt Disney Imagineering Principal Creative Executive Marty Sklar joins D23 guests via a virtual presentation, where we see and hear what it was like to work with Walt Disney on his original vision for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Along the way, learn about Marty’s favorite memories working on the EPCOT Center project with a team of passionate Imagineers.
- The Music of EPCOT Center – Some of Epcot’s most passionate fans agree that the park’s soundtrack has created one of its most lasting legacies that continue to help “makin’ memories” around the world. Join Disney historians and songwriters as we explore the incredible world of Epcot music, celebrating the talents of such Epcot songwriters and composers as Bob Moline, Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, George Wilkins, Buddy Baker, X. Atencio, Peter Stougaard, Russell Brower, Edo Guidotti and others who have left a permanent musical mark on the park’s creative legacy. Along the way, hear stories about the recording sessions, learn about some fascinating alternate versions of some of your favorite melodies, and sing along to your favorite Epcot tunes!
- “We Can Do It!” – Disney Legends and EPCOT Center creators review the immense challenge that loomed ahead of them when bringing Epcot to reality in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Guests will hear stories of trips to foreign countries to secure participants in the World Showcase concept, what life was like inside the largest private construction project in the world, and how they readied its highly anticipated opening day.
- “We’ve Just Begun to Dream” – Join Disney Legend Ron Logan and other key Disney entertainment veterans as they reminisce about the official EPCOT Center opening festivities that remain among the most elaborate Disney has ever staged. This presentation will include rare footage from the grand openings of various Future World and World Showcase pavilions, which were held throughout October 1982.
- “Makin’ Memories: Epcot on Film” – Join former Disney Imagineer Bob Garner and Disney author and historian Tim O’Day as they cast a “Magic Eye” on the marvelous world of Epcot on film. Bob was closely involved in the creation of film documentation and production at Epcot, including special video elements of Future World and World Showcase pavilions and such promotional films as EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration.
- “Looking Back at Tomorrow” – Few Epcot visitors, even its most avid fans, realize The Land pavilion was almost called “Harvest Tomorrow” or that Figment was slated to co-host an “Images & Imagination” pavilion with “Professor Marvel.” With recently discovered materials from the Walt Disney Archives, join Disney archivists as they examine how the “dreamers and doers” developed favorite Epcot attractions of the past including Horizons, Journey into Imagination, Kitchen Kabaret, World of Motion, the Astuter Computer Revue, and the original Universe of Energy.
- “The EPCOT Center That Never Was” – Using rare concept artwork, guests will glimpse what it was like to design Epcot with Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Vice President Tony Baxter, designer and producer for several beloved Epcot pavilions, and explore early versions of Epcot attractions that never made it off the drawing board.
- “Imagineering Epcot: An Extra Perceptive Close-up Of Things – Fans of wall-to-wall carpeting and leapfrog fountains unite! Disney Imagineers Jason Surrell, Jason Grandt, and Alex Wright return with a humorous exploration of the details that make Epcot so unique. From miniature gardens to massive buildings (and every international food and beverage offering in between), they’ll show what makes Future World and World Showcase like no place else on earth.
More details about the program and tickets for D23’s EPCOT 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION can be found online at www.D23.com.
*Talent is subject to availability. All events are subject to change.
Disney D23, the official community of Disney fans, has released details on its members-only preview of the ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, CA.
The 12,000 square foot exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives is the largest display of Disney props, costumes, artifacts, and artwork ever exhibited. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibit features more than 500 artifacts, at least half of which have never before been seen by the public.
Held on June 30, almost a week before the exhibit opens to the public, the special preview begins at 4:30 pm when attendees will have the opportunity to explore Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives — open just for event guests — as well as the rest of the stunning museum. At 6:00 pm the Air Force One Pavilion will open, and you will be able explore the legendary aircraft, which carried seven United States Presidents from 1973-2001. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. There will be a no-host bar with complimentary coffee, lemonade, and water. The exhibit will remain open to explore until 10 pm, and each guest will receive a commemorative pin celebrating the exhibit.
Tickets are $68 per person (members may bring up to 4 guests to the event) and will be available to purchase beginning May 24 at 1 pm PT. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.
Even before Annual Passholders who were selected get to experience the all new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street districts at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on June 11, Disney D23 members are invited to experience ‘The Happiest place on Earth’ ‘becoming happier.’
On June 9 and 10, Disney D23 will hold previews for its members and their guests of the new areas. In addition to being able to explore the re-imagined and expanded Disney California Adventure Park during specified time windows, some packages will even include dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. The dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant includes a three-course meal featuring modern cuisine that pays tribute to the bold and diverse flavors of Southern California, and a special wine presentation from Lasseter Family Winery. In addition, the dinner includes an extra hour for previews, the private World of Color showing, priority loading at Radiator Springs Racers and complimentary valet parking.
To celebrate these previews and the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure, the Disneyland Resort is spreading the happiness by donating a total of $500,000 to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Anaheim Community Foundation.
Tickets are $50 – $500 depending on the chosen packages and will be available on May 18 at 1 pm ET. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official event page.
UPDATE #1: 5/25/12 -Disney D23 has provided additional details as to what will be included in the Carthay Circle Dinner package. While much of it is what has been released with the AP preview details, there are some additional perks worth noting. In addition to the three course meal (tax and gratuities included), there is confirmation that John and Nancy Lasseter will be in attendance as well as: a tour of 1901, the exclusive lounge for Club 33 members; a commemorative Storytellers statuette, priority boarding for Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land and complimentary valet parking at the Downtown Disney District
Marvel’s The Avengers is so big, Disney twenty-three magazine needs not one, not two, but three eye-popping collectible covers to do it justice… and that’s what D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has planned for the summer issue, which is available nationwide on May 1.
Coinciding with the worldwide theatrical release of Marvel’s The Avengers, the summer issue of Disney twenty-three features a 10-page story on the creation of the biggest superhero film ever produced. Author and Disney Imagineer Jason Surrell speaks with the film’s acclaimed writer-director Joss Whedon, as well as stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg and producer Kevin Feige to get the behind-the-scenes details on the explosive film, from the complexities of bringing many of the world’s most famous heroes together to nights out dancing in downtown Albuquerque.
Each of the magazine’s three front and back covers features different characters:
- FRONT: Iron Man and Nick Fury on front. BACK: Hulk and Captain America on back.
- FRONT: Thor and Black Widow on front. BACK: Iron Man and Hawkeye on back.
- FRONT: Captain America on front. BACK: Hulk and Hawkeye on back.
“Marvel’s The Avengers is a groundbreaking film, so we had to do something equally exceptional with our flagship magazine that would thrill both Disney and Marvel fans alike,” says Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Along with the new issue, D23 Gold Members will receive a special member-only gift: one of seven collectible patches featuring the insignias of each Avenger.
Marvel’s The Avengers is only part of what’s in store in the summer issue of Disney twenty-three, which explores the most exciting new developments throughout Disney — while offering new insight into fan favorites. Among the articles in the summer issue:
- A Brave New World – Readers will travel to Pixar Animation Studios and meet the team bringing to life the mystical world of ancient Scotland in Pixar’s 13th animated feature, Brave.
- A World of Fantasy - Climb aboard the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet and explore what makes the Disney Fantasy unlike any other vessel to set sail.
- To Annette, With Love - An in-depth interview with Glen Holt, the devoted husband of everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello.
- Bon Anniversaire, Disneyland Paris - As Disney’s only European theme park turns 20, Disney twenty-three looks back at its creation and ahead to its magical future.
- The World Will Know and Written in the Stars - Two articles that take closer looks at Disney’s latest, critically acclaimed Broadway productions: Newsies and Peter and the Starcatcher.
- He Wrote the Songs - A touching remembrance of legendary Disney songwriter Robert B. Sherman.
The summer issue of Disney twenty-three also offers an exclusive interview with Newsies film director Kenny Ortega; a celebration of the history of the Disney Store, which first opened its doors 25 years ago; photos from the latest D23 events across the country — and rarely seen photos from The Walt Disney Archives in the magazine’s popular PhotoFiles section.
Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to the doorstep of all D23 Gold Members, along with a special gift. Disney twenty-three magazine is also available at retail locations across the country for $15.95, and can also be purchased online at DisneyStore.com and throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
DisneyD23 Details Destination D: 2012 – 75 Years of Animated Features with Dick Van Dyke, Alan Menken
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime diamond anniversary of one of the most universally beloved and singularly unique film genres in the world—at DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATED FEATURES, Aug. 11 and 12 at the Disneyland® Resort.
The two-day event will offer a panorama of some of the most celebrated films and characters ever brought to life on screen and provide attendees with an unforgettable Disney experience.
From Walt Disney’s groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph, guests will go on a “behind-the-magic” journey filled with classic cinematic moments of heart-tugging emotion, laughter, and song that have captivated generations the world over. Renowned historians, authors, and animators of today will host this trip through the artistry and imagination of Disney animated features, each day ending with an unforgettable nighttime concert featuring two incomparable Disney Legends.
Highlights of DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATED FEATURES will include*:
- Salutes to the great Disney animators and artists of the past
- A Saturday-evening concert by the incredible Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix performing beloved Disney songs and pop standards
- A Sunday-evening concert showcase starring eight-time Oscar®-winning composer/songwriter Alan Menken, who will perform some of his most memorable songs from many modern-day Disney film classics and more
- A glimpse at how Disney animated features have influenced Disney Parks
- Rare and never-before-seen artwork and film footage
- A special salute to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the “fairest of them all”
- An extraordinary reunion of Disney animation voice talent through the years
- More screenings, presentations, and panels to be announced in the coming weeks
The weekend event will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the newly “re-Imagineered” Disneyland® Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Tickets, available Wednesday, April 18, are $225 each and available exclusively to D23 Members and their guests. A limited number of “Diamond Level” tickets will be available featuring VIP seating, a third day of experiences on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., special gifts, and more.
More details about the program and tickets for D23’s DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATED FEATURES can be found online at www.disney.com/D23.
The largest gathering of Disney fans outside of a Disney Park will return to Anaheim, California next summer as Disney D23 announces it will hold its 2013 Disney D23 convention once more at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9 through August 11, 2013.
‘The D23 Expo has become a phenomenal way for Disney fans to see everything they love about Disney all in one place –- from Disney’s biggest stars and latest innovations to unforgettable performances live on stage,’ said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, which produces the bi-annual D23 Expo. ‘Our third Expo is sure to create even more magical new experiences and memories for our biggest fans attending from throughout the U.S. and around the globe.’
Among the highlights of D23 Expo 2013 will be: ‘expanded capacities at some of the more popular venues; the 2013 Disney Legends Ceremony, which honors the talented men and women who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy; Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a treasure trove of crown jewels from the Walt Disney Archives; the the Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia and merchandise; and a massive show floor full of special opportunities to see what’s on the horizon for Disney around the world-and where guests may bump into their favorite Disney stars, characters, Imagineers, animators and filmmakers.’
Although many fans groan at the fact that the D23 Expo has remained in Anaheim since its inception, D23 staffers have explained to us that they understand the desire to hold the convention elsewhere and certainly hope to in the future, but that given the size and scope of the Treasures of the Archive exhibit — one of the most popular at the show — it’s already exceptionally costly to transport the items between the Studios in Burbank and Anaheim, making it even more daunting to produce the same quality show elsewhere.
Advance tickets for the D23 Expo 2013 will go on sale at D23Expo.com beginning August 9, 2012. D23 Members receive special pricing on both one- and three-day tickets to the event, which is also open to the general public.
D23 Members receive early admission to the Expo show floor, and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge. Members will also have an opportunity to purchase a special Sorcerer Package, which provides a host of special benefits and amenities.