Disney D23 Details 2014 Events Including ‘Destination D,’ Fanniversary, Screenings and More

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'Destination D: Attraction Rewind'Disney D23, the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company, today announced its initial roster of member events for 2014. Highlighting the list of events is the popular biennial Destination D event, this year taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Details for each of the exciting events follows:

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Disney Names Adam Sanderson as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Adam SandersonThe Walt Disney Company today announced the promotion of Adam Sanderson to senior vice president, corporate communications. The announcement was made by Zenia Mucha, executive vice president and chief communications officer of The Walt Disney Company. In his new role, Mr. Sanderson will oversee D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Disney Corporate Creative Resources and the Walt Disney Archives.

A 17-year Disney veteran, Sanderson most recently served as senior vice president, franchise management of Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was responsible for launching, building and sustaining franchises for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, ABC Family, ABC Entertainment Group and ABC Daytime. Previously, he served as senior vice president, brand marketing of Disney Channels Worldwide, helping to build High School Musical, ‘Hannah Montana’ and Disney Junior into franchise successes, managing all synergy initiatives.

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D23 Expo Dream Store and Silect Auction Details Announced

D23 Expo Art by Darren WilsonBursting with D23 Expo-themed official merchandise and other specialty items from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the D23 Expo Dream Store returns with something magical for Disney fans of all ages. From Disney-inspired apparel, art and collectibles, accessories, books and more, the D23 Expo Dream Store is a Disney enthusiast’s dream come true. Highlights include:

  • Official D23 Expo Merchandise will allow Disney fans to take home a piece of the magic from this year’s expo, with an assortment of official D23 Expo inspired merchandise including tees, baseball cap, fleece, jewelry, drink ware, accessories, pins, and Vinylmation™.

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D23 Expo to Unite Musical Legends Alan Menken, Richard Sherman in Concert

Alan Menken For one night only, two of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and composers will take to the stage for ‘Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook.’ The concert will take place at the D23 Expo 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in the D23 Expo Arena on Saturday, August 10.

Together Sherman and Menken have won a combined 10 Academy Awards for their work with Disney, and have composed music and songs for more than three dozen Disney feature films, over two dozen Disney Park attractions and half a dozen Disney musicals on Broadway.

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EXCLUSIVE: D23’s Steven Clark on Free Membership, New Archive Finds and D23 Expo

D23 Membership CardD23, the official Disney fan club, today announced a brand new free membership level option as well as a ‘re-imagined,’ gated website launching this summer. We had the opportunity to talk with D23 head Steven Clark who told us about the exciting changes as well as some of the amazing things D23 members of all levels have to look forward to in the upcoming months.

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Leonard Maltin to Moderate ‘Peter Pan’ Panel for Disney D23 Members; Limited National Screenings Announced

'Peter Pan Diamond Edition' Blu-rayIn honor of Peter Pan: Diamond Edition taking flight on February 5, 2013, Disney D23 — the official club for Disney fans — has announced some very special events including a panel to take place ahead of the screening at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 11th.

Moderated by noted film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, the panel is set to include Kathryn Beaumont (voice of Wendy), Ted Thomas (son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo) and Margaret Kerry (live-action reference model for Tinker Bell).

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Disney D23 Announces Preliminary Event Schedule for 2013 with Return of Fanniversary Tour

In 2013, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country through an exciting roster of uniquely magical Disney experiences.

Starting in March, D23 takes the party on the road once again with D23’S second ‘Disney Fanniverary Celebration.’ The event, which played to crowds of enthusiastic fans across the U.S. earlier this year, will commemorate dozens of magical milestones, each celebrating an anniversary in 2013. Said The Hollywood Reporter of the 2012 event, ‘It’s a must for Disney fanatics and a fascinating look at Disney history.’ Hosted by Disney Archivists and D23 Team Members, D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series, and nearly 90 years of Disney history. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.

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D23 Offers Free ‘Frankenweenie’ Screenings Nationwide Ahead of Film’s Release

'Frankenweenie' PosterDisney D23, the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company, has announced that it will be offering its members the opportunity to see Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie from Walt Disney Studios during the week of September 24 for free, ahead of the film’s official opening on October 5, 2012.

Metro areas included in the opportunity include: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

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Disney Studios Collectors Cards Series Now Available Exclusively for D23 Members

Disney Studios Collector SeriesDisney D23, the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company, today announced the availability of a new 99 card series of trading cards celebrating the rich animation history of the Walt Disney Studios.

Each pack contains eight cards measuring 3″ x 4.5″ as well as a limited-edition, numbered mini-lithograph, described as a sericel-inspired translucent card. Packs also contain a special ‘Behind the Scenes with Becky Cline’ card which includes facts pulled from the Disney Studios Archive by Cline, the Archives Director.

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Inside ‘Disney twenty-three’ Fall 2012 Edition: California Adventure, ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’

Disney twnety-three Fall 2012Available on newsstands beginning August 14, the fall 2012 edition of Disney twenty-three, the full-color over-sized official magazine of Disney D23, will take Disney enthusiasts on an exciting trip starting at the recent Buena Vista Street and Cars Land expansion at Disney California Adventure and straight through to a sneak peek at Tim Burton’s upcoming Frankenweenie, with other exciting stops along the way.

The ‘complete insider’s guide’ to the Disney California Adventure expansion will take readers on a journey through the stunning reimagining of the park with exclusive interviews, breathtaking photography, and surprising details straight from Disney Imagineers, who designed the new buildings, attractions and entertainment featured in the park.

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