D23, 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.
A few years ago, D23 introduced introduced its Gold and Silver levels. Separated by price, the two levels are identical save for the fact that Gold members receive a subscription to the oversized, full-color Disney twenty-three magazine with an exclusive gift. Then, silver members and non-members alike were able to purchase the magazine (without the gift) at newsstands or DisneyStore.com, but a recent announcement has now limited the magazine to just gold members. According to Clark, even back issues currently available on the DisneyStore.com website will no longer be available to anyone.
Now, there is an additional third level, which will offer D23 membership for free. ‘The free level of membership is something we’ve wanted to do since the beginning of D23,’ Clark told us, ‘but as you can imagine sometimes something as simple as a free level of membership has complexity to it and we’ve finally been able to actually make that happen. We’re in a position with where D23 is now that we are able to actually offer that free level of membership; we’re able to put in some of the bells and whistles into our website that we’ve wanted to do since the beginning. We’ve finally come to that point where we’re going to be able to offer varying levels of D23 experiences so any Disney fan — at no cost — can now have a certain amount of access to the Walt Disney Archives and Disney Legends and the access we have to all of Disney’s various business units.
‘It’s something we’ve heard of from a lot of our fans domestically, but also especially internationally. There are quite a few barriers as you could imagine to be a part of D23 if you don’t live in the U.S. So this really helps facilitate giving fans that live outside the U.S. their Disney fix,’ he added.
The free level, which will be available directly from DisneyStore.com, will grant members the same access to the newly revamped website that silver and gold members have, but it will still have its limitations. A key difference is that while free D23 members will receive a membership number as well as the Weekly D23 FanFare E-newsletter and the ability to purchase member-exclusive items from DisneyStore.com, they will not receive the physical benefits such as membership card, membership certificate and annual gift, that silver and gold members enjoy. With no membership card, free level D23 members will be unable to partake in many of the D23 member discounts with partners as well as many D23 member events. While Clark says there may be such opportunities afforded to free level members, popular events such as Destination D, Sip ‘N Stroll and ‘probably even Fanniversaries,’ will require a paid level of membership. That said, free level members will be eligible to purchase the 2013 Disney D23 Expo tickets with a D23 member discount and will fully receive D23 member benefits at the Expo, such as early access to the floor each morning.
Arguably the much bigger news, however, is the relaunch of the D23.com website on June 17. The newly ‘re-imagined’ site will feature rich multi-media content that’s exclusive to D23 members, featuring content inspired by the monthly magazine as well as newly discovered finds inside the Walt Disney Archives that have never been displayed in public, or perhaps even seen by many inside the company for decades.
Some content will still be publicly accessible on the new website, but it will serve primarily as a teaser for all levels of D23 members to ‘unlock the magic’ by clicking a Mickey keyhole icon associated with the article. One example of content that is likely to be featured is newly discovered art from Disney Legend Herb Ryman. ‘I think there’s about ten in this case,’ Clark explains, ‘we might put one up, but if you’re a member, you can see the other nine.’
And newly discovered art from some of Disney’s most revered artists and imagineers is only the tip of the iceberg. Clark explains: ‘Since I took over the archives in 2006, we’ve been squirreling away really great — whether it’s a memo or artwork or sketches, it could be from anything to animation to live action to parks — you know, little things that we’ve found just — you know maybe they’re not big enough to put together a whole story behind or maybe it’s not enough to do a presentation at the D23 Expo about, but really cool stuff that we know that our fans will love and we’re looking at doling that out, to start with, 23 days of really great archival finds. After that, we’ll have more of a weekly or a certain cadence after that.
‘Some of the things that we’ve been discovering in the archives, you see some of them from time to time during various presentations that we do like “Weird Disney” that we’ve done during our “Destination D” events or our Fanniversary events, but this gives us a more regular venue by which we can really share all the stuff that we’ve uncovered.’
And from the sounds of it, Clark is being rather modest in terms of what we can anticipate when the new D23.com site goes live. He tells us about one of the first items to be featured (which we can’t reveal to you just yet): ‘It wasn’t too long ago, [Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline] and I and a couple of the archivists were in one of the warehouses of the Archives — it’s not like a jaw-dropping “wow, look at all this amazing cool Disney stuff on the shelf,” they’re all in boxes. So it’s rows and rows and rows of boxes. And we happen to come across one box that said “Walt’s Office” and we pulled it off the shelf and when we looked inside… it was just an amazing find.’
As it turns out, the recent unearthing of many of these rare treasures from within the warehouses owes itself a lot to D23 itself. ‘[Walt Disney Archives founder] Dave Smith really did an excellent job of preserving all this stuff because when you think about it, when he started the archives, he had 50 years of Disney history to catalog and collect from ground zero and he did a great job, you know, starting that process, but then as the company grew during the Eisner era, the archives staff didn’t grow at the same rate, so a lot of it was just trying to keep up and keeping things that were essential for research at their fingertips, while the rest of the stuff went into boxes and went out to the warehouses — it’s just not possible to catalog it all. With a lot of the D23 events and Disney twenty-three magazine articles we’ve been doing, we’ve been doing more and more research, so we’ve had more and more people that are really scouring through these files and that’s where you’re finding all these gems. There are a lot of things that no matter where you fall on the Disney scale… we found the early WED assignment sheets — which Imagineer was assigned to which project, things like alternates for the Haunted Mansion scripts and sketches from a lot of the different upcoming animated features or scenes that weren’t used.’
Another key to discovering items is a change of focus. ‘Where we’ve been finding a lot of this really cool stuff is not just in our art files but we started really because of the research we’ve been doing for D23 stories — we’ve been digging into the actual files of the executives. So whether it’s Dick Irvine’s files… Joe Potter, Roy O. Disney — there’s a lot of really great stuff in there and so that’s been a gold mine. And then also just randomly as we’re researching things, we’ll come across boxes that are loosely categorized as art and we’ll find all the concept art for TRON, Black Hole and a bunch of other films — I think at the Expo this year, you’re going to be really pleasantly surprised, I think, if you’re a Mary Poppins fan — amazing, amazing artwork that has never been seen before.’
Speaking of Archives founder (and Disney Legend) Dave Smith, his quintessential guide to all that is Disney, Disney A-Z: The Official Encyclopedia will soon be available as a complete, updated edition electronically, accessible via the D23.com website. D23 worked with Disney Publishing Worldwide to make it possible so that the popular title will be accessible free to all D23 members and will be a living document, updated and kept current by Smith himself.
Regular features from Disney twenty-three magazine will also find new life online: ‘We have some areas that are focused specifically on Walt so the “Walk with Walt” section that’s in the magazine will be expanded and will live online and then we also have “Quotable Walt Disney,” so it’ll be an online version of the quote book, and one thing that’s really cool about that is that, again, in all of our research, we have found a lot of Walt quotes that have never been used before.
‘We’re also doing these micro-sites for Disney Legends, so a much more robust site than what currently exists. We also oversee the Disney Legends program, so I really wanted that website to be up to date and have more than just a bio but also have photo galleries and interviews where possible, sometimes we’ll actually have the legends come in and do some sort of online interview so that our fans can actually ask questions of the legends. So it’s great if you’re not able to go to one of our events, you can still have access to our legends through the website.’
Clark sums it all up with this: ‘In my view, it’s almost like there’s a whole new bumper crop of quotes and photos and documentation and artwork and information that we’ve kind of been coming across and I think that there’s noone out there in the world that cares more about this than people that are members of D23 and so it’s time to give it to them.’
We also had the opportunity to talk with Clark briefly about D23 Expo, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center August 9-11, 2013. Addressing concerns that have naturally come with growing pains, Clark told us, ‘This year, we have put in a lot of new procedures, larger venues, things like that, to really do our best to mitigate the capacity issue and waiting in line issue.’ He pointed out various changes such as the 2,000 seat overflow area that will provide seating and a live feed for those unable to get into the 4,000 seat arena. Additionally, the Stage 23 presentation room has more than doubled in size and a wristband system will be in place to allow attendees the opportunity to register for presentations on the 2nd and 3rd floors without necessarily having to wait in line.
Unfortunately one change that won’t be happening — at least this year — is Marvel and Lucasfilm will be noticeably absent from the ‘Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ exhibit. ‘Right now, Marvel retains a lot of the props and costumes from their films, just like Animation keeps a lot of their assets. We don’t have, for example, the props and costumes from The Avengers, Marvel retains all those assets, but we have a really great relationship with [Marvel Studios President of Production] Kevin Feige and he lets us borrow assets whenever we do exhibits like the Reagan exhibit.’
As for Lucasfilm, Clark says the relationship is just too soon to tell: ‘We haven’t crossed that bridge yet, what I do know is that with the new movie, we will retain all the assets. I hope that the archives will get them all because I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I really want them all in my office. [laughs].
‘We don’t have anything on those two fronts this year, but I can guarantee you’ll be seeing stuff in the future.’
According to the official press release, D23 members also have the following to look forward to:
- 23 Questions – We enhance our popular feature with audio interviews with ‘Once Upon A Time’ star Ginnifer Goodwin who reveals her Disney favorites—and what she’s looking forward to in the next season of the hit ABC show. Plus an exclusive with Phineas and Ferb’s popular ‘evil mastermind’ Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz, who talks about his truly devious plans… and Christmas.
- D’scovered – Treasures unearthed by the Walt Disney Archives. In the coming weeks the Archives will share extremely rare imagery from the proposed Mickey Mouse Park, a concept which evolved into Disneyland; spine-tingling alternative dialogue for the Haunted Mansion penned by Disney Legend X. Atencio; the illustrated story script for The Karnival Kid, the 1929 short in which Mickey Mouse first speaks; and a very special memento created for Walt by legendary artist Salvador Dali.
- D23 Presents – A deeper dive into all parts of Disney from the opening of Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland to rarely seen footage of the former Disney Studio on Hyperion Avenue.
- New departments and sections including: Weird Disney, looking at some of the more unusual and outrageous pieces of Disney’s past; Characters, profiling the most beloved characters from television, film and comics with concept art and complete biographies; The Quotable Walt Disney, a digitized version of the out-of-print book featuring some of Walt’s most enduring words; Ask a Legend, a video feature in which Disney Legends like Marty Sklar answer fans questions; First Look, which gives members a glimpse into what’s new and what’s next including Monsters University; Attraction Rewind, celebrating the beloved attractions of Disney’s past which once delighted theme park guests; and Muppetology, which opens up the Muppet-acular universe of our fuzzy friends. D23’s popular video series Armchair Archivist and Disney Geek will also return with all-new episodes.
Leonard Maltin to Moderate ‘Peter Pan’ Panel for Disney D23 Members; Limited National Screenings Announced
In 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).
In addition, D23 members and their guests will also enjoy discounted VIP Orchestra Reserved Seating, a souvenir bucket of popcorn, and a 20-oz. bottled drink, a never-before-seen episode of ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ and even an appearance by Jake himself, live on stage.
Tickets to the screening/panel are $19 (D23 members may purchase a total of 4 tickets each) and will be available beginning December 27 at 10 am PST. For more information and to purchase tickets when available, see the official event page.
In addition, Disney D23 will be offering free screenings (only) to Peter Pan in the following cities on January 24: Chicago, Orlando, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Tickets are free and will be available to reserve beginning January 7 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. As a reminder, tickets to screenings are offered through SeeItFirst.net, so it is advisable to create an account and ensure you can access it prior to the tickets becoming available. For more information, see the official event page.
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.
D23 will once again partner with The Walt Disney Studios, offering members access to advance screenings of the latest Disney animated and live-action feature films. In 2012, D23 Members were among the first to see Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie and Brave.
Mickey’s of Glendale, the Walt Disney Imagineering employee store in Glendale, Calif., will open its doors exclusively to D23 on Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, June 8. Members will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition merchandise and view the park-like grounds at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ creative ‘think tank.’ Additionally, in 2013, D23 will partner with Disney Store in key locations to host exclusive and one-of-a-kind events for our D23 Members.
Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular series of movie screenings at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. D23’s ’50 and Fabulous’ series returns, honoring Disney favorites celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2013, including screenings of Son of Flubber (April 13), Summer Magic (June 8), and The Sword in the Stone (September 15). ‘From the Vaults’ also returns, bringing favorite live-action films back to the big screen, including the digitally restored 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on November 16.
The year also includes ‘D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studio Archives,’ the popular member-only tours of the historic Studio Lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank. Tours will take place May 4, June 1, September 14, and November 2.
In the fall, during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, D23′s ‘Sip & Stroll’ event will return (September 2013). And during the holiday season, D23 will bring back the popular offering ‘Disney and Dickens’ (in Burbank in December) and introduce the all-new festive D23′S ‘Holiday Splendor’ at Walt Disney World Resort in December.
The grandest fan event of them all will take place August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center when the ‘D23 Expo 2013: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event’ brings all the wonderful worlds of Disney together under one enormous roof for three days. From The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts to Disney Consumer Products and our numerous media networks, guests will revel in new discoveries, special panels and presentations, movie screenings, celebrity appearances and autograph signings, and gain fresh insights into movies, television, theme parks, animation, Disney history, and more. Special ‘early bird’ discounted tickets are available through December 31, 2012, and D23 Members receive an additional discount on tickets as well as special perks at the Expo.
Look for dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events to be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2013 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com. All events and dates are subject to change.
Current event calendar:
- March – April: D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
- April 13: 50 and Fabulous – Son of Flubber, Burbank, Calif.
- April 13: Mickey’s of Glendale shopping day, Glendale, Calif.
- May 4: D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
- June 1: D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
- June 8: 50 and Fabulous – Summer Magic, Burbank, Calif.
- June 8: Mickey’s of Glendale Shopping Day, Glendale, Calif.
- August 9–11: D23 Expo 2013, Anaheim, Calif.
- September: Sip & Stroll, Walt Disney World Resort
- September 14: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
- September 15: 50 and Fabulous - The Sword in the Stone, Burbank, Calif.
- November 2: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
- November 16: From the Vaults – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Burbank, Calif.
- December: Disney and Dickens, Burbank, Calif.
- December: D23’s Holiday Splendor, Walt Disney World Resort
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive benefits, including a quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at www.D23.com; a weekly email newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as exclusive events created especially for its members.
Gold-level D23 memberships are $74.99, and Silver-level memberships—which provide all benefits with the exception of a Disney twenty-three subscription—are just $34.99 a year. All discounts and special promotions are available to both Gold- and Silver-level D23 Members. A membership to D23 makes the perfect holiday gift.
Disney 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.
Tickets are free and will be available from Disney D23 on a first come, first serve basis beginning Wednesday, September 19 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.
Although the event page does not mention it, it’s worth noting that when Disney D23 made the same offer earlier this year for Disney/Pixar’s Brave, it required an account on seeitfirst.net, so you may want to ensure you have an account on it and can access it in advance just in case.
For more information and to obtain tickets when available, see the official event page.
Disney 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.
Each pack of eight sells for $7.95 and subscribers will automatically receive two packs approximately every 4-6 weeks automatically, with the ability to cancel at any time. As an introductory offer, the first pack is just $1.95 and the shipping and processing fees (normally $3.95 per shipment) are waived.
The series will be available to the public beginning September 1, but Disney D23 members have the opportunity to purchase the series subscription beginning today. As an added bonus, the first 1,000 members to subscribe to the series will receive three bonus cards, commemorating Steamboat Willie, Brave Little Tailor and The Band Concert.
The series is being sold and fulfilled by Buena Vista Catalogue Co., which is owned by The Walt Disney Company. You can view additional information as well as purchase online here, although there have been several reports of problems doing so at this time. Orders have been made successfully over the phone at 1-888-265-9100 (Monday – Friday, 8 am – 1 am ET). Note that each pack is identical relative to its particular shipment wave.
Inside ‘Disney twenty-three’ Fall 2012 Edition: California Adventure, ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’
Available 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.
‘Disney fans around the world are flocking to Disney California Adventure to experience the extraordinary transformation of the park,’ said Steven Clark, D23 head. ‘With the fall issue of the magazine, we decided to take D23 Members more deeply than ever into the making of 20 new attractions and shows that have been added to the park during the five-year expansion.’
The fall issue also celebrates ABC’s hit series ‘Once Upon A Time,’ looking at the show’s roots in Disney mythology and offering a sneak peek at its upcoming second season. The story features exclusive interviews with the show’s creators and stars, including Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin – a D23 Member who opens up about her love of all things Disney.
Other highlights of the fall 2012 edition of Disney twenty-three include:
- Unlock the doors of ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives’ and see some of the iconic pieces now on display at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
- Get early details from director Tim Burton on his latest monster of a movie, Frankenweenie
- Pay tribute to groundbreaking author and futurist Ray Bradbury with a heartwarming remembrance by Disney Legend Marty Sklar
- Celebrate Disney Legend Alice Davis, who recently received a window on Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., next to her late husband, Marc, one of Walt Disney’s famed ‘Nine Old Men’
- Get answers to ’23 Questions’ with Newsies star Bill Pullman
As always, Disney D23 gold level members, who receive a copy of the magazine as part of their membership, can look forward to a little something extra. The gold level member edition of Disney twenty-three includes the full wrap-around cover seen below as well as a bonus gift: a magnetic ‘postcard’ celebrating the Disney California Adventure expansion.
Plus, for the first time ever, D23.com will feature exclusive online articles in conjunction with the magazine. Beginning August 14, 2012, the following online articles will be available to read:
- Featuring exclusive artwork, Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reveals the initial plans and ideas for ‘Carland’ — the car-themed land that was in development for Disney California Adventure before it became Cars Land
- ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ showcases 23 ‘hidden’ Disney references embedded in its first season
- ‘Once Upon A Time’ stars Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Raphael Sbarge and Josh Dallas reveal their favorite Disney movies, characters, theme park attractions and memories
- Exclusive outtakes from Disney twenty-three‘s interview with Frankenweenie director Tim Burton
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.
Right now, Disney D23 Expo 2013 is gearing up to be the biggest and best ever. Being held August 9-11, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center near the Disneyland Resort, D23 Expo unites The Walt Disney Company with fans and fans with other fans. More than 40,000 fans congregated in 2011 to explore the past, present and future of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Interactive Studios, Disney/ABC Television and more, with the third expo promising even more.
Disney D23 has provided us with just some of the returning favorites as well as new additions to provide a more enjoyable experience for attendees.
The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives returns to Disney D23 Expo with a 12,000 square foot display offering glimpses at some of the most coveted items from the Studios’ rich history.
Also returning will be the fan art contest, which has paid homage to Donald Duck as well as the 50th anniversary of 101 Dalmatians. The contest in 2013 promises to be practically perfect, however, as it honors the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins.
The Disney Legends ceremony will also return, taking place in conjunction with the expo. Stay tuned to learn who the honorees will be this time around.
LARGER FLOOR, INCREASED ROOM CAPACITIES
For 2013, the Disney D23 Expo will serve up more space on the floor as well as inside its presentation rooms to make the magic more accessible to as many attendees as possible. The show floor will be comprised of Halls A, B, C and D of the Convention Center. In addition, the show will feature an expanded collectors’ forum, the popular destination for Disney fans to meet with other fans who offer various Disney-related products and services.
In addition to increased floor space, Stage 23, the largest presentation area outside of the Arena will be expanded to accommodate nearly 2,000 attendees. As for the Arena itself, which quickly fills to capacity for its major presentations, an overflow room will be provided with a live video feed for more than 2,000 attendees unable to make it into the Arena itself.
Attendees who are Disney D23 members will also continue to have special benefits such as early admission to the show floor. Charter members will also again have access to a special lounge where they can relax and meet with other members throughout the day.
TICKET PRICE INCREASE
Not surprisingly, 2013 will see a price increase in admission, but it’s really not all that terrible in the grand scheme of things (see the Sorcerer package for that). All three tiers (early bird, advanced, regular) still exist and essentially the regular (highest) prices for 2011 have become the early bird prices for 2013 with increases at the remaining tiers accordingly. The full tier pricing and dates are as follows:
EARLY BIRD (August 9, 2012 – December 31)
- D23 Member 1 Day: $40 Adult, $32 Child
- D23 Member 3 Day: $115 Adult, $91 Child
- Non-Member 1 Day: $47 Adult, $37 Child
- Non-Member 3 Day: $136 Adult, $106 Child
ADVANCED (January 1, 2013 – June 15)
- D23 Member 1 Day: $45 Adult, $37 Child
- D23 Member 3 Day: $130 Adult, $106 Child
- Non-Member 1 Day: $52 Adult, $42 Child
- Non-Member 3 Day: $151 Adult, $121 Child
REGULAR / EXPO ADMISSION (June 16, 2013 – August 11)
- D23 Member 1 Day: $50 Adult, $42 Child
- D23 Member 3 Day: $145 Adult, $121 Child
- Non-Member 1 Day: $57 Adult, $47 Child
- Non-Member 3 Day: $166 Adult, $136 Child
The Sorcerer package returns in 2013, but the price has now increased to $1500 per ticket. Only D23 members are allowed to purchase the package, but each member may buy up to 2 additional tickets.
Benefits of the Sorcerer package includes:
- Three-day admission ticket
- Reserved seating at all presentations in the D23 Arena and Stage 23
- Commemorative Sorcerer credential
- Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
- Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store and the Treasure Trove the day before the Expo is open to guests
- Exclusive tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
- Private welcome reception
- Special entrance to the Expo each morning
- Hardbound Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives catalog
- Hardbound Disney Legends ceremony commemorative program
- A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
- Exclusive D23 Expo 2013 tote bag filled with gifts
- “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
- Access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge
Tickets at all levels will become available for purchase beginning Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10 am PST at d23expo.com
On Friday, July 6, 2012, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library will debut its newest rotating exhibit in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Library.’ This will represent the largest single, assembled collection of items from the Studio’s Archives ever on public display which is fitting as the Reagan Library’s Museum is the largest of its kind, welcoming more than half a million visitors annually and housing an actual Boeing 707 jet which served as Air Force One for several United States presidents, including Ronald Reagan, the last to use this specific plane.
Although Walt Disney shared personal relationships with several U.S. Presidents, his relationship with actor-turned-governor-turned-president Reagan is arguably the strongest. Reagan, of course, served as one of the television hosts at the opening of the Disneyland theme park and maintained a relationship with the company for decades more, holding his second inaugural parade at Epcot. Many of the items on display in the exhibit are in fact on loan from the Ronald Reagan Foundation.
The Disney Archives exhibit is so large in fact, that the Museum voluntarily removed a partition wall to accommodate it. Consisting of more than 500 items, the Archives exhibit chronicles roughly 90 years of Disney history, beginning with Laugh-O-Gram’s Alice comedies to the creation and loss of creative control of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to the birth of Mickey Mouse and what would become The Walt Disney Company. While many of the items have been on public display before, such as at the Disney D23 Expo displays and at the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland and other places, many items have never been on public display before. In addition, there are several firsts at the exhibit including the first time the prop books used in the openings of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty have ever been on display together as well as all 44 busts from the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. What makes the collection even more significant is up through George W. Bush, all of the sculpts were created by master sculptor Blaine Gibson who would come out of retirement temporarily to do so (Gibson also famously created Partners statue seen in the central plaza area of many of the Magic Kingdom parks). Valerie Edwards, who studied under Gibson, created the sculpt for Obama.
We are proud to have been part of a small, invited group allowed to preview the Archives before it opens to the public later this week and sent Samantha Henriksen to experience the new exhibit and report on it which she has done through the video and photos presented below. Despite the sheer number of photos presented here, we can assure you that there are at least just as many that we opted not to share at this time and there’s still plenty she didn’t capture on camera.
In the video below, the group is addressed first by Foundation Executive Director John Heubusch, who talks a bit about the museum and the historical significance of the partnership. Also speaking is D23 head Steven Clark, along with a brief appearance by Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline. Samantha then takes us for an amazing up-close look at some of the items on display such as Walt Disney’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank (both offices were at one time on display at Disneyland, but the other office is now part of the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), the Hall of Presidents sculpts, the 11 foot model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a large wall collage saluting contemporary animated films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.
Below is our gallery of photos of some of the items on display at the Archives. Click on any of the thumbnails to see larger versions:
Obviously it will take some time to peruse through the photos (we are told it’s not uncommon for those previewing the items to take upwards of three hours on the Disney exhibit alone), but here’s some personal favorites from the collection shared above:
- A three page telegram from Charles Mintz to Walt Disney regarding his and Universal’s reaction to the second Oswald short (hint: it wasn’t kind). Mintz even makes suggestions that Oswald should be ‘young and snappy looking’ and sport a monocle. Included is Walt’s hand-written response which ends with ‘forget the monicle [sic].’
- The original animation script for Steamboat Willie as drawn by Ub Iwerks and typed by Walt Disney. Walt reportedly kept the script in his desk permanently. Besides the illustrations, what’s equally great is the scripting for all of the sound as this would be the first film to feature a synchronized soundtrack.
- Herb Ryman’s concept map for the Disneyland theme park. What we love about this is that you’ll note Jungle Cruise is located on the opposite side of where it ended up due to demands by vegetation.
- Costumes from the Disney Dreams photo campaign by Annie Leibovitz including Peter Pan as portrayed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Tinker Bell as portrayed by Tina Fey.
- A giant teapot from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for when she was small in the film and used it to hide in.
- A letter from then-nine year old Amy Carter to the Walt Disney Studios professing her affection for Evinrude from The Rescuers and requesting a picture of him.
The ‘D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Library’ will open July 6, 2012 and will be presented through April 2013. The museum, located in Simi Valley, California, is open daily except for a few major holidays. Because of the museum’s popularity, it is advised that those interested in visiting the museum take advantage of the new online ticketing system which will guarantee entrance on a specific future date/time. The system also allows future guests to reserve use of its innovative audio tour (narrated by Gary Sinise and includes information on the Disney Archives exhibit) which doubles as a photo/video camera, and pre-purchase meals and souvenirs such as the Disney exhibition catalog. In addition, D23 members receive a small discount on admission and may enter the Disney exhibit as early as 9:30 am half an hour before non-members (requires 9:30 am – 10:00 am timed ticket).
Although the museum has a fairly liberal camera policy in most areas, we have been advised that the Disney exhibit permits only the use of non-flash photography and does not permit videography of any kind. Lastly, as mentioned earlier in the article, prepare for ample time to visit the exhibit, approximately 3 hours for the Disney exhibit itself along with 2-3 hours for the remainder of the museum.
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.
In 2012, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will take the show on the road as it kicks off a year-long celebration for D23 members with a bold lineup of fantastic events.
Throughout the year, D23 will delight Disney fans from Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Palm Springs to Orlando, Burbank and even Marceline, Missouri — Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown — with the thrill and excitement of uniquely magical Disney experiences.
“To help D23 celebrate its third ‘fanniversary,’ we developed the most exciting lineup yet of special events to bring our members truly one-of-a-kind Disney experiences,” said Steven Clark, head of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. “We’re excited to visit our fans all around the country, and to create events we hope will surprise and delight them.”
Starting the year are two new extraordinary experiences: D23′s JOURNEY TO MARCELINE and D23 PRESENTS THESMOKE TREE RANCH ROUNDUP.
For the first time ever, a special tour of Walt’s boyhood hometown — Marceline, Missouri — will take place for D23 members on March 14. Led by Disney archivists, the daylong Journey to Marceline explores this small town (pop. 2,221) in ways that will have special resonance for Disney fans.
In his later life, Walt found unique inspiration at Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs, and during the incredible, three-day Smoke Tree Ranch Roundup (January 23-25), D23 Members can experience this exclusive retreat in a completely unique way. In another first-of-its-kind, immersive experience, Disney fans will get to see what Walt called “my own laughing place,” taking part in screenings, presentations, activities and delectable meals, all while staying in a Smoke Tree Ranch cottage.
In the spring, D23 takes the party on the road with the D23 ‘FANNIVERSARY’ CELEBRATION. It commemorates more than 40 unforgettable Disney magical milestones, each celebrating an anniversary in 2012. Hosted by Disney archivists, D23 Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Orlando, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles and revisits some of the most beloved Disney theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series and more from 85 years of Disney history. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.
In the summer, D23 will offer an all-new “Destination D” event – DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATION, held over two days at the Disneyland Resort in California (August 11-12). As Disney marks the 75th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, D23 marks the occasion by gathering many renowned Disney animation legends along with top Disney animators, voice talent (past and present) and composers — plus interesting demonstrations, fascinating presentations, autograph sessions and the chance to see entertaining animation rarities from the Disney vaults –all in celebration of 75 years of Disney feature animation.
Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular series of movie screenings at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. With a new series, FROM THE VAULTS, D23 will bring favorite live-action films back to the big screen, including special 20th anniversary screenings of Newsies (February 25) and Sister Act (May 26), plus the classic Disney adaptation of Treasure Island (September 22). D23′s 50 AND FABULOUS series also returns in 2012, with In Search of the Castaways (June 23).
The year also includes four special weekends of member-only tours of the Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank, which are planned for February 11-12, April 28-29, September 8-9 and November 10-11 — doubling the capacity of these consistently sold-out D23 events.
In the fall, during Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, D23′s popular Sip & Stroll event gets a Halloween twist and becomes SIP & SCREAM (October 2012). And during the holiday season D23 will again hold back-to-back presentations of its popular holiday offerings — DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December) and MAGIC & MERRIMENT (at Walt Disney World Resort, tentative dates: December 7-8 and 9-10), doubling your Disney holiday fun.
Look for more D23 events to be announced throughout the year including details on an Epcot 30th anniversary celebration and a fun-filled D23 third anniversary party at the Disneyland Resort. Full details on D23′s lineup of 2012 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at http://www.Disney.com/D23. All events and dates are subject to change.