D23 Expo & Join the Disney Fan Club D23 Now! Calling all Disney Fans!

Hey All!

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to learn about D23, the Disney’s Official Fan Club and upcoming conference event at Disney’s unofficial “Clubhouse” The Walt Disney Studios (also known as the world headquarters of The Walt Disney Company). I was so excited to be invited back to the studio to learn about this amazing event and program and to tour the Disney archives. I thought this was a once in a lifetime event that I couldn’t miss. Who wouldn’t want to see what treasures are locked up in the Disney archives.

I learned so much about D23 and all the amazing things  things they offer Disney fans. For all of you who don’t know about D23 well let me tell you!

D23 is the official community for Disney Fans! It’s the first of its kind in the Company’s 85-year history. To thank all of their fans they created D23 with its one-of-a-kind experiences, special events, collectibles, an amazing quarterly publication, Web site, and opportunities to meet others who share the same affection and fascination for Disney. D23 offers fans an insider peek at every corner of Disney, from the Parks, animation and stage shows to television and film to the treasures of the legendary Walt Disney Archives.

We also got to meet Bill Farmer the VOICE OF GOOFY!

We got to see so many fantastic things at the Archives.

It was amazing to experience it with so many other bloggers.

I digress… Back to telling you about D23!

What does D23 mean you ask?
“D” stands for Disney, and “23″ represents 1923, the year that Walt Disney arrived in California and founded what was to ultimately become The Walt Disney Company.

D23 offers two levels of membership: D23 Gold Membership and D23 Silver Membership.

A one-year D23 Gold Membership includes:

-Disney twenty-three Quarterly Publication: A one-year subscription (four issues) to D23’s exquisite collectible magazine, filled with stunning photography, dazzling illustrations and the ultimate Disney insider perspective. It’s your all-access pass to discovering the magic of Disney’s past, present and future!

-Membership Card and Certificate: Your membership card and personalized, suitable-for-framing member certificate features Donald Duck hand drawn by Disney Legend-and the voice of Donald!-Tony Anselmo.

-2011 Annual Membership Gift, D23 Mickey Mouse Watch: Features charming Bandleader Mickey art and the numbers 2 and 3 highlighted (of course!) plus a leather band.

-Special Member Events: The opportunity to attend numerous D23 Member events throughout the year

-Exclusive Merchandise: D23 offers its members access to exclusive, limited-edition merchandise and collectibles.

-A discount on tickets to the D23 Expo 2011: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, August 19-21 in Anaheim, California.

-Subscription to bi-weekly D23 FanFare e-newsletter with breaking news and special offers. (You may opt out of receiving FanFare after your first e-newsletter arrives.)

-Special promotional offers and discounts throughout the year. Plus, stay connected to D23 every day at Disney.com/D23, featuring up-to-the-minute Disney news, feature stories, event info, merchandise and more.

D23 memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.The complete Membership Kit will arrive within 3-4 weeks.

The special fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, on stands August 2, is dedicated entirely to the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Readers are offered a look at how the resort was created, including revealing details behind the mysterious operation to acquire the vast expanse of Florida land needed to build Walt’s “vacation kingdom of the world.” With its nostalgic look back at attractions that have vanished but remain in the hearts of multiple generations, this commemorative issue also takes readers on an exclusive visit to the Magic Kingdom’s underground “city.” Readers are privy to a host of little-known facts that contribute to Walt Disney World’s remarkable history and give the Florida theme park its unique identity. An illuminating all-encompassing interview with Imagineering dynamo Eric Jacobson rounds out the issue, as he tours the Magic Kingdom with Disney twenty-three, pointing out some of his park favorites and giving readers a preview of the new, expanded Fantasyland.

And the D23 Silver Membership includes all of the above just minus the subscription to the magazine.

I was given a copy of the 1st ever issue of the magazine and it was amazing to read.

The folks at D23 Also told us about the amazing upcoming convention. I will be attending and can’t wait to report back to you all the amazing things I get to see! The D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Event for Fans and Families—brings the entire world of Disney under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center, providing guests with unprecedented access to Disney films, television and theme parks.

Disney’s D23 Expo is taking place from August 19-21! Disney film fans will go behind the scenes to explore the exciting roster of projects on the horizon at The Walt Disney Studios, with a variety of panel discussions, sneak peeks and exhibits.

One event I’m looking forward to from the Walt Disney Studios because my teen is dying to see the movie The Avengers! This event is on Saturday, August 20! Rich Ross, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios; Sean Bailey, president, production, The Walt Disney Studios; John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and Kevin Feige, producer and president, Marvel Studios, will present a not-to-be-missed look at The Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film slate, which includes Disney’s The Muppets, John Carter, Disney•Pixar’s Brave, Marvel’s The Avengers, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful and more.
With projects from Disney, Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Studios, this special presentation will feature never-before-seen footage and all-star appearances by Jason Segel, Kermit and Miss Piggy (Disney’s The Muppets), Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe (John Carter), Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd (Brave), Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph), cast members from Marvel’s The Avengers and other surprise guests.
Also in celebration of 25 years of movie making magic, five sessions will be devoted to the artistry and technical wizardry of Pixar:
* A Conversation with the Pixar Creative Team – Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend some time with the key figures responsible for Pixar’s unprecedented success, including John Lasseter (chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios), Jim Morris (general manager, Pixar Animation Studios), Pete Docter (director, Monsters, Inc., Up), Andrew Stanton (director, Finding Nemo, WALL-E), Bob Peterson (co-director, Up), Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (director, Brave) and Dan Scanlon (director, Monsters University).
* The Characters of Monsters University – Director Dan Scanlon and Production Designer Ricky Nierva discuss how they combine hair, horns and a lot of heart to bring the wonderful Monsters University characters to life.
* Michael Giacchino’s Music of Pixar – In this musical presentation, award-winning composer Michael Giacchino explores his early influences through the creation of modern-day classic scores from Ratatouille, Up and Cars 2.
* The Art of Brave – Production Designer Steve Pilcher and Shading Art Director Tia Kratter show how they and their team put paint to canvas and fingers to computer keys to create the stunning visuals of Scotland for Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film Brave.
* Pixar Shorts – This retrospective screening of the animation studio’s legendary short films will be followed by a panel discussion with several of the filmmakers, including Ralph Eggleston (director, For the Birds), Andy Jimenez (director, One Man Band), Angus MacLane (director, BURN-E), Pete Sohn (director, Partly Cloudy), Teddy Newton (director, Day & Night), and Enrico Casarosa (director, La Luna).
Expo attendees will also have access to advance screenings of an all-new 3D version of The Lion King, presented by RealD 3D, coming to theaters and homes this fall, and the upcoming ABC holiday special Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Out on the Expo floor, fans can explore the world of The Walt Disney Studios at their leisure with comprehensive exhibits, including:
* Walt Disney Studios Animation Pavilion – Experience the art, technology, culture and legacy of Walt Disney Animation Studios with filmmaker demonstrations, drawing classes, book signings, meet-and-greets and art exhibits.
* Walt Disney Studios In-Home Entertainment Pavilion – Dive into cutting-edge home entertainment technology and learn what the future holds for Disney movie fans, with sneak peeks of upcoming films in breathtaking high-definition Blu-ray 3D and more.
* Inside Tides: Pirates of the Caribbean Film Prop Collection – Get an up-close look at an exclusive collection of detailed set pieces, props and costumes from the billion-dollar blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Tickets to the D23 Expo are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Tickets are still available for the 2011 D23 Expo via the event website. One-day tickets are available, and D23 members receive a discount on admission. The early discount period is now over, and advance purchase tickets cost the same as you’ll pay at the event, but by purchasing in advance you’ll save time at the Expo, and avoid the possibility that the day(s) you want to visit might sell out.

Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo, including the Disney Legends Ceremony, and can be purchased for single days or for the full three days of festivities. Admission is $47 for a one-day adult ticket and $37 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $136 for adults and $106 for children. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will receive a discount for up to four admissions, as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests.
If you’re in California and you’re a Disney Fan I highly recommend you come down for the D23 Expo! I also highly recommend you join D23! If you’re a huge Disney fan like I am then you need to be part of D23!
To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow them at “DisneyD23” on Twitter.com/DisneyD23, YouTube and Facebook.com/DisneyD23.
***Disclosure: I received a gift bag filled with D23 info and items as well as a media pass to attend the convention. I was not compensated in any way for this post. All Opinions are my own.***