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Hey All!

I had a very busy week last week! I was invited by D23 to attend a very special event about what was in store for D23 for the Holidays. What’s a holiday gift that will surprise and delight the Disney fan on your list throughout the year?  The gift of membership in D23: The Official Disney Fan Club!  A Gold-Level Membership to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings the incredible history and legacy of Disney to life, while offering exclusive peeks into Disney’s amazing future.

What is included in a D23 membership, well as Gold Level membership you get:

·       The quarterly Disney twenty-three magazine

·       Collectible gift (accompanies magazine)

·       An annual gift for new and renewing members

·       Personalized membership certificate

·       Personalized membership card and More!

You can find all the details on memberships HERE.

At this event we learned of all the amazing upcoming events for 2012 and what their next D23 Magazine will be featuring. We also got to take a Tour of the Disney Archives and meet some amazing Disney legends. It was a life changing once in a life time opportunity.

Here is a what I found out about what is going on in 2012 for D23!


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 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 wayIn another first-of-its-kind, immersive experience, Disney fans will get to take part in screenings, presentations, activities and delectable meals, all while staying in a Smoke Tree Ranch cottage.

In the summer, DESTINATION D: 75 YEARS OF DISNEY ANIMATION will be 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 topDisney 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.

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.

Also at the event we toured the Archives and save never before seen items that were taken out of the vaults just for us!

Like this animation cell image from Steam Boat Willie!

And this script for Steam boat Willie hand written by Walt Disney himself!

My favorite thing that we saw had to be the lost/cut scene from Dumbo! If you Click on the IMAGE BELOW OF THE DISNEY ARCHIVES SIGN you will see an entire Google PLUS slide show of everything I got to experience in the Archives!

A huge thanks to John for this inviting me to this amazing Opportunity, Steven Clark, the head of D23,  Tim of D23 and Disney hall of famer, The amazing Becky of the Disney Archives, Laura Sanchez from D23 who gives the best tours of the Studio ever and to the DISNEY GEEK!

Yes I also met the Disney Geek Jeffrey, who is my New favorite person in the world. lol. Watch his youtube shows. They are amazing. And as promised I kept our little Enchanted secret.


We got to here Disney Lyrisist legend Richard Sherman who worked on films like Mary Poppins play songs from the film. He played on Walt Disney’s piano which hasn’t been played on in years. I almost cried seeing this. You can see in the videos below. Sorry they were shot on my iphone and I don’t know why they are so narrow. And hope you don’t mind my singing!

He also played a never before heard song called Chimpanzoo!

Here is a picture of all of us with all of the legends! Some of which are 100 years old so this really was a once in a lifetime opportunity!

In this picture you will find:

  • Kathryn Beaumont, voice of Alice and of Wendy Darling
  • Alice Davis, Imagineer and costume designer
  • Lisa Davis, voice of Anita in “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”
  • Joe Hale, animation producer
  • Dickie Jones, voice of Pinocchio
  • Margaret Kerry, live-action model for Tinker Bell
  • Floyd Norman, animator and “story man”
  • Richard Sherman, composer and lyricist
  • Ruthie Thompson, supervisor of Scene Planning department (Ink & Paint)
  • Tyrus Wong, background artist

We are all standing in front of the original Disney Animation building where some of the legendary Disney Films were created.

If you’re not a D23 member, pray Santa brings you a membership so you too can see all of this Disney history. If you’re a Disney fan it’s a must have!

***Disclosure: I was not compensated or paid in any way for this post. I attended THIS AMAZING EVENT and I am sharing this for the benefit of my readers. All opinions are my own.***