Your favorite walk is down Main Street, U.S.A., and your heart skips a beat at the sight of the world’s most beloved mouse. You know the lyrics to every Disney song, and one of your favorite pastimes is wishing upon a star. You’re a fan of all things Disney, and up until now you’ve had no official community to share your passion for Disney, to celebrate timeless Disney stories and traditions with other fans. That all changed today when Disney President and CEO Bob Iger officially launched D23, the first official community for Disney fans.
Named in honor of the year 1923, when Walt left Kansas City, headed for Hollywood and founded what would become the Disney Studios, D23 gives Disney fans VIP access to all things Disney through this brand-new Web site; Disney twenty-three, the club’s beautiful quarterly magazine; and, in perhaps the most exciting news of all, the D23 Expo, a Disney fan mega event to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center this fall!
The fun all begins when you sign up for membership ($75). Members will receive a personalized membership card and a suitable-for-framing membership certificate featuring many of your favorite classic Disney characters from the hand of Disney Master Artist Dave Pacheco — the perfect one-of-a-kind collectible to adorn the walls of any fan’s room. Members will also receive a special gift from the Walt Disney Archives Collection, a new line of merchandise created especially for D23.
Membership includes a one-year subscription to Disney twenty-three, an all-new quarterly publication that no Disney fan can to do without! Not only will D23 offer an exciting yearlong schedule of magical, one-of-a-kind events — everything from advance screenings of Disney films to exclusive gatherings in Disney parks — but today’s announcement of the first-ever D23 Expo is sure to thrill Disney fans the world over. This year’s first-ever D23 Expo, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center across the street from Disneyland September 10–13, promises to be the “ultimate Disney fan experience,” Steven says. It will feature an all-star lineup of Disney Legends and contemporary visionaries representing every area of the Company who will lead fans down memory lane and draw back the curtain for an exclusive look at what’s coming next. “Look for celebrity appearances, interactive exhibitions, sneak peeks, film screenings, one-of-a-kind merchandise, a collectors’ forum and many other surprises still in the works,” Steven adds.
D23 community members — or anyone else for that matter — can head to this Web site for behind-the-scenes features, up-to-the-minute Disney news and the latest news from insiders from every part of the Company. The site builds on the content of twenty-three magazine by publishing behind-the-scenes features and interviews with Disney stars of today and from the past, the latest celebrity images and breaking news from every part of Disney. There’s also member-exclusive merchandise at Boutique 23, and even more exciting, this online experience will, for the first time ever, open the Walt Disney Archives to fans, sharing stories and treasures that previously only Disney employees and Cast Members could access.