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Exclusive: Memories from 30 Years of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway

By Courtney Potter

It’s a tale as old as time that’s been delighting audiences around the world for three incredible, tuneful decades. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast officially opened at the Palace Theatre in New York City on April 18, 1994—bringing the iconic story and songs from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning film to life in a thrilling new way... and setting the stage, so to speak, for the entertainment juggernaut that is Disney on Broadway.

To celebrate such a momentous occasion, D23 recently sat down to chat with several people who were there from the start: Natasha Katz, the show’s lighting designer, who would go on to design for several other Disney on Broadway productions (winning the Tony®Award for Aida); director and choreographer Matt West, who’ll soon be helming a newly reimagined 30th anniversary North American tour of the show; and Susan Egan, who originated the role of Belle on the Broadway stage.

Read on for some of behind-the-gray-stuff intel... and to learn more from these and other Disney on Broadway luminaries, D23 Gold Members can check out the Spring 2024 issue of the fan club’s collectible quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three!

In an image by Jacqueline Harriet, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz is seen sitting at her desk. She is wearing glasses, as well as a black blazer with a black and white striped shirt underneath. A window can be seen in the background, and various design accoutrement are seen on her desk to the left.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club: Can you tell us about some of your earliest Beauty and the Beast on Broadway memories? All of you were there, essentially, from the very beginning...

Natasha Katz (NK): There is no question that Beauty and the Beast changed my life forever. It was a turning point in my career... This was during the tenure of [then-Disney CEO] Michael Eisner and [then Disney Studios chairman] Jeffrey Katzenberg. Because they were very busy men, they weren’t there all the time—so they had an objectivity [toward] the show that was absolutely phenomenal and helped all of us, I think. That has always stayed with me and has been extremely helpful in my own way of looking at shows—to be able to find a way to separate yourself and look at it with “baby eyes,” so to speak. It was profound for me personally, that these two great producers that had come in. It was extraordinary.

Matt West (MW): [After having choreographed several projects for Disney], my team and I said, “We want to do a Broadway show. We want to take Disney to Broadway.” And [Eisner and Katzenberg] said, “Absolutely not. It’s hard to make money on Broadway.” But then they said, “You know what? You can ask us again. we might change our mind”... So we kept going back to them, and they let us start exploring some properties. At one point, Michael called and said, “What about Beauty and the Beast?” Frank Rich of The New York Times had called the 1991 film “the best musical of the season.” So the gauntlet was laid down... When they greenlit the show, it felt like we made the right steps to get to actually do Disney’s first Broadway show. And having danced on Broadway for many years and in many shows, I knew that Broadway is its own little thing—it is its own little nut to crack. So I knew there were going to be hurdles, and that Disney was a big company coming into Broadway—and that had not really been done before. The company really dealt with those hurdles brilliantly and easily and, I think, with a lot of class and style. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life.

Susan Egan (SE): I had just come off the road from Bye Bye Birdie with Tommy Tune, and my agent said, “You should go in for Beauty and the Beast.” I said, “I don’t even know what you’re talking about. The lead role is supposed to be ‘the most beautiful girl in the village.’ That’s not me.” I had spiky red hair. If they were auditioning for Peter Pan. I’m your girl, y’know? But Belle? Not me. But my agent said, “Well, you’ve never met this casting director; you should go in because you’re new in town.” So I went, and I made them laugh. I think it made them realize there’s more than one way to do things.

After the final round of callbacks, they didn’t make us wait—they called us that night. I didn’t know what to do with myself. And this is how long ago it was—I walked up to Blockbuster Video, after stopping at the deli to get some coffee crunch ice cream—and I rented Beauty and the Beast. I hadn’t seen it yet... I found out later that every single choice was unanimous. It took them 20 minutes to cast the show, which is wild. But I mean—it had to be Gary Beach [as Lumiere]; it had to be Beth Fowler [as Mrs. Potts]; it had to be Heath Lamberts [as Cogsworth]. It  just had to be Kenny Raskin [as Lefou]. It definitely had to be Burke Moses [as Gaston] and Terrance Mann [as the Beast]. It was just one of those really crazy experiences.

In an image by Curtis Brown, original Beauty and the Beast choreographer Matt West is seen in a Disney on Broadway dance studio. He is smiling and talking to an actor, who we see from behind. There are mirrors behind him, in which we see the blurry image of a drummer behind a drum set.

D23: How has working on Beauty and the Beast—and, in later years, other Disney on Broadway productions or different projects with the company—impacted your career as a whole?

NK: I’ve traveled the entire world with Disney on Broadway! So that’s a personal thing for me that’s just been so fulfilling—to meet and work with people from different cultures, speaking different languages. Not many people get that opportunity; it’s almost like a diplomatic mission. All of that is absolutely wonderful...

I have lived in an environment with Disney on Broadway where there’s so much trust and a real sense of family—not to mention cutting-edge technology all the time, and all the different kinds of resources that Disney has—and that has definitely transferred into every other show that I do. In a sense, “nothing is impossible” is the way I think, all the time. That is, without a doubt, the consequence of what Disney on Broadway has done to my psyche, so to speak. That’s profound.

MW: Well, that’s been equally as thrilling—to have this project, my first job as a choreographer on Broadway, grow and mature along with me... All these years with this particular project, they’ve allowed me the tools to go out and explore; it’s just a joy every time I get to jump back into the ring and recreate the show. In that way, I believe we’ve been able to keep Beauty and the Beast relevant. In fact, Linda Woolverton—who wrote the original screenplay and the original Broadway libretto—and I recently went in and “wordsmithed” it again. It keeps moving with the times. We’ve made it a little more contemporary in its feeling, but it’s still Beauty and the Beast.

What’s been especially exciting, over the years, is watching Disney on Broadway—something my team and I helped launch—grow to become the most successful theater-producing unit ever. I can’t really put into words what that journey has been like for me, but it’s something that’s very near and dear to my heart.

SE: It was one of those really crazy experiences. In retrospect, everybody thought, “Well, of course Disney is [now] on Broadway”—but at the time, there was no guarantee... but something struck a chord. And that’s why I still work with Disney today; I produce for Disney now [with Disney Princess – The Concert]. It’s that Disney magic that brings people together, from all kinds of fronts. [With the shows I help produce], I’ve got a cast right now in Jakarta, in Macao; we’ve been to Saudi Arabia and Qatar—they don’t speak English, but they’re all singing “Let it Go” from Frozen!

In an image by Joan Marcus, original Beauty and the Beast on Broadway cast member Susan Egan, as Belle, stands with fellow cast member Tom Bosley as Maurice. Bosley is standing behind Egan; he is wearing a hat, glasses, and a vest, and she is wearing Belle’s signature blue dress with a white apron.

D23: Anything else you’d like to share about your experiences with Beauty and the Beast on Broadway?

NK: I think Beauty and the Beast—and Disney on Broadway in general—works so well on stage because it’s all about having a heart; that is a big part of it. And then you add everything else, which is think about all the incredible music, the incredible lyrics, the visuals; the magic of it, both for children and for grown-ups. That’s one of the things that Disney does unbelievably well—it’s just as good for grown-ups as it is for kids... All of that is a huge, huge part of it. And putting the right teams together, too. That’s the other thing—getting the right people in the room together. But in any case, I think it’s all about heart and love and kindness and working through sometimes scary situations to “get somewhere.” The loss of a parent; the loss of a sister—all those kinds of things are universal.

And there’s a familial feeling, that’s been such an endearing part of my life—as well as a metaphor for what the shows are, in the sense. That’s how it translates. Everybody working at Disney on Broadway, they’re all working from their heart to make the best show they can for the audience.

MW: These are amazing characters. They are in the animated films. To bring them to life—if the people who continue to bring these stories to life on stage are kind to the peace and honorable to the piece and make sure that people recognize these characters and their fate, we’ll have won. Because I believe that when people go to see a Disney show like Beauty and the Beast or something else that they’ve seen on screen—and that they know and they can sing all the words to—they want to feel it... They still need that Disney magic and that spark. And I think that we’re able to supply that magic feeling that no other show on Broadway has. It’s a special kind of gift that we get from the writers, and we’re able to then gift it to the audience.

SE: A common denominator is that everybody who works at Disney loves their job; there may be tough times, as with anything, but they’re fans of the product first... and Disney has a new generation of fans every five years. Beauty and the Beast is not old to the 3-year-old who’s watching the film for the first time, or to the child who’s seeing the musical for the first time ever.

Doing Beauty and the Beast was, all clichés aside, a total fairy-tale dream come true. I mean, I think the first fitting I went to, where they put that dress on me, I thought, “Just to look at the hand stitching!” I thought about the women who were sewing it—how much they cared; they would show me things the audience would never see, like in her bloomers. They had handstitched these flowers into them so that Susan, as Belle, would have something that her mother—who has died—created. They thought of everything for everybody at every level on that production; they cared so deeply about making it amazing. Nobody ever spoke down to this material. And that’s, I think, what made it great.

Beauty and the Beast can currently be seen on tour in Australia and in Tokyo—and a North American Tour will launch in summer 2025!

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Disney Imagineer Lanny Smoot Reflects on Being Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

By Zach Johnson

With more than 100 lifetime patents, The Walt Disney Company’s most prolific inventor, Lanny Smoot—the Disney Research Fellow and Imagineer behind numerous astonishing special effects at Disney parks around the world—was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame last week.

Smoot is the first Disney Imagineer to receive this prestigious recognition and only the second individual from The Walt Disney Company to be inducted—the first being Walt Disney himself, honored posthumously in 2000 for the multiplane camera.

“I am proud and excited, and at the same time humbled, because this amazing honor has also been bestowed upon the likes of Thomas Edison,” Smoot says. “Bringing it a little closer to home, it was also given to personal heroes of mine, like Jim West, inventor of the electret microphone that we all carry in our cell phones and laptops—and, bringing it even closer, to Walt Disney himself, whose vision is still the guiding light for all of my colleagues at The Walt Disney Company.”

Disney Imagineer Lanny Smoot points to his name in the National Inventors Hall of Fame during the Illumination Ceremony.
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For Smoot, getting to attend the dinner, ceremony, and after party with other luminaries was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A standout moment “was to walk across the stage and have the (very heavy) medal bestowed upon me, topping off the event and making it ‘real’ in some ways,” he says. Smoot adds that another highlight “was that I might become a better role model for young people, especially those who look like me, to consider careers in engineering, the sciences, and invention and have as much fun as I have had in doing so.”

In choosing which patent to list during his National Inventors Hall of Fame induction, Smoot selected one related to “Where’s the Fire?”. The interactive exhibit—which was featured in the Innoventions Pavilion at EPCOT for nearly 10 years—aimed to educate guests on both fire safety and the importance of fire prevention through engaging challenges.

“‘Where’s the Fire?’… was almost completely based on this single patent, which demonstrates the power of invention!” Smoot explains. “The interactive attraction allowed guests and families to use ‘X-Ray flashlights’ to see through the walls of faux homes, and to root out safety hazards. It was, of course, entertaining for our guests, but it also contributed towards them having safer lives. The combination of Disney entertainment, and the novel use of cutting-edge technology is always a part of the ‘Disney difference.'”

In the past 45 years, Smoot has demonstrated both imagination and skill, working as a theatrical technology creator, inventor, electrical engineer, scientist, and researcher, resulting in an impressive collection of 106 patents—74 of which were created during his 25 years at The Walt Disney Company.

Smoot is also the recipient of multiple awards and honors, including three Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) for his work on fan-favorite attractions and experiences, such as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland Park and Kim Possible: World Showcase Adventure at EPCOT. His expertise in theatrical technology earned him the esteemed title of TEA Master in 2020.

Needless to say, Smoot’s inventions—from the state-of-the-art extendable lightsaber used by Disney Live Entertainment to the Magic Playfloor aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ships—have created a multitude of magical moments for guests.

“One of the mottos of the Imagineers is, ‘We make the magic!’ We continuously use our imagination, and our technical skills in service of creating the entertaining, exciting, and often educating attractions that our guests enjoy,” Smoot says. “Before coming to Imagineering, I enjoyed a successful career in telecom research [at Bell Labs and later Bellcore in New Jersey], and I valued the freedom to create based on my continuing curiosity about what technology can do. Imagineering turbocharges that type of freedom and gave me an even wider canvas for my technical skills. Being a Fellow recognizes that I have made significant contributions to the Imagineering mission, and that I am trusted to continue in that crusade. Having the title means, ‘Keep doing what you are doing! We trust you that it will be good!'”

Currently, Smoot is working with other Disney Imagineers on the HoloTile Floor—the world’s first, and only, multi-person, omni-directional, modular, expandable treadmill floor.

“Its ability to move an unlimited number of people or objects on its surface in any direction, enables whole new applications,” Smoot says. “For instance, multiple persons in virtual reality headsets can stroll through real or fantastical locations, all in a physically small space, without bumping into each other or walking off the Floor. The HoloTile Floor could also be embedded in theatrical stages to allow performers to dance in ways that would elude the most talented performers standing on an ordinary stage. It can also be used as a design tool, to allow Imagineers to walk through their creations before they are even built.”

And Smoot is just getting started. “I love getting the ‘How do they do that?’ reactions from our theme park guests, and I remain curious about how far we can take technology in service of entertainment, so I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing,” he says. “Next project!”

Marvel Comics Tribute to 85 Years of Super Hero Stories

By Cecilia Sarantopoulos

Marvel Comics commemorates 85 legendary years with a special comic-book release on August 28. The Marvel 85th Anniversary Special showcases captivating covers by Kaare Andrews for the Marvel 85th Anniversary Main Cover and Luciano Vecchio for the Marvel 85th Anniversary Wraparound Variant Cover.

The Marvel 85th Anniversary Main Cover features Wolverine, Captain Britain, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Ms. Marvel, and Nightcrawler. The cover reads: “MARVEL 85th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL,” and “CELEBRATING MARVEL.”

Featuring a diverse array of writers including Ryan North, Alan Davis, Christopher Priest, Iman Vellani, Sabir Pirzada, Steve Skroce, and more, alongside artwork by Alan Davis, Steve Skroce, Josh Cassara, Stephen Byrne, Yuji Kaku and Carlo Pagulayan, this issue delves into the history of Marvel stories.

Set in the distant future of 85th century, the comic takes readers on a cosmic journey, exploring relics of Marvel’s past—from the Contest of Champions to Ms. Marvel’s triumphs.  The 72-page comic book one-shot promises a captivating read for fans.

QUIZ: Which Pixar Character Are You?

By Cecilia Sarantopoulou

As the magical celebrations at Pixar Fest continue to dazzle at Disneyland Resort through August 4, there’s no better time to immerse ourselves in the Pixar universe.

Uncover your Pixar counterpart belowand who knows, you might just stumble upon a revelation or two about yourself along the way!

When faced with a crisis, what’s your first instinct?

How do you handle challenging emotions?

What’s your approach to making new friends?

What motivates you most in life?

How do you handle disagreements with others?

What is your biggest fear?

QUIZ: Which Pixar Character Are You?
Woody from the "Toy Story" franchise

In a scene from Toy Story 4, Woody (left), a cowboy toy voiced by Tom Hanks, is looking ahead. He is wearing a brown cowboy hat, a yellow plaid shirt, a cow print vest, and a red neckerchief. On the right, Buzz Lightyear, a superhero toy action figure voiced by Tim Allen, is wearing a white and green space suit with purple accents, complete with retractable wings, and a red laser button on the chest. The background features neon lights and an elevated white surface with blue accents.

You are smart, determined, and deeply loyal to your friends and loved ones. Like Woody, you may occasionally grapple with feelings of insecurity and fear of change, but your strategic mindset and unwavering commitment make you a reliable and trustworthy companion.
Miguel from "Coco"

In a scene from the movie Coco, Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) strums his guitar in a moonlit room. Glowing, orange petals gather on the floor and swirl around Miguel, who is wearing a red hoodie with white stripes along the sleeves, blue jeans, and black boots.

You are a dreamer at heart, passionate about pursuing your aspirations while valuing family above all else. Like Miguel, you may sometimes struggle to put your needs first, but your determination and kind-hearted nature always shine through.
Carl from "Up"

In a scene from the movie Up, Carl (voiced by Edward Asner) is wearing a brown, wool jacket, a black bowtie, a white shirt, and black square glasses. He gazes ahead in amazement. A pin on the left side of his jacket reads “GRAPE SODA.” Behind him, the background reveals a blue sky with large rocks.

You possess a strong sense of loyalty and determination, often prioritizing the well-being of those you care about. Like Carl, you may have experienced loss and hardship but ultimately find the strength to embrace new adventures and let go of the past. Remember, adventure is out there!
Joy from "Inside Out"

In a scene from Inside Out, Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) is leaning on a large, pink controller with colorful buttons and levers. Joy is subtly glowing, and has short, blue hair. She rests on her elbows, palms cupping her face. The room’s floor is purple.

You exude positivity and happiness, always striving to uplift those around you. Like Joy, you may sometimes struggle with controlling situations and understanding the importance of other emotions, but your bright outlook on life is truly infectious.
Mei from "Turning Red"

In a scene from Turning Red, Meilin Lee (Mei), (voiced by Rosalie Chian), strolls along the sidewalk. Her short, dark hair is adorned with colorful pins. Mei wears thin, oval glasses, and a red knit cardigan paired with a blue denim skirt. A Tamagotchi dangles from her pink backpack as she holds a briefcase in her right hand. Behind her, Toronto’s Chinatown reveals buildings, a bus, and the exterior of a foot spa.

Confident and resilient, you embrace your true self despite facing challenges and societal expectations. Like Mei, you value authenticity and strive to forge your own path, standing up for what you believe in and finding strength in your relationships.
Joe Gardner from "Soul"

In a scene from Soul, Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is playing the piano. He is wearing a blue suit, a brown shirt, and black square glasses. The background of the photo, though out of focus, depicts Joe’s audience.

You are driven and focused on your goals, sometimes at the expense of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Like Joe, you may find yourself caught up in the pursuit of success, but it’s essential to remember to live in the moment and find joy in the journey.
Mike Wazowski from the "Monsters, Inc." franchise

In a scene from Monsters, Inc., Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) is a spherical round lime-skinned monster with a single emerald green, cyclopean eye. Mike is inside a bedroom, holding a microphone in his right hand. Standing on a stool with his right leg, the rest of his limbs stretch out/ The background shows the bedroom walls and windows.

Just like the spirited green monster, you approach life with a rational mindset and a fearless attitude. You’re hardworking, resourceful, and always ready to tackle any challenge head-on—though you might sometimes struggle to see things from others’ perspectives. Remember, your unique qualities make you stand out, so embrace them and use them to your advantage!

 

Was Mulan Real? D23 Members Get Special Access to Nat Geo During AAPI Heritage Month!

Welcome explorers! In honor of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re taking a closer look at legendary female warriors with our friends at National Geographic.

After the enormous success of the Mulan films, people have wondered whether the Chinese girl warrior depicted in those stories was real. It turns out that Mulan is one of many legendary female warriors and there is a long history of women all over the world who have taken up arms in high profile conflicts. Join National Geographic as they take a look at some of history’s most amazing women warriors and uncover the truth about Mulan: Fierce and female, these 7 warriors fought their way into history

Explore even further as a D23 Member with a 30-day free trial to Nat Geo Premium and enjoy full access to subscriber-exclusive content on natgeo.com and the Nat Geo app, immersive online-only experiences, and new stories published daily.

Continue the celebration with your favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander-led narratives on Disney+, where you can explore Asian and Pacific Islander Stories all month long. Discover new favorites and revisit classics from Walt Disney Animation Studios including Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Big Hero 6, Moana, and Raya and the Last Dragon. You can also keep celebrating AAPI talent and Asian destinations with National Geographic by watching Ancient China from Above, Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin, Restaurants at the End of the World, Lost Cities with Albert Lin and many more!

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Experience a burst of emotions at the iconic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA as Inside Out 2 lands on the big screen!

D23 Gold Members have exclusive access to a special discounted ticket price of $45 per ticket (normally $50) for the Inside Out 2 Thursday Fan Event on June 13, which includes one (1) reserved seat, event credential, popcorn, beverage, and Inside Out 2 tote!

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D23 Events Celebrating The Princess and the Frog – On the Menu at Walt Disney World Resort!

By the D23 Team

We’ve climbed the mountain; we’ve crossed the river… and we’re almost there! Wouldn’t you know it, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has dug just a little deeper, and we’re thrilled to share two exciting D23 events set to celebrate the rich legacy and poised future of a story that has captured the hearts of fans worldwide - The Princess and the Frog!

This summer, we’re taking our recipes to Walt Disney World, where we’ll be cooking up a pair of exceptional experiences custom-made for D23 Members! Mark your calendars for a day of flavorful fun unlike any other – June 22, 2024!

Graphic with an illustration of Tiana’s Palace in the orange and gold style of the “Almost There” sequence in the film: Patrons and restaurant employees are enjoying dinner, all with big smiles: A chef cooking eggs, a waiter holding bottles of wine on a tray, and two guests sitting at tables, one with a menu. There is an invitation to the right side depicting the event name “D23. Disney. The Princess and the Frog - 15th Anniversary Screening at Disney Springs.”

D23 The Princess and the Frog 15th Anniversary Screening at Disney Springs

First up on the menu, D23 General and Gold Members are invited to celebrate a milestone 15th anniversary with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club as we take fans back to the magic of New Orleans and the bayou with a special theatrical screening celebration of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Princess and the Frog at Disney Springs.

Much like Ray and his firefly family, we are flitting about with anticipation and aglow with joy! This film has inspired the world, and we’re especially excited to usher in the debut of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure with a screening of the first chapter in Tiana’s story that boasts a legacy like no other. Check out what to expect for this screening spectacular:

  • Pre-Screening Presentation: Kicking off this screening, D23 Members can enjoy a custom curated presentation, setting the stage for a very special anniversary experience!
  • Firefly-Featured Glow Pin: Featuring Ray gazing up at his lovely Evangeline, we’re thrilled to celebrate 15 Years of firefly love with a D23-Exclusive Keepsake! Fans at this event can mark this feature-film anniversary with an adorable pin, complete with glow-in-the-dark elements on Ray and Evangeline, as their gift from this screening event.
  • Tasty Treat from Gideon’s Bakehouse™: Jazzing up this screening experience even more, prepare your palates for a sensational sweet treat from fan-favorite Gideon’s Bakehouse™! Created exclusively for D23 Members in attendance at this anniversary screening, this Mardi Gras-Inspired Cookie features vanilla sugar cookie dough, festively decorated with purple, green, and gold sugar crystals, and filled with a delicious cinnamon pecan strudel.
  • A Drink on the House: Pair your cookie up with a soft drink or water from AMC’s concession stand with a soda or water voucher, effectively refreshing you for an enchanting screening experience!

We love this film as much as we love a piping plate of Tiana’s man-catchin’ beignets, and we’re so excited to celebrate this anniversary with the greatest fans this side of the bayou! Tickets are on sale May 16, 2024, at 11 a.m. PT, with this special celebration happening Saturday, June 22, 2024. Learn more about this event exclusive to both D23 General and Gold Members here. Please note this movie screening is an individually ticketed event and does not grant admission to “D23 Gold Member Celebration – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom Park.”

Image depicting event name in gold and shades of green: “D23 Gold Member Celebration. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom.” Tiana is wearing a yellow blouse, maroon scarf, and green-gray pants, looking straight forward, smiling with her arms casually crossed, standing at left of the image next to the name of the event against a background of gilded art-deco style patterns with gold and plush green.

D23 Gold Member Celebration – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom Park

Next up, Tiana’s Foods and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club extend a warm New Orleans invitation to D23 Gold Members, where they will be among the very first to experience Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom Park!

D23 Gold Members will be able to enjoy the attraction before it opens to the public, celebrating this exciting new adventure with a beautiful evening on the bayou! In case you’re wondering just what might be on the menu for this swampland celebration, here’s a look at we have cooking:

  • Festive Fun at Magic Kingdom Park: D23 Gold members will have access to Magic Kingdom Park during the event hours and will be able to experience the attraction as many times as they wish. (Check-in for this event begins at 5:00 p.m. ET at the Ticket and Transportation Center.) Members are invited to mingle and make some new friends with fellow guests as they snack on some tasty refreshments. After all, we’re on this earth to have some fun!
  • Musical Magic with Live Jazz Performances: While y’all are welcome to make a splash on this adventure again and again, we invite guests of this celebration to take in the enchanting evening ambiance of the bayou all while enjoying live jazz performances! We took Tiana’s advice and made sure to book a band before the festivities got into full swing. It’s time to dust off those dancing shoes!
  • Lively Lagniappe with D23 Gift: Guests in attendance will also receive a little “lagniappe,” (that’s how they say “a little something extra” in New Orleans!) with a D23-exclusive Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Commemorative Pin. We’re positive it’s going to bring your collection to a tantalizing simmer!

It’s sure to be a night full of heart and soul, made even more flavorful by the spice of life! Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 10 a.m. PT, with this sensational celebration happening on Saturday, June 22, 2024.  Learn more about this D23 Gold Member Exclusive event here. Please note this event is an individually ticketed event and does not grant admission to “D23 The Princess and the Frog 15thAnniversary Screening at Disney Springs.”

We hope you’re ready for a day of Mardi Gras magic with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club! You won’t find bigger fans of Tiana… other than Louis of course. It’s incredible to think of how far this story has come in the last 15 years, becoming an instant classic with generations of fans.  June 22, 2024, is going to be a day for the ages, and it’s our pleasure to savor these two special celebrations with fans like you! See y’all this summer on the bayou at Walt Disney World Resort!