Sit down for an intimate lunch with Disney Legend Burny Mattinson inside the private Buena Vista Room at The Walt Disney Studios.
Experience begins at 12 p.m. PT and will last approximately two hours. Check-in will begin at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Hyperion Bungalow at The Walt Disney Studios. Please do not arrive before 11:45 a.m.
At age 18, Burny Mattinson, an aspiring artist enamored with Disney animation, got his foot in the door at the Disney Studio mailroom. Little would Burny know that during a career lasting more than half a century, he would bring to life beloved animated characters; direct, produce, and develop story ideas for some of the most successful Disney classics of all time; and be honored with the prestigious Disney Legends Award.
On April 7, 2017, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will be treated to an intimate, three-course luncheon with Burny at The Walt Disney Studios, inside the private Buena Vista Room. During this exclusive event, D23 Members will have the chance to ask Burny about his 64-year career at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
After his first animation stint as an in-betweener on Lady and the Tramp (1955), Burny was soon promoted to assistant animator, working on such timeless productions as Sleeping Beauty (1959), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), and The Jungle Book (1967). He became a key animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974) and worked on storyboards for films like The Rescuers (1977), all the while assisting and learning from several of Walt Disney’s key animators (known as the Nine Old Men).
Burny went on to conceive and direct Mickey’s return to the big screen in Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983); he produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective (1986); and he contributed to story development during the “second golden age” of Disney animation through such films as Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and Mulan (1998). After being honored as a Disney Legend in 2008, Burny served as story supervisor for the animated feature Winnie the Pooh (2011) and in 2013 celebrated 60 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he continues work today.
This one-of-a-kind experience will also include an exclusive gift created just for you, as well as time to shop at the Disney Studio Store!
D23 Gold and Gold Family Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. There is an extremely limited number of tickets available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable. PLEASE BE ADVISED: Filming, photography, and other recording will take place at The Walt Disney Studios during the event you will be attending. The Walt Disney Company will be taking photos and filming at The Walt Disney Studios located at 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California. By entering the premises, you irrevocably consent to and authorize The Walt Disney Company, its affiliates, successors, and assigns (collectively “Producer”), to photograph you, make sound recordings of you, and use such photographs and recordings throughout the world, for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, television broadcasts and home entertainment products, including, but not limited to, home video and DVD. All such photographs and sound recordings will be the sole property of Producer.