Five Fascinating Facts—Disney Legend Don Iwerks

On Friday, April 8, a group of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members are invited to Lunch with a Disney Legend: Don Iwerks at the Disney Studio lot in Burbank. During the intimate luncheon, guests will have the opportunity to talk with Don about his 35-year Disney career, which included the development of innovative cinematography and film projection systems. Thanks to Don,…

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First D23 Members Tour Walt Disney’s Office Suite

Friday, January 29, 2016, was a day to be remembered for D23. An intimate group of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members were the very first D23 group to tour Walt Disney’s newly restored office suite on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California!

Throughout the magical afternoon, members attended a behind-the-scenes presentation by the staffs of the Disney…

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Coming Up Roses

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, most of the country typically experiences a wintery wonderland of chilly white landscapes, illuminated by festive holiday lights and accented with the scent of telltale aromas from busy fireplaces. But in Southern California, the sky is usually a vibrant blue, the temperatures brisk (Brrrr! It can get all the way down to 60…

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D23 Member Gift for 2016 Highlights Disney’s Rich Legacy

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club didn’t have to look far for inspiration for its 2016 Gold Member gift, “From the Office of Walt Disney.” To celebrate the restoration of Walt Disney’s office suite on the Studios’ Burbank lot, the Walt Disney Archives worked with D23 to meticulously reproduce 23 unique pieces from Walt’s career that trace his path from…

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D23’s Top 15 of 2015

2015 was truly amazing in so many ways… a phenomenal D23 EXPO 2015 (chock full of thrilling announcements); the launch of Disneyland Resort’s dazzling Diamond Celebration; and, of course, the mega-huge premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Join us for a look back at 15 moments that captivated D23 Members and fans, in the order they occurred.

Disney Wins…

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Scintillating Swiss Family Robinson Fun Facts

Anyone who has seen Swiss Family Robinson, which was released on December 21, 1960, danced the “Swisskapolka,” entranced by the lush scenery, heartwarming familial affection, bold heroics and sweeping adventure. Described by Walt Disney himself as “one of the greatest adventure stories of all time,” this widescreen epic tells of the resourceful…

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Concept art for proposed Disneyland in Burbank

Walt Disney’s Proposed Theme Park in Burbank

Years before Disneyland opened, Walt Disney and his staff considered building an amusement enterprise right across the street from their Burbank studio.

Long-time Disney fans will likely know the story about how, in 1951, Walt Disney approached artist Harper Goff to create some illustrations for a potential amusement enterprise (what we know today as a “theme…

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Walt Disney Studios Burbank Location in 1930s

Beginning of Move from Hyperion Studio to Burbank Studio

As families grow, it’s sometimes necessary to move into new homes. That was certainly the case as the Disney family grew. For 14 years, the Disney Studios were located on Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. This is where Mickey Mouse was “born” in 1928, as well as Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and a princess named Snow White. With the success of…

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