D23 Gold Member gifts

So Much Swag! Unboxing 10 Years of D23 Gold Member Gifts

By Zach Johnson

In celebration of D23’s 10th anniversary, we’re unboxing the magic once again by taking a closer look at all the exclusive goodies our Gold Members have received over the years. From limited-edition lithographs to rare reproductions, D23 Gold Members have amassed quite a collection!

Without further ado, here is the complete list of annual D23…

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Beauty and the Beast

Ever a Surprise: The History and the Magic Behind the Ballroom in Beauty and the Beast

By Alexander Rannie

Few moments in animation linger in the mind as vividly as the ballroom sequence in Beauty and the Beast. The seamless combination of music (“Beauty and the Beast,” sung by Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts), hand-drawn animation (Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Belle and the Beast), and computer technology (the ballroom environment) leaves…

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Howard Ashman in the recording studio

The Legend Behind the Lyrics of Beauty and the Beast

By William Keck

“To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”

This dedication in the closing credits of Beauty and the Beast pays homage to the film’s lyricist, Howard Ashman, who never lived to see the final print. Were only real life as just and compassionate as the wonderful world of Disney,…

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Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth

Catching Up with the Enchanted Objects from Beauty and the Beast

By William Keck

In real life, sidekicks (usually our little brothers and sisters) can be, well, let’s face it—super annoying. But in Disney animated films, they are the characters who provide the biggest laughs and one-liners. There’s Ariel’s calypso-singing crab. Anna’s buck-toothed snowman. Peter’s jealous pixie. But it’s Beauty and the Beast’s…

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Mrs. Potts and Chip tea set

Mrs. Potts and Chip Tea Set

Enjoy tea for two with this darling duo from Beauty and the Beast as your décor.

Reminder
Cutting and scoring are intended only for grown-ups!

Materials

8 1/2” x 11” cardstock (we recommend 110-pound paper for best results)
Scissors
Cutting knife
Ruler
Glue

Directions

Print all the pieces on cardstock. Click here to download.

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Cogsworth Cupcakes

Cogsworth Cupcakes

It’s time for a treat! Enjoy these charming Cogsworth cupcakes from our friends at Disney Family.

Ingredients
Peach-colored frosting (Note: to make your own, simply stir 1 drop of red food coloring and 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring into 1 cup of butter cream frosting. This should be enough to frost 1/2 dozen cupcakes)
A cupcake
A Tootsie Roll…

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Mrs. Potts cake pops

Mrs. Potts Cake Pops

The perfect afternoon tea treat! Enjoy these Mrs. Potts cake pops from our friends at Disney Family.

Ingredients
1 box cake mix (bake as directed on box for 13×9 cake)
One 16-ounce can of ready-made frosting
Wax paper
Baking sheets
White candy coating
Purple candy melts (teapot lid and base)
White licorice pastilles for spout (we used Good & Plenty)
Yellow…

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Lumiere

Beauty and the Beast: From Sketch to Screen

By D23 Team

Oh, isn’t this amazing? Watch some of your favorite scenes from Beauty and the Beast transform from pencil to picture. For more fun Beauty and the Beast stories and activities, click here.

Lumiere
From black and white to full of light!

Belle
Little town, it’s a quiet village…

Ballroom
This revolutionary scene is…

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Belle

Tales of the Songs and Score for Beauty and the Beast

By Alexander Rannie

In hindsight it seems a no-brainer that Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s 30th animated feature, would have begun life as a musical. But as many folks know, this wasn’t the case. Songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, fresh off their success with The Little Mermaid, immediately began working on songs for Aladdin. Beauty and the Beast was…

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Beauty and the Beast maquettes

Model Citizens: A Look Back at Maquettes From the Production of Beauty and the Beast

By Max Lark

One of the many reasons that Beauty and Beast continues to live on in the hearts of generations of Disney fans is its incredibly realized characters. We all know that writers, actors, and animators played pivotal roles in bringing these characters to life; less well-known are the contributions of former Disney animation artist and sculptor Rubén…

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