Bruno Tonioli

D23 Fab Five: Bruno Tonioli’s Favorite Disney Movies

By Ingrid Meilan

Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli’s introduction to Disney was from the man himself. “When I was growing up in Italy,” he says, “We didn’t get a TV until the mid-1960s, and there was only one channel.” But that one channel, he says, played the most magical program of all. “We used to look forward to watching The Wonderful…

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Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and Bambi

Get to Know the Animators Behind Your Favorite Disney Films

Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift.

By Greg Ehrbar

The first “nine old men” were Supreme Court justices—all more than 90 years old—who were trying to block President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” in the mid-1930s. When Walt Disney selected his first-string…

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The Three Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and White Wilderness

Do You Know All of Walt Disney’s Record-Breaking 32 Academy Awards®?

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Walt Disney currently holds the world record for most Academy Awards® presented to any individual. As we enter Oscars® season, let’s take time to celebrate many of the unique awards Walt Disney has personally won for his groundbreaking work in film. And the Oscar® goes to…

Flowers and Trees (Cartoon Short Subject, 1931–32)
This…

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Lilo & Stitch holiday art

A Behind-the-Sketch Look: Art from Favorite Disney Holiday Moments

By Nicole Nalty

Whether it’s Mickey and Minnie exchanging gifts in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, or Lady popping up out of a hatbox on Christmas in Lady and the Tramp, there’s something about holiday moments in Disney films that have just an extra sprinkling of pixie dust. Our friends at the Animation Research Library preserve the artwork from these and…

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Mickey Mouse

Creating a Mouse-terpiece: Mickey Mouse’s Design Through the Years

By Jocelyn Buhlman

In honor of Mickey Mouse’s birthday, D23 takes you on a journey through the style of Mickey Mouse, from his early moments as a daydream on a train to his transformation into a video game hero, to his debut in his brand-new series of shorts. His design is timeless, but the process to become the icon he is today involved a lot of silly antics and…

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Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange and Disney—A Legacy of Magic

By Jim Frye

Marvel is making some magic.

The latest film from Marvel Studios has a bit of faith, trust, and pixie… er, magic dust. Sound familiar? Fans of magical storytelling have flocked to Disney films for decades, embracing Tinker Bell, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, and Mickey Mouse’s famous Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Now, the wizards at Marvel are…

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Fantasia artwork

Wondrous Images from The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921–1968

By Courtney Potter

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can achieve,” said Walt Disney. One of the 20th century’s most prolific—and successful—innovators, Disney created entire worlds through his use of state-of-the-art technology and imaginative storytelling. The animated films created under his tenure (until his passing in 1966) are classics…

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Queen of Katwe

Lupita Nyong’o and the Inspiration Behind Queen of Katwe

“Can you do big things from such a small place?”

This is the question that Phiona Mutesi (played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga) asks her mother, Harriet (Oscar®-winner Lupita Nyong’o), in Disney’s new feature Queen of Katwe, which tells the true story of a young girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda, whose world opens up and changes rapidly through the…

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Dead Man's Chest from Pirates of the Caribbean

23 Disney Details You Will Love at Shanghai Disney Resort

by Jeffrey Epstein

Shanghai Disney Resort is truly larger than life. From the dazzling Enchanted Storybook Castle (the largest castle in any Disney park) and the imposing Roaring Mountain (home to the beastly Q’aráq) with its gushing waterfalls, to the heart-stopping TRON Lightcycle Power Run and spectacular Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken…

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