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 supervising animators, …

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2017 Gold Member Gift - Walt Disney's Nine Old Men

Unboxing D23’s 2017 Gold Member Gift

Here’s the first up-close look at our exclusive 2017 D23 Gold Member gift: “Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men,” which includes 23 treasures representing the artistry and personalities of some of Disney’s most legendary animators.

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Walt Disney with his train

From the Office of Walt Disney: The Railroad Enthusiast

Join Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, Disney Studio Cinetechnician Garry Broggie, and Carolwood Pacific Historical Society president emeritus Michael Campbell as they reveal how Walt’s passion led him to meet some like-minded visionaries who would make a lasting mark on Disney history.

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Flowers and Trees trade ad D23 gold member gift

This Member Gift Honors A Film that Was Ahead of its Time

By Steven Vagnini With its breathtaking introduction of color to animated films, Flowers and Trees (1932) brought a sense of renewal to the cartoon industry. Walt Disney’s Studio had done it again, pushing established boundaries in the service of creative storytelling—this time in glorious, new Technicolor. As reflected in this trade ad taken out by …

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Favorite Memories from Walt and Lillian’s 30th Anniversary Party

By Steven Vagnini In July 1955, construction on a 160-acre site in Anaheim was picking up at a hurried pace. Disneyland would soon premiere with a grand invitational preview, as national attention was drawn to this first-of-its-kind amusement enterprise. Yet amid the oversight and coordination of tireless designers, carpenters, painters, and landscapers, a restless Walt …

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