Andreas Deja, Richard Sherman, and Eric Goldberg

Fans and Luminaries Pay Tribute to Walt Disney

By Jeffrey Epstein

Yesterday, December 15, to honor the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing, “Memory Boards” were set up on the Walt Disney Studios lot and at Disney parks around the world for fans to pay tribute to the man and his enduring legacy.

The event was the culmination of “Walt Week,” during which D23 celebrated Walt’s boundless…

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Richard Sherman Performs Classics in Walt Disney’s Office Suite

(From left to right: Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Disney Legend Richard Sherman and wife Elizabeth Sherman, Disney Legend Karen Dotrice,Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation President Ed Catmull, Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke and wife Arlene Van Dyke, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production President Sean Bailey, Walt…

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One Man's Dream

Reliving One Man’s Dream in this Walt Disney World Attraction

by Greg Ehrbar

One sunny day back in high school, just as your humble author finished presenting his report about Walt Disney, a classmate offered this comment: “That was so interesting! I didn’t even know Walt Disney was a real guy.”

Hopefully, this is an isolated case. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios still makes it…

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Celebrate “Walt Week” with D23 and Disney Parks and Resorts Around the World

By D23 Team

Fifty years ago on December 15, the world lost its master showman, but Walt’s legacy has lived on in the hearts of Disney fans around the world. As a tribute to the magic Walt has brought into our world, D23 invites you to celebrate “Walt Week: Celebrating a Legacy of Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation.” Starting today, D23 will honor Walt…

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From the Office of Walt Disney: Walt’s Dream Factories

With something new always on the horizon, Walt Disney continually expanded his studio. Join Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, animation historian Hans Perk, Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont, and voice and film actor Pete Renaday as we step behind the gates of The Walt Disney Studios and explore Walt’s dream factories.

This historical letterhead,…

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Disney family home in Chicago

Restoring History: Walt Disney’s Birthplace

By Nicole Nalty

Earlier this year, D23 took a closer look at the efforts to restore the Disney Family home in Chicago. Roy Oliver, Walter Elias, and Ruth Disney were born (in 1893, 1901, and 1903, respectively) in this very special house before the family moved to Marceline, Missouri in 1906. D23 Gold Members were the first group ever to tour the historic location…

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D23 Member gift item. Mickey Mouse sketch

From the Office of Walt Disney: A Man, A Mouse, and A Mentor

Walt Disney’s hand-drawn greeting to his first mentor is reproduced as one of the 23 treasures “From The Office of Walt Disney” for the 2016 D23 Gold Member Gift.
By Stacia Martin

Walt Disney was proud to hail from America’s heartland. Even as achievement and fame made him a citizen of the world, he never lost sight of his roots and stayed in touch with…

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Walt Disney and Epcot

From the Office of Walt Disney: EPCOT – A Blueprint of the Future

On October 27, 1966, Walt Disney unveiled his plans for an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”—or, EPCOT.  Fifty years after this historic film shoot, Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Bob Gurr explore Walt’s bold vision for this “living blueprint of the future.”

This script is one of 23 reproduced treasures from our 2016 Gold Member…

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Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy with Walt Disney's plane

From the Office of Walt Disney: Walt’s Plane

Discover stories from Walt Disney’s company plane, which was used to survey land parcels for the “Florida Project” (later Walt Disney World Resort). Hear from those who traveled and worked on the Grumman Gulfstream I, including Disney flight attendant Kathy Ashcraft and Disney Legends Tony Baxter, Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, and Dave Smith.

This postcard is…

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Mickey Mouse Club

From the Office of Walt Disney: Mickey Mouse Clubs

In the 1930s, Disney fans across the U.S. shared their passion at local Mickey Mouse Clubs, and twenty years later, another kind of Mickey Mouse Club became one of the most popular television series of all time. Join 1950s Mouseketeer Tommy Cole, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, and Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin as they explore the historic ways…

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