Disney Legends for 2017

Here Are the Nine New Legends Who Will Be Honored at D23 Expo

By D23 Team

The Disney Legends Award ceremony is one of many highlights during D23 Expo, and we’re excited to share this year’s class of legendary honorees! Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Disney Legends Award was first given to Fred MacMurray in 1987, and has since honored 276 Disney Legends (including this year’s honorees). “The Disney…

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female imagineers

9 Inspirational Disney Imagineers

By Courtney Potter

D23 celebrates Women’s History Month with a look at some of the talented women bringing Disney magic to life at Walt Disney Imagineering.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week—celebrating, as he said at the time, the “achievements, leadership,…

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Poster Art of Cars

Get Revved Up for an Exclusive First Look at the Poster Art of Cars

By Jocelyn Buhlman

While we continue racing toward the June 16 opening of the animated feature Cars 3, we’re taking a side trip into the immersive Cars universe via the upcoming book Poster Art of Cars: Collecting More Than a Hundred Posters and Graphics from Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

D23 has an exclusive look at some of the…

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Dave Smith caricature

Your Disney Questions Answered—by Disney Legend Dave Smith

By D23 Team

Disney fans pride themselves on their knowledge of Disney’s legendary films, theme parks, and much more, but even the most knowledgeable Disney fan is bound to have a question or two. From easy to obscure, there’s one Disney expert who has almost all the answers––and if he doesn’t, he knows where to look for them! Disney Legend, Walt Disney…

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Disney Park maps

Navigating the Magic of Disney Theme Park Maps

By Nicole Nalty

If you’ve ever visited a Disney theme park, you’ve probably picked up a park map. While the maps are absolutely helpful in finding your way around the park, Disney maps have become a collectible and cherished keepsake for many Disney fans… which is why we decided to celebrate this special souvenir with a closer look at some amazing original…

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Bob Mattey and Walt Disney

Bob Mattey: Master of Mechanical Magic

By Becky Cline

Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life.

Shortly after, Bob began working in motion…

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Haunted Mansion

Celebrating Frights and Delights at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

This story is excerpted from a piece originally published in the Fall 2009 issue of Disney twenty-three. If you like what you read, become a D23 Gold Member to receive the Disney twenty-three quarterly publication for more fascinating stories about all the worlds of Disney.
By Ed Squair

To this day, more than four decades after first opening its heavy wood doors to…

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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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Frozen Ever After Concept Art

The Epcot Insider’s Guide to Frozen Ever After

By Steven Vagnini

For the first time in forever, Epcot welcomes two exciting Frozen experiences to the Norway pavilion in World Showcase! These all-new attractions, which premiered June 21, serve as the latest example of what Walt Disney Imagineering does best: creating amazing environments and immersing guests in memorable stories.

In Frozen Ever After, guests…

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