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WDIS4U_mickey_medDo you remember the first time Disney made your heart sing? The instant when you first fell in love with the magic and became a Disney fan for life? D23's When Did It Start For You? celebrates the fan in all of us by capturing those very special, deeply personal moments when Disney changed our lives forever.

COSPLAYER KIT QUINN

A beautiful ballgown sparked a lifelong love of dress-up.

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A BEAR NECESSITY

Watching Baloo sing "The Bare Necessities" in The Jungle Book made James Monroe Iglehart a lifelong Disney fan. He doesn't skip a beat when asked "When Did It Start for You?"
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WRITER/INVENTOR JOHN WHITE

As a child in Chicago, John White and his family made watching The Mickey Mouse Club a daily ritual.

SWITCHED AT BIRTH ACTRESS KATIE LECLERC

Actress Katie Leclerc of “Switched at Birth” speaks (and signs) about her first visit to Disneyland.

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MEETING MICKEY MOUSE

Stephanie Styles clearly remembers the first time she met Mickey Mouse... and it changed her life forever. "The moment it all really started for me was when I visited Walt Disney World for the first time," Stephanie Styles—currently touring across the U.S. as Katherine in Broadway's Newsies on Tour—says.
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VISITING THE MAGIC

For D23 member Natalie Trujillo, it all started with a trip to Disneyland. Read More

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BIRTHDAY ROYALTY

ABC employee Ashley Grisham recalls spending a princess-y birthday at Walt Disney World, and the effect it had on a little girl. Read More

IMAGINEERING AMBASSADOR MARTY SKLAR

As he walked down Main Street one month before Disneyland would open, Marty Sklar could already feel a sense of history and wonder.

HIS FIRST MEMORY...

A Disney archivist's first-ever memory is waiting in the queue at The Great Movie Ride attraction as a three-year-old. Read More

STEP IN TIME

Seeing Mary Poppins in 1964 with her mother and father made this D23 Member a fan for life.
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THE CAST OF INSIDE OUT

Go inside the moments when Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Phyllis Smith first loved Disney.

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LIKE A MOTHER'S HUG

Morning broke blue and bright. The day shined like sunlight in a mirror. But by afternoon, gray clouds darkened the sky, the thunder came rolling from the east, and down came the rain, pattering the pavement and driving guests for cover wherever they could find it. Read More

IMAGINEER VINNY LOGOZIO

A visit to Epcot at age six forever changed the course of Vinny Logozio's life.

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FIRSTS, FORTS, & FILMS

It was his first trip to Walt Disney World, and the movies he saw there, that made Shawn Gallagher a Disney fan for life. Read More

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FINDING THE PLACE WHERE I BELONGED

"When I was seven years old and growing up in the suburbs of Boston, I was bullied. A lot.
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IMAGINEER LEIA MI

A childhood trip to the movies forever cemented the bond between Leia and her father.

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MOUSE-LY SUPPORT

Paul Bottos' passion for Disney started with a friendly animated mouse and the transformative power of imagination. Read More

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WHISTLING WHILE SHE WORKED

It all started for her when she helped her mother around the house—and listened to Disney music at full volume! Read More

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ARTIST JEFF SHELLY

A legendary animator taught Jeff Shelly how to find a character's soul.

 


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