• Inside and In Depth: What to expect at D23 Fanniversary Celebration 2013 (Spoiler Free)

    Last Friday, we were invited by Disney to attend the D23 Fanniversary Celebration 2013 tour which kicked off at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. The nostalgic hour and a half event is perfectly catered to the ardent Disney fan covering a range of topics from films and television to the parks and collectibles.

    The format of the show is linear, starting literally at the beginning in 1923 and continuing forward to the present. Hosted by two great members of the D23 team (the stop in LA was hosted by Cynthia and Rick) they take us on a tightly scripted stroll down memory lane making stops at Disney milestones that are celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.

    There's a little bit of something for everybody and we mean this literally. Not only are the topics wide and varied but time-span covered is literally the entire length of the Disney company history. So whether you remember seeing Peter Pan in theaters, can still belt out the theme song to Duck Tales like you watched it yesterday, or still wish you could be part of High School Musical, there's bound to be something that will spark a smile or memory from literally everyone on the family.

    I happened to be sitting next to a few families and it seems even the children were entertained thanks to the wide variety of clips, audio bytes, and imagery presented. While I wouldn't recommend taking children to the event (this really is for slightly older fans who appreciate the history and the magic) I would not say that they'll feel out of place and certainly they will not be bored.

    This isn't just a presentation remembering things that already happened. Mixed in along with great photos and anecdotes are rarely seen film footage, concept art, photography, and exclusive interviews with a few Disney Legends and luminaries including Tony Baxter and Kathryn Beaumont who both taped special interviews for the event.

    I won't get into spoilers but if you do plan to attend, be prepared for two surprisingly funny clips about True Life Adventures (Yes, you read that correct) plus some great stories from Walt himself including how he landed up becoming the first voice of Mickey Mouse. Other highlights of the event include clips that have never been made commercially available from the old Disney television programs.

    In all, the event has got a great mix of goodies and the special archival items are a great chance to see special Disney artifacts first hand. On our trip we got to see a vintage doll made for Walt after his big trip to South America.

    Below is a listing of some of the elements celebrated during the presentation:

    15 Years (1998)
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • Mulan
    • Disney Cruise Line
    20 Years (1993)
    • Mickey’s Toontown
    • Hocus Pocus
    • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
    25 Years (1988)
    • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    • Oliver & Company
    30 Years (1983)
    • Tokyo Disneyland
    • Disney Channel
    • Something Wicked This Way Comes
    • New Fantasyland at Disneyland
    • Horizons
    40 Years (1973)
    • The Walt Disney Story
    • Robin Hood
    45 Years (1968)
    • Blackbeard’s Ghost
    • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

    50 Years (1963)
    • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
    • Summer Magic
    • The Sword in the Stone
    55 Years (1958)
    • Grand Canyon Diorama
    • Columbia Sailing Ship
    • Alice in Wonderland attraction
    60 Years (1953)
    • Peter Pan
    • The Sword and the Rose
    • Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom
    • Ben and Me
    • The Living Desert
    65 Years (1948)
    • Melody Time
    • True-Life Adventures
    70 Years (1943)
    • Der Fuehrer’s Face
    • Saludos Amigos
    • Chip and Dale
    • Victory Through Air Power
    75 Years (1938)
    • Donald Duck Comic Strip
    • Ferdinand the Bull

    80 Years (1933)
    • Mickey Mouse Magazine
    • Mickey Mouse Ingersoll Watch
    • Three Little Pigs
    85 Years (1928)
    • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
    90 Years (1923)
    • The Walt Disney Company

    You'll get the best value if you're already a D23 member. D23 Member Price is only $21 where as general admission price is a steeper $35. There's still quite a few stops left on the tour but some cities are already sold out.

    Don't miss out on your chance to get a dose of Disney when D23 Fanniversary Celebration 2013 hits your town. As of press time, tickets are still available to attend the show in Orlando, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle!

    Get your tickets now at D23.
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