D23 Takes to the Road with D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration 2014

D23 Fanniversary 2014

For the third year in a row, D23 will hit the road with D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, visiting cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.

Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, Fanniversary 2014 will revisit beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters, TV series, and more than 90 years of Disney history including Donald Duck, the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid, and many more. The event, which runs approximately 105 minutes, will also feature the never-before-heard track “Evil Evil” from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Sleeping Beauty and a demo recording from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection The Little MermaidFanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices for D23 Members in attendance.


D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is hitting the road,commemorating dozens of unforgettable Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries in 2014!


Tickets will be available to D23 Gold and Silver Members for $23 each beginning May 21 at 10 a.m. PT. Check here for the link. D23 Free Members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for $33 each beginning June 11 at 10 a.m. PT. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on July 9 at 10 a.m. PT, for $40 each.


Each presentation will run approximately 105 minutes. See each location below for specific details.

In addition, following each show, two rare items from the Walt Disney Archives will be on display for guests to see and photograph.


Date & Time

Main Studio Theater, The Walt Disney Studios
500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, California
Saturday, August 9
2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado, San Diego, California
Sunday, August 10
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
San Francisco
The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St., The Presidio of San Francisco
Saturday, August 16 &
Sunday, August 17
2 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, September 6
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, Washington
Saturday, September 13
7 p.m.
Walter C. Hill Auditorium, High Museum of Art Atlanta
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, September 20
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Franklin Theatre, The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunday, September 21
2 p.m.
Washington D.C.
U.S. Naval Memorial Museum
701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C.
Friday, September 26
7 p.m.
New York
Theatre 1, Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St., New York, New York
Sunday, September 28
2 p.m.
Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Boston Calderwood Pavilion
264 Huntington Ave., Boston Massachusetts
Saturday, October 4
2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Atlantic Ballroom, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Saturday, October 25
10 a.m., 2:30 p.m.


























NOTE: Available only to D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. There are a limited number of tickets available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. General admission tickets will be available only if additional seats remain. Ticketed Members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. If you wish to request for sign language interpreting services for this event, please submit your request to d23.guestservices@disneystore.com at least two weeks prior to the event date. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, tickets are not transferrable.


Star Wars Weekends VIP Experience Now Available

Goofy - Star Wars

Do you want to experience the ultimate Star Wars Weekends day?  For $499 per guest you and your friends and family can do just that.

Your personal VIP tour guide will take you on some fun experiences including:

  • Premium seating for Star Wars Weekends shows at the Premiere Theater, such as Stars of the Saga—a Star Wars-themed talk show that’s as entertaining as it is surprising
  • Expedited access to attractions like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Midway Mania! and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Private continental breakfast at The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Reserved viewing location during the Legends of the Force Motorcade
  • Table-service lunch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In addition after the conclusion of the tour guide experience you’ll be invited to continue your adventure by finding the perfect end to your Ultimate Day, whether that means exploring the park on your own or enjoying a VIP viewing and dessert party for the Symphony in  the Stars Fireworks.

The Ultimate Day at Star Wars Weekends will be available for $499 per guest (not including tax) and will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Star Wars Weekends, May 16-June 15, 2014.

For booking, call (407) 934-7973. Advanced reservations are highly recommended as this special tour will fill up quickly. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Theme park admission is not included and is required. Entertainment and Character appearances are subject to change.

Walt Disney World Announces Free Dining for Fall & Winter Vacations

Disney Dining - Donald

Are you considering a trip to Walt Disney World Resort this fall or winter? If so, then this just might make you bite –our popular Free Dine offer is back!

Guests will get a free dining plan when they buy a non-discounted six-night/seven-day Magic Your Way Package at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. To be eligible, guests must book by August 8, 2014. The offer is valid for arrival most nights:

  • August 31 to October 3, 2014
  • October 26 to November 1, 2014
  • November 9 to November 20, 2014
  • December 12 to December 23, 2014

In case you haven’t dined on the plan before, the Disney Dining Plan is honored at more than 100 select Walt Disney World Resort restaurants, while the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan (available for packages that include a stay at Disney Value Resorts) includes meals and snacks at more than 50 dining locations.


New ‘Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight’ Macaw Experience Will Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut a new macaw experience this summer on Discovery Island.

Called ‘Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight,’ the experience will give guests up-close encounters with the birds and experts, and a chance to see the macaws fly around the island.

Rehearsals are underway now, so you may just see a few macaws taking flight around Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Carousel of Progress Refurb Rescheduled


The Carousel of Progress refurbishment which was originally scheduled for the summer has been rescheduled, extended and split into two.

Originally scheduled for August 25 through to September 4, the refurbishment will now take place from May 17 to May 22 2014, and then from September 22 to September 27 2014.

Walt Disney Records Announces The Legacy Collection

The Legacy Collection

Walt Disney Records’ newly created line of collectible CDs, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, will celebrate the anniversaries of Disney’s most cherished and classic properties that have been enchanting audiences for generations. Through 2015, Walt Disney Records will celebrate 12 anniversaries including Pinocchio (75th), Fantasia (75th), Cinderella (65th), Lady and the Tramp(60th), Sleeping Beauty (55th), Mary Poppins (50th), The Lion King (20th), and Toy Story (20th), among others.

Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will get a chance to hear some of the music before it’s released during the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration roadshow, which will tour the country later this year, and D23 Members have the opportunity to purchase the complete collection with a special set of exclusive prints at a special price.

To honor these musical landmarks, Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection will feature the beloved original soundtracks, plus valuable documentary content that tells the story behind the music. Each album will feature newly created artwork from Lorelay Bove, a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios (TangledWinnie the PoohWreck-It Ralph). The illustrations, inspired by the original properties, will celebrate Disney’s rich heritage and create a unified look for the entire collection.

The 2014 release schedule for Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection follows:
• The Lion King, June 24, 2014
• Mary Poppins, August 26, 2014
• Sleeping Beauty, October 7, 2014
• The Little Mermaid, November 17, 2014

The 2015 release schedule for Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection follows:
• Fantasia, January 3, 2015
• Pinocchio, February 3, 2015
• Toy Story, March 17, 2015
• Disneyland, April 7, 2015 
• Lady and the Tramp, May 12, 2015
• Pocahontas, June 23, 2015 
• The Aristocats, August 14, 2015
• Cinderella, August 14, 2015

The first release in the series is The Lion King, a two-disc set featuring the original motion picture soundtrack, 30 minutes of previously unreleased score, plus liner notes by Don Hahn (producer) and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Track list follows:

Disc One
1. “Circle of Life/Nants’ Ingonyama” Performed by Carmen Twillie, African Vocals Performed by Lebo
2. “Didn’t Your Mother Tell You Not to Play With Your Food” Score
3. “We Are All Connected” Score
4. “Hyenas in the Pride Land” Score
5. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Jason Weaver with Rowan Atkinson and Laura Williams
6. “Elephant Graveyard” Score
7. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score
8. “Be Prepared” Performed by Jeremy Irons with Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings
9. “Simba, It’s to Die For” Score
10. “Stampede” Score
11. “Mufasa Dies” Score
12. “If You Ever Come Back We’ll Kill You” Score
13. “Bowling for Buzzards” Score
14. “Hakuna Matata” Performed by Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella with Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams
15. “We Gotta Bone to Pick With You” Score
16. “Kings of the Past” Score
17. “Nala, Is It Really You?” Score
18. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Performed by Joseph Williams and Sally Dworsky with Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella and Kristle Edwards
19. “Remember Who You Are” Score
20. “This Is My Home” Score
21. “The Rightful King” Score

Disc Two
1. “The Morning Report” Performed by James Earl Jones, Jeff Bennett and Evan Saucedo
2. “Warthog Rhapsody” Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
3. “We Are All Connected” Score Demo
4. “I Was Just Trying to Be Brave” Score Demo
5. “Stampede” Score Demo
6. “Mufasa Dies” Score Demo
7. “This Is My Home” Score Demo
8. “The Rightful King” Score Demo
9. “Circle of Life” Instrumental Demo
10. “Circle of Life” Performed by Elton John
11. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” Performed by Elton John
12. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (End Title) Performed by Elton John

Star Wars Weekends Events Will be Available with FastPass+


Some of the events being held during Star Wars Weekends are now available for FastPass+ during Star Wars Weekends.

For the first weekend the available shows are:

Behind the Force – Star Wars: Rebels

Obi-Wan and Beyond starring James Arnold-Taylor

Stars of the Saga Star Wars Celebrity Talk Show

The shows will be included in Tier 1 of the FastPass+ selection group at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This group also includes Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, and Fantasmic.  One selection is allowed from this group.

Walt Disney World Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets On Sale


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be returning for 2014 with discounts of up to $9 per night for Disney Vacation Club members on selected nights.

The unique holiday after hours Magic Kingdom holiday event will be presented on 19 nights between November 7th and December 19th 2014.  There will be DVC member and Annual Passholder discounts offered on 9 of the 19 performances.

The dates for this year’s MVMCP are –

November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, and 30
December 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19


Advance Purchase Prices:

— All Dates: Ages 10+: $67.00+tax/Ages 3-9 $62.00+tax

Advance Sales Pricing is available for all events except 11/21, 11/30, 12/5, 12/12, 12/18, & 12/19. For events on these dates only Day of Event Pricing applies.

Day of Event Prices – All Dates Except December 19 :

— Ages 10+ $71.00+tax/ ages 3-9 $66.00+tax

December 19: Ages 10+ $74.00+tax/ages 3-9 $69.00+tax

Passholder/DVC Discounted Prices:

— November 7, 10, 13, 14, 16, 20, December 2, 4, & 9: Ages 10+ $62.00+tax /ages 3-9 $57.00+tax

— Specially priced tickets must be purchased in ADVANCE
— Passholders may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to three guests.
— DVC Members may purchase discounted tickets for themselves and up to five guests

Call 407-WDISNEY (407-934-7639) to purchase tickets, or visit disneyworld.com. Disney Vacation Club members must call Member Services.


WDW 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets On Sale Now!


Tickets for the 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party went on sale May 5th.

Dates for the party are:

September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 and 28.

October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31.

Day of Railroading at Walt Disney Family Museum

WDFM Day of Railroading

Join us as we celebrate Walt’s lifelong passion for trains with a day of railroading fun! At 10am and 2pm in the main lobby, meet train producer Lowell Smith for a signing and release of his commemorative, limited-edition Great Locomotive Chase boxed train sets.

At 3pm in the theater, enjoy a special screening and discussion of Disney’s historic drama, The Great Locomotive Chase. Fess Parker stars as James J. Andrews in this true-life Civil War story of a daring raid by Union soldiers on Confederate railroads. Hosted by Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, this program includes behind-the-scenes stories and rarely seen footage from the making of this classic film.  Special guests:  Harrison Ellenshaw, painter and visual effects artist; and Joel Fritsche, steam train expert and Imagineer.

$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (ages 17 and under)

10am & 2pm signing | 3pm presentation


Sat, May 10


10am & 2pm signing | 3pm presentation

LOCATIONMain Lobby & The Theater