“Maleficent” Sneak Peak to Debut in Disney Parks


Beginning April 18, guests at Disney Parks on both coasts will be able to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek at Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent,” which opens in theaters May 30.

This special extended sneak peek will play daily in RealD 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the ABC Sound Studio and at Disney California Adventure park.

The film stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the lead roles of Maleficent and Aurora, respectively, and tells the “untold” story of Maleficent and the betrayal that ultimately turned her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse upon the king’s newborn infant, Aurora. As she grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the conflict between a place she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy.



Little Orbit And Disney Interactive Team Up To Bring Planes: Fire and Rescue And Violetta To Nintendo Game Platforms


Little Orbit announced today it is working with Disney Interactive to bring Planes: Fire & Rescue, based on Disney’s highly anticipated feature film of the same name, to North AmericaEurope and Australasia on Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this fall.  The collaboration also includes the launch of a Violetta video game based on the successful tween telenovela, Violetta, from Disney Channel.  The musical rhythm game will launch across European territories and in South America for Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and DS™ this summer. 

“Teaming up with Disney Interactive to expand the worlds of Planes: Fire & Rescue and Violetta on video game platforms is a great honor for us,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit.   “We know fans are going to love seeing their favorite characters come to life in these fun-filled adventures.”

Planes: Fire & Rescue will extend the storyline of the film, taking fun to the skies with action-packed fire-fighting. Players can embark on adventures with all their favorite characters from the movie.

Violetta will take players on an all-star experience as they experiment with music and rhythm and to become a star performer.  Players will collect points to unlock costumes, art and more to customize their musical experience.

The games arising from this collaboration will be distributed in EMEA and Australasian territories by leading video game publisher and developer, BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Rumored to be Coming Out in August

Disney Infinity 2.0

According to Infinity Inquirer

Disney Infinity 2.0 is coming in August 2014, and a teaser trailer can be viewed at Marvel.com.  The teaser promises such Marvel-ous additions to the game as familiar Marvel characters, objects, and vehicles-the possibilities are infinite. 

This was noticed earlier on the D23 website by Infinity Inquirer and since it was discovered D23 has removed moved it from the website.

D23 Holds Steamboat Willie Commemorative Coin Sweepstakes

Steamboat Willie

For the first time, New Zealand Mint is producing commemorative gold and silver coins featuring beloved Disney characters. The first coin to debut is Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie, and to mark the occasion, D23 Members have a chance to win one gold or one silver coin from this priceless collection. Each coin is limited edition, and the winners will receive coin number 23 from each collection!

Two winners will be selected, with one receiving the gold coin and one the silver coin:

  • New Zealand Mint ‘Steamboat Willie’ ¼ Ounce Gold Commemorative Coin

With a worldwide restricted mintage of only 1,000 coins, this coin features the 1928 image of Mickey Mouse as he appeared in Steamboat Willie in 99.99% gold. The coin is non-circulating legal tender released under the licensing authority of the nation of Niue. Winner will receive the number 0023 gold coin. The retail price of this coin is $700 US.

  • New Zealand Mint ‘Steamboat Willie’ 1 Ounce Silver Commemorative Coin

With a worldwide restricted mintage of only 10,000 coins, this coin features the 1928 image of Mickey Mouse as he appeared in Steamboat Willie in 99.99% silver. The coin is non-circulating legal tender released under the licensing authority of the nation of Niue. Winner will receive the number 00023 silver coin. The retail price of this coin is $95 US.

Each coin comes individually packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Good luck!


How to Enter


Enter for a chance to win a gold or silver commemorative coin from New Zealand Mint! Click here to enter. Winner will be notified via email within 48 hours after the end of the sweepstakes. Click here for complete legal rules.

NOTE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 5/16/14. Open to all D23 Members (guest may join D23 for free), in good standing, who are legal residents and physically located in the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18 or older. Only one (1) entry allowed per D23 Member. There are two (2) Prizes available to be won (limit one (1) Prize per person/household). D23 Members will be required to provide their D23 Membership number when accepting their prize. See Official Rules for complete details including entry requirements and conditions. Void where prohibited. If you have any questions regarding this sweepstakes, please contact GuestRelations@D23.com.

Destination D: Attraction Rewind Tickets Now Available


Destination D: Attraction Rewind tickets are now available.  Join us in celebrating Disney park favorites at Walt Disney World November 22-23.

For Information on Destination D: Attraction Rewind

Walt Disney World Expands Luxury Home Sites

Golden Oak Summerhouse

From The Hollywood Reporter

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World and Resort  — a 980-acre, VIP gated residential community located inside the iconic theme park’s massive 40-square-mile land (about the size of San Francisco) — is expanding its neighborhood. Debuting in 2010, it marked the first time Disney offered its longtime fans the opportunity to live inside the park in million-dollar homes. When fully completed in the next few years, Golden Oak will comprise of eight neighborhoods with approximately 400 home. 40 of the current 100 available home sites have already been purchased by residents that include CEOs and professional NBA athletes (Disney declined to comment on names.)

The development, sprawling with parks, gardens, priceless sculptures and nature preserves, offers homes that range from $1.8 to $6 million. All are custom built, and new residents can choose from a select group of seven homebuilders to customize their homes from existing templates (or they can hire their own architect and designers to build a home ground-up). Homes can also come fully furnished. While the first home was purchased in 2011 and only a handful were available since debuting in 2010, the resort community now offers 100 homes in four neighborhoods.

The newest area, called Marceline (named for Walt’s Missouri hometown) is coming to the market with 56 home lots that average one-quarter acre. The homes are built with stone, copper and clay (there’s no faux or veneer), and the styles range from Mediterranean to Caribbean themed. Most homes include an outdoor space with plunge pool and built-in hot tub, in addition to a separate guesthouse. There are subtle design nods to Disney characters, like a Mickey Mouse head marked into stonework, which avoids overt branding.

Golden Oak homeowners have a dedicated service team like concierge and security and access to the recently opened Summer House ($15,000 annual fee). The clubhouse is designed to feel like a Tuscan villa with clay-tile roof, fountains and plenty of low-key outdoor space. Also included is a bar, restaurant, lounge with high ceilings and 103-inch TV screen, outdoor pool courtyard with wetlands backdrop and 17,000-square-foot fitness center. Residents will also have privileges at Disney attractions, including a family pass for the first three years, door-to-park transportation services and additional guest passes.

Golden Oak residents will also have access to the new, 440-room Four Seasons Orlando, specifically the four restaurants and the Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Slated to open this summer, Four Seasons Orlando will be the resort’s most luxurious hotel option (currently it’s Grand Floridian) and, at 23 acres, it will also the be the biggest resort at Walt Disney World. The outdoor pool area will include an adults-only pool and a five-acre “island” with a lazy river, recreational facilities like a climbing wall and a 3,000-square-foot game building. The 17th floor bar and Spanish-style steakhouse will sport the best views for Walt Disney Resort’s legendary fireworks. August bookings are now available.

D23 Announces Free Early Screenings of Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm

D23 Members are invited to screenings of Million Dollar Arm in Anaheim, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Diego, and San Francisco on April 30, over two weeks before its release on May 16!

See Million Dollar Arm early at the following locations:

  • Anaheim, CA- AMC Downtown Disney 12, 7 p.m.
  • Atlanta, GA- AMC Phipps Plaza 14, 7 p.m.
  • Chicago, IL– Regal Webster Place 11, 7 p.m.
  • New York, NY- AMC Loews Village 7, 7 p.m.
  • Orlando, FL– AMC Downtown Disney 24, 7 p.m.
  • San Diego, CA- ArcLight UTC, 7 p.m.
  • San Francisco, CA– AMC Metreon 16, 7 p.m.

As a reminder, you will be asked to show your D23 Membership Card as proof of Gold or Silver Membership when checking in. You can pre-register with SeeItFirst.net to expedite the process of reserving your tickets once they become available.

In Walt Disney Pictures’ drama Million Dollar Arm, the fate of JB Bernstein’s career as a sports agent rests with finding an exceptionally gifted young cricket pitcher in India, who can be trained for an American major league baseball team.

Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous-but-eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from Slumdog Millionaire) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys—who have never left their rural villages—are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB—with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell)—learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment, and what it means to be a family.

Carousel of Progress and Tough to Be a Bug Closing for Refurbishments This Summer


Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 3-D show “It’s Tough to be a Bug” is scheduled to be closing for refurbishment in July.  The refurbishment will begin on July 7 and last through August 11, reopening to guests on August 12, 2014.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is scheduled for a refurbishment later this summer.  The classic attraction will be closed from August 25 through September 4, reopening to guests on September 5, 2014.

Sunrise Safari Now Open to All Guests at Animal Kingdom Villas

Sunrise Safari

One exclusive savanna experience which was previously offered only to club level guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas will soon be expanding to all Disney Vacation Club members staying at the resort beginning April 20, 2014.

The safari features 45 minute tour on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris in a smaller group.  With a departure time of 7:30 AM, guests enjoy leisurely access to the safari along with access to an informative tour guide.  Because of the more personal nature of the Sunrise Safari, vehicles are able to make frequent stops along the safari route for photographs while participants ask questions and gain a better understanding of the animals and their enviornment.

The tour also includes a private breakfast buffet at the Pizzafari restaurant.

Tours are offered only on Sundays and Thursdays with limited availability.  The cost is currently $40 for children age 3-9 and $75 for adults.  Admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is also required.

Full payment is due at the time of the reservation.  Reservations can currently be made for dates through August 2014 by contacting Disney Vacation Club Member Services.

Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win Big at Southern California Writers Awards

Carthay Circle

Sometimes we all want a little advice when we’re making a dinner reservation, and often it’s food writers and critics that send us to the best restaurants. That’s why we enjoy seeing the annual awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Inc., a group formed nearly 40 years ago to keep a finger on the pulse of the region’s dining. This year the group awarded Disneyland Resort a dozen awards to eight restaurants – two in Disneyland park, two in Disney California Adventure park and three in Disneyland Resort hotels.

Here are the awards:

Golden Bacchus Wine Award (the highest wine award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure park)
Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

5 Stars (the highest award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Napa Rose
Steakhouse 55

4 Stars:
Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure park)
Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland park)
Café Orleans (Disneyland park)
Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)

3 Stars:
Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel)

Manager of the Year:
Jose Barragan – Barragan has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 17 years and manages Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park.

To make reservations at any of the Disneyland Resort restaurants, visit www.disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE (3463).