Special Perks and Benefits You Need to Know About if You’re Coming to D23 Expo

Whether you’ve been a D23 Gold Member since the very beginning, or if this is your very first D23 Expo, there are special benefits for everyone to enjoy during the ultimate Disney fan event. Read on and stay tuned for more D23 Expo news!

D23 Fan Lounge––Need to recharge in between panels, presentations, and exploring the Expo? Everyone is welcome to enjoy the D23 Fan Lounge, which will be located in the heart of the show floor. Here, you can charge your phone at complimentary stations, take Insta-worthy shots at fun photo spots, and learn more about D23. The lounge is located directly in front of Center Stage, and you won’t be able to miss it––it will feature décor inspired by everyone’s favorite lucky rabbit, Oswald!

D23 Gold Member Benefits––If you’re a D23 Gold Member be sure to take advantage of several benefits, including priority seating for presentations in Hall D23 and the D23 Expo Arena, a complimentary Expo-exclusive print, and special offers and discounts from Disney partners including Havaianas, Ozobot, Steiff, and Thomas Kinkade (Stay tuned for the full list of Disney partners and offers).

D23 Charter Member Lounge––If you’ve been with us since the very beginning, don’t forget to stop by the D23 Charter Member Lounge. D23 Charter Members (who joined in 2009 and have maintained their Gold Membership status) will have exclusive access to this private lounge off the show floor, where they can relax and purchase food and beverages.

For more information on D23 Expo, visit D23expo.com

D23 Gold Member Exclusive – Walt Disney Studios Tour

D23 Members have the rare opportunity to enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios. This exclusive experience includes a visit to Walt Disney’s office suite and the Walt Disney Archives.
Tours will take place at The Walt Disney Studios on April 8th at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Check-in will begin outside the Hyperion Bungalow at The Walt Disney Studios 30 minutes before your tour.

The cost of the tour is $75 per person (plus $5 processing fee). Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, March 9, at 10 a.m. PT. Please check here for ticketing link.

The tour is only available to Gold and Gold Family Members. You will be required to show a photo ID. Members will be required to show their D23 Membership Card.

Join your D23 tour guide on a stroll through the original Animation building, where beloved animated films (including Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, and The Jungle Book) were created; see the historic soundstages used for filming such Disney live-action movie classics as 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaMary Poppins, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; plus explore the beautiful Disney Legends Plaza, which honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. Many guests will also recognize the exterior spaces on the lot, which have been featured in productions from the Mickey Mouse Club and The Absent-Minded Professor to Saving Mr. BanksMuppets Most Wanted, and ABC’s black-ish!

Then, explore the rich legacy and historical collections of The Walt Disney Company during a tour of the Walt Disney Archives and Walt Disney’s restored 3H office suite, filled with original furnishings, awards, and items from the master showman’s personal collection. Upon exiting the suite, all guests will receive an exclusive pin to commemorate this memorable experience.

Guests will also have the opportunity to shop at the Disney Studio Store and purchase items only available on the Studio lot!

D23 Gold and Gold Family Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. Due to the nature of this experience, children under the age of 10 are not able to partake in The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23. Only confirmed ticketed attendees will be able to enter The Walt Disney Studios on April 8, 2017.

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. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.

Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) will not be permitted inside Walt Disney’s office suite. Guests utilizing a wheelchair will need to transfer to a wheelchair supplied by the Walt Disney Archives. Photography and video recording will be permitted during portions of the tour, but flash photography and recording of any kind will not be permitted inside Walt Disney’s office suite.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Filming, photography, and other recording will take place at The Walt Disney Studios during the event you will be attending. The Walt Disney Company will be taking photos and filming at The Walt Disney Studios located at 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California. By entering the premises, you irrevocably consent to and authorize The Walt Disney Company, its affiliates, successors, and assigns (collectively “Producer”), to photograph you, make sound recordings of you, and use such photographs and recordings throughout the world, for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, television broadcasts and home entertainment products, including, but not limited to, home video and DVD. All such photographs and sound recordings will be the sole property of Producer.

D23 Members to Have a Wild Time with Zootopia in Chicago

Zootopia at Conservatin Station

Following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, all D23 Members are invited to see Zootopia the day before its release! Afterward, a limited number of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will have the opportunity to join us for the “D23 Dessertopia” complimentary reception.

Screening will begin at 2 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Check-in will begin at 1:30 p.m.; please do not arrive before 1:30 p.m. The “D23 Dessertopia” reception will begin for Gold and Gold Family Members at 4 p.m., following the screening.

Complimentary tickets will become available on Friday, February 5, at 10 a.m. PT. Please check back here for reservation details.

A reservation is required for each portion of this complimentary opportunity. There are a limited number of spaces available. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets.

Join us for a special preview of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming comedy-adventure, Zootopia. Following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, all D23 Members are invited to see the film the day before its release! The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

Afterward, a limited number of D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will have the opportunity to join us for the “D23 Dessertopia” complimentary reception. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Disney fans!

Stay tuned for details on an exclusive D23 Event the following day in celebration of Walt Disney’s birthplace. Space is very limited – more details forthcoming.

Zootopia opens across the country March 4, 2016.

D23 Member Gift for 2016 Highlights Disney’s Rich Legacy


The Official Disney Fan Club didn’t have to look far for inspiration for its 2016 Gold Member gift, “From the Office of Walt Disney.” To celebrate the restoration of Walt Disney’s office suite on the Studios’ Burbank lot, the Walt Disney Archives worked with D23 to meticulously reproduce 23 unique pieces from Walt’s career that trace his path from America’s heartland to the world stage.

Included in the assortment are items from Walt’s early years in business such as his 1923 Laugh-O-gram Films Inc. business card and the famous 1928 “Everything OK” telegram, which Walt cryptically wired his brother Roy when he lost the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Also in the collection are the 1955 Disneyland invitational press preview pass and Walt’s notes on pages from the “EPCOT Film” script from 1966. Pieces representing animation, live action, television, and theme parks—as well as Walt’s own personal life—make up this one-of-a-kind set.

The gift comes in a “book” designed specifically to hold all the items and will be sent to all D23 Gold and Gold Family Members who join or renew from January 1 through December 31, 2016. Guests can see images from the gift—and learn more about the 23 rare items—at D23.com/OfficeOfWaltDisney. As previously announced, D23 Gold Members will have the opportunity to tour Walt Disney’s restored office during tours and select special events throughout 2016.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. D23 Members save when renewing their membership and may renew up to 90 days prior to their membership expiration.

D23 to Hold Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop for Members

Haunted Gingerbread House

Sunday October 25th
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Cost is $42 per gingerbread kit plus tax. Additional seats may be purchased for $12 each. Reservations open October 5, 2015. Please call (714) 776-5200 to make reservations. Reservation line open Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Start a new spooky tradition! Fans of all ages are invited to partake in this festive and fun tradition of building and decorating haunted gingerbread houses.

Price includes gingerbread house and candy, a special treat, unlimited sodas, and two seats. Additional seats may be purchased for $12.00 each. Event will last approximately two hours.

Have you ever wanted to make your own gingerbread masterpiece like the one featured each year in Haunted Mansion Holiday? Or perhaps you’re a confectionary architect who’s dreamed of creating an edible Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? D23 and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen want to make your gingerbread dreams (and nightmares) a reality with the return of our D23 Member-exclusive Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort!

First, Chef Darrin Finkel leads an interactive demonstration on the proper assembly of gingerbread houses. Next, the good stuff… decorating your gingerbread house with several handfuls of Halloween candy—making your gingerbread house the spookiest on the block.

Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. You may be required to show your D23 Membership card. There are a limited number of tickets available. Advance payment by credit card required for reservation confirmation. Refunds given only with a 72-hour notice from Sunday, October 25 at 12 p.m. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will not be responsible for the assembly, holding, or transporting of gingerbread houses.