9/9/09 News Update

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With the D23 Expo just one day away, plenty of photos and announcements are starting to come out, so I thought I’d group together some stuff released/announced today. First up, D23 has announced their fall member events:

D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced its lineup of fall 2009 special events. In November, D23 Members will be among the first audiences to see The Princess and the Frog as The Walt Disney Studios opens its gates to the public for the very first time. The national tours of The Lion King and Mary Poppins continue to delight audiences from coast to coast, and D23 Members will get the opportunity to go behind the scenes of these amazing productions. Back by popular demand, the legendary Lot at The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives will be open for guided tours, and unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences will take place at the Walt Disney World Resort where D23 Members can enjoy Sip & Stroll during the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival and Magic & Merriment this holiday season.

“D23 continues to create unique and unforgettable events around the country that only D23 Members can experience,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “Our Spring and Summer events introduced us to our Members for the very first time, and we look forward to meeting more of them this Fall; plus, as with everything we do, D23 Members can expect some amazing surprises along the way.”

FALL 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:

October 7: D23 and The Lion King Roar into Anchorage

This award-winning musical phenomenon has entertained more than 50 million guests around the world and now, thanks to our friends at Disney Theatrical Productions, D23 Members can have a magical night to remember at The Lion King at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, including premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program, an exclusive show merchandise item, a special “behind-the-scenes” experience after the show and more!

October 7: D23 and Poppins Breeze into the Lone Star State
D23 Members can have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious night to remember at Mary Poppins in Dallas — featuring original Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Gavin Lee (Bert) — with premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program and a once-in-a-lifetime “behind-the-scenes” experience. D23 Members also will receive the recently released 2-Disc Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Special Edition DVD, courtesy of our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

November 7: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives (FREE)
A rare opportunity for D23 Members to enjoy a two-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives, hosted by D23 and Walt Disney Archives staff. Space is very limited.

November 18: D23 and Poppins Fly into Los Angeles
D23 Members will have the chance to experience the “practically perfect” Mary Poppins — featuring original Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Gavin Lee (Bert) — like never before, with premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program and a once-in-a-lifetime “behind-the-scenes” experience.

November 20: D23 and The Lion King Roar into Spokane
Simba and Nala have entertained more than 50 million guests across the world. Now D23 Members can have a magical night to remember at The Lion King, including premium seats, merchandise discounts, complimentary souvenir program, exclusive show merchandise item, a special “behind-the-scenes” experience after the show and more!

November 25, 2009: D23 Night at The Princess and the Frog
Join D23 at a very special first-night screening of The Princess and the Frog, when The Walt Disney Studios opens its gates for the first time in history to the general public! After being one of the first audiences to see The Princess and the Frog in the newly renovated Main Theatre on The Walt Disney Studios Lot, guests will go over to Sound Stage 3 for the ultimate Disney experience, where they can meet ALL the Disney princesses, including the star of the film, Princess Tiana. D23 Members will learn to draw a character from the movie from a Disney animator; see original costumes, sets and props from the Walt Disney Archives, and much, much more! Tickets for this event will be available at the D23 Expo in addition to the D23 ticketing phone line.

More information on this event is available HERE

ADDITIONAL EVENTS: SAVE THE DATES

Complementing the above spectacular experiences are three extraordinary events.

Sip & Stroll will offer a host of exclusive, delicious opportunities during the Epcot ® International Food & Wine Festival on Sunday, October 18.

D23 will celebrate the season with Disney and Dickens on Thursday, December 10, featuring VIP seating for Disney’s A Christmas Carol at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, followed by a private dinner at the legendary Tam O’Shanter restaurant in Los Angeles — a frequent hangout of Walt Disney and his animators.

On December 12 and 13, D23 will bring Magic & Merriment to Walt Disney World with out-of-this-world holiday magic.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for additional details and ticket prices for these truly unique events.

To find out more about D23’s Fall 2009 Special Events Calendar, including admissions and how to register for events, click on the Expo & Events tab. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice, have varying admission fees and registration processes, and may require advance reservations due to space limitations.

It appears that walls have gone up just in front of the California letters at the entrance to Disney’s California Adventure. The letters are still there on the other side of the walls, accessible to guests. Could this be the beginning of the change over to Buena Vista Street?

Don’t worry, the park is still open ;)

Picture taken by Tom Corless on the WDWNT Twitter. Follow that account all week for coverage from Disneyland and the D23 Expo

Finally, if you just can’t wait until tomorrow to see what’s going on at the D23 Expo, then here are some images Disney released from the Anaheim Convention Center:

While crews work around the clock, Mickey Mouse is getting ready to greet Disney fans fans from all over the world who will be given unprecedented access to never-before-seen movies, TV shows, park experiences, collectibles and more from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center as Disney and “D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans” present the first-ever D23 EXPO

The Welcome Center being set up

Herbie the Love Bug will be at the Expo

In an extraordinary exhibition designed especially for the D23 Expo, an incredible collection of classic and contemporary Disney props, artifacts and costumes will be accessible to the public for the first time ever. “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” brings together such amazing pieces as the fully restored, 11-foot model of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; the stunning, jewel-encrusted book used in the opening moments of Sleeping Beauty; Michael Jackson’s costume from Captain EO; and other rare surprises from throughout Disney’s history. Ranging from the original Mickey Mouse Club and the musical classic Mary Poppins to recent hits like Pirates of the Caribbean and High School Musical, the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” is a never-before-experienced exhibition that’s a D23 Expo exclusive

For more pictures from inside the Convention Center, check out D23’s website. Stay tuned to Disneyland News Today and WDW News Today in the coming week for plenty more coverage from the first ever D23 Expo!

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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