D23 Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World With Virtual Event

D23, the official Disney Fan Club, is hosting a virtual event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

Part of the Magical Milestones series, Walt Disney Imagineers will take part in the event hosted by Leslie Iwerks, granddaughter of Ub Iwerks. Each park will be featured as the history of the resort is explored.


The official description of the event can be found below.

“We’ll start where it all began, Magic Kingdom, as Portfolio Creative Executive Chris Beatty and retired Imagineer Eric Jacobson discuss the challenges that Walt Disney Imagineering had to deal with after Walt Disney; the path to opening day; and how it has evolved every decade to define its unique identity.

Next we’ll look at EPCOT, featuring retired Imagineer Peggie Fariss, and Portfolio Executive Producer Jodi McLaughlin, and learn how Walt’s biggest dream became a reality, with its visions of the future and global community continuing to inspire us to make this world a better place.

Onward to the glitz and glitter of Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Leslie Iwerks sits down with President, WDI Creative & New Experience Development Bob Weis, Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge, and Executive Interior Design Barb Dietzel. Together they’ll look at the park’s origins as a movie studio that peeled back the curtain, to now evolving into some of the most immersive themed lands ever created.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Art Director Kyle Price and Assistant Producer Jennifer Gerstin sit down with Manager of Communications Diego Parras as they look at how this unique species of theme park broke new ground with its deeply thoughtful blending of animals, environment, and Disney storytelling.

And if four parks weren’t enough, Staying in the Magic: Disney Resorts joins retired Imagineer and Disney Legend Wing Chao with Portfolio Creative Executive of Global Resort Design Bhavna Mistry, Executive Project Manager Michael Davie, and Executive Architect David Stofcik as they look at how the beloved resorts have evolved from opening day to 30,000 hotel rooms—each with a unique experience and new levels of storytelling.”

D23 Gold Members can request one complimentary access code while D23 General Members can purchase an access code for $11.50.

The event will premiere October 1 at 10 a.m. PT and be available for viewing until October 31 at 11:45 p.m. PT.

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