Many consider themselves “Disney Fans,” but they aren’t members of the official Disney
Fan Club, D23. We have to tell you that this is one of the best memberships we have ever maintained.
Why?, you might ask. We will tell you why. All the cool stuff the we get to do and see, exclusive merchandise and discounts and the interesting and famous people we have opportunity to meet. As Gold members, we receive a quarterly magazine called “Twenty Three” that is full of inside information about the latest happenings at the parks, in the theaters, Disney history, and behind the scenes. And the best part is the magazine is of such high quality that you won’t want to throw it away. And that is just for starters.
There are special events available to D23 members. There are pin trading events, shopping events at the Imagineering Studios, meet-ups at Disney Stores, and movie previews. These events have been free to attend. Other events we have attended that required an admission fee were tours of the Animation Studios, special movie events, lunch with Disney Legends (we had lunch last year with Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy – what a trip!), previews of major events (we had a special day in Cars Land before its grand opening, and we went to the Disney Archives at the Reagan Library a week before its public opening).
In odd-numbered years, there is a 3-day expo held in August at the Anaheim Convention Center. Here members can meet Disney Stars, attend special events, presentations, inductions to the Disney Legends, purchase D23 merchandise and meet other Disney fans (geeks, nerds, etc). This expo has become so popular, it has expanded to Japan.
So why is it called D23. Well, the “D” is for Disney, obviously. Walt arrived in Hollywood, CA in 1923, so D23 honors this aspect of Walt’s life. The club’s goal communicating with Disney Fans and placing them in the magic.
This is one of the best clubs we have ever had the privilege of membership and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. If you would like more information or to join the club that’s made for you and me, click here: D23