After the formation of Disney’s official fan club, D23, special events have been held throughout the country, allowing the company’s biggest fans to come together to celebrate Disney and its subsidiaries, which now include Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. D23’s two biggest events are the D23 Expo and Destination D, which are each held every other year, but switch off so they do not both occur in the same year – the Expo was held last summer, so this year, it is Destination D’s turn. Given that 2014 is a milestone year for Disney, the event is set to be bigger than ever. Find all the details, including when you can buy tickets, after the break!
Officially dubbed, Destination D: Attraction Rewind, the event takes place November 22nd and 23rd at the Walt Disney World Resort and will honor classic attractions, spotlighted by Disney’s contributions to the 1964 World’s Fair, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month. “it’s a small world,” “Carousel of Progress,” “Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln,” and “Ford’s Magic Skyway” all made their debut at the fair, and given their significance to innovation at Disney theme parks, the World’s Fair has become strongly associated with Disney. Those attractions, in addition to “Adventure Thru Inner Space,” “If You Had Wings,” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” will be discussed, with rare behind-the-scenes stories, photos, concept art, and more that will be shared.
The two day event will also provide opportunities that will look familiar to those that have attended past iterations of the D23 Expo, including a Walt Disney Archives exhibit and pop-up shop Mickey’s of Glendale (an outlet of the famed Walt Disney Imagineering retail location). They will be refreshed for Destination D, though, so there will be plenty of event-exclusive merchandise that will be available for sale at the store, and you can expect some fantastic historical pieces to be on display in the exhibit.
Evening events celebrating Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island are also scheduled. The nightlife district closed over five years ago, so those who have missed it can relish Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax, which will all be present in some form. Also, similar to the nightly fireworks show which was held in the Downtown Disney area, there will be a “New Year’s Eve” party held each night of the event.
Tickets will go on sale April 16th, exclusively for Gold and Silver D23 members, for $190 each. Then, on May 28th, any remaining tickets will be sold to members of the free level of D23 for $250. If you are planning on going and are not a Silver of Gold member, you can easily sign up for at least the Silver level, which is priced at $34.99, well worth the ability to purchase Destination D tickets earlier and for $60 less than the regular price. Also, Silver opens up more opportunities for you, like the chance to attend other special events. You can also upgrade to Gold, which sells for $69.99, which includes all the benefits of the Silver level, plus you receive the fantastic D23 magazine every quarter.
For those who would like to receive reserved seating at each of the panels, an early shopping opportunity, exclusive dinner event, special collectibles and more, there will be a limited number of “Top of the World” tickets available for $1,000 each.
Destination D: Attraction Rewind takes place Nov. 22 and 23 at the Contemporary Resort, which is just a short walk (or monorail ride) from Magic Kingdom. We do not yet have a full schedule of the event, but it already appears to be a can’t-miss-event for Disney fans!
Read the full press release below:
DISNEY LEGENDS AND LUMINARIES CELEBRATE THEME PARK FAVORITES OF YESTERYEAR AT D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND
FROM AMERICA SINGS AND IF YOU HAD WINGS TO DISNEY’S GROUNDBREAKING PARTICIPATION IN THE 1964–65 WORLD’S FAIR, GUESTS WILL ENJOY PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, UNIQUE SHOPPING, AND MUCH MORE, NOVEMBER 22 AND 23 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
BURBANK, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward—opening up new doors and doing new things—because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” It’s in that spirit that guests this fall will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear. D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H2O Plus will take place November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort. D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends, and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and hours of revealing stories. In addition, there will be a full day of presentations dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which debuted beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress.
Presenters and panelists include Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley—and more to be announced.
During the weekend, guests will be able to explore a special exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.
The weekend will end with an exciting evening event—Pleasure Island: Rewind. This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include areas dedicated to the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax. And of course there will be a “New Year’s Eve” celebration to cap the night.
Plus, for the first time, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, will set up a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. The shop will also carry a special line from H2O Plus, whose products are featured at Disney Resort Hotels.
Highlights of D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus will include*:
- Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: A look at how Disney became a part of the landmark event
- Lost on the Way to the Fair: Pavilion concepts for the World’s Fair that never came to be
- Retro Rewind References: Nods to favorites of the past in current Disney Parks attractions
- That Was Entertainment: Revisiting beloved theme park parades, shows, and spectacles
The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tickets, available Wednesday, April 16, are $190 each and available exclusively to D23 Gold and Silver Members for a limited time. Any remaining tickets will be made available to D23 Free Members on May 28 for $250 per ticket. All guests will receive a special gift in honor of Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York City. A limited number of “Top of the World” tickets will be available featuring reserved seating, early shopping on November 21, an exclusive dinner reception, special collectibles, gifts from H2O Plus and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and more.
More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events. Additional schedule announcements will be made in the coming months.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. D23 gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
About H2O Plus, LLC
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* Events and talent are subject to change.