The D23 Gold Member Gift Celebrates 90 Years of Disney History
Can you believe it’s been ten years since the initiation of D23? The Official Disney Fan Club is more than just a fan club though. It gives its members more Disney in their daily lives including behind-the-scenes exclusives, access to VIP experiences and events, discounts on D23 Expo, special offers, and more! To celebrate the club’s decennial, D23 Gold Members will all receive a special pin set celebrating milestone Disney memories.
These glittering gold-tone finish pins celebrate 90 years of Disney history from “The Skeleton Dance” to “Up”. Let’s take a look at the 10 pins inside the D23 Gold Member Gift that celebrate D23’s amazing 10 years!
2019 D23 Gold Member Gift
The Skeleton Dance (90 years)
On August 22, 1929, the very first, very macabre Silly Symphony was released. The Skeleton Dance was inspired by the brand-new advent of sound in cartoons (which debuted with Steamboat Willie in 1928). The Silly Symphonies were a musical way for Walt Disney and his artists to experiment with new animation techniques. After the successful debut of The Skeleton Dance, seven out of the series’ 75 cartoons would go on to win Best Cartoon Academy Awards®!
Donald Duck (85 years)
Everyone’s favorite feisty fowl made his debut in The Wise Little Hen. It was a Silly Symphony cartoon released on June 9, 1934. After stealing the show as a supporting character, Donald Duck would go on to star in 128 theatrically released cartoons of his own. That number even surpassed that of Mickey Mouse! Walt Disney himself may have said it best when it came to his ducky star: “Donald is a very outrageous fellow, with bad manners and a worse temper, and everyone is fond of him, including myself.”
Marvel Comics (80 years)
In 1939, Timely Publications, later re-branded as Marvel Comics, released its first publication. Marvel Comics #1 featured the first appearances of the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner. Seventy years later, when Marvel joined The Walt Disney Company in 2009, more than 5,000 heroes and villains had been created, including fan favorites Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and Thor, all of whom remain just as popular today—on the big screen, small screen, and in theme parks—as they are in the comics!
Disneyland Television Series (65 years)
Walt Disney’s first regularly scheduled television series, Disneyland, would debut on television sets across America in late 1954. While developing his Disneyland theme park, Walt struggled to find investors confident in the concept. The ABC Network would offer him a deal that would provide them Disney-quality content for the fledgling platform, along with financing for his “latest and greatest dream” of Disneyland. The Disneyland series kicked off with “The Story of Disneyland,” which introduced his bold new idea to the public on October 27, 1954. The show would win the Emmy Award for Best Variety series during its first season.
Haunted Mansion (50 years)
After its ominous exterior sat silently in New Orleans Square for nearly seven years, Haunted Mansion first swung open its doors to Disneyland visitors on August 9, 1969. Walt Disney had dreamt of such an attraction in the park a decade earlier. But it took the advent of Omnimover technology used via the attraction’s now-iconic “Doom Buggies” to perfect the experience. Haunted Mansion became an instant classic, sparking new versions at Disney Parks around the world, each one of them brimming with happy haunts and ghoulish delights. This pin is a perfect inclusion inside the 2019 D23 Gold Member Gift.
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The Muppet Movie (40 years)
The most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational movie the world had ever seen hit theaters in 1979. It marked Jim Henson’s zany creations’ big-screen debut! The Muppets had been a smash hit on television, but were an unknown quantity on the big screen at that point. The smash success of The Muppet Movie would also lead to seven more theatrically released Muppet movies. The enduring legacy of Kermit’s road trip from the swamp to Hollywood can be encapsulated in the classic song “Rainbow Connection”. This beloved song remains one of the most iconic songs in Muppets—and film—history.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (35 years) Pin for D23 Gold Member Gift
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s globe-trotting archaeologist returned to the big screen in 1984. This brand-new adventure took him from the streets of Shanghai to the depths of the foreboding Pankot Palace. Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones found himself in 1930s India on a quest to recover the sacred Sankara Stones. Along the way, he’s faced with booby traps, a mysterious cult, all manner of creepie-crawlies, an epic mine cart chase, and groundbreaking special effects to boot!
The Little Mermaid (30 years)
In 1989, The Little Mermaid made quite a splash when it hit theaters. It tells the tale of now-beloved Disney characters such as Ariel, Ursula, Scuttle, and Sebastian, all while debuting mesmerizing music from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Ushering in a renaissance of Disney animation, The Little Mermaid would go on to win two Academy Awards®, best original score and best song for “Under the Sea”. It also proved that the classic Disney fairy-tale musical never goes out of style!
The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror (25 years)
In 1994, the Hollywood Tower Hotel reopened its doors for the first time since 1939, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ became a thrilling and chilling favorite at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A classic Disney attraction in every way. It is complete with an innovative ride system, an elaborate backstory, and incredible details both inside and out. It also would prove to be such a hit that versions of the attraction would “drop” into Disney Parks in Anaheim, Tokyo, and Paris!
Up (10 years)
Pixar Animation Studios untethered a masterpiece in 2009 with Up. It introduced audiences to a quirky cast of characters, including the curmudgeonly Carl, exuberant Ellie, persistent Russell, and lovable Dug. Director Pete Docter’s unconventional airborne adventure connected with audiences like few films had. It became the second animated film of all time to earn a Best Picture Academy Award nomination and winning two more!
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