D23 Announces Member-Only Anniversary Virtual Event
The ultimate of fan clubs for Disney fans, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, surprised members yesterday with the announcement that they will host a virtual event in honor of the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary. The presentaion, presented in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, premieres virtually on October 1st.
October 1st also marks the beginning of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” at the Lake Buena Vista-based resort. The D23 event will stream for the entire month of October, exclusively for members of the popular club.
Historically, the virtual series dubbed “Magical Milestones” highlights anniversaries throughout the Disney Parks around the world. This time, Imagineers “will take us on a journey spanning everything from the resort’s origins and history, featuring beautiful artwork and storytelling, to plenty of behind-the-scenes stories that will let us meet some of the fascinating people who bring our favorite places to life,” according to the D23 announcement.
Celebrating 50 Years of Magic
According to the release, this new event will be the fourth in the series. The presentation will explore each theme park at the resort as well as its incredible resort hotels in a five-part extravaganza.
Academy Award-nominated director Leslie Iwerks will host the production that first features retired Walt Disney Imagineer Eric Jacobson and Portfolio Creative Executive Chris Beatty. A dozen other key figures at Walt Disney Imagineering will feature in the subsequent episodes not only looking at the development of each park but also looking at the evolution of the resort.
D23 General Members can purchase one access code for the anniversary special for $10 per membership, and D23 Gold Members can request one complimentary access code for the special. Members should visit D23.com for more information and to register.