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D23 hosts third Disney Fanniversary Celebration: Fan event visits 11 cities

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces its 2014 Disney Fanniversary Celebration. D23 will take its fan event to 11 cities this fall.
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announces its 2014 Disney Fanniversary Celebration. D23 will take its fan event to 11 cities this fall.
Photo courtesy of D23, used with permission.

On May 7, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club released an early look at the its annual Disney Fanniversary Celebration. Now in its third year, the fan-oriented event will visit 11 cities across the U.S. as part of D23’s celebration of achievements across various divisions of The Walt Disney Company (TWDC).

Disney archivists and the D23 Team host the Disney Fanniversary Celebrations. These events provide a whirlwind look at 90 years of Disney history that clocks in at approximately 105 minutes. Each event focuses on anniversaries related to Disney theme parks, characters, film and television, and other aspects of TWDC. The presentations include rarely-seen film clips, photos, art and audio related to these milestones.

Disney Fanniversary Celebrations mark Disney anniversaries for 2014

Fanniversary 2014 covers a range of Disney history. There’s a look at, among other things, Donald Duck, the “Disneyland” TV show and the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, “and the “Disneyland” TV show. Disney movie celebrating anniversaries this year include “Sleeping Beauty,” “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” “Mary Poppins, “The Love Bug,” The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.”

Disney Parks & Resorts will be well represented at the event. 2014 sees the milestone anniversaries of such Disney Parks attractions as Disneyland’s Monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage; Haunted Mansion; Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; Splash Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Two themed areas also have 25-year anniversaries. Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, and the former Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney both opened in 1989.

This year, Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection presents D23’s Disney Fannivesary Celebration. Thus it’s fitting that this series of events also will present the never-before-heard track “Evil Evil” from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection “Sleeping Beauty” and a demo recording from “The Little Mermaid.”

As with previous Fanniversary Celebrations, this year’s event will offer attendees the chance to see and photograph rare items from the Walt Disney Archives. The first of two items is a hat worn by Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. The second is a “Duckster” award, which was created in 1952 to acknowledge those individuals who made significant contributions to Disney over the years. Both Walt Disney and Donald Duck have been recipients of the award; Donald celebrates his 80th anniversary this year.

Disney Fanniversary Celebrations hit the road August 2014

Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will take place between August and October of this year. D23 visits the following cities in 2014: Burbank, Calif; San Diego; San Francisco; Chicago; Seattle; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston and Orlando.

D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration 2014 events are open to the general public, if tickets are available. But tickets are offered first to D23 Members at both the paid and free membership levels, and at special prices. On May 21, tickets sales open to D23 Gold and Silver Members; their tickets are priced at $23 each. Tickets then become available D23 Free Members on June 11 for $33 each. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 9 for $40 each.

More details, about D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, including event locations and time, is available online at D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. The site also offers information about how to become a D23 Member at the free or paid levels.