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D23 reveals details for ‘Destination D’ event at Walt Disney World

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On Sept. 4, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club revealed more details for “Destination D: Attraction Rewind.” In addition to previously released information, D23 has announced the event will feature a sneak peak at the upcoming film “Tomorrowland,” starring George Clooney. Disney Legend Tony Baxter will participate in a panel on Discovery Bay.

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The “Destination D” event will be held Nov. 22-23 at Walt Disney World Resort. The D23 event will be filled with Disney Legends, archivists, Imagineers, and special guest. Its showcase presentations focus on Disney’s contribution to the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, with a full day devoted to this milestone in Disney history.

The sneak peak of Walt Disney Pictures' “Tomorrowland” is in keeping with the event’s interest in the 1964 World’s Fair, as the film is concerned with that time period. Supervising art director Ramsey Avery, who has worked on “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Minority Report,” will give members a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production and its reconstruction of the World’s Fair.

“I had a great experience working on ’Tomorrowland’ and recreating some of the very iconic environments from the 1964 World’s Fair, especially ‘it’s a small world,’ and am excited to share some of that behind-the-scenes process with Disney fans,” Avery said in press statement.

In “Rediscovering Discovery Bay,” Disney Legend Tony Baxter will offer D23 attendees an in-depth look the never-built Disneyland expansion. The presentation will include concept artwork and models that Baxter worked during his career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Discovery Bay, D23 notes, was intended to “bring to life a time and place that climaxed an age of discovery and expansion.”

The two-day event also celebrates former theme-park attractions fondly remembered by fans, such Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, as well as remembers Pleasure Island, the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World that provided a variety of night-time entertainment offerings such as the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse and Mannequin dance club.

“Destination D” panels and presentations will offer attendees the opportunity to experience rarely seen concept art and images, vintage video clips, and insider stories an anecdotes.

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club also released a rough schedule for “Destination D: Attraction Rewind” on its website. More than a dozen panels and presentations are planned for the event.

Saturday, November 22

  • Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: Historian Bill Cotter looks at Disney’s massive influence on the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair.
  • A World’s Fair of Disney Legends: Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, and Bob Gurr discuss their contributions to the Fair.
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Historian Michael Kelley and Disney Legend Bob Matheison take a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking attraction.
  • Ford’s Magic Skyway: Bill Cotter and Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Bill Sullivan reveal some of the secrets behind one of the Fair’s most innovative attractions.
  • Carousel of Progress: Disney Legend Marty Sklar and Imagineer Gary Landrum talk about the creation of this one-of-a-kind show.
  • “it’s a small world”: Disney Legend Alice Davis discusses working on the beloved attraction with her husband Marc and artist Mary Blair.
  • Lost on the Way to the World’s Fair: Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline reveals some of the proposed creations that didn’t make it to New York.
  • A Sneak Peek at Disney’s “Tomorrowland.”

Sunday, November 23

  • Widen Your World: Tony Baxter, Imagineer Jason Grandt, and Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway revisit popular attractions from the early years of Walt Disney World.
  • Disneyland: Fond Memories of the Past: Becky Cline and historian Stacia Martin journey through some of Disneyland’s most beloved attractions of yesteryear.
  • Retro Rewind References: Imagineers Wyatt Winter and Jason Grandt reveal some of the hidden references to past attractions in today’s theme park creations.
  • Rediscovering Discovery Bay
  • An Evolution of Make Believe Made Real: Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins detail the creation of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and explore its roots, which began in 1937.
  • That Was Entertainment!: Disney Legend Ron Logan lifts the curtain on some of the most fondly remembered events and entertainment from Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The D23 event includes a closing-night celebration: “Pleasure Island: Rewind,” presented by Twinings of London, is themed around former Downtown Disney nightlife district mentioned above. Pleasure Island closed permanently in 2008.Plus, the Walt Disney Archives has designed a weeklong exhibit in honor of the D23 event.

In addition to the information, events and exhibit that are the focus of “Destination D,” the D23 event will offer merchandise from Mickey’s of Glendale, the Walt Disney Imagineering store. The pop-up shop will open Friday, Nov. 21 and run through the weekend.

Attendees can purchase from a small selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event. Mickey’s of Glendale will also carry an exclusive collection of items themed to Pleasure Island, including pins, pin sets, T-shirts, and glassware.

“Destination D: Attraction Rewind” will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, part of Walt Disney World Resort. Tickets are currently available to all D23 Members. A free D23 membership is available, and D23 Gold and Silver Members receive ticket pricing. All “Destination D” attendees will receive a gift created just for the event.

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