I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of D23: Disney Official Fan Club... ME! I am so thrilled to announce that I finally did it, I joined today! EXCITED! You already know I'm a big time Disney Geek. Now it's Official! Hooray!
Some of you may not know what D23 is, so let me give you a quick overview. The "D" stands for Disney and the "23" is the year that The Walt Disney Company was founded. In 2009 they created "The Official Community of Disney Fans" to thank them for their support, by giving them one-of-a-kind opportunities and experiences only available to members. It's a way to bring every Disney fan together, in one very magical group.
There are many reasons that I joined D23, other then just bragging rights that I'm "in" with the in crowd. The biggest reason is access to exclusive "members only" events. Including special screenings, studio tours, meet & greets with Disney Royalty. You also get a nice discount on the D23 EXPO happening in less then 2 weeks at the Anaheim Convention Center. (FYI, You do not have to be a D23 Member to attend the expo.) It's dubbed as the "Ultimate Disney Fan Event" I will be there with my ears on! This is the Daddy of all Conferences for me. I even choose this one over attending (Ahem) Blogher this year, another very popular conference in the Mom Blogging community. Now that's Disney Loyalty, right?
Seriously though once you hear about all of the Disney Awesomeness that will be going down August 19th-21st you will be buying your tickets immediately, if not for yourself, do it for the children. Your precious children! Some of the people who will be attending are: the Cast of A.N.T. Farm, Cast of Kickin' It, Cast of Phineas & Ferb, Dick Van Dyke, David Arquette, Wilmer Valderrama, Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, etc. Not to mention the Disney Legends Award Honorees like Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O'Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Lea Salonga (Mulan) and many more! We're talking the who's who of Disney!
Here I am meeting some Disney Legends at the Walt Disney Studios a few weeks ago. Thanks to some very special friends in very high places.
Me & Bill Farmer, aka "Goofy"
Me, Roy & Minnie
Me, Walt & Mickey
There's all kinds of Special Discounts & Promotional Stuff throughout the year that only members have access to. It's like belonging to our very own Disney VIP Club. Wait a minute, it's EXACTLY like our very own club! Save on things like Disney's Aulani Resort, Membership at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Lion King in Vegas, Mary Poppins Musical, the ABC TV Store and much more. Just for signing up you get gifts... Disney Swag! Here's some of the cool things that I'm expecting in the mail in 3-4 weeks.
Aren't you just dying to sign up too? Or you can gift a membership to the Disney Geek in your life. Make sure to tell them that I sent ya, with D23's Refer A Fan Program! Thanks! See ya at the Expo!
(Jessica New from North Hollywood, CA)
(Full Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post. I was invited to a luncheon by the D23 Team to learn more about this amazing club & given a gift bag. I did however purchase the D23 Membership on my own. The original thoughts expressed on this blog are 100% mine and 100% fresh.)