“Destination D: Attraction Rewind” Headlines Full Slate of 2014 Disney D23 Events

The Disney D23 fan club is known for staging fantastic events celebrating the history of Disney films and theme parks, and 2014 will be no exception.  Highlighting the 2014 Disney D23 Event lineup will be the Destination D: Attraction Rewind coming to the Walt Disney World Resort on November 22 and 23.  July 26 and 27.  In addition, the traveling Fanniversary event will visit New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and other cities as well as Walt Disney World.  Continue reading for more details and highlights of all the 2014 Disney D23 events.

D23 Destination D Attraction Rewind

Update September 4, 2014

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced Disney Imagineering Legend Tony Baxter and a sneak peek at the upcoming film TOMORROWLAND for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind.

Disney's Tomorrowland

TOMORROWLAND supervising art director Ramsey Avery (Star Trek Into Darkness, Minority Report) will give members a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the making of the upcoming release from Walt Disney Pictures.  Avery will detail how the production team reconstructed elements of the World’s Fair for the upcoming film, which stars George Clooney.  “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,” says Avery.

Tony Baxter

During the panel “Rediscovering Discovery Bay,” Disney Legend Tony Baxter will take guests on an in-depth tour of the never-built themed expansion for Disneyland through rarely seen concept artwork and models that he worked on during his time at Walt Disney Imagineering.  Discovery Bay, as an early press release stated, was intended to “bring to life a time and place that climaxed an age of discovery and expansion.”

Preliminary schedule for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind follows:


  • 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 (see above).


  • 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: (see above).
  • 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.

Update May 27, 2014

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced additional talent for D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind.  Disney Legends Charlie Ridgway, Ron Logan, and Bill Sullivan have been added to the roster of presenters and panelists.

Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway


Plus, current Walt Disney Imagineers will take part in the two-day event sharing their stories and insights on Disney creations of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, including:

  • Gary Landrum, show awareness producer, who archives and preserves the history and stories of Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Jason Grandt, art director, whose projects include New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom Storybook
  • Dave Minichiello, executive director, creative development, whose art direction guided Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Pam Rawlins, show producer, whose projects include Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s Millenium
Walt Disney Imagineering team for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Walt Disney Imagineering team for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the ride’s dedication, May 2, 2014


They join previously announced guests Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley.

Original post from Disney D23’s press release follows below…

This year, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will reach out to fans across the country with a wide array of uniquely magical Disney experiences for members.

D23 Logo

DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H20 Plus: Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It’s in that spirit that guests this summer will have the opportunity to visit—or revisit—some of the most beloved Disney attractions of yesteryear.  Destination D: Attraction Rewind, held July 26 and 27 November 22 and 23 at Walt Disney World Resort, will bring Disney archivists, Imagineers, Legends and luminaries together to celebrate fan favorites such as Adventure Thru Inner Space, If You Had Wings, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with rarely seen concept art and images; vintage video clips; and revealing stories.  In addition, several presentations will be dedicated to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, which spawned beloved attractions like it’s a small world and Carousel of Progress. (Find our recap from the 2012 Destination D event here)

Update February 28, 2014

D23 announced the date of Destination D: Attraction Rewind will shift to November 22 and 23.  Check-in and exclusive shopping opportunities will begin on Friday, November 21.  Also, Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr and other popular Disney Legends who worked on the Walt Disney shows for the New York World’s Fair will be taking part in the event this fall.

An Imagineering panel at the 2012 Destination D in Anaheim, CA.

An Imagineering panel at the 2012 Destination D in Anaheim, CA


Update March 26, 2014

Additional details released regarding Destination D: Attraction Rewind November 22 and 23 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Presenters and panelists will include Disney Legends Marty Sklar, Bob Gurr, and Alice Davis; Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline; Disney and World’s Fair historians Bill Cotter, Stacia Martin, and Michael Kelley—and more to be announced.

Dream It! Do It! by Marty Sklar

During the weekend, guests will be able to explore a special exhibit designed by the Walt Disney Archives in honor of the event.

The weekend will end with an exciting evening event— Pleasure Island: Rewind.  This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include areas dedicated to the Adventurers Club, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequins, and 8 Trax.  And of course there will be a “New Year’s Eve” celebration to cap the night.

Plus, for the first time, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, will set up a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, T-shirts, and collectibles themed to the event.  The shop will also carry a special line from H2O Plus, whose products are featured at Disney Resort Hotels.

Highlights of D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus will include:

  • Disney Goes to the World’s Fair: A look at how Disney became a part of the landmark event
  • Lost on the Way to the Fair: Pavilion concepts for the World’s Fair that never came to be
  • Retro Rewind References: Nods to favorites of the past in current Disney Parks attractions
  • That Was Entertainment: Revisiting beloved theme park parades, shows, and spectacles

(All guests and events are subject to change)

Iron Man 3 Monorail at Walt Disney World

The weekend event will take place in the convention center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Tickets, available Wednesday, April 16, are $190 each and available exclusively to D23 Gold and Silver Members for a limited time.  Any remaining tickets will be made available to D23 Free Members on May 28 for $250 per ticket.  All guests will receive a special gift in honor of Disney’s contributions to the 50th anniversary of the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York City.  A limited number of “Top of the World” tickets will be available featuring reserved seating, early shopping on November 21, an exclusive dinner reception, special collectibles, gifts from H2O Plus and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, and more.

More details about the program and tickets for D23 DESTINATION D: ATTRACTION REWIND presented by H2O Plus, as well as a special offer just for members of D23, can be found at D23.com/Events.  Additional schedule announcements will be made in the coming months.

Original post from January 21, follows below…

MARY POPPINS 50th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: On August 24, 2014—nearly 50 years to the day on which this beloved classic premiered—D23 will celebrate with a very special screening event. (See our detailed review of the 50th anniversary Blu-ray here)

Saving Mr. Banks Event at The Walt Disney Studios

Grammy for music from Mary Poppins on display at the Walt Disney Studios Theatre


D23’S DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: For the third year in a row, D23 will hit the road, visiting cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of magical Disney milestones celebrating landmark anniversaries this year.  Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, D23’s Disney Fanniversary Celebration events will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York City, Seattle, and other cities in fall 2014.  Fanniversary 2014 will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters, TV series, and more than 90 years of Disney history including Donald Duck, the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Little Mermaid, and many more.  Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices and surprises created for D23 Members in attendance.  Click here for Chrysty Summers recap and review of the 2014 D23’s Disney FANniversary.

D23 Fanniversary 2013 Event

D23’S LUNCH WITH A LEGEND: A limited number of D23 Members will join Disney Legend Marty Sklar for a private luncheon on The Walt Disney Studios lot, where Marty will talk about his extraordinary 54-year career with Disney.  Look for additional “Legendary” lunches later this year. (Listen to an interview with Mr. Sklar here)

Imagineering Marty Sklar Window Dedication Ceremony


DISNEY STORE MEMBER MIXERS: After giving members a peek at the reimagined stores in Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, California, and Nevada in 2013, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games and goodies.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE: The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store in Glendale, CA, will open its doors to D23 Members on April 26, June 21, and other dates throughout the year, with special guests and surprises.  Members will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition merchandise and view the park-like grounds at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts’ creative “think tank.”

Mickey's of Glendale (9)-S

SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT: Throughout the year, D23 will continue its popular movie screenings inside the historic Studio Theatre at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.  The 2014 roster includes Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and The Little Mermaid.

Saving Mr. Banks Event at The Walt Disney Studios

D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES: D23’s members-only tours of the historic Studio Lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks—as well as showcasing many of the external locations used for filming Saving Mr. Banks.  Tours will take place March 22, May 31, August 2, and November 8.

Saving Mr. Banks Event at The Walt Disney Studios

Welcome to The Walt Disney Studios!


SIGNATURE EVENTS: Look for the return of some favorites, including the popular holiday offering DISNEY AND DICKENS (in Burbank in December), as well as other D23 traditions.

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2014 special events can be found on the Fan Club’s website at www.D23.com/events. All events and dates are subject to change.

 Current event calendar:

  • January 31: D23’s Lunch with a Legend — Marty Sklar, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 15: The Jungle Book, Burbank, Calif.
  • March 22: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • April 26: Mickey’s of Glendale shopping event, Glendale, Calif.
  • May 31: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • June 21: Mickey’s of Glendale shopping event, Glendale, Calif.
  • July 26 & 27: Destination D: Attraction Rewind presented by H20+, Walt Disney World Resort
  • August 2: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • August 24: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Celebration, Los Angeles Area
  • Fall: D23’s 2014 Disney Fanniversary Celebration, locations to be announced mid-2014
  • September 13: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Burbank, Calif.
  • October 11: Sleeping Beauty, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 8: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 15: The Little Mermaid, Burbank, Calif.
  • December: Disney and Dickens, Burbank, Calif.

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About Chrysty Summers

Growing up in southern California, Disneyland has always been a staple for my family. Today, my husband and I spend most of our free time at the parks, where you can usually find us soaking up the atmosphere of Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. We also love traveling to Walt Disney World as often as we can, especially during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall! Find me on Twitter @PenelopePeach for live updates from around the parks.