Disney D23 2016 Event Line-Up Unveiled

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has released a full slate of events lined up for 2016 with plenty of exciting opportunities, and not just for those local to a theme park.  In 2016, will expand member events with more experiences on the East Coast and new twists on current favorites. Continue reading for more details on the 2016 Disney D23 calendar.  Can’t wait for 2016?  Well on December 5, 2015, what would have been Walt Disney’s 114th birthday, Disney will launches Photographs from the Walt Disney Archives, a new online print-on-demand service allowing fans to own high-quality photographs from Disney’s rich history, including classic images of the parks and Walt Disney himself.  Could make for a fantastic holiday gift for Disney fans.

Photographs from the Walt Disney Archives

From Disney’s D23 Press Release

D23 BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXPERIENCES

In 2015, D23 Members had the opportunity to explore hidden Disney gems—such as the Animation Research Library—while hearing stories from Disney luminaries such as Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith and animator Andreas Deja. In 2016, D23 will bring back this popular event with incredible guests and new locations, while adding even more surprises and a special gift.

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit (16)

SCREENINGS ON THE DISNEY STUDIO LOT AND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

In 2016, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of Disney favorites including Alice in Wonderland, Finding Nemo, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Plus, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Reluctant Dragon, D23 will hold a special screening event on the Studio lot including special guests, picture spots, and more surprises.

A D23 representative guides a group on a  members only tour of the historic Walt Disney Studios.

A D23 representative guides a group on a members only tour of the historic Walt Disney Studios.

D23’S LUNCH WITH A DISNEY LEGEND

Following a year that included exclusive luncheons with such luminaries as former Imagineer Orlando Ferrante and voice actress Kathryn Beaumont, D23 will be bringing back the popular event series on the Walt Disney Studios lot, as well as adding events on the East Coast. The first event will be at Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway, who helped open Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and Disneyland Paris.

Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

Disney Legend Charlie Ridgway

D23 DAY AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND ARCHIVES

D23 Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot and Walt Disney Archives in Burbank return, highlighting historic moments from Disney film, television, and theme parks—and in 2016 we will be enhancing the experience with a very special new location to be announced soon.

I want to go to there.

I want to go to there.

ADVANCE SCREENINGS

This year, D23 Members were able to attend previews of Cinderella and Inside Out in cities such as New York, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Next year, in partnership with The Walt Disney Studios, D23 will screen a selection of upcoming releases. And for those guests who may not live in the cities where movies are screened, D23 Gold Members across the country will be selected at random to receive complimentary movie passes, which will be included in issues of Disney twenty-three, D23’s quarterly publication.

Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY

(Pictured) DORY ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

D23 MEMBER NIGHTS AT NEWSIES—ON TOUR

Disney fans are cheering for the Tony Award-winning Newsies, now on tour. In 2016, guests in Salt Lake City, Portland, and other cities around the country are invited to see the show with premium seats on special nights and a talk-back with the cast following the show.  Click here for our review of our first-hand experience of Newsies when it was on Broadway in NYC.

Newsies, the musical

Newsies, a Disney Theatrical Production under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, Photo by Deen can Meer © Disney Enterprises, Inc.

MEMBER MIXERS AROUND THE COUNTRY

After giving members a peek at the reimagined Disney Stores in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Kentucky, in 2016, Disney Store will once again invite D23 Members for exclusive mornings of shopping, discounts, games, and goodies. Also this past year, D23 held mixers including Breakfast on Broadway in New York and Never Had a Friend Like D23 events to celebrate Aladdin in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Seattle. Look for more mixers in cities around the country in 2016.

Disney's ALADDIN on Broadway

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE

The Walt Disney Imagineering employee store will once again offer shopping opportunities to D23 Gold Members at Walt Disney World Resort and in Southern California. Guests will be able to peruse collectibles and pick up official Imagineering merchandise. Dates to be announced in 2016.

Mickey's of Glendale (9)-S

D23 DISNEY FANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION — BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Following D23’s first “Home Edition” of Fanniversary, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Lady and the Tramp, D23 in 2016 will bring fans around the world unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the spectacular, Academy Award-winning animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.

D23 Fanniversary 2014 copy

Our haul!

SIGNATURE EVENTS

Look for the return of some favorites, including SIP & SCREAM (a Halloween twist on D23’s Sip & Stroll event at Walt Disney World in the fall), as well as special holiday events on both the East and West Coasts. More details will be announced in 2016.

Jack-Skellington-Sandy-Claws

Dates, ticketing information, and more D23 events will be announced throughout the year. Full details on D23’s lineup of 2016 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 29: D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience, TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 20: Alice in Wonderland, Burbank, Calif.
  • March 18: Lunch with a Disney Legend: Charlie Ridgway, Walt Disney World Resort
  • March 19: Alice in Wonderland, Walt Disney World Resort
  • April 8: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • April 9: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • April 20: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Portland, Ore.
  • May 21: Finding Nemo, Walt Disney World Resort
  • June 4: Finding Nemo, Burbank, Calif.
  • June 8: D23 Member Night at Newsies—On Tour, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • June 25: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.
  • July 18: D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience, TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • August 20: The Reluctant Dragon 75th anniversary screening event, Burbank, Calif.
  • September 23: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Walt Disney World Resort
  • September 24: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Fall: D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration: Beauty and the Beast, more info coming in 2016
  • October 8: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Burbank, Calif.
  • October 22: Sip & Scream, Walt Disney World Resort
  • November 18: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • November 19: D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives, Burbank, Calif.

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