Disney D23 Fanniversary Event is Going on Tour Across the U.S. in 2014

For the third annual Disney D23 Fanniversary celebration, Disney’s official fan club is traveling to 11 cities across the U.S. honoring milestone anniversaries of beloved characters, Disney Parks attractions, classic films, music and more.  With so much history in the company, there are some pretty major anniversaries at any point in time, and 2014 is no slouch.  This year’s list of honorees is pretty hefty, including Donald Duck, Sleeping Beauty, Haunted Mansion, the Monorail, Mary Poppins, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and The Little Mermaid, just to name a few.  Take a walk down memory lane (but try not to feel old) and continue reading for all of the details on this year’s event, including how/when you can purchase tickets to an event near you (tip: you aren’t required to be a D23 member).  To read our recap of last year’s Fanniversary held at the Walt Disney Studios, click here.

D23 Disney Fanniversary 2014

From the press release:

For the third year in a row, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will hit the road with D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection.  The live event will visit 11 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, Fanniversary 2014 will revisit 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.  The event, which runs approximately 105 minutes, will also feature the never-before-heard track “Evil Evil” from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection Sleeping Beauty and a demo recording from Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection The Little MermaidFanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices for D23 Members.

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray DVD

 Fanniversaries that guests can look forward to celebrating at each stop include:

  • Donald Duck (80th anniversary)
  • Disneyland TV show (60)
  • Sleeping Beauty (55)
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People (55)
  • Disneyland’s Monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage (55)
  • Disney’s contributions to the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair (50)
  • Mary Poppins (50)
  • Haunted Mansion (45)
  • The Love Bug (45)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (35)
  • Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) (25)
  • Splash Mountain (25)
  • The Little Mermaid (25)
  • Pleasure Island (25)
  • The Lion King (20)
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ (20)
Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, both celebrate anniversaries this year.


In addition, following each show, two rare items from the Walt Disney Archives will be on display for guests to see and photograph: a hat worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and a “Duckster” award.  Created in 1952, this bronze-colored award in the image of Donald Duck honored those who made significant contributions to Disney over the years.  Both Walt Disney and Donald Duck himself were among the recipients of this unique prize.

Walt Disney Archives "Duckster"

Walt Disney’s “Duckster” Award to be on display at the 2014 Disney D23 Fanniversary celebrations.


D23 Gold and Silver Members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets on May 21 for $23 each.  Tickets will be available to D23 Free Members on June 11 for $33 each, and remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 9 for $40 each.  Tickets will be available at D23.com/Events.  The touring schedule is as follows:

  • August 9: Burbank, California
  • August 10: San Diego, California
  • August 16 & 17: San Francisco, California
  • September 6: Chicago, Illinois
  • September 13: Seattle, Washington
  • September 20: Atlanta, Georgia
  • September 21: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • September 26: Washington, D.C.
  • September 28: New York City, New York
  • October 4: Boston, Massachusetts
  • October 25: Orlando, Florida

More details about D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection can be found at D23.com/Events.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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.