Once again, D23 – The Official Disney Fan Club, will present D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind on November 22 – 23 at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort Hotel. Unlike the D23 Expo, which is open to the general public, as well as D23 members, Destination D is only open to D23 members.
Destination D was created to fill in during the years that the D23 Expo was not held. The first Destination D was held in 2010 celebrating the 55th Anniversary of Disneyland and in 2011, a special event was held at Walt Disney World to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the resort. In 2012, Destination D returned to Disneyland to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Disney Animation.
This year’s Destination D: Attraction Rewind will feature two days of presentations celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company’s involvement in the Fair, a look at some beloved and missed former attractions and many presentations. Two just-announced surprises are a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming film Tomorrowland with supervising art director Ramsey Avery and “Rediscovering Discovery Bay” with former Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Disney Imagineering and Disney Legend Tony Baxter.
“I have had a great experience working on Tomorrowland and recreating some of the very iconic environments from the 1964 World’s Fair,” said Avery. “Especially it’s a small world, and (I) am excited to share some of that behind-the-scenes process with (the) Disney fans.”
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During the “Rediscovering Discovery Bay” panel, Tony Baxter will take Destination D 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 released stated, was intended to “bring to life a time and place that climaxed an age of discovery and expansion.”
Although no time has been assigned to the already announced presentations and everything is subject to change, doors will open on Saturday, November 22 at 8:15 a.m. and the first presentation will begin at 9:00 a.m. On Sunday, November 23, doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the first presentation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The presentations, on both days, is expected to conclude at 6:00 p.m. Some of the planned panel presentations to date are:
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.
· 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 with Ramsey Avery
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 with Disney Legend Tony Baxter
· 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.
In addition to the panel presentations, Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, is setting up a pop-up shop, which will open on Friday, November 21 and run through the weekend. Shopping will begin at 1:00 p.m. for attendees and 11:00 a.m. for Top of the World ticketholders. The shop will offer a selection of exclusive Imagineering merchandise, limited-edition pins, T-shirts, collectibles themed to the event, as well an exclusive collection of items themed to Pleasure Island.
The Walt Disney Archives will curate a special exhibit honoring the event. Exhibit viewing will begin Friday Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for Top of the World ticketholders, and continue through the weekend.
D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind will end with an exciting evening event— Pleasure Island: Rewind presented by Twinings of London®. This celebration of the Downtown Disney nightlife district will include moments 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. This event will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.
All of the weekend events will take place in the Convention Center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel. Tickets are still available to all D23 Members. D23 Gold and Silver Members receive special ticket pricing. As with previous Destination D events, all guests will receive a gift created just for the event.
Are you planning on going? If so, what are you looking forward to seeing the most?