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Fall issue of DISNEY TWENTY-THREE Magazine hits stands Aug 2




Commemorating 40 Years of Walt
Disney World






The Story of How Walt's Dream Destination Became a

A Rare Glimpse into the Magic Kingdom's Underground Labyrinth

A Peek Back at Early Attractions

Plus an Exhilarating Hint of the Park's Future


Calif. – July 26, 2011 – The special fall issue of Disney
magazine, on stands August 2, is dedicated entirely to the
40th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Readers are offered a look at how the resort was created, including revealing
details behind the mysterious operation to acquire the vast expanse of Florida
land needed to build Walt's "vacation kingdom of the world." With its nostalgic
look back at attractions that have vanished but remain in the hearts of
multiple generations, this commemorative issue also takes readers on an
exclusive visit to the Magic Kingdom's underground "city." Readers are privy to
a host of little-known facts that contribute to Walt Disney World's remarkable
history and give the Florida theme park its unique identity. An illuminating
all-encompassing interview with Imagineering dynamo Eric Jacobson rounds out the
issue, as he tours the
Magic Kingdom with Disney twenty-three, pointing out some of his park favorites
and giving readers a preview of the new, expanded Fantasyland.

addition to the look back at the excitement leading up to the spectacular
opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971, Disney twenty-three's fall issue includes an intimate,
never-before-told portrait of Walt's brother Roy, by his grandson Roy P. Disney. Roy O. was the executive responsible for making sure that the
park opened on time… and on budget.

And there's more in the autumn issue
of Disney

  • WE
    : Bob
    Foster played a key role in the acquisition of the land that would become Walt
    Disney World. With Bob's insights and recollections, Disney archivist Steven
    Vagnini takes us back to the twinkle in Walt's eye that eventually became a
    relives the historic events leading up to that
    unforgettable day in October when Walt Disney World welcomed its first guests.
  • MAKIN'
    : From The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
    to Kitchen Kabaret, the Magic Kingdom
    and Epcot have been home to countless attractions that left guests with the
    warm fuzzies. Here are some of Disney twenty-three's all-time
  • IN
    Readers are welcomed aboard Empress Lilly,
    the Disney Village Marketplace riverboat that served up culinary delights from
    1977 to 1995. Readers are even given the exclusive secret recipe for the
    Chicken Crepes Lilly that became so popular on the floating attraction.
  • 40
    : Even the most avid Disney fan might
    be surprised by the trivia uncovered about Walt Disney World in this feature.
    The parks are filled with vibrant history and little-known gems.
  • AND

To become a D23 Member, and learn more
about membership and the fall issue of Disney twenty-three, visit

Beginning August
2, Disney
is available at select retail locations for $15.95.

About D23

The name "D23"
pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney
opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official community
for fans in Disney's 88-year history. D23 gives its members a greater
connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the
magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich
website at;
a collectibles line, the Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special events
for D23 Members throughout the year. Fans can join D23 at,
select shops at Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World®
Resort and

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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