One of my favorite parts of being a D23 member is receiving the quarterly Disney twenty-three magazine. It’s so beautifully designed and I always pour through it as soon as it comes in the mail. Yesterday, D23 released details about the summer issue and it sounds like another good one! There’s a preview of some of the upcoming summer movies including Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Monsters University and Disney’s Planes. But, I’m most excited about this issue commemorating 60 years of Imagineering at Disney. Tony Baxter talks about his work on iconic Disney attractions like Splash Mountain and Star Tours, unusual Imagineering jobs are profiled and the truth is finally revealed about some Imagineering myths and legends. I can’t wait to spend some time reading through everything!
More details can be found in the D23 press release below:
BURBANK, Calif.– April 29, 2013 – The summer issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, features a mega summer movie preview of Disney’s upcoming theatrical releases. D23 gets readers back in the saddle with filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski for Johnny Depp’s upcoming The Lone Ranger; Billy Crystal talks about scaring up big laughs for Monsters University; the masterminds behind Marvel’s newest film, Iron Man 3, offer an inside look at how they’re bringing Iron Man back to basics; and John Lasseter shows us how the upcoming animated film Disney’s Planes will soar.
Disney twenty-three also celebrates 60 years of Walt Disney Imagineering with a special commemorative back cover. Imagineer Tony Baxter discusses his work on some of the world’s most iconic attractions, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Star Tours. “You Do What?” profiles some of the most unusual jobs Imagineers have had over the years, from rock designer to castle architect. “Imagineering Fact? Or Fiction!” debunks some of the long-time myths and legends of the Disney Parks. And there’s much more, including “23 Imagineering Game Changers” and a salute from Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs to the thousands of creative individuals whose contributions have changed the way guests experience Disney around the world.
Beginning with the summer issue, Disney twenty-three, hailed by critics for its superlative fan content and collectability, will be offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members who will continue to receive the magazine as a benefit of their membership. Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, and this issue contains a special member gift—a metallic D23 keychain, signifying how members hold the key to unlocking the magic of Disney through D23.
Disney twenty-three’s favorite sections are back with new images and content, too. In this issue:
- An image of Walt and Lillian celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary just prior to the opening of Disneyland in “PHOTOfiles”
- “A Walk with Walt” takes readers back to 1946, the year following the end of World War II—a transitional one for Walt and his company
- In “D Society,” Ne-Yo, Rod Stewart, and Tina Fey are among the stars shown visiting the parks
The Disney discoveries don’t stop with the end of the summer publication. In conjunction with the summer issue of Disney twenty-three, www.D23.com will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the contents of D23’s glossy magazine. Beginning May 14, only on D23.com you’ll find an exclusive video interview with Imagineer Tony Baxter.
If you’re not a D23 member yet, I highly recommend taking a look at it. You can get all the details on membership at www.disneystore.com/D23