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Disney D23 Fanniversary touring the country, visiting Orlando this fall

by Banks Lee

D23 Disney Fanniversary 2014

For the third year in a row, D23, the official Disney fan club, will hit the road with the D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration, a live event visiting 11 cities across the U.S. to commemorate dozens of Disney milestones.

Hosted by Disney archivists and the D23 Team, Fanniversary 2014 will revisit beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, characters and TV series. They will celebrate 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 Mermaid. Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission prices for D23 Members.

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.

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:
• Aug. 9: Burbank, Calif.
• Aug. 10: San Diego
• Aug. 16 & 17: San Francisco
• Sept. 6: Chicago
• Sept. 13: Seattle
• Sept. 20: Atlanta
• Sept. 21: Philadelphia
• Sept. 26: Washington, D.C.
• Sept. 28: New York City
• Oct. 4: Boston
• Oct. 25: Orlando

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 (50)
• 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)
…and many more!

More details about D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration can be found at D23.com/Events.

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