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Special D23 events coming to Orlando in 2015

by Banks Lee

Sleeping Beauty

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced special member events in the Orlando area, adding exclusive experiences for fans in Central Florida.

D23 is slated to bring more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area throughout the rest of the year, including intimate events celebrating classic Disney films similar to what members enjoy at The Walt Disney Studios lot with guest speakers, screenings, and other surprises.

WAKING UP WITH SLEEPING BEAUTY: On the morning of April 18, D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements including its unique artistic style and groundbreaking visual effects. Plus, all members will receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE ORLANDO SHOPPING EVENTS: The Walt Disney Imagineering store is opening up a pop-up shop for D23 Gold and Silver Members. On June 6, guests will be able to peruse and purchase signature items from the store’s unique collection. And on Nov. 14, members will be able to pick up some key holiday gift items for the Disney fans in their lives and for themselves.

LET’S GET TOGETHER WITH THE PARENT TRAP: Celebrate this beloved film, starring Hayley Mills in dual roles, with D23 as they present the 1961 hit on the big screen June 6. D23’s Steven Vagnini will present a look at the making of the movie with rarely seen photographs and imagery. All attendees will receive a special gift. Plus, guests who attend the screening will receive priority admission on that day to D23’s shopping event with Mickey’s of Glendale.

SIP AND STROLL: D23 brings a new twist to a fan favorite, as members gather in celebration of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on Oct. 3. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, guest speakers, and an insider look at this annual event, now in its 20th year, before sipping and strolling around World Showcase with some delectable surprises.

Calendar (all events and dates are subject to change):
• Apr. 18: Waking Up with Sleeping Beauty — AMC Downtown Disney 24,
• June 6: Let’s Get Together With The Parent Trap — AMC Downtown Disney 24
• June 6: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event — Location TBA
• Oct. 3: Sip and Stroll — Epcot
• Nov. 14: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event — Location TBA

Visit D23.com for more information.

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