D23 News: Disney Twenty-Three Fall Issue Details

D23 Disney Twenty-Three Magazine Fall 2015 Star Wars The Force Awakens

D23 News: Disney Twenty-Three Fall Issue Details

Journey to a Galaxy Far, Far Away as Disney Twenty-Three Gives Fans Unprecedented Access to Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Featuring exclusive interviews with J.J. Abrams, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Lawrence Kasdan, and Kathleen Kennedy, Disney’s Official Fan Club celebrates the epic saga.


To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney twenty-three unlocks the power of the force to give fans a look behind the making of the newest installment in the Star Wars saga.

The issue opens with “guest editor” C-3PO admitting he is unfamiliar with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club (“…although I am very familiar with the R2 series of droid, I am less familiar with the D23 line. Would it be R2-D23?”) and continues with candid interviews with the original Star Wars leads—Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford—looking back (and ahead) at the ongoing strength of these out-of-this-world films. 

Director J.J. Abrams—whose long-standing history with Disney goes back to the TV show Felicity—sits down for a revealing Q&A, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talks about inheriting one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Plus, Imagineer Scott Trowbridge gives fans a peek at what’s in store for guests at the parks, following Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s announcement at D23 EXPO 2015 of Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And the Star Wars adventures continue. Also included in the publication, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members:

· Stories behind the movie poster artwork for all seven films

· An exclusive interview with Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni, who talks about his first, nerve-wracking meeting with George Lucas

· The incredible collectibles—past and future—that allow guests to bring the movies into their homes, including the story of the groundbreaking BB-8 toy

· A salute to George Lucas by Star Wars authority Steve Sansweet

Plus, there’s plenty of Disney magic in the winter issue of Disney twenty-three including:

  • The story of how the new Disney•Pixar film The Good Dinosaur came to rule the Earth

  • A look back at the creation of Fantasia, as it celebrates its 75th anniversary

  • How The Finest Hours went from an unbelievable true story to a gripping new film

  • Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-November.

D23 disney twenty-three Fanniversary D23 Destination D Disney D23 ExpoAbout 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 90-plus-year history. It 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 D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99), Gold Family Membership ($99.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Disney Vacation Club News: Exclusive PANDORA Charm Available In December

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Disney Vacation Club News:

Exclusive PANDORA Charm Available December 8, 2015

The Disney Vacation Club is expanding their designer merchandise available exclusively to DVC Members as a new charm from PANDORA Jewelry will be coming to Disney Parks and the online Member Marketplace just in time for the holiday season!

Disney Vacation Club DVC Exclusive Pandora Charm

Created with Members in mind, the new PANDORA dangle charm is eye-catching and crafted in sterling silver, inlayed with blue enamel composition, featuring the Disney Vacation Club logo. The charm attaches to PANDORA bracelets, sold separately from the charm, and is an ideal holiday gift for PANDORA fans of all ages.

Available beginning December 8, 2015, the Disney Vacation Club charm will be available in PANDORA locations across Disney Parks as well in the online Member Marketplace, while supplies last.

For more information, please visit the Member Benefits & More section located under the My DVC Membership tab on disneyvacationclub.com.

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Gearing up for Thanksgiving at Disney World

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This week marks a shift from Halloween to Christmas in the Disney parks, but let’s not forget about Thanksgiving in between. Although the decorations may be overlooked, or at least overshadowed by Christmas, Thanksgiving still has a presence at Walt Disney World.

In the parks and at several of the resorts, Disney has a wide variety of restaurants that are offering Thanksgiving meals for lunch and/or dinner. Here are the restaurants that are offering meals on Thanksgiving that vary from their regular menus:

Animal Kingdom

Tusker House



Akershus Royal Banquet Hall


Coral Reef

Le Cellier

Restaurant Marrakesh

Rose & Crown

Tutto Italia

Via Napoli

Hollywood Studios

50’s Prime Time Cafe

Hollywood & Vine

Disney Springs

Fulton’s Crab House

Planet Hollywood

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe


Artist Point

Boatwright’s Dining Hall

California Grill

Cape May Cafe

Captain’s Grille

Chef Mickey’s


End Zone Food Court

Flying Fish Cafe

Fresh Mediterranean Market

Garden Grove

Grand Floridian Cafe


Kona Cafe

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ


Olivia’s Cafe


Shutters at Old Port Royale

The Turf Club

The Wave

Trail’s End

Trattoria al Forno

Victoria & Albert’s

Whispering Canyon Cafe

Yachtsman Steakhouse


Most of these restaurants are offering both lunch and dinner meals special for Thanksgiving. As always, things are subject to change and it is best to contact Disney Dining directly with any questions or to make reservations at 407-939-3463.


A few of the resorts will also be having special recreation activities for Thanksgiving if you are staying there as a guest on November 26th.

Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary is hosting an Autumn Festival from 3:30 – 8:30pm. They will have “fun games, crafts, giveaways and more” according to the recreation calendar.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort will have activities starting at 12:30pm with Football Fun. This is followed by a pool party, “Gobble ’til you Wobble,” design your own turkey themed cupcake, s’mores, and then Pocahontas will be the Movie Under the Stars at 7:00pm.

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is following the same schedule as Old Key West at the High Rock Spring Pool. At the Paddock Pool starting at 12:30pm also will be Make Your Own Turkey Hat. After that will be the pool party, Football Fun, Pine Cone Turkeys, and then the Disney Junior pool party.


If you happen to be at Walt Disney World this Thanksgiving, check out some of these great offerings!

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Universal Orlando Resort News: Special Taping Featuring Nick Cannon And Walk The Moon

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Universal Orlando Resort News

Universal Orlando Resort Presents Special Taping for 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Awards, Hosted by Nick Cannon and Featuring Walk the Moon Performance on November 7, 2015

On November 7, Universal Orlando guests can be part of a special taping for the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring a performance by alternative-pop band WALK THE MOON.  The concert is included in admission to Universal Studios Florida and will take place at the Music Plaza stage at 7 p.m.

Walk the Moon Performing at Universal Orlando Resort

WALK THE MOON will perform a six-song set that includes their multiformat No. 1 triple-platinum hit single, “Shut Up and Dance,” along with their new track, “Different Colors.”  Both songs are off the band’s acclaimed sophomore album, TALKING IS HARD.  WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player), Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals), Kevin Ray (bass, vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals).

Nickelodeon Halo Awards Universal Orlando Resort Nick Cannon

Hosted, created and executive produced by Nick Cannon, the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards is a one-of-a-kind concert event that honors young leaders from across the country.  Now in its seventh year, the awards show recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO).  In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service. The 2015 Nickelodeon HALOAwards will be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, CMT, Nick.com and the Nick App.

Nickelodeon Halo Awards Universal Orlando Resort Walk the Moon

For more information about the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards taping at Universal Orlando Resort and WALK THE MOON’s performance, visit blog.universalorlando.com.

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