D23 Membership in the Disney Fan Club

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Want to be part of the largest official Disney fan club in the world—then D23 membership is for you! Keep reading for all the essential information. D23 Disney Fan Club

All About Disney Fan Club D23 

D23 is the official Disney fan club that celebrates everything Disney from the classic animations to the live action films, to parks and attractions, to merchandise (hello, Minnie Mouse ears!) and everything in between. If you love Disney, this is your club—helping you celebrate Disney every day. 

 

D23 of course has magical meaning behind it. D is for Disney and 23 is for 1923, the founding year of the Walt Disney Company. D23 was established on March 10, 2009 and hasn’t stopped bringing the magic to fans of all ages, all over the world. 

 

D Expo

 

The main event produced by D23 is the D23 Expo which is held every other year in Anaheim, California. They also host of number of exclusive, member-only experiences across the globe ever year. 

 

D23 Disney gift

 

You want it don’t you? D23 produces so much Disney content and excitement, I can see why. D23 has various membership levels that unlock extra access to Disney exclusives. 

Disney Fan Club D23 Gold Family Membership

If Disney runs through your veins, you’ve likely passed that on to your children. In my Disneyland with Kids Facebook group, it’s clear that Disney families stick together. 

 

D23 Gold Family Membership

 

Here’s what you can enjoy with a D23 Family Gold Membership:

  • membership for four
  • annual Gold Member gift featuring the D23 Fantastic Worlds Adventure Kit in 2020
  • personalized membership card
  • D23 certificate
  • subscription to the Disney twenty-three quarterly publication
  • special offers, discounts, and exclusive merchandise opportunities
  • access to over 100 D23 member events across the US
  • ability to bring up to three guests to select D23 member events

 

Disney Fan Club D23 Gold Membership

I’ve held Gold Membership status twice, and I’ll tell you more about that below. But before we get into that, I have to shout out to the fresh design of the membership card. The one I have is the solid gold with black Mickey silouette but I love the added color in this one. 

 

D23 Gold Membership

 

And yes, it’s an actual physical card you get in the mail for your card-holding D23 membership status. 

Here’s what you can enjoy with a D23 Gold Membership:

  • membership for one
  • annual Gold Member gift featuring the D23 Fantastic Worlds Adventure Kit in 2020
  • personalized membership card
  • D23 certificate
  • subscription to the Disney twenty-three quarterly publication
  • special offers, discounts, and exclusive merchandise opportunities
  • access to over 100 D23 member events across the US
  • ability to bring one guest to select D23 member events

Disney Fan Club D23 Free Membership

Not ready for a full commitment? You can still become part of D23, Disney’s largest official fan club. Just having a free membership still gets you some awesome perks. 

One of my favorite perks (also included in Gold Memberships) is the free Disney Fan-Fare newsletter. This isn’t one you delete without opening. It’s one you actually read, save and share. A recent email I got was packed full of Disney things like:

Disney Fan Club D23 Events

Before I dive into the events, you need to understand one thing. You thought it was tough getting a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance? Man, these D23 events are one hot ticket! There’s an art and strategy to it, read up on the tips here

The line up of 2020 events is a big one! Many of the most popular events returning for an encore incident The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour. I’ve been to “the lot” a few times and even saw the iconic “Seven Dwarfs” building be built as a child. 

 

Walt Disney Studios

 

Here’s what D23 says about this incredible opportunity:

Of all the fantastic places in Disney history, Walt Disney’s “dream factory” in Burbank would prove to be one of the most influential. Tour The Walt Disney Studios exclusively with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, and celebrate the historic Studios’ milestone 80th anniversary in 2020!

Join your D23 tour guide on a stroll through the original Animation building, where beloved animated films, including Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, and The Jungle Book, were created; see the historic soundstages used for filming such Disney live-action movie classics as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mary Poppins, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Plus explore the beautiful Legends Plaza, which honors those who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. Many guests will also recognize the exterior spaces on the lot, which have been featured in productions from the Mickey Mouse Club and The Absent-Minded Professor to Saving Mr. Banks, Muppets Most Wanted, and ABC’s black-ish!

 

D23 Members

 

Other D23 Events include:

  • shopping at Mickey’s of Glendale | Glendale, CA
  • advance screenings of upcoming Disney films | Various cities, USA
  • Disney roadshow events | Various cities, USA
  • Walt Disney Family Museum events | San Fransisco, CA
  • D23 Member Mixer | Various cities, USA

And of course, many other events during the year in addition to D23 Expo every other year

Is a D23 membership worth it?

That’s the golden question! The value of what you get—physical products in the mail for the price of membership is definitely worth it. You just have to determine if the welcome gifts and quarterly publications are worth it to you. The publications are gorgeous! They are not just a simple magazine. They are more like a soft cover coffee table book and are visually stunning. The welcome gift is perfect for Disney collectors and fans of every age. 

I’ve had a D23 Gold membership twice. I tend to upgrade from the free membership to the paid right when D23 Expo tickets go on sale. This is a common tactic. If you have your membership just before D23 Expo tickets go on sale, you can get some pre-sale perks and you also get major benefits at the D23 Expo itself

If you’re considering a D23 Gold membership just for D23 Expo, it is absolutely worth it, no doubt about it. 

D23 Fun at Home

 


 

Disney history is just as intriguing to me as new things coming to Disneyland! The history is what paved the way for the Disney we know and love. Explore the Disney Archives at home here, I especially love the “Ask Dave” section. 

Eat like you’re at Disney with this collection of free Disney recipes from D23

Can’t get enough of new Disney news? D23 has you covered right here. Are you a member of the official Disney fan club, D23? 

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