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wulfekamp
05-28-2009, 05:15 PM
I was just wondering if any dvcer's had joined D23 yet. Is it worth it?

Disney_Villain
05-29-2009, 06:39 AM
DH joined D23 and he's loving his membership. He wore his D23 t-shirt around WDW a few weeks ago and (as a result of his advertising) we spoke to other DVCers who were D23 members too.

I think a lot of DVCers are really Disney nuts who appreciate things like D23.

nunzia
05-29-2009, 07:03 AM
I'm a member. Although I can't make any of the special events they have planned, I think they are pretty impressive. The magazines are great also.

Anal Annie
05-29-2009, 07:16 AM
:sad2: I have other things to spend my money on.... No plans to join here...they already get enough of my money!

gkrykewy
05-29-2009, 07:19 AM
I think it's a waste of time, a waste of money, and an excellent example of what happens when a giant corporation tries to emulate a grassroots fan community from the top down. Awkward.

Other than that, I'm totally psyched about it.

DiznyDi
05-29-2009, 07:27 AM
Yep. ::yes:: I too believe it to be on the pricey side but have so far been impressed with the magazine and the special offerings that came along with membership.

For those considering, the current and past issue of the magazine is available for viewing at your local Disney Store. Seeing the magazine 'in person' is what sold me on the initial membership.

WolfpackFan
05-29-2009, 07:27 AM
Personally, I don't see the point of it. Way, way too expensive for me to join. I won't even buy the magazine at Barnes and Noble - I bet they don't sell many at the price they are asking.

chriskim625
05-29-2009, 07:43 AM
Sorry, im a noob so i must ask... what is D32?

cpdwiz
05-29-2009, 10:06 AM
DVC and D23 and AP...We really love it....Magazines are great, if you are a pin collector the pins are nice.....

bobbiwoz
05-29-2009, 10:12 AM
I'm a new member thanks to my DSis who gifted me. Things are just coming, and I'm determined to take the time to read and enjoy the experience.

Bobbi:goodvibes

PS. Here's a link to the D23 site
http://d23.disney.go.com/

Dizny Dad
05-29-2009, 10:56 AM
DiznyDi sold me on being a member! (yes dear) :worship:

CMOORE185
05-29-2009, 11:06 AM
Sorry, im a noob so i must ask... what is D32?
D23 - Disney's first official community for fans - celebrates the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his studio in Hollywood. Through the years, Disney's stories, characters and experiences have captured the imagination of fans everywhere, and now D23 places you in the middle of the magic. Go backstage, behind closed doors, and get the inside scoop, while experiencing the nostalgia, adventure and fantasy of Disney as never before.

By clicking on "Add to Bag" and completing your D23 Membership purchase, you are agreeing to the D23 Terms and Conditions.

A one-year D23 Charter Membership* includes:

Disney ''twenty-three'' Quarterly Publication: A one-year subscription (four issues) to D23's exquisite collectible magazine, filled with stunning photography, dazzling illustrations and the ultimate Disney insider perspective. It's your all-access pass to discovering the magic of Disney's past, present and future!
Membership Card and Certificate: Your membership card and personalized, suitable-for-framing charter member certificate feature many of Disney's most beloved characters drawn by Disney Master Artist David Pacheco.
Surprise Collectible Gift: A collectible just for D23 members. You'll receive a gift you'll cherish from the new Walt Disney Archives Collection.
Exclusive Special Events and Merchandise: D23 offers its members unique special-event opportunities throughout the year, as well as access to exclusive, limited-edition merchandise and collectibles.
D23 Expo: It's the ultimate Disney fan experience, taking place in Anaheim, California from September 10-13, 2009. This can't-miss event will feature guest speakers, celebrity appearances, breathtaking exhibitions, sneak peeks, film screenings, one-of-a-kind merchandise, and so much more! Admission will be discounted for D23 members.
Subscription to bi-weekly D23 FanFare e-newsletter with breaking news and special offers. (You may opt out of receiving FanFare after your first e-newsletter arrives.)
Plus, stay connected to D23 every day at Disney.com/D23, featuring up-to-the-minute Disney news, feature stories, event info, merchandise and more.

*Join by December 31, 2009 to be a D23 Charter Member

D23 memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

It costs $75.00 for one year.

GuySmiley
05-29-2009, 11:20 AM
I think it's a waste of time, a waste of money, and an excellent example of what happens when a giant corporation tries to emulate a grassroots fan community from the top down. Awkward.

Other than that, I'm totally psyched about it.
:rotfl2:

I joined for the magazine. You can get the magazine for $64/year ($16/issue x4 issues). I figured I'd spend $11 more to see what all the fuss was about. So far, its about nothing :confused3 I cant make any of the special events, and otherwise I don't see much of a point. But the magazine is really nice and worth $75/year to me, although I could be paying $64 :confused:

dr&momto2boys
05-29-2009, 01:34 PM
I joined! (Although my DH should be the member as he was just too embarassed so he signed up in my name!) The magazine is really well done but geared toward Disney history buffs or people who want to know behind the scenes stuff. (DH, not really me.) I think the events are cool, but can't attend any. Hopefully they'll keep adding more. I want to be a member just to support the idea in hopes it will keep getting cooler. I like the extras they've sent with the magazine so far. For $11 more than the magazine price, I think it's worth it, especially if you like the pins or merchandise.

wildernessDad
05-29-2009, 02:23 PM
I'm a member. I think that the price is right considering the price of the magazines alone.

I have all of the pins too. :)

Castillo Mom
05-29-2009, 03:09 PM
I'm a member, joined the day it premiered. I live in Southern California and would've loved to have done the Up special event at El Capitan however, it's on a week day at about midnight and I have to work the next day. I'm looking forward to the events coming up in the fall though.

SuzanneSLO
05-29-2009, 04:08 PM
After much debating (including trying to decide whether DH should join or I should), I finally joined today!

The first tipping point was that we bought the 2nd issue at WoD to get up to $50 for our discount and were very impressed.

The 2nd tipping point was all the events scheduled for the summer. We are in Central CA and would love to do the Studio tour, the DL 54th Aniversary behind the scenes video and talk, the preview of the Disney Museum in SF and the Expo. In particular, I toured the studios on a private tour back in the 1970's (in production at the time: Robin Hood and Island at the Top of the World) and would love to do it again as an adult. I live in fear that booking the Studio tour will be about as hard as booking a CP dinner package at DL.

We would also love to do the behind the scenes at the Lion King in Vegas, but it is scheduled for the date of my DS's graduation, so that's not an option. I read that John Ratzenberger was a special guest of the D23 Up showing last night. How cool is that! -- Suzanne

DisneyCruisin'
05-29-2009, 04:57 PM
I joined and live in NC and still think it's totally worth it. We are so far getting little extras with the magazines and they are cool! I plan to renew with no questions asked.

bnlbebes
05-29-2009, 05:36 PM
Is there a fee for any/all of the "special events"?

How does the D23 magazine compare to the old Disney magazine that went out of business a few years ago?

Tara
05-29-2009, 06:11 PM
I think it's a waste of time, a waste of money, and an excellent example of what happens when a giant corporation tries to emulate a grassroots fan community from the top down. Awkward.

Other than that, I'm totally psyched about it.

:rotfl:

This.

Also, I love vacationing at Disney and enjoy their movies, but I'm not all about the history or collectibles or anything. Right now I'm trying to get more stuff OUT of my life and house so the last thing I want is to pay for even MORE STUFF! (or even worse, pay money for a membership that then gives me the right to...you guessed it...pay MORE money for stuff)

Plus online community building is something I know a little bit about, and it seems weird to me that they call it a community yet there's nothing that fosters, you know, actual community. There's a lot of "here, connect with our brand and our products" but not "here, connect with each other." The latter part is community. The former is just marketing.

For those who are into the collectibles or just need another piece of the D, then yeah, I guess $75 is an okay price for joining. But for me personally, nope.

TinkDVC
05-30-2009, 07:40 AM
I debated back and forth on joining and finally caved in a couple of weeks ago. I just got my certificate and magazine (Donald Duck issue) this week. Still waiting for my "special" gift.

The magazine is quite impressive - only 1/2 way through it. If you love to read about all that is Disney give it a try.

Bewitch324
05-30-2009, 12:20 PM
I ended up joining a few weeks ago, when we were still deciding whether we were going to buy DVC or not...

I have been really impressed with the magazine so far, and I'm a big fan of "behind the scenes" information, and from what I've read so far and what I've heard in various communications with the press about the future intent for D23, I think there will be a lot of opportunities for that kind of thing...especially in the first few years when they're trying to get everyone invested in it...

Anyway that's the story I told myself....we'll see if it ends up being true!!

Brooke

kdzgon
05-30-2009, 01:10 PM
I joined! (Although my DH should be the member as he was just too embarassed so he signed up in my name!) The magazine is really well done but geared toward Disney history buffs or people who want to know behind the scenes stuff. (DH, not really me.) I think the events are cool, but can't attend any. Hopefully they'll keep adding more. I want to be a member just to support the idea in hopes it will keep getting cooler. I like the extras they've sent with the magazine so far. For $11 more than the magazine price, I think it's worth it, especially if you like the pins or merchandise.

What type of "extras"? You pay extra for the pins, right - membership just gives you the right to purchase them?

laura-k
05-30-2009, 06:15 PM
I also contemplated subscribing to D23 but it seemed quite expensive ,
We have books and different old magazines that tell alott about Disney
history ,but I just wasn't sure about it- I haven't seen this one either but I finally decided to try Celebration Magazine -
I haven't received it yet -Any of you read this one ?
Laura

nunzia
05-31-2009, 08:42 AM
What type of "extras"? You pay extra for the pins, right - membership just gives you the right to purchase them?

The pins and merchandise are extra, yes, but there was a nice poster as a joining gift and with the second magazine issue we got a very cool reproduction fan that was handed out at Disneyland in 1955. I love that item. Also, I am impressed with the slate of extras so far listed..the UP preview, the studio thing and more. I can't participate, but maybe one day I can, and I think they are really trying to make this a nice club. They are also having some sort of contest in June, but haven't seen much info on that..

JaxDisneyFans
05-31-2009, 06:15 PM
Are most of the "events" in California or the west coast?

SuzanneSLO
05-31-2009, 07:21 PM
Are most of the "events" in California or the west coast?

Last week, there was a free showing of UP in Hollywood.

Tonight, there is an Illuminations party at WDW.

In June, there is a back stage event at the theatrical productions in NY, Chicago and Las Vegas for Mary Poppins and Lion King.

In June and Aug, there is tour of the Studios and archives in Burbank.

In July, there is a showing of an historical film about DL with discussion in Anaheim.

In September, there is a preview of the Disney Family museum which opens to the public in Oct in SF.

In Sept, the 4 day D23 Expo is in Anahiem.

So, yes, so far there is more of a tilt to the West Coast.

However, I would expect that in the future many of the AP events (such as the behind the scenes fireworks presentations in June) held at WDW may be targeted either just to D23 members or to both AP and D23. I have never heard of similar events for DL AP holders, but there are often interesting movie presentations/discussions at the El Capitan that are open to the public. -- Suzanne

TIGGERmetoo
05-31-2009, 07:30 PM
DH joined and we both love the magazine.

JaxDisneyFans
05-31-2009, 07:56 PM
Suzanne - thanks for the response!

gleddo
06-02-2009, 10:03 PM
I joined in March and I live in Alabama but we go to WDW 2-3 times a year. We went to the D23 event at Epcot on Sunday and my wife I were very impressed. We got reserved seating at the Tony Orlando show, special seating for Illuminations along with free coffee and all kinds of free desserts. They also gave us fast passes for Soarin' that don't expire until June 15. After Illuminations they gave each of us a bag containing 10 D23 pins. My wife laughed at me and said we would be the youngest people (47 & 45) at the Tony Orlando show but there were plenty of folks there younger than we are. All in all it was a great time and a cool experience. Well worth the $75 in my opinion.

cpdwiz
06-03-2009, 05:28 AM
I joined in March and I live in Alabama but we go to WDW 2-3 times a year. We went to the D23 event at Epcot on Sunday and my wife I were very impressed. We got reserved seating at the Tony Orlando show, special seating for Illuminations along with free coffee and all kinds of free desserts. They also gave us fast passes for Soarin' that don't expire until June 15. After Illuminations they gave each of us a bag containing 10 D23 pins. My wife laughed at me and said we would be the youngest people (47 & 45) at the Tony Orlando show but there were plenty of folks there younger than we are. All in all it was a great time and a cool experience. Well worth the $75 in my opinion.

What were the pins?

gleddo
06-03-2009, 07:29 AM
What were the pins?

The pins were D23 pins that had different Disney characters and different quotes about D23 on them. I don't have them in front of me but as I recall one had Mickey, one had Baloo, one had a glass slipper, etc.

nunzia
06-04-2009, 08:12 AM
Since we were just talking about this, here is the info on the Expo I got from D23 this morning. I wish I could go! I'm at DLR until Sept 9 :/.
06.03.09 - Picture a place where Disney's timeless animation, unforgettable movies, iconic theme parks and all the magical music, television and theater productions that have become synonymous with Walt's uncompromising vision come together as never before. Seems too good to be true? Well, it's not. For four days, the "Fantasyland" you've imagined becomes a reality when The Walt Disney Company presents the first-ever D23 Expo.



From September 1013, 2009, the D23 Expo will transform the Anaheim Convention Center into the single largest gathering of all things Disney ever assembled in one place at one magical time. The incredible experiences, exhibits and presentations at the Expo are another way D23 will connect fans to the timeless stories, characters and amazing worlds that we create here at Disney.

Guests entering the main showroom floor of the Convention Center will discover exciting pavilions from every part of The Walt Disney Company. Each will offer unique, immersive experiences the whole family can enjoy. The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney Imagineering, ABC, Disney Channel and ESPN to name a few will all be featured. There will be surprising gallery events, author and artist appearances and signings and even a beautiful Disney Dream Home to walk through. Radio Disney will rock the Expo every day, and you can expect your favorite Disney stars to make appearances throughout the event. And please stay tuned!... We created this mini site to keep you up to date about the Expo, providing ticket information and online ordering, the latest event information and everything you need to know to plan your ultimate Disney fan experience!

After all there is a lot to choose from, including the eye-popping Disney Dream Store, which will offer an unbelievable shopping experience bursting with products from every corner of the Company. The Dream Store will also house merchandise that's exclusive to the Expo, including magnificent pieces created just for D23 members from the Walt Disney Archives Collection.

Also nearby is the expansive Collectors' Forum, just one of several interactive forums made especially for Disney fans. At the Collectors' Forum, fans can buy, sell and trade from their Disney collectibles in short, it's a massive Pin Trading headquarters that's perfect for both casual collectors and ardent enthusiasts.

The Center's spectacular 5,000-seat arena is where top Disney creative executives including Disney President and CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter will deliver keynote addresses, and also where Disney fans will be dazzled by fantastic fashion shows and live performances. Upstairs from the main halls, the Center's five enormous ballrooms will be transformed into the giant Walt Disney Studio Theater, where Walt Disney Pictures will offer continuous presentations and screenings of thrilling upcoming fare, including the latest animated and live-action films, as well as sneak peeks at the latest Disneynature and Muppets offerings and more. Expect a few special surprise appearances as the Studio provides thrilling sneak peek from Disney's A Christmas Carol and Prince of Persia to The Princess and the Frog and Toy Story 3.

Expo show floor hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but there will be a number of screenings and events throughout the evening, including trhe "50 and Fabulous" Film Festival. This spectacular event is open to both D23 members and the general public, but D23 members will receive a discount on Expo tickets, as well as special early entry to the event starting at 8 a.m.

We hope you'll revisit this site often as we will be updating it often with breaking news, the latest event information and everything else you need to know to have the Disney adventure of a lifetime!

podsnel
06-09-2009, 06:08 PM
I'm really happy to hear they handed out a bag of pins to you at the concert!:thumbsup2 I just bought 2 tickets to Mary Poppins on Broadway on June 24th, with the bacstage tour afterwards- hope we get pins, too!:woohoo: I did have a surprise waiting for me yesterday outside my door-

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Very nice pin! At first i was wondering if I'd made a mistake, but now I feel like the $75 was absolutely worth it- it will be excellent to go backstage at Mary Poppins, and the seats are fantastic- 5th row, center orchestra. :cool1: If I were in SO Cali I wouldn't hesitate to join- they've got alot of fabulous events planned out there. So glad they brought a little of the magic to my part of the country as well, with the Mary tour.:goodvibes

cpdwiz
06-09-2009, 06:26 PM
I'm really happy to hear they handed out a bag of pins to you at the concert!:thumbsup2 I just bought 2 tickets to Mary Poppins on Broadway on June 24th, with the bacstage tour afterwards- hope we get pins, too!:woohoo: I did have a surprise waiting for me yesterday outside my door-

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Very nice pin! At first i was wondering if I'd made a mistake, but now I feel like the $75 was absolutely worth it- it will be excellent to go backstage at Mary Poppins, and the seats are fantastic- 5th row, center orchestra. :cool1: If I were in SO Cali I wouldn't hesitate to join- they've got alot of fabulous events planned out there. So glad they brought a little of the magic to my part of the country as well, with the Mary tour.:goodvibes


So, I heard about the first day pins...I do so hope I get this, being a crazy pin collector...I joined D23 in about the 1st 5 minutes, so I HOPE this comes!!!!

cpdwiz
06-09-2009, 06:29 PM
The pins were D23 pins that had different Disney characters and different quotes about D23 on them. I don't have them in front of me but as I recall one had Mickey, one had Baloo, one had a glass slipper, etc.

It sounds like you got all TEN of the ones for sale at about $22 a pop!!! VERY COOL!!!

dr&momto2boys
06-09-2009, 08:24 PM
Got my Day 1 pin in the mail yesterday. What a nice surprise! I've never collected pins before but this may start me on that. I wish I could go to a special event and get a bag of pins too. Awesome! Liking this D23 thing more and more. :goodvibes