21 December 2012

Q & A with D23's Jeffrey Epstein

I recently had the pleasure of Interviewing D23's ~ Manager of Marketing, Jeffrey Epstein. He is a familiar face from the Disney Geek Series and was also on the Fanniversary tour as a moderator this year. That was where I had seen him back in May when the D23 Fanniversary tour was in NYC, but I didn't get to speak with him until a few weeks ago. Like many D23 members, I really love Disney and have a lot of questions about upcoming events/dates, Disney and other special members only things.

Q: Any new perks coming for D23's members next year in 2013?
      A: Yes, we will find out in January.

I have listed a few of our great member perks to give you a taste of some already included ones with a D23 Membership: Discounts with the Disney Store, Ghirardelli, ABC TV Store, SuperShuttle and many more.

For a complete list click here http://d23.disney.go.com/Discounts/

Q: Why were Chip 'n' Dale chosen as the Mascots for D23?
    A: They embody the characteristics of the D23 Members like with the great friendship they have, they love Disney, are very playful and one thing our members love to do is get together.


Q: Can I get any details of the what to expect on the next Fanniversary Tour in 2013?
A:   It will be similar, a 90 minute show of highlights of the upcoming anniversaries in the Disney Parks, movie anniversaries & fashion. After the success of this years Fanniversary Tour to the delight of many D23 members we will have a second Fanniversary in 2013. It will start in March and be hosted by Disney Archivists and D23 Team Members.  The event will be held in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and will revisit some of the most beloved theme park attractions, animated and live-action films, TV series, and nearly 90 years of Disney history.

One really big anniversary coming next year is the 90th Anniversary for the Walt Disney Company. This will be a lot of the focus of next year's show. 

Some of the Movie and Park Magical Milestones in 2013 are:
  • 50th Anniversary of the Tiki Room
  • 30th Anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland Resort
  • 30th Anniversary of Epcot's Horizons 
  • 15th Anniversary of Animal Kingdom Park
  • Peter Pan ~ 60th 
  • Alice In Wonderland ~ 55th
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas ~ 15th
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean (1st one) ~ 10th
Fanniversary events will be open to the public, with special admission and surprises created especially for D23 Members in attendance.  

To celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary (in 2014) of the film Mary Poppins, there is a Fan Art Contest going on now. For more details and to download an application visit here http://d23.disney.go.com/d23-expo-2013-fan-art-contest/

A select number of finalists artwork will be displayed in the Fan Art Gallery at D23 Expo 2013, August 9-11, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Q: Can you give me any details on the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim? And what impact  will the new acquisition of Lucasfilm have at the Expo? 

        A: Not at this time and Yes, I hope The Force will be with us!!!

It is tight lipped for now but, here is some Info on the upcoming D23 Expo in 2013. It will feature the Disney Legends Awards, a stirring biennial event that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; an all-new Fan Art Contest themed to the upcoming 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins; the 12,000 square-foot Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit featuring costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history; plus amazing live events, celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, sneak peeks, and unique experiences that celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney.

I want to thank Jeffrey for a great Interview, I really appreciate his time and info.

PS ~ Coming In January, I will Have another awesome D23 Announcement - Right Here!!!

Thanks for stopping by and Have A Magical Day. Please feel free to ask any D23 questions below in the comments, I've been a member for almost 2 years and I love it. The quarterly magazine is spectacular and worth the membership alone. I did ask about the next cover who was on it, but I didn't get that 411. Have to wait and see.  

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  1. Great interview Diane! I'm really looking forward to what's coming up for next year.

  2. What an amazing interview Diane! After reading about all the upcoming D23 "goodies", I'm seriously considering renewing my membership. Thanks for delivering the magic!!

  3. Thanks for the great interview, Diane! Can't wait to see what is coming next!

  4. Great interview Diane!! I have wanted to join D23 for a while and haven't taken the time, the may have just pushed me to finally do it.

  5. Thank Donna Kay, You will love it ;-)

  6. Thanks Amy ;-)

  7. Thanks Donna, you are very welcome ;-)

  8. Thanks Deb, me too ;-)

  9. So much fun! It's exciting to see what's coming next... I just wish one of these tours came to my small town in North Alabama! ;)

  10. Thanks Beth :-) Hopefully they will keep adding cities