Friday, August 17, 2012

D23's Fanniversary

Back in May I had the opportunity to attend D23's Fanniversary Celebration in New York City.

Let me preface this post by saying that living in New York City allows me the opportunity to experience Disney without being in Disney. Even though I'm hundreds and hundreds of miles away from the Magic Kingdom, if I'm feeling the itch I am only a quick wind, a credit card swipe and a subway ride away from Mary Poppins. I know that I'm very lucky in this respect and I try to take advantage of this as much as I can.

So on one particular Disney-missing moment I saw the announcement that the D23 Fanniversary Celebration was coming to New York City. I was elated and I immediately called my husband. Here's how the call went:

Me: D23 is hosting an event in NYC and it is going to be AMAZING! We have to go, we just have to!
Tom: Awesome! Where is it going to take place?
Me: This really cool, tiny, artsy little venue in the village called Cherry Lane Theater. It will be pretty intimate due to the size.
Tom: Great. And what exactly is it?
Me: [cricket, cricket]

Even if it was simply a gathering of Disney fanatics (which it was, in part) I would have been incredibly happy. But in actuality it was so much more than that!

The Cherry Lane theater was exactly what I thought it would be: a small, intimate theater in an location that makes you feel like you are in London, not Manhattan.

Immediately upon arrival for the 8pm show, I started to notice all of the Disney Dooney and Bourke handbags, turkey leg tee shirts, and Mickey Mouse merchandise galore! While we were waiting outside the theater it sounded like a Disney AA meeting. "Hi my name is Rosanne, I'm a Disney fanatic. My drug of choice is Walt Disney World, though I've dabbled in Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line as well. Here's how I lost control..."

We were all given Fanniversary buttons as our "admission ticket" and I was given a nifty D23 pendant for being a member.

The event itself was hosted by Becky Cline, the Director of the Walt Disney Archives and Jeffrey Epstein of D23. We had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey last year at D23's Magic and Merriment at Walt Disney World and he was just as personable as we remembered.

The show itself was a celebration of all things Disney! Officially it was a trip back through Disney history celebrating 75 years of Disney Anniversaries. We covered cartoons, live action films, theme parks, parades, characters, events, etc. We started right at the beginning of the studios and ended in present day. Obviously I knew the more recent events best, but I enjoyed all the photos, videos of sketches of the older anniversaries most, because they were truly rare and beautiful.

The audience was excited and engaged. I would guess that the most cheering came from a clip of the Main Street Electrical Parade and the Duck Tales (woo woo) theme song.

I left the event satisfied, not quite starved of Disney. (I'm never full no matter how much I get) For an event that was priced at $18 a ticket, I thought this was very reasonably priced.

I know this seems like this post isn't very timely, but the timing of this post is intentional. D23 JUST ANNOUNCED MORE FANNIVERSARIES!  Do you live in Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta and Dallas? Then check this out!

Did you attend any of the D23 Fanniversary Celebrations? What were your thoughts?


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