Disney’s D23 announces events for 2018, including Mickey’s Birthday Party, special screenings and more

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D23 announced a slate of special events for 2018, including a birthday celebration for Mickey Mouse, advance movie screenings, exclusive tours and more.

Events and dates are subject to change, but the current roster includes the following, per the Disney press release:

  • Destination D: Happy Birthday Mickey: November 18, 2018, marks Mickey’s 90th birthday and D23 is throwing a big party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The event includes panels, presentations, an all-new exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives, a pop-up store from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Mickey’s of Glendale, and more. Additional details, including special hotel rates and ticketing information, will be announced in the coming months.

  • Pixar in the Parks: In April, D23 members are invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with in-park experiences, culinary delights, and surprises. Next summer, D23 invites guests to experience the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure. For the first time, D23 Members have the chance to tour Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. More information on all these events will be released next year.

  • Return to Marceline: In 2012, D23 Members journeyed to Marceline, Missouri, where Walt Disney spent his early childhood. The bucolic town served as a great inspiration for his work, and he once wrote, “More things of importance happened to me in Marceline than have happened since or are likely to in the future.” Members will have a chance to explore the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, enjoy some local treats, and stroll down Marceline’s own “Main Street, U.S.A.” during this full-day event with special guests.
  • Official Walt Disney Studios Tour: D23 Gold Member-exclusive tours of the historic Studio lot return, including a look inside the Walt Disney Archives and a tour of Walt Disney’s office suite. The 2.5-hour tours offer fans a unique perspective on historic moments from Disney films, television shows, and theme parks. Plus, the December tour will include a new holiday twist!
  • Screenings on the Walt Disney Studios Lot & Walt Disney World Resort: Throughout the year, D23 will once again offer special screenings on both coasts of classic Disney favorites, including Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Mary Poppins, and more. Also, join in as D23 celebrates Saturday morning cartoons with a special experience—on a Saturday morning, of course—next summer on the Studio lot.

  • Advance Screenings: From A Wrinkle in Time to Mary Poppins Returns, D23 Members can look forward to a host of exclusive, advance screenings across the country in 2018. D23 Gold Members across the U.S. will once again be selected at random to receive complimentary movie passes, which will be included in issues of Disney twenty-three, D23’s quarterly publication.

  • D23’s Lunch With a Disney Legend: Beginning in January, D23 brings back these exclusive luncheons with Disney luminaries, where members will meet Disney Legends and hear their fascinating stories. The events return to both Walt Disney World Resort and The Walt Disney Studios, where members have already dined with such Legends as Imagineer Wayne Jackson, animator Burny Mattinson, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, and voice talent Russi Taylor.
  • D23’s Spell-tacular Disney Fanniversary: From the spooky to the kooky, two beloved films are celebrating silver anniversaries in 2018: Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. In 1993, Hocus Pocus introduced us to the hilarious (if somewhat evil-minded) Sanderson Sisters, and later that year, the magnificently inventive Tim Burton introduced us to Jack Skellington; his “doll” of an admirer, Sally; the adorable “ghost dog” Zero; and the villainous Oogie Boogie. Next fall, D23 Members will enjoy a cauldron full of new features, as well as special screening events on the Disney Studio lot and around the United States, where fans will be able to vote in advance on which of the two classics we screen.
  • Signature Events: D23 will bring back foodie favorite Sip & Stroll during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Guests at Walt Disney World Resort will once again make the season bright next December, and on the West Coast, members will be invited back to The Walt Disney Studios to Light Up the Season. Also, D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experiences will return, offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind events to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members.
  • Member Mixers: After mixing and mingling at complimentary gatherings in Providence, R.I.; Seattle, Wash.; and, once again, at San Diego Comic-Con, D23 will bring more mixers to U.S. cities in 2018.

Current event calendar:

  • January 12: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • January 13: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 2: D23 Night at Disney’s Aladdin, Hollywood, Calif.
  • February 3: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Peter Pan, Burbank, Calif.
  • February 10: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Peter Pan, Walt Disney World Resort
  • March 24: D23 Night at Disney’s Frozen, New York City
  • April: D23 Celebrates 20 Years of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
  • April 7: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • May 25: D23’s Return to Marceline, Marceline, Mo.
  • Summer: D23 Members Visit Toy Story Land, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Summer: D23 Members Visit Pixar Pier, Disneyland Resort
  • June 23: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood, Burbank, Calif.
  • June 29: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Walt Disney World Resort
  • June 30: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Robin Hood, Walt Disney World Resort
  • July 20: D23 Member Mixer, San Diego, Calif.
  • August 10: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Burbank, Calif.
  • August 11: D23’s Saturday Morning on the Lot, Burbank, Calif.
  • September 8: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • September 8: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Mary Poppins, Walt Disney World Resort
  • September 15: D23’s Magical Screening Series: Mary Poppins, Burbank, Calif.
  • October: D23’s Spell-tacular Disney Fanniversary, Burbank, Calif.
  • October 3: Sip & Stroll, Walt Disney World Resort
  • October 5: Lunch with a Disney Legend: TBA, Walt Disney World Resort
  • November 16–18: D23 Destination D: Happy Birthday Mickey, Walt Disney World Resort
  • December: D23 Holiday Event at Walt Disney World Resort
  • December: Light Up the Season with D23, Burbank, Calif.
  • December 1: The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23, Burbank, Calif.

Ticketing information and more details will be released throughout the year. For more information, visit the D23 website.

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