Here’s how you can have lunch with a Disney Legend

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Soon, you can dine with a Disney Legend, a dream come true for the ultimate Disney fan.

On Friday, January 25, 2019, D23 Gold and Gold Family members can feast on a three-course lunch with Dave Smith, the founder of the Walt Disney Archives and an authority on all things Disney, at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. During your lunch, you will dine in the private Buena Vista Room with Dave and discover the inside scoop on developing the first archives for a motion picture and entertainment company.

Dave Smith founded the Walt Disney Archives in 1970 and served as chief archivist for over 40 years. He is an author and authority on Disney knowledge, and as a Disney Legend, he has been celebrated by The Walt Disney Company and Disney fans worldwide for his contributions to preserving the Disney legacy.

This one-of-a-kind luncheon experience with Disney Legend Dave Smith isn’t the first time he has shared his Disney knowledge with D23 fans. Dave has answered questions from Disney fans since 1983 and continues to do so through his “Ask Dave” column on He has published several written works about Disney company history, including the official Disney encyclopedia, “Disney A to Z.”

Every guest at the luncheon will receive an exclusive personalized gift and the opportunity to shop at the Disney Studio Store. For more information, visit the event page on the D23 website. 

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Lunch with a Disney Legend is an amazing opportunity for D23 members, but there are other unforgettable experiences available for non-members as well. Walt Disney World offers guests the opportunity to Dine with an Imagineer at The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Dine with an Imagineer gives guests aged 14 and over the chance to enjoy a mealtime conversation with one of the creative minds that bring Disney magic to life. This is a fantastic event for a Disney fan, much like Lunch with a Disney Legend, except it is available to all park guests instead of being D23-member-exclusive. Guests are required to purchase a Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park ticket, as well, in order to participate in this meal event. Visit the official website for more information on Dine with an Imagineer.

Dine with an Imagineer is also available at Citrocos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World. If your family is full of Disney fanatics who are looking for an exciting activity on a non-park day, this meal is a great opportunity. You will be able to partake in a delicious meal while sharing a conversation with one of the magical minds that dream up the marvels at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information on this experience, visit the official website. 

Dine with an Imagineer allows guests to share a meal with a knowledgeable Imagineer at the Walt Disney Company. Each dining experience is different and invites guests to dine with a different individual, whose department could range from attractions to engineering to resorts, and much more. It is these different experiences that make Dine with an Imagineer so special and unique, as you can book this dining experience multiple times and meet a new Imagineer every meal.

If you are a D23 Gold or Gold Family member, we highly suggest taking advantage of the Lunch with a Legend event. But if you are still looking for a magical experience without a D23 membership, Dine with an Imagineer is a wonderful opportunity for every Disney fan.

Which of these Disney dining experiences are you itching to try? Let us know in the comments!

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