We are less than two weeks away from the D23 Celebration of Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary!
Have you bought your tickets yet?
I will be heading down to Florida to participate in the celebration of Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary. This is likely to be the only official celebration (or acknowledgment) of the monumental occasion–if you have the opportunity to be there, then now is the time to get your tickets.
Will you be there?
Let’s take a look at the schedule for Sunday. (Seriously, Richard Sherman will be there!!!)
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011
Sunday Morning Surprise with the Walt Disney World Resort Ambassador Team
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
You won’t want to miss this very special — and did we mention surprising? — presentation at the start of your day!
Walt Disney World in Detail
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Think you know everything there is to know about the Walt Disney World Resort? Find out as we join Disney author, former Imagineer, and senior show writer for Walt Disney World Entertainment Jason Surrell as he uncovers the little-known details and design references that have made ride vehicles, cast member costumes and even unassuming trash cans such treasured parts of the magic.
Imagineering Walt Disney World: From Yesteryear to Tomorrowland
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Join longtime Imagineer Eric Jacobson, who oversees the portfolio for Disney’s largest resort in the world. Eric will share insider stories and images of yesteryear, as well as new and exciting surprises of things on the horizon at Walt Disney World.
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Creating “A Whole New Disney World”
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
What began as 27,400 acres of quiet Central Florida swampland blossomed into an incredible, one-of-a-kind vacation destination “Where Dreams Come True.” From the top-secret acquisition of the land to the Imagineering and entertainment behind the magic, hear the stories of how it all happened in this impressive panel discussion featuring: Debra Browne, Orlando Ferrante, Bob Foster, Bob Gurr, and Ron Logan. Hosted by Disney Legend Marty Sklar.
Making the Magic Happen
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Opening and maintaining a resort the size of the city of San Francisco was no easy task and our panel of Disney Legends — Jack Lindquist, Bob Matheison, Tom Nabbe, Charlie Ridgway and Bill Sullivan — will recount what life was like making the magic happen, from opening the Magic Kingdom through the debut of EPCOT Center. It’s a story of challenges, misadventures, creativity, and unbridled excitement for the leaders who inherited “A Whole New Disney World” from Uncle Walt and his Imagineers. Hosted by Tim O’Day.
4:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Autograph Session with Disney Legends and Authors
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Please note, there is limit of one item per person to be signed for each guest. Thank you.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Magic Journeys: A Flight of Fancy through 40 Years of Walt Disney World Musical Memories
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
As a spectacular conclusion to Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th, Disney Legend and Oscar® winner Richard M. Sherman, who along with his brother Robert has contributed a multitude of tunes to the Disney parks songbook, headlines this unforgettable tribute to the melodies that helped shape the World.
Micks N’ Mingle
9:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.
One last opportunity to meet your fellow D23 Members, the D23 Team behind Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th and some of our special guest participants before we officially bring our extraordinary event to a close.
- D23’s Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th at the Walt Disney World Resort : Saturday Events (imaginerding.com)
- Theme Park Nerd Celebrates 40 Years of Walt Disney World! (imaginerding.com)
- Book Review: Four Decades of Magic, Celebrating the First Forty Years of Disney World (imaginerding.com)
- Book Review: Since the World Began by Jeff Kurtti (imaginerding.com)
- Fantastic Prize Package for D23’s Great Scavenger Hunt Winners! (imaginerding.com)
- Celebrating 40 Years of Walt Disney World History: Contemporary Construction (imaginerding.com)
- The Bob-A-Round Boats at Walt Disney World: Celebrating 40 Years of Walt Disney World History (imaginerding.com)
- Celebrating Walt Disney World: Walt Peregroy and Early Epcot (imaginerding.com)