Back in August I joined D23 because, you know I’m Disney-obsessed and why not?! I became a Gold Member and wasn’t really sure what that all meant and what I got out of it. I knew there was cool little perks like a sign up gift and events of sorts but that was about it. Every time I checked the website for events, they were always “SOLD OUT”. I thought to myself, “what the heck? I never saw an email or anything to know this was a thing…”. I did some research and apparently you just need to be on your A Game because events will pop up without notice and be sold out within minutes. So, I became a stalker of the events page. Every. Day. Nothing really caught my eye until I read about the “10 Year Fan-niversary Celebration”. The description sounded amazing and I had to be there. I set an alarm for the release date and was stoked when I landed myself a ticket. Here’s a recap of the event and my final thoughts…
When I arrived to Walt Disney Studios, I was in AWE. I had never been there before, but it was just as magical as one could assume. Upon arriving, we checked in and received our wristbands, picked who we wanted to meet and greet, and then we were able to enter the Archives until the event officially started. The Archives is a room filled with all sorts of fun, fact-filled Disney memorabilia from all the different parks, films, etc. It was so surreal to be able to get a glimpse at some never before seen, up close stuff like;
Once we left the lobby area, we made our way to Lots 1 & 2 where the movie magic happens, ahhh. They had transformed the lots into awesome event spaces where members could interact, eat, and snap some photos.
Plus, it wouldn’t be a Disney event without…characters!
We were able to select two Disney legends like we would like to meet. I choose the voice of Goofy (Bill Farmer) and the announcers from Disneyland and DCA (Bill Rodgers and Camille Rodgers). It was so wonderful to meet the people behind some of my favorite magical moments/characters.
Did someone say food?!? I wish I would have been able to take a picture of the whole spread…but the chili alone was delicious!
At the end of every D23 event you attend, you always get a fun gift. The gifts I received at this event were; button, hat, and D23 magazine with every D23 cover to be done over the last 10 years.
I’d be lying if I tell you I wasn’t extremely nervous to attend such a big event, alone. But I’d also be lying if I told you I wasn’t the most excited I’d been in awhile. I really hyped myself up for this event and it was worth it, every penny (the ticket to this event was $150) and minute was 100% worth it. While waiting in line for meet and greets and characters wasn’t exactly the greatest, I was able to chit chat with fellow members, learn some pretty cool things, and I even made a few friends (HI! Terrie, Steve, and Sheelagh)! This was a big event to make my first but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. If you’re a Disney junkie and love exclusive stuff – then D23 is where you need to be!! If you’re want to join now, click here.
I can’t wait to see where the next event takes me!
See ya real soon,
Beauty and the Ballpark