I don't usually plug other websites - especially corporate ones. But I just got a look at the new D23.com that is going live today and must recommend it to all my friends who are Disney aficionados. They've enhanced and expanded the site in a complete overhaul that will provide more solid information and historical research than ever before. And they will be adding new material on a daily basis from here on out.
All of this is available free to anyone - no clubs to join or memberships to buy (registration is required for much of the good stuff). Among the new sections I recommend are:
D'scovered - Treasures regularly unearthed by the Disney Archive. Among the material to be posted in the next few weeks: the storyboards for The Karnival Kid, alternative doalogue script by X. Atencio for The Haunted Mansion, and rare imagery for Mickey Mouse Park, the concept which evolved into Disneyland.
Disney A to Z - A complete and newly updated e-version of the Disney encyclopedia written by Disney Archive founder Dave Smith
Micro-sites devoted to the Walt Disney Archive and Disney Legends are also being established. A section called Weird Disney looks at unusual and outrageous pieces of Disney's past; Attractions Rewind which celebrates forgotten attractions from Disneyland's past; and two features being penned by David Gerstein, Born In The Funnies and Lost Adventures, explore the comic strip/comic book universe of Mickey, Donald, Pluto and Goofy.
The Walt Disney Archives brings the collections and exhibits from across The Walt Disney Company together.
This complete and newly updated electronic version of Disney A to Z, the definitive Disney encyclopedia, has more than 7,000 entries written by Dave Smith, founder and Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives - and Dave will be updating this monthly.
The Disney Legends program was established in 1987 to acknowledge and honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents, and dreams have created the Disney magic.