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Disney Expands Its D23 Website

by Jerry Beck
June 17, 2013 1:02 PM
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I don't usually plug other websites - especially corporate ones. But I just got a look at the new 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. 

Here's a look:


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. 

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  • SJ | June 17, 2013 7:28 PMReply

    Quite a few hoops to jump through for "free membership". Easier for illegals to vote in AZ.

  • Mac | June 19, 2013 1:35 PM

    Argh! The registration process is infuriating. I only wanted the free access, but you have to first 'buy' it for nothing at the Disney store site. This means entering all your details including credit card info. After all that, the year expiry date box isn't working, so I can't complete the form.

    I've had to ask myself if I'm really that desperate to see some story sketches from a lost Oswald cartoon? And yes, yes I am!!

  • Floyd Bishop | June 18, 2013 12:43 AM

    Really? I was able to sign up in just a few minutes. I was only asked for mailing address and stuff like that. It was super simple.

  • Nic Kramer | June 17, 2013 6:24 PMReply

    Since I just got my kit today, I'll might as well look at the "Fan club only stuff.

    And for the record, I mainly joined the club just to get the seasonally magazine. I'm not very happy that it's a fanclub exclusive now, but I'm guessing it has to due to the fact that magazines sales are down. I was probably the only person in my bookstore area to buy the magazine as there were still a dozen copies sitting in the stands.

    Anyway, I somehow knew Gerstein was going to do the comic articles. I hope he does one for Fethery Duck as I really wish he was in animation.

  • Johnny | June 17, 2013 3:18 PMReply

    I'm totally looking forward to the comic book/strip coverage.

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