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. 

Here's a look:


The Walt Disney Archives brings the collections and exhibits from across The Walt Disney Company together. 

Archive Page


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.

Disney A to Z


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. 

Disney Legends page