It’s Double the Fun with Pirates and Pandora in This Month’s D23 Magazine!

Written by Shelly Valladolid. Posted in D23, News

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Published on May 01, 2017 at 10:11 am with No Comments

On May 27, Walt Disney World guests will begin to experience the wonders of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But D23 Gold Members are lucky – they’ll begin to experience the beauty and majesty of this entire new land earlier than most when the summer issue of D23 Magazine hits doorsteps in mid-May

The gigantic magazine, exclusive to subscribers, is chock-full of exclusive photos as well as interviews with Joe Rodhe, James Cameron, Jon Landau, Bob Chapek, and many more of the creators, movers and shakers behind the creation of this great big beautiful 4.4 lightyears away Tomorrowland. Cameron describes the experience of his movie actually coming into existence: “It’s unfathomable. We’re literally on Pandora! I’m on Pandora! It was a pinch-me moment to ensure I was really awake and actually in the world we had created.”  (Movie sets are usually just one view and a whole lotta wood. – Shelly.)

But wait! There’s More! Flip it over, and you get the Disney Movie Spectacular, (which I think is an annual summer thing, right?) with a Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales cover story

For Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales there are interviews with Javier Bardem and Kaya Scodelario; Cristela Alonzo shares tales of joining the Pit Crew in Cars 3 and Thor: Ragnarok‘s Chris Hemsworth may or may not mention the Planet Hulk comic, but he definitely talks fighting Hulk!

In Parks and Resorts, Steve Davison and Kim Irvine discuss the triumphant return of Fantasmic! and the changes along the Rivers of America. What’s on the rafts? Guess we’ll have to see!

WOO-HOO! DuckTales for a whole new generation is coming to Disney XD, a channel created for little boys and watched by almost every adult I know. PLUS the team working on it and voicing it grew up with it and loves it, so…I love when that happens. You always get good stuff!

We’ll also see a lovely retrospective celebrating Bambi‘s 75th anniversary and the art of Disney Legend Tyrus Wong and other influential artists who worked on it.


  • A tour of Golden Oak Ranch
  • Popular Disney myths busted
  • A celebration of Disney’s most innovative films, attractions and experiments
  • A toy-filled edition of “From the Desk of” from John Lasseter‘s office at Pixar Animation Studios (he also has toy-filled offices at Disney Animation and a few other places. Remind me sometime to tell you the story about the backward Chinese pop Lightning McQueen.)
  • Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society and Ask Dave

Plus, every subscriber gets a toy in their cereal box and this time it’s a Na’vi translator card with the Shaman of Songs from the Na’vi River Journey attraction. It’s collectible on its own, and paired with the language translator available in Pandora – The World of Avatar, will tell guests how to say translated words in the Na’vi language.

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About Shelly Valladolid

Shelly Valladolid, The Fabulous Disney Babe, has been writing about Disney and theme parks for about two decades. She has written for various fan and pop culture sites, Disney Magazine and and participated in several books, including Passporter's Disneyland and Southern California and Disney World Dreams. She was co-founder and president of the Orlando, Florida chapter of the NFFC (now Disneyana Fan Club). She taught a class on theme park history at a Southern California University. She is creator and co-owner of Jim Hill Media, one of the creators of MousePlanet and was a consultant on MSNBC, The Motley Fool and others about Disney. She was a Heel wrestling manager on TV and a voice artist on the radio in Honolulu, HI, where she grew up. She has a blog: and an upcoming podcast of the same name. She and her husband, MiceChat columnist Noe Valladolid, live in Southern California with their and Jim's daughter, Alice Hill.

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