Disney's D23 (an homage to 1923, the year Walt began his studio) has finally launched after a months long teaser campaign. This "Fan" initiative includes a magazine (Disney Twenty Three), web site (D23), and a fan Expo, the site also links to fan inspired merchandise and features throughout the Disney company.
Confusion has swirled about what the program really is and whether or not one needs to pay $75 to participate. While D23 does include a $75 membership, you do NOT need to pay that fee to have full access to the web site. Nor do you have to pay the $75 to buy the magazine in book stores. Much of D23 is actually available for free and well worth exploring.
We are most excited by the access to the Disney archives. There seems to be a sudden willingness of the Disney Company to share its history with fans, and that is a very good thing.
It appears that Disney has heard the criticisms about the confusion surrounding the program and changes are likely.
When visiting D23, we recommend the "Ask Dave" section and the blogs from the Archives. Features and content will be regularly updated.
We intend to highlight the best of D23 here and allow you to comment and discuss. If you spot a gem from D23, the Magazine, or the Expo be sure to post about it here, along with a link, so others won't miss out.
You can begin your D23 adventure HERE
Do you have questions about D23, what it is, or what you get for the membership fee? Post them here or start a new discussion in this forum. D23 is Disney's first real attempt at a Fan site, let's help let them know what we'd like to see and what new content would be most appreciated.