D23: Destination D returns to Contemporary Resort


For east cost Disney fans who can’t make it to the big Anaheim D23 Expo, the fan club throws us a bone with the Destination D event held over a weekend at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This year’s event will focus on adventure from Walt Disney’s groundbreaking True-Life Adventures to the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean to the new planet of Pandora. Destination D will look at the past, present, and future of adventure at Disney.

Presenters and panelists include Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Tony Baxter; Walt Disney Imagineers Joe Rohde, Chris Merritt, Jason Grandt, and Wyatt Winter; producer Don Hahn (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast); and Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline—plus more to be announced.

Mickey’s of Glendale, the famed Walt Disney Imagineering store, returns with a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise as well as limited-edition pins, apparel, and collectibles themed to the event.

Highlights of D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures will include:

  • New Walt Disney World Adventures: From Soarin’ Around the World to Rivers of Light—Get an insider’s glimpse into the latest experiences across Walt Disney World Resort, as Disney Imagineers provide a behind-the-scenes look at new and upcoming entertainment.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Evolving a New Species of Theme Park—Explore the origins and incredible evolution of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, from early concepts to new experiences to be discovered at the park.
  • Magic Journeys: 45 Years of Walt Disney World Adventures—Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort with a nostalgic journey through some of the Vacation Kingdom’s most unique and fondly remembered adventures!
  • A Look Back at Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures—Join Disney historians on an expedition through the landmark True-Life Adventure series, which earned the Disney Studio eight Academy Awards®!
  • The Art and Adventures of Marc Davis—Discover the adventurous artwork of artist, animator, and Disney Legend Marc Davis with Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Production Designer Chris Merritt, who is authoring a new book on the Disney Legend.

The event takes place November 19 and 20, 2016. Tickets go on sale April 21, 2016, and are $190 each for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. Tickets are also available to D23 General Members for $250 per ticket. All guests will receive a special gift created exclusively for the event, and attendees are guaranteed seats at all panels and presentations. A limited number of Wilderness Explorer VIP tickets will be available, which includes early shopping, an exclusive evening experience on November 18, reserved seating for all presentations, a special gift bag, unique collectibles, and more. As with all events at Disney, lineup is subject to change.

I’ve never found Destination D from D23 a good enough value to attend, but others report that they enjoy a lot of the event. If you’ve been in the past, what are your recommendations for attendees this year?

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One thought on “D23: Destination D returns to Contemporary Resort

  1. Barbara

    That is a LOT of money in addition to plane flight, hotel, food and park admission just to hear more about Disney things…and the right to buy more Disney merchandise….we are the fans…we are ones who support things Disney…so we should pay another $250 for a ticket for this? Sorry…..I would rather stay an extra night in a Disney hotel…..

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