*CLOSED* Disney D23 Membership Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift; Plus a Giveaway!

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Updated Dec. 9, 2011


Thank you to all who participated and it was certainly fun reading what you love about Disney.

Congrats to Ellen B. for being the randomly selected winner!

Magic Kingdom's Frontierland circa 1974-ish

Magic Kingdom's Frontierland circa 1974-ish (Yes, that's me and my Dad and brother)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! I grew up in the 1970s and loved watching reruns of Annette, Cubby and the rest of the gang on the Mickey Mouse Club. I’m not sure which came first but when I was a kid, my parents took my siblings and me to Walt Disney World and I was immediately enchanted by Disney’s magic. I’m an adult now (forty-ish) and still love Disney.

Want proof? I have a cat named Mickey; for my wedding we had a Mickey and Minnie Mouse cake topper and my groom wore a Mickey Mouse vest; and I have a keen affection for Disney World’s roasted turkey legs! I’m the first to admit that although I have a few gray hairs, Disney continues to amaze me.

Holidays are HERE and if you’re stumped on what to give your favorite adult who already has just about everything, consider giving the gift of Disney magic in the form of a membership in Disney D23. C’mon, no one is EVER too old for Disney! In exchange for sharing info about Disney D23’s awesome Silver Membership, the agency Brandfluential and Disney D23 are supporting my travel habit.


What is D23? The Official Disney Fan Club Provides Exclusive Access
D23 is the “Official Community for Disney Fans.” The “D” represents Disney and “23” is the year Mr. Walt Disney moved from Kansas City to California and founded what eventually became The Walt Disney Company. D23 membership offers members a glimpse behind the Disney magic with an active community, complimentary gifts, gorgeous publication, fabulous and unique events, vibrant website, special discounts, and more.

Disney magic may have started in 1923 but it’s been evolving through the decades and into the twenty-first century. Its whimsy in the form of stories, songs and images continues to be relevant.

Disney D23 Silver Membership Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Disney D23 Silver Membership Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift! Image Courtesy of Disney D23

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club Membership Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift
Trust me, no one outgrows Disney and a D23 membership offers some groovy benefits for adults like me and your favorite Disney fan in your life. (Ya know, those people who are difficult to buy for and they appreciate experiences and bragging rights!)

There are two levels of annual membership, Gold ($74.99) and Silver ($34.99). Here’s what’s included with D23 membership:

D23 Silver Membership ($34.99)

  • Membership Card and Certificate: The gift recipient will receive a D23 membership card and personalized member certificate featuring Donald Duck hand-drawn by Tony Anselmo, Disney Legend-and the voice of Donald.
  • Annual Member Gift: This collectible gift is a D23 Mickey Mouse Watch featuring Bandleader Mickey art plus a leather band.
  • D23 Special Benefits and Offers: Just by presenting their D23 Membership cards, D23 Members can save at select retailers throughout the U.S. (Visit Disney.com/D23Discounts for details).
  • D23 Website: Read exclusive and in-depth articles about Disney’s past, present and future and breaking Disney news on the official D23 website.
  • Special Member-Only Events: Membership has its privileges including one-of-a-kind experiences created for D23 Members. These could vary from tours of the Walt Disney Studios Lot and Archives to special film screenings.
  • D23 Expo: I was soooo envious of D23 Members as I followed them on Twitter during the recent D23 Expo, the “ultimate Disney fan event”, it brings together the entire world of Disney in one place. D23 Members can purchase special ticket discounts and receive exclusive access to this amazing event .

Gold D23 Membership ($74.99)
All the benefits of Silver D23 Membership plus:

  • Disney twenty-three magazine: D23’s gorgeous oversized, quarterly publication.
  • Member-exclusive gifts: With each issue of D23, Gold-level D23 Members receive a collective surprise celebrating Disney.
Circa 1977-ish, Disney's Magic Kingdom

Circa 1977-ish, Disney's Magic Kingdom (me with my brother and sister)

Giveaway for a Silver Membership to D23: The Official Disney Fan Club!
D23 Membership sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it? Lucky you, thanks to Disney D23 and Brandfluential I’m hosting a giveaway for a Silver D23 Membership!  Remember, Silver Membership includes a collectible Mickey Mouse watch.

Entering is simple. By 11:59 p.m. CST on December 7, 2011:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite memory or thing you like about Disney;

For bonus entries:

  • Tweet this post using #D23 and follow @DisneyD23 on Twitter, come back, leave a comment saying you’ve tweeted it and include your Twitter handle (1 bonus entry);
  • Share this post on your Facebook page, come back and leave a comment saying you’ve done so (1 bonus entry).
First Day of Kindergarten - See My Minnie Mouse Bag?

First Day of Kindergarten (1975) - I'm Rockin' a Minnie Mouse Bag (with my first friend, Stu - he's now a standup comic in Michigan)

Giveaway Terms and Conditions
Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on December 7, 2011. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older (no P.O. Boxes). Winner will be selected by random and will be emailed. They will have 48 hours to respond with their physical shipping address or an alternate will be chosen. One entry per household and void where prohibited. Value of this giveaway is $34.99.


Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. My favorite memory of Disney is my honeymoon. 3days on the Big Red Boat and 4 days in Disney!! Awesome!

  2. My first ever trip to WDW was in December 1971 – it was not a full 3 months old, I was 4 & my baby brother, 9 months! I still have two images from that visit (we stayed at Poly) one of me and Mickey (I’ve shown it to a “friend of Mickey” who was blown away by the changes) and one of me and Pinocchio. I do actually remember a little from that visit. For the 40th Anniversary we were there, among the first to enter, and there was Pinocchio so of course had to have an Anniversary photo with him! He was wonderful and when I told him of that first visit and photo he got very excited and gave me a huge hug! Another WDW memory I’ll treasure forever!

  3. I shared on Twitter with @RoriTravel – always thrilled to share such fun!

  4. And now on Facebook… you’re all set with the Disney action!
    – Rori Paul

  5. Lots of Favorites – Been to Disney alone and with others – Each time I go I remember who I was there with before doing what I am doing.

    Love my first time on Thunder Mountain Railroad and how much I love riding it over and over and over again now

  6. Tweeted out the post to my followers @eileenludwig

  7. I live for Disneyland. I have been over and over again and can’t get enough. One of my most favorite memories was on a recent trip in Feb of 2011. I had the lucky experience of dining at Club 33. A friend of mine worked for a company with a membership and she got my husband and me in for dinner on my 26th birthday. A totally unforgettable experience!

  8. My favorite things about Disney , has to be the following exchange while in line at Space Mountain.
    Me: Why is it so dark in here?
    Disney Fan Tour Guide : It is darker in the ride. You are ok with roller coasters, right?
    Me: It’s a roller coaster?

    Had a great time-will need to someday go back to hit the rest of the parks.

  9. My favorite thing about Disney is how darn happy it makes my little girl. She has been twice, the most recent trip being this past spring, and about every two weeks she asks my husband and me if we are going back soon 🙂

  10. My favorite thing about Disney is that I grew up with it and it alows me to escape the real world and live in a wonderful fantasy. My family can go to WDW and have so much fun!

  11. We love Disney so much. My favorite memory is the first time we took our kids to Disney and how we all had so much fun exploring and discovering so many thrills.

  12. My favorite memory is watching Disney movies on Sunday night. I loved to get in my parent’s bed and watch the movies on their little black and white TV while they watched boring shows in the other room. I always loved seeing the castle at the beginning.

  13. I like that the movies are family friendly.

  14. I am a complete Disney nut. I go every year (Saving every penny I can for this trip) My entire office is Disney and I own every Disney DVD there is. I just love how it makes you feel like a child again. Magical and happy and youthful. I am 36 and I will NEVER grow out of Disney.
    Thanks for the chance.

  15. I love the Disney movies! I have never been to a Disney park, but I have always wanted to.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  16. Finding Nemo is our favorite movie in the world. My kids would LOVE the membership! We dream of visiting Disney World some day.

  17. I have never visited Disney yet- although I hope to go soon. My favorite thing about Disney is that they keep magic and dreams alive through their movies , books and of course visits. Always wholesome fun!

  18. There w

    as/is nothing better than the Matterhorn!! Just tweeted and now will f/b!! What a great contest!

  19. My favorite memory is going to Disney a few times a year with visitors who came to visit from Costa Rica. It was always fun.

  20. i love how i got to see my friends get engaged in front of the partners statue, and when i beat my other friends score at buzz lightyear, placing #33 for the day with over a million points. 😉

  21. my favorite disney memory was staying at the wilderness lodge in 2010, it was magical!
    blue65829 at aol dot com

  22. My favorite memory is seeing the castle all lit up for Christmas for the first time – truly magical!

  23. favorite memory was getting to watch the fireworks at the magic kingdom. I felt like all those Sunday night wishes watching Disney had really came true.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  24. Me me

  25. My favorite Disney memory is when we traveled to Disneyworld when I was a little girl. We had begged my dad to take us and he finally gave in, best vacation ever!

  26. Taking my daughters and grandson for their first trip to WDW and teaching Ian to headbang at Hard Rock was awesome, something I’ll never forget- the luau and after hours rocked too.

  27. the 1st time I went to Disney was with my granparents. It was certainly a wonderful experience and the parade is something I’ll always remember

  28. My favorite thing is you can get a hotel on site for CHEAP!

  29. When I had been dating my high school boyfriend for two weeks, I wished that we’d get married during the “Wishes” display. We’ve since been back on our honeymoon and taken our two kids!

  30. My family was never able to go when I was a child, however, I will never forget the first time I took my son to Disney. He was so excited and begged to go on the toy story ride all day long. It is a memory I’ll never forget!

  31. I love everything about Disney, my favorite Disney movie is Lady and the Tramp, my favorite ride at Disneyland is Thunder Mountain and my favorie memory is of my son falling asleep in his stroller with his face in an ice cream cone. 🙂 Thank you.

  32. My favorite memory was going to Disney World
    as a child.It was a magical experience I
    will never forget

  33. The thing I love the most about Disney is the look of joy and excitement on your loved one’s face after getting off of just about any ride at a Disney Park!

  34. Anyone know what the “collective surprise” that comes with the D23 quarterly magazine has been in past? Thanks.

  35. Suppose if they said what it was it wouldn’t be a surprise 🙂 I’m sure it’s something a Disney fan (and anyone) would enjoy.

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