Thursday, January 31, 2013

D23 First Look: Disney twenty-three Spring 2013 Issue

In this issue, check out a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and never-before-seen concept art from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen.

The Spring issue of Disney twenty-three, the flagship magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, hits stands February 12, loaded with articles to delight both Disney fans and the general public. The cover story, “A Great and Powerful Odyssey,” gives readers an exclusive tour of the land at the end of the road of yellow bricks in Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, releasing in theaters this March. The article features interviews with stars Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff. In addition, there’s a sneak peek of 2014′s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, which offers a new take on the legendary Sleeping Beauty story.

The Emerald City theme continues with a second story illuminating the many connections between Disney and Oz, including Walt Disney’s early attempts to bring Oz to the big screen. The story includes rarely seen images from the Walt Disney Archives and a fond look back at Disney’s 1985 release Return to Oz.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we sit down with Imagineer Joe Rohde as he reflects on the evolution of Disney’s wildest and most spiritual park.
“Frozen in Time” includes concept art from the upcoming film Frozen, due in theaters this November. Walt Disney Animation Studios brings an ice-covered world to life as Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) seeks to reverse a curse put on her kingdom by a cold-hearted snow queen (voiced by Idina Menzel), who also happens to be her sister.

Disney twenty-three also offers the latest on exciting new projects from the world of Disney and a look at some celebrated classics.
The Spring 2013 issue:
Celebrates the 30th anniversary of Disney Channel, from the original show Good Morning Mickey through the High School Musical trilogy;
Reveals secrets and hidden delights to look for when exploring New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom;
Catches up with Bob Baker, a legendary Los Angeles puppeteer whose exquisite artistry is threaded throughout Disney history;
Presents the story of master glass craftsmen, the Arribas brothers, who now have art in 14 (and counting) different Disney park locations around the globe.
In conjunction with the release of the Spring issue of Disney twenty-three on February 12, will feature original and exclusive stories that complement the content of D23′s glossy magazine. Only available on
An exclusive Q&A with Brian Henson about Return to Oz;
An off-road tour of Kilimanjaro Safaris in celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 15th anniversary;
An in-depth look at Disney Channel’s schedule, stars, and shows and an exclusive look back at the first day of programming as the Channel turns 30.

Disney twenty-three is delivered directly to all D23 Gold Members, along with a special gift. The gifts for this issue are reproductions of vintage Disney Valentine’s Day cards, which will be attached exclusively to Member issues. This special gift will be received by Members just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Beginning February 12, Disney twenty-three magazine will be available at retail locations across the country for $15.95, and can also be purchased online at and throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

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