The inaugural Destination D, whose theme is "Disneyland '55," will be held this September 24-25. Destination D: Disneyland '55 will take D23 Members on a journey through the design, creation, debut and magical history of the world's first Disney theme park. The first Destination D will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel. Tickets will be available this summer.
Destination D: Disneyland '55 will offer two full days of special presentations, panels, screenings and guest speakers that let fans meet and talk with key figures in Disneyland's history. Future Destination D events will explore other important aspects of Disney's creative legacy. Following its premiere in September, Destination D will alternate annually with the enormously popular D23 Expo.
"We're very excited to also be creating an entirely new event with Destination D, which will bring Disney's fascinating history to D23 Members in ways no other Disney fan can experience," Clark said. "There's nowhere on earth quite as special as Disneyland, and we want fans to see it as they never have before."
The D23 team is in the midst of developing exclusive programming for Destination D, but an early peek at plans reveals a host of special speakers, presentations and panels throughout the two-day event, including:
- "Disneyland: The Way We Were" — Disney's Chief Archivist Dave Smith will look back at highlights from Disneyland history;
- "Disney Undiscovered" — An exploration of never-built projects and attractions developed for Disneyland;
- "23 on 55" — The Walt Disney Archives celebrates Disneyland's 55th anniversary;
- "Weird Disney" — A showcase for some of the quirky, little-known facts, places, people and ideas that even the most avid fan might not know.
Destination D joins a lineup of special events throughout 2010 designed exclusively for D23 Members. Among them are free screenings of classic Disney movies during the "50 & Fabulous" film festival at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank; members-only tours of the famed Walt Disney Archives; an exclusive Sip & Stroll event during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival; and holiday-themed Magic and Merriment weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.