On Friday, September 14, 2012 a bunch of Disney D23 fans and I celebrated the “Fanniversary” Snow White (Can you believe it’s 75?) and many other Disney classics.
I wanted to title this post “You win this round D23”. Mainly because I am not the biggest fan of D23. I think what they do is great and there are a lot of fun events, but only if you live in California or Florida. You live in New Jersey? Fuggedaboutit!
They don’t even have that many New York events. The first round of Fanniversary events hit major cities like New York and Chicago and of course Orlando and LA. But I missed the New York event when I was in Orlando and the Orlando event when I was back in NJ.
But D23 decided to do a second round of Fanniversary events and this time Philly was on the list! To put it in perspective I am from South Jersey. I live 3 hours from NYC and 45 minutes from Philly. It’s like D23 heard me whining about no local events and hooked me up!
The event was held in the Penn Museum in the Rainey Auditorium. I wish I had looked at the capacity numbers because it was almost full and I want to say it had to be at least 200 people. It was just intimate enough to feel exclusive but large enough that no one felt left out. I dragged my mom along with me and she and I grabbed a seat in the back.
We were told that there could be no pictures, audio or video taken during the event. (Hence why my post has no pics. Sorry!) We were also told to turn off our phones but that didn’t stop one person from having his phone go off.
As the event started we could tell that this was going to be more than a little Disney trivia run down. Jeffery and Justin had their performance all laid out filled with humor and charm and skimming over any fumbles with ease.
So what did we see? A lot of interesting clips, stills, pics and video of Disney throughout the years. Many of the early Mickey shorts and Silly Symphonies turned 80. Huey, Dewy and Louie have been in “show biz” 75 years, first appearing in a comic book. Goofy turned 80 and made his first appearance as Dippy Dawg.
My personal favorite moment was talking about how Epcot was turning 30 this year. In celebration of that milestone we were able to see the video of Epcot being built. It was sped up of course but seeing it built piece by piece was really cool. My mom who had no knowledge of most of the Disney facts being talked about was actually impressed that I knew some of it. The only sad part was realizing DuckTales was 25 and that I am OLD!
In the end the D23 Fanniversary was worth the $18 and gives me hope that D23 will realize that there are TONS of fans in the northeast and they should give us events.Share