D23 Materials Arrived!

by Debra Martin Koma
AllEars Senior Editor

Well, it looks like all of my D23 materials (for the new Disney fan club that was announced just a few week ago HERE) have finally arrived.

I wanted to share with you a little bit about them.

I first received the membership card with a welcome letter.

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It’s a nice, sturdy credit card-sized card with a happy Mickey face on it. It even has my name and join date printed on the reverse side.
Nice.

A few days later, I received my copy of the new magazine and a colorful membership certificate.

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You may have already read about the new quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three HERE. Now that I have seen the magazine for myself, I can tell you it really is a collector’s item for any Disney fan. Really
high-quality production values, gorgeous photos — worth the individual retail price of $16.95, in my opinion.

They also tucked in a little D23 decal — I nearly missed it and threw
it out with the packaging. I’m not sure where I’m going to put it, but
still…

Finally, yesterday my “exclusive D23 gift” arrived in a big cardboard
tube. What was it? A lovely lithograph of Mickey Mouse painting a smile on a globe. The lithograph is a reproduction of a piece that was created in honor of Mickey’s 80th anniversary last year by artist Paul Felix, who is an art director at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The original portrait, done in oils, is entitled “Putting a Smile on the World,” and is 24×36 inches on canvas.

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This lithograph, which comes with a certificate of authenticity verifying that it is the “exclusive 2009 Charter Year collectible gift” for D23 members, measures 20×30 inches. The certificate states that it is printed on archival 65# cougar natural cover stock, with fade-resistant, oil-based process inks.

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It really is a lovely print, definitely worth framing and displaying.

So… the yearly membership fee for D23 is about $75. The magazine alone costs about $17/issue and it comes out four times a year. So for the magazine by itself I’d be paying about $68.

The lithograph is obviously worth more than $7, so I’d say that this year, at least, the D23 membership is worth it — if you’re an avid Disney fan.

All that remains to be seen is whether it continues to provide value for money in the coming years…

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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7 Replies to “D23 Materials Arrived!”

  1. I would love to become a member of D23 – especially for the magazine.

    Unfortunately the Dollar/Pound exchange rate is less favourable now and, more importantly, the cost of shipping causes me to gulp ($57) meaning the cost of membership is over $130 for UK Disney fans.

  2. Hey, Deb!

    Like you, I definitely found the $75 price tag, though a bit high, to be well worth it for what you get.

    While I love the lithograph, my favorite piece of art in the bunch is the membership certificate. It’s gorgeous! I’m getting mine, along with a couple of pins I ordered, framed together – I can’t wait to see what that looks like!

  3. I just got the Lithograph also. Everything is wonderful! I think they did a GREAT job on the magazine too! I am so excited to see what the next issue has to bring.

  4. Now I’m really excited! I can’t wait for my membership material to come in. I never expected something as nice as that lithograph!

    Erin Blackwell

  5. Hi I just got our D23 gift too. It’s wonderful. Magazine is great and the lithograph wow, going to get it framed later. Looking forward to the next issue.

  6. I just got my membership card yesterday after seeing this site i can not wait until the rest of my things arrive.
    Regina Baker

  7. I just received all of my D23 things too! I love the lithograph, and think that the membership is definitely worth it! I know I have a couple months to go but I am already awaiting my next issue.

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