Wow, Disney really got it.

This week, to the delight of mousegeeks everywhere (well, in selected markets anyway), Disney's pay-for-play fan community D23 announced its first summer lineup of events, and it's a knockout.

From Disney's press release:
June 24 - D23 and Poppins Breeze into The Windy CityJune 27 - D23 and The Lion King Roar in VegasJune 27 & Aug. 15 - D23 Day at The Walt Disney Studios and Archives (FREE)
(Burbank, CA) -- A rare opportunity for D23 Members to enjoy a 2-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives, hosted by D23 and Disney Archives staff. Only two dates are available for the Summer 2009 Calendar and space is limited.

July 17 - D23 presents Disneyland, U.S.A. (FREE)Sept TBD - The Walt Disney Family Museum Preview (FREE)
What impresses me the most is that of the eight events listed, five of them are free to D23 members. So, to the naysayers who didn't see the value of membership when D23 launched in March, guess what? Looks like you can get more than a magazine after all. There's a diversity and exclusivity to the event schedule that appeals to both present day pop enthusiasts and armchair Disney historians--it's like Disney knows us, go figure. I can't wait to see what's coming next.

Oh, and I've already marked my calendar for the Lion King and Walt Disney Family Museum events. Maybe I'll see you there.

For more on D23, visit D23 | Disney.com

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