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  • #41
    Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

    WOW! I just received an email from the D23 ticketing. I have a reservation for D23's Magic & Merriment after all.

    I originally tried to register at 10:02 am, but was discouraged when I saw the red sold out - wait list. So, I went ahead and registered for the Disney & Dickens event. Later on, I decided to go ahead and put my name on the wait list for the WDW event. The red warning was still up, but the link to register was also still up. So, I went on. The only time that the words - wait list - appeared was if I was going to bring a guest. The ticketing site took my credit card information and gave me a confirmation number. As I stated in an earlier post, my receipt for the wait list looked exactly like my receipt for the Disney & Dickens event. So, I emailed the ticketing firm being used by D23 about my uncertainty about my M&M receipt. Their response was the email that I just received.

    Of course, now I have the problem of only 1 travel day between the D&D event in Hollywood on Thursday night and the M&M in Orlando, starting Saturday morning.

    In the future, I am not going to let the red sold out message scare me away from signing up for D23 events!
    Mike L
    Premier Annual Passport
    D23 Charter Member

    '09 - D23 Expo, Princess & the Frog preview, Magic & Merriment Weekend
    '10 - 1st Anniversary Party, Roy Disney Tribute, Pollyanna screening, Toy Story Marathon, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Dateline Disneyland 1955, Secretariat preview, Destination D, Zorro screening, Tangled preview
    '11 - Love is Magical, 2nd Anniversary Mixer, Absent Minded Professor screening, Destination D, Studio Tour, Sci-Fi Academy, D23 Expo (premier), Babes in Toyland screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
    '12 - Newsies screening, Journey to Marceline tour, Sister Act screening, Brave preview, Brave artists meet/greet/screening, Treasures Exhibit - Reagan Library preview, Timothy Green premiere, Destination D (diamond), Treasure Island screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
    '13 - El Capitan Peter Pan Panel & Screening, Disney Video Game Unveiling, Fanniversary, OZ preview, Son of Flubber screening, Summer Magic screening, Tiki Room 50th anniversary, D23 Expo (sorcerer), Sword in the Stone screening, Hocus Pocus screening, Frozen preview, 20,000 Leagues screening
    '14 - Pirate Fairy screening, Rebel Rendezvous, Three Musketeers screening, Mr. Toad screening, Snow White screening, Big Hero 6 preview, Little Mermaid screening, Destination D
    '15 - D23 Expo, Pinocchio screening,

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    • #42
      Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

      Originally posted by dernamekim View Post
      What specific day are they taping the Christmas parade. I'll be there Dec 5-12 (now that I didn't get tickets and cannot extend my stay ) I'd ideally like to avoid the MK if it's taping one of the days I'll be there as I'm sure its overly packed. Unless you would suggest going? I've never been during Christmas, so everything will be a first, but just figured it might be crazy... thoughts?

      The parade taping usually takes place over the first weekend in Dec. But the schedule is never posted and changes often, even during that weekend nothing is ever guaranteed to happen when expected. The taping is all out of order from how it is edited and multiple takes of each scene often take longer than anticipated. By about 4 or 5 on each day expect all filming to be over with for the day if you really want to avoid it start your day off at doing something else then enjoy an evening at MK. But don't be too intimidated by the crowds the filming locations, Main St and castle stage, are often packed but the rest of the park is business as usual during the day. Often times during the parade taping the divert traffic flow through backstage areas, but if you aren't there for filming the crowds shouldn't really affect your experience much. I unfortuanely won't be there this year for the taping, we fly home on December 1st, so we wouldn't hve even been able to attend this D23 event.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwwdFhJWDK0

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      • #43
        Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

        Originally posted by btowndude View Post
        So, I emailed the ticketing firm being used by D23 about my uncertainty about my M&M receipt. Their response was the email that I just received.
        What email address did you use? I emailed them twice last week about my accidental extra ticket, and I phoned them, and I still haven't heard anything about it...
        Tokyo Disney on 2 Weeks' Notice: A Photo-Packed Account of 17 Days in Japan! * All My Other Disney Trip Reports * Tweeting all things Disney @lurkyloo

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        • #44
          Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

          The email address to use about D23 event tickets is:
          [email protected]. They didn't reply to my first two emails. But my third email included my confirmation ID number and they responded within two days.
          Mike L
          Premier Annual Passport
          D23 Charter Member

          '09 - D23 Expo, Princess & the Frog preview, Magic & Merriment Weekend
          '10 - 1st Anniversary Party, Roy Disney Tribute, Pollyanna screening, Toy Story Marathon, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Dateline Disneyland 1955, Secretariat preview, Destination D, Zorro screening, Tangled preview
          '11 - Love is Magical, 2nd Anniversary Mixer, Absent Minded Professor screening, Destination D, Studio Tour, Sci-Fi Academy, D23 Expo (premier), Babes in Toyland screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
          '12 - Newsies screening, Journey to Marceline tour, Sister Act screening, Brave preview, Brave artists meet/greet/screening, Treasures Exhibit - Reagan Library preview, Timothy Green premiere, Destination D (diamond), Treasure Island screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
          '13 - El Capitan Peter Pan Panel & Screening, Disney Video Game Unveiling, Fanniversary, OZ preview, Son of Flubber screening, Summer Magic screening, Tiki Room 50th anniversary, D23 Expo (sorcerer), Sword in the Stone screening, Hocus Pocus screening, Frozen preview, 20,000 Leagues screening
          '14 - Pirate Fairy screening, Rebel Rendezvous, Three Musketeers screening, Mr. Toad screening, Snow White screening, Big Hero 6 preview, Little Mermaid screening, Destination D
          '15 - D23 Expo, Pinocchio screening,

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          • #45
            Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

            Interesting... this is who I've been emailing, and I've always included my confirmation number, but so far not a peep!
            Tokyo Disney on 2 Weeks' Notice: A Photo-Packed Account of 17 Days in Japan! * All My Other Disney Trip Reports * Tweeting all things Disney @lurkyloo

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            • #46
              Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

              Well, I am in Orlando this week and tonight I am eagerly anticipating this event that starts tomorrow in Epcot! :yea:

              Did anyone notice the change in narrators for the Candlelight Processional? The reference to Vanessa Williams was quietly removed from the schedule at D23's Event page, and the official schedule at the Epcot website now says Chita Rivera for this weekend! Both of which would be fine by me... however a few days ago, I swear it showed Kirk Cameron?!

              I don't know what has been going on this week with the scheduling, but I am just glad that it won't be Kirk Cameron! )
              --Jonathan

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              • #47
                Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                Originally posted by DOOM BGI View Post

                I don't know what has been going on this week with the scheduling, but I am just glad that it won't be Kirk Cameron! )

                I had the same thoughts. I wasn't looking forward to a fundamental sermon during the ceremony. Chita will be a great replacement! Now, if only the weather will cooperate.
                Mike L
                Premier Annual Passport
                D23 Charter Member

                '09 - D23 Expo, Princess & the Frog preview, Magic & Merriment Weekend
                '10 - 1st Anniversary Party, Roy Disney Tribute, Pollyanna screening, Toy Story Marathon, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Dateline Disneyland 1955, Secretariat preview, Destination D, Zorro screening, Tangled preview
                '11 - Love is Magical, 2nd Anniversary Mixer, Absent Minded Professor screening, Destination D, Studio Tour, Sci-Fi Academy, D23 Expo (premier), Babes in Toyland screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
                '12 - Newsies screening, Journey to Marceline tour, Sister Act screening, Brave preview, Brave artists meet/greet/screening, Treasures Exhibit - Reagan Library preview, Timothy Green premiere, Destination D (diamond), Treasure Island screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
                '13 - El Capitan Peter Pan Panel & Screening, Disney Video Game Unveiling, Fanniversary, OZ preview, Son of Flubber screening, Summer Magic screening, Tiki Room 50th anniversary, D23 Expo (sorcerer), Sword in the Stone screening, Hocus Pocus screening, Frozen preview, 20,000 Leagues screening
                '14 - Pirate Fairy screening, Rebel Rendezvous, Three Musketeers screening, Mr. Toad screening, Snow White screening, Big Hero 6 preview, Little Mermaid screening, Destination D
                '15 - D23 Expo, Pinocchio screening,

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                • #48
                  Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                  I'm anxiously awaiting trip reports. I wish I could have gone to this, but it was the weekend before my finals week and I couldn't afford the time away from the books.
                  I'm attempting to watch and review every Disney movie ever made in my blog called The Disney Films. You can also follow me on Twitter for news on upcoming Disney films.

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                  • #49
                    Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                    While this is my first post here in Micechat, I do read these forums once in a while, and figured that I would share an email I put together for some of my friends and in a few other forums. I took video of all of the presentations during the Magic and Merriment event, but have not finished encoding them, so give me some time and they will show up over the next week or so. So here it goes...

                    While I was driving out of the parking lot near the Magic Kingdom, a mist and fog covered everything around me. Space Mountain, the Contemporary and Bay Lake Towers, the resorts across the lake, and Cinderella Castle all looked like mirage's hovering around me. They glowed and shimmered as if they were to good to be true, and made me wonder if the past 48 hours were as well.
                    I had just spend the last two days basking in the greatest Disney trip I have ever taken.

                    None of the 200 participants could believe that we were there as everyone gathered together on Saturday morning outside of the Odyssey Club in EPCOT. Most of the guests had picked up their park tickets and the itinerary of the upcoming events at Guest Services just outside the gates.

                    The envelope they gave us contained two one day one park passes, two one day Disney Quest passes and double sided page for the itinerary. As we came up to the check in desk, Jeffery and other D23 cast members checked our photo ID, D23 card, and the confirmation letter that was sent out from the order. With that done, they handed over the big packet with a cord lanyard with our D23 credential hanging from it, along with a welcome letter and several pages of biographical information about the people that were about to speak to us and several park maps.

                    After Jeffery told us again for the third time to keep the pass around our necks, I entered the Odyssey Club and got into a second line for scheduling the Castle Suite tour for Sunday afternoon. While waiting to sign up, another Cast Member was showing us the new D23 Magazine case they are releasing and forms to order if we were interested. The second Cast Member has handing out a cookbook to the D23 members. Someone pointed out that is the same book they gave out during the "Sip and Stroll" event during Food and Wine. When we finally signed up for our tour everyone was free to mingle and find seats for the 10:00 AM presentation. They also had soda, water, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate readily available for the guests. I made sure at this time to get myself a back row seat so that I could record this event. At this point I realized how few people were going to be taking part in this event. With only 200 people, it was half of those that attended the Candlelight Spectacular in Disneyland the previous week. It really gave it a more special and intimate feeling for all who were there.

                    At the end of each part of the presentations they brought something new out for us. One time was a packet of fastpasses, six for EPCOT rides and seven more for the Magic Kingdom. The second item they handled out was a Santa Mickey hat, and the third item was right after the gingerbread chefs which was a gingerbread man and/or a gingerbread Mickey head. To finish it up D23 brought out a special guest, Christmas Stitch for pictures and such. All in all, it meant a trip back out to the car to drop it off since I didn't have a bag large enough to carry it all.

                    When the presentations concluded, we were informed that the Odyssey Club would be available to us up until 4:30, and that drinks would be made available for the whole time and they added wi-fi if people wanted to bring their laptops and use the Internet there. This came in handy for my iPhone since my phone network isn't always speedy in the parks. I did go back to the club a few times during the day, and would find different people in there resting, talking, and even some times sleeping and really just enjoying the hospitality lounge they provided for us. It gave us that one extra touch that keeps it special.

                    At around a quarter after 4:00 PM, several of us started heading over to the American Pavilion as they wanted us to start showing up at 4:30 for seating.
                    The venue was much smaller then I was expecting to see. They had us sitting in the back sections for the show. Now, this was not a bad spot at all since it is tiered seating and no matter where you were, unless you were behind some one much taller then you, you were able to see most of the stage. The trees could be an obstacle for several spots, but a little neck bending could get you past it to see what was going on. While the performance was very good, I ended up recording the ASL sign language person because he was so expressive with his form of singing.
                    When the performance came to an end, the D23 staff had us stay in our seats until everyone else had left so that they could escort us backstage to the buses taking us to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the next events.

                    The buses pulled up to the "Lights, Motors, Action!" set, and as we walked through the tunnel we got an ever increasing view of the show stage with cast member servers on the other side of the bridge waiting for us to cross and offering different wines or beers. If you didn't care for these, there was a drink station by the buffet tables with sodas, water, and I believe juices. Up on the main LED screen was a greeting for the D23 attendees. It was a great opportunity to be able to stand on the set of this show and not feel like you were be overly watched. They were free with everyone to take all the photos, video, whatever we felt like while we waited for everything to start up.
                    The food was very good. Everything was served up buffet style, and there was plenty for everyone. It was truly a Christmas/Holiday dinner. This also gave everyone a chance to sit down and meet more people of a Disney persuasion or catch up with others we already knew and talk about what we had seen so far.

                    When the dinner was completed around 8:00 PM, the park was closing down, so they walked us backstage again to the alley between Prince Caspian and Toy Story Midway Mania. This was to be our "Last Ride of the Night" mini event before the desert party. While they put us all in the Fast Pass lane, and for the first half of the group we still merged with the park guests that were still waiting on their own "Last Ride of The Night". Everyone had fun on the ride and most were comparing scores at the end to see who did the best. I got 235,400. Not too shabby! A few minutes after we came out, they offered to let people back in since they weren't quite ready for us at the Desert Party. This time I only got 224,100. My arm was tired!
                    The Desert Party gave us a chance to mingle again while they served bread pudding, fruits, and other items. Fortunately they seemed to be as eager as the guests to move on, and escorted us down a dark New York Street to a platform set about half way down in front of the toy soldiers along with the light switch to turn it all on.
                    John Phelan was introduced and gave us a fascinating story about the history of the lights from his point of view as he was the primary person at Disney for getting the lights brought to the park. He talked about the setup and the new upgrades and also some of the little known secrets about the display. When he finished up with this portion, he asked a young boy to come up and turn the lights on for us. Wow! The feeling of seeing the lights, hearing and feeling the music was unbelievable. I was over come with awe at what they had here. Pictures and stories from others just do not do this justice. I fell in love with the display and have found another reason to go to WDW every holiday season.
                    Finally they turned off the lights and started to gather everyone up to get us back on the buses. A nice parting song was playing in the background, "A Charlie Brown Christmas". As we got to our rides, they handed everyone a D23 ornament as a keepsake. Watching the lights was, I would say, the best way to end a holiday evening, and I wish I could end every night like that.


                    Sunday was a more mellow day, but not any less exciting. They didn't have us get together until the 11:00 AM lunch at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. This was also another time where all of us had to explain to passerby's what D23 was and that the restaurant was only open for a private event. I have to admit I was so glad they went with lunch food for this lunch. I know that sounds strange, but it was not going to be heavy on everyone before going out to the parks later on. It was a good mixture of sandwiches, turkey, grilled vegetable, and pulled pork. Plenty of different drinks, and a small dessert bar.

                    When Becki from D23 got up, she announced that someone in the room, picked by a piece of paper taped to the bottom of someones chair, would be be given a special opportunity. The winner, which was not me, was going to be the Grand Marshal of the parade that day. After Jeffery finished up on some of house keeping items for us, he let everyone know that we would have the Liberty Belle from 7:00 PM till midnight as a hospitality area, and that the D23 cast members would be there from 7:00 to 7:45 PM to say goodbye. He also gave a reminder to be fifteen minutes early to our tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Sleepy Hollow area. They also handed out our passes for "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" so we could be admitted.

                    At this point we were free do do what we wanted around the park. I ended up at the waiting spot around 30 minutes early and spend all of it talking to the D23 cast members about the past events and was able to hear a few of the ideas they may work on. But I was sworn to secrecy, so I can't share with you what they may be, so watch their site!

                    When our groups time came, we were escorted by one of the parks cast members up to the castle while she pointed out the windows that we will soon be seeing from the other side. Once inside by the tile mosaics, our tour guide explained some of the architecture styles we would be seeing up there, and some of the history of the room before and after the changes. When the previous group came out the door, we were handed off to the next tour guide, and showed us the concierge desk, the tiling on the floor, and the grandfather clock that is stopped one minute before midnight, because the fun must end at midnight, and who wants to see that happen. He also gave us some details about the elevator we would be going in, and was correct that we would all be close friends! Upon exiting the elevator, saw more tile work on the floor as our third tour guide explained it in more detail along with the glass slipper, crown, and pumpkin in the corner case. She also pointed out the three art pieces were from the storyboards for the movie. From there she brought us in the main room of the suite. It's small! It was awesome, but it's small! Our current tour guide explained that she was used to this reaction from guests, and then proceeded to tell us some of the finer details in the different rooms. There are three rooms. The main room with two double beds, the sitting room, and the bathroom. The construction and details looked incredible and you just wanted to beg to stay the night in there. We were given about 10 to 15 minutes up in the suite, and then handed back to the second tour guide and brought back down to the concierge room. After thanking us for coming he gave us each a Cinderella Suite room key similar to what you have out at in the different resorts. Upon the completion of the tour, our group was free to do as we pleased in the park.


                    The last event that was planned for D23's Magic and Merriment was "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party".

                    And, as we were told, the Liberty Belle was docked and ready for us. They had cookies, hot drinks, cold water, and smiling faces everywhere. Several of us spent a while on the dock talking and then headed over to the D23 section for the parade. There were two spots across from each other down in Town Square on Main Street. Plenty of room for all that wanted to see it from there, and the area was also reserved for the 10:30 parade if we chose to see it then also. After the parade several of us agreed to meet back up in a while at the Liberty Belle and take in a few rides, and relax on the dock again. We made sure we got emails, Facebook accounts, and other information before saying our final farewells.
                    Towards the end of the night, you could see it in people's faces that they didn't want the night, let alone the weekend experiences to end. I took my time walking down Main Street, with the snow still falling, trying to take in as much as I could before having to make my last exit of this trip under the train station and through the turn stiles.

                    Maybe this is why as I drove away that everything around me looked like a dream. It was as good as any I could imagine.
                    Last edited by Jaxum; 12-21-2009, 09:16 AM. Reason: Misspelled a name
                    Jaxum- Disneyland Aficionado!
                    Disneyland, WDW, and DLPR Annual Passholder
                    D23 1st Day Charter Member
                    My Disneyland and WDW videos and photos!
                    http://youtube.com/tkfore21 .... http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaxum_readis/sets/


                    Disney days for 2009:
                    Disneyland:(27) / Tokyo Parks:(4) / WDW:(19)
                    Total Days in the parks for 2009: 50!
                    Disney days for 2010:
                    Disneyland: (27) / WDW:(31) / DLRP: (6)
                    Total Days so far in the parks for 2010: 63!
                    D23 and Other events:
                    Expo '09, Candlelight Spectacular '09, Magic and Merriment '09, D23 Anniversary DL/WDW, Studio Tour April '10, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Destination D: Disneyland 55, Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, Sip and Stroll '10, Tangled Screening, TRON Pop-up Shop, Magic & Merriment '10, Everest Challenge '09, Adventurer's Club Weekend '09, DL Candlelight '09, Gumball Rally '10, WDW Radio 24 Hour Live Show '10, Disneyland's 55th Anniversary, Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet '10, Mickey's Halloween 5k '10,WDW Radio Walkabout '10, ConGaloosh '10, DL Candlelight '10

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                    • #50
                      Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                      Thanks for a super trip report - it really does sound like a perfect Disney weekend. I will admit to jealousy compared to the DL event - and I also feel pretty certain that the differences were driven by Park factors and management, not the D23 staff, so I guess I need to start saving in case I am crazy enough to head out your way next year if they do it again! Really sounds like fun and thanks for sharing - and the great pics too!

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                      • #51
                        Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                        Great report, Jaxum! I'm glad that you had such a great time and was excited to hear that you made some friends. One of my favorite things about D23 is the community aspect to it. Attending events makes it so much easier to meet fellow Disney nuts.
                        I'm attempting to watch and review every Disney movie ever made in my blog called The Disney Films. You can also follow me on Twitter for news on upcoming Disney films.

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                        • #52
                          Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                          What an amazing event! I hope in the future D23 announces the events a wee bit earlier, as this one was announced just after we had made plans to be there the week before. We definitely would have not wanted to miss this if we could have planned it!
                          It's a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah...Tip for Today!









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                          • #53
                            Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                            I was going to write up a nice long trip report, but Jaxum covered pretty much everything exactly how it was. The event was about as perfect as it could be (with the exception of the bus transportation to/from DHS... our driver back seemed incredibly confused). I'm still kind of taking it all in. Every time I tell somebody about it I forget something and have to add it to the end, and they're always floored by how much stuff we did in just 2 days! I am hoping that this event comes back next year. I would definitely go again, even if it cost $100 more (which it probably will considering the insane value at $195, and that it was an incredibly hot ticket).

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                            • #54
                              Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                              Jaxum - Bravo! This is a super report!!! You put down in words what I felt about the weekend. My two high points were the Osborne Lights and the Dream Suite visit. I am still enjoying the good vibes from this truly magical weekend.

                              StrikerObi - If you were on Bus #2 and #3, I could understand your driver was confused going to DHS. I was on Bus #4 and sitting with the WDW cast member directing our transportation. While we were leaving Epcot, she got a call from the caterers at DHS, informing her that they were behind schedule and to delay our arrival for 20 minutes. She called the only other WDW cast member on bus #1 to slow it down. That is why we dropped down to 5 mph. However, bus #2 and #3 had no way of knowing why there was a slowdown.

                              While it wasn't a perfect D23 event, it was one of the best for this charter year.
                              Last edited by btowndude; 12-18-2009, 07:11 AM. Reason: grammar
                              Mike L
                              Premier Annual Passport
                              D23 Charter Member

                              '09 - D23 Expo, Princess & the Frog preview, Magic & Merriment Weekend
                              '10 - 1st Anniversary Party, Roy Disney Tribute, Pollyanna screening, Toy Story Marathon, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Dateline Disneyland 1955, Secretariat preview, Destination D, Zorro screening, Tangled preview
                              '11 - Love is Magical, 2nd Anniversary Mixer, Absent Minded Professor screening, Destination D, Studio Tour, Sci-Fi Academy, D23 Expo (premier), Babes in Toyland screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
                              '12 - Newsies screening, Journey to Marceline tour, Sister Act screening, Brave preview, Brave artists meet/greet/screening, Treasures Exhibit - Reagan Library preview, Timothy Green premiere, Destination D (diamond), Treasure Island screening, Magic & Merriment Weekend
                              '13 - El Capitan Peter Pan Panel & Screening, Disney Video Game Unveiling, Fanniversary, OZ preview, Son of Flubber screening, Summer Magic screening, Tiki Room 50th anniversary, D23 Expo (sorcerer), Sword in the Stone screening, Hocus Pocus screening, Frozen preview, 20,000 Leagues screening
                              '14 - Pirate Fairy screening, Rebel Rendezvous, Three Musketeers screening, Mr. Toad screening, Snow White screening, Big Hero 6 preview, Little Mermaid screening, Destination D
                              '15 - D23 Expo, Pinocchio screening,

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                              • #55
                                Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                                I am still in the process of writing up the event, but it was covered in full by Jaxom's post. The D23 staff could not have put on a better event. We had an amazing time.

                                Our bus driver when we left DHS to return to Epcot was *extremely* confused. We drove verrrrrrry slowly into the parking lot at Epcot and ended up in regular guest parking. Instead of going down the main drive with the rows to the left of us, some how he ended up *weaving* in between parked cars. Eventually coming to a stop when the break of trees was in front of us. At that point we hopped off since he was seriously confused and our car was just on the other side of the trees. I think someone from the Security tower came over to help him.

                                My photos are located here: Dec 2009 - Magic & Merriment Event - themouseshouse's Photos

                                I really hope I'm able to partake in next year's event This one was simply awesome.

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                                • #56
                                  Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                                  Originally posted by StrikerObi View Post
                                  Every time I tell somebody about it I forget something and have to add it to the end, and they're always floored by how much stuff we did in just 2 days!
                                  Same. That's why I love to hear the comments of others at the event. I know there is always things that I missed. One that I found out about just in the last few days was that the Dapper Dans came and sang at the Diamond Horseshoe. I figured they were done after the lunch, so I left. Come to find out, I start to see pics out there of them singing! Hopefully next time. If you think of anything that I could be missing, or that you found to be extra special, please share it with everyone.
                                  On to the next highlight! Time to start reliving the excitement. Here is the video from the first presentation:

                                  Part 1

                                  [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRz8sx_iWnk]YouTube - D23: Welcome to Magic and Merriment Part 1[/ame]

                                  Part 2
                                  [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNYDXuJw6dw]YouTube - D23: Welcome to Magic and Merriment Part 2[/ame]

                                  Part 3
                                  [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-l_UcPV-y4]YouTube - D23: Welcome to Magic and Merriment Part 3[/ame]

                                  Part 4
                                  [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDQ-hLdl89o]YouTube - D23: Welcome to Magic and Merriment Part 4[/ame]

                                  Part 5
                                  [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCbK75flNbs]YouTube - D23: Welcome to Magic and Merriment Part 5[/ame]

                                  Part 6
                                  [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZgtJEoYSrc]YouTube - D23: Welcome to Magic and Merriment Part 6[/ame]
                                  Jaxum- Disneyland Aficionado!
                                  Disneyland, WDW, and DLPR Annual Passholder
                                  D23 1st Day Charter Member
                                  My Disneyland and WDW videos and photos!
                                  http://youtube.com/tkfore21 .... http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaxum_readis/sets/


                                  Disney days for 2009:
                                  Disneyland:(27) / Tokyo Parks:(4) / WDW:(19)
                                  Total Days in the parks for 2009: 50!
                                  Disney days for 2010:
                                  Disneyland: (27) / WDW:(31) / DLRP: (6)
                                  Total Days so far in the parks for 2010: 63!
                                  D23 and Other events:
                                  Expo '09, Candlelight Spectacular '09, Magic and Merriment '09, D23 Anniversary DL/WDW, Studio Tour April '10, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Destination D: Disneyland 55, Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, Sip and Stroll '10, Tangled Screening, TRON Pop-up Shop, Magic & Merriment '10, Everest Challenge '09, Adventurer's Club Weekend '09, DL Candlelight '09, Gumball Rally '10, WDW Radio 24 Hour Live Show '10, Disneyland's 55th Anniversary, Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet '10, Mickey's Halloween 5k '10,WDW Radio Walkabout '10, ConGaloosh '10, DL Candlelight '10

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                                  • #57
                                    Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                                    I was going to post this on YouTube or Facebook but it's just too darn long. I cut together a video of all the things we did at Magic & Merriment. It's almost a half-hour long. This includes a complete video tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite and also a tour of the entire Osborne Family Lights. There's also some video of the dinner buffet on the set of LMA, and a bit of Holiday Wishes at the end. Sadly it does not include the 30+ minute lecture from the show director of the Osborne Lights. It was crazy interesting, but also 30 minutes long and I didn't want my recap closing in on an hour of footage. Maybe I'll put it up separately some time soon if there is interest.

                                    Can't embed it since it is on my MobileMe account. Just follow the link: MobileMe Gallery

                                    Things it doesn't include: The opening presentation (which I stupidly forgot to video, and I was in the FRONT ROW! -- Good thing Jaxum managed to get it all!), the Candlelight Processional (wouldn't have looked good from so far back), and the VMCP parade (I'm just not a parade person).
                                    Last edited by StrikerObi; 01-11-2010, 11:32 AM.

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                                    • #58
                                      Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                                      Originally posted by StrikerObi View Post
                                      I was going to post this on YouTube or Facebook but it's just too darn long. I cut together a video of all the things we did at Magic & Merriment. It's almost a half-hour long. This includes a complete video tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite and also a tour of the entire Osborne Family Lights. Sadly it does not include the 30+ minute lecture from the show director of the Osborne Lights. It was crazy interesting, but also 30 minutes long and I didn't want my recap closing in on an hour of footage. Maybe I'll put it up separately some time soon if there is interest.

                                      Can't embed it since it is on my MobileMe account. Just follow the link: MobileMe Gallery
                                      THANK YOU! That's a bit long for me to watch all the way through at work, but I'm going to try to remember to come back here to watch it tonight!

                                      It was a FANTASTIC event. I still think about how wonderful and surprising it all was. The highlights for me were the Dream Suite tour and the dinner on the set of Lights Motors Action.
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                                      • #59
                                        Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                                        Originally posted by btowndude View Post
                                        Jaxum - Bravo! This is a super report!!! You put down in words what I felt about the weekend. My two high points were the Osborne Lights and the Dream Suite visit. I am still enjoying the good vibes from this truly magical weekend.

                                        StrikerObi - If you were on Bus #2 and #3, I could understand your driver was confused going to DHS. I was on Bus #4 and sitting with the WDW cast member directing our transportation. While we were leaving Epcot, she got a call from the caterers at DHS, informing her that they were behind schedule and to delay our arrival for 20 minutes. She called the only other WDW cast member on bus #1 to slow it down. That is why we dropped down to 5 mph. However, bus #2 and #3 had no way of knowing why there was a slowdown.

                                        While it wasn't a perfect D23 event, it was one of the best for this charter year.
                                        Actually I was on Bus #1 and nobody told us why we were slowing down. I came to that conclusion though, that the caterers were behind. I was more talking about the transit FROM DHS being a bit of a train-wreck. Before the event they had said they'd provide transit back to the EPCOT parking lot, but made no mention of also making runs to the EPCOT resorts. We were staying at the Boardwalk Inn but left our car at the main EPCOT parking lot since that's where they initially said they'd be taking people back. Would have saved us some time if we could have parked at the Boardwalk earlier in the day and been bussed right back there from dinner.

                                        That wasn't that bad though, what was bad was our bus driver not knowing WHERE in the EPCOT lot to drop people off. Disney chartered the busses from Mears and they don't have access to just drive into the lot, so the driver had to let us off at the EPCOT charter bus lot off to the side of the main gate, and from there we had to walk to our car (no tram since we were thankfully park in the 3rd or 4th row).

                                        Honestly, they were small blemishes on an otherwise perfect experience, and I'm not even upset about them. It was just confusing at the time.

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                                        • #60
                                          Re: EVENT: D23 Magic & Merriment at WDW - December 12 & 13, 2009

                                          Originally posted by StrikerObi View Post
                                          Sadly it does not include the 30+ minute lecture from the show director of the Osborne Lights.
                                          Then this might make a few people happy. Here is my links to this great and wonderful experience.... Enjoy!

                                          Part 1:
                                          [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTzsRj0AlRM"]YouTube - D23: The story behind the Osbourne Lights Part 1[/ame]

                                          Part 2:
                                          [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Os6LhQD5YU"]YouTube - D23: The story behind the Osbourne Lights Part 2[/ame]

                                          Part 3:
                                          [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EKmIphuRc8"]YouTube - D23: The story behind the Osbourne Lights Part 3[/ame]

                                          Part 4:
                                          [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V01734bdv8o"]YouTube - D23: The story behind the Osbourne Lights Part 4[/ame]
                                          Jaxum- Disneyland Aficionado!
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                                          D23 1st Day Charter Member
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                                          Disney days for 2009:
                                          Disneyland:(27) / Tokyo Parks:(4) / WDW:(19)
                                          Total Days in the parks for 2009: 50!
                                          Disney days for 2010:
                                          Disneyland: (27) / WDW:(31) / DLRP: (6)
                                          Total Days so far in the parks for 2010: 63!
                                          D23 and Other events:
                                          Expo '09, Candlelight Spectacular '09, Magic and Merriment '09, D23 Anniversary DL/WDW, Studio Tour April '10, Disney Archives 40th Anniversary, Destination D: Disneyland 55, Disneyland Scavenger Hunt, Sip and Stroll '10, Tangled Screening, TRON Pop-up Shop, Magic & Merriment '10, Everest Challenge '09, Adventurer's Club Weekend '09, DL Candlelight '09, Gumball Rally '10, WDW Radio 24 Hour Live Show '10, Disneyland's 55th Anniversary, Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet '10, Mickey's Halloween 5k '10,WDW Radio Walkabout '10, ConGaloosh '10, DL Candlelight '10

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