BURBANK, Calif. – May 1, 2019 – In just a few weeks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open to guests at Disneyland Resort, and Disney twenty-three had the chance to go behind the scenes to provide fans with a look at the spectacular 14-acre land. The exclusive photos were so breathtaking that D23 expanded this issue to showcase even more of the Black Spire Outpost, with three rich stories that feature exclusive interviews with the Imagineers behind the epic project. Readers will get the lay of the land in the story “A Galaxy Not So Far Away,” explore the two groundbreaking attractions in “Shift Your Setting to Thrill!,” and get swept up in the immersive environments and new technologies in “Living on the Edge.”
In addition to the cover featuring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the summer issue, exclusively for Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, has a second, striking cover featuring young Simba from director Jon Favreau’s reimagining of The Lion King, which opens this July. Favreau, along with stars Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, and Shahadi Wright Joseph, talk about bringing the beloved tale to the screen in an all-new way. Plus, Disney Legend Tim Allen shares heartwarming stories about the making of Toy Story 4, and the stars of Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, talk about stepping into a whole new world for a thrilling take on this classic magic carpet ride.
Plus, to celebrate Disney Theatrical’s 25th anniversary, stars of its original Broadway productions—including James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Kara Lindsay (Newsies), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), and Patti Murin (Frozen)—share their favorite memories. And Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald takes readers on a spirted ride through 50 years of Haunted Mansion, including a look at the new additions to Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris.
Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:
- Director Kenny Ortega lets the bad times roll in this summer’s Descendants 3
- Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline fondly remembers Disney Legend and Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith
- Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Bob Chapek gives us a look inside his impressive office
- Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave
Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-May.
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.
Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Family Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.