Monday, August 8, 2011

The D23 member gifts are... pretty good!

I'm changing it up a little bit today and taking a look at the free gifts D23 members receive each year they renew.
This year's member gift is this high quality hard cover note book. The front shows Mickey in his marching band outfit and the D23 logo at the bottom. 

The bottom corner of each page shows drawings of different Disney characters. Seen here is Tinkerbell. Other characters include Goofy, Ariel, Crush, and more.

Even Figment makes an appearance. 

The back of the note book displays one of Walt Disney's quotes.

On top is the 2010 D23 member card, bottom is 2011. I prefer last year's card design. 

The member gift last year was this beautiful 12 month calendar called Disney Undiscovered.

Every month featured full color art work for Disney theme park attractions and movies that never got out of the planning stages. Under the artwork there was a couple of paragraphs explaining a brief description.  

For example, July 2011 featured concept art for the canceled Herbie the Love Bug attraction!

Members also usually receive an item with each issue. One of the issues last year came with patches showing the classic logos from the original EPCOT Center attractions! I got the logo for The Living Seas. Completed sets of these patches can go for over $100 on eBay!

So is D23 worth it? For me, living 15 minutes away from Disneyland, yes. Most of the D23 member meet ups are held at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Some events are also held at the Disney Studios in Burbank California (even though I've never been lucky enough to get in to any of those), For a person living outside of California of Florida there are some great gifts as seen in this post, not to mention the fantastic bi-monthly D23 magazine.

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