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The Tiara Talk Show Goes to Philly! D23 Fanniversary Event at the Franklin Institute!

September 22, 2014 Blog No Comments

Author: Tammy Tuckey, Host of The Tiara Talk Show- @TammyTuckey 


Photo by Tammy Turner.

Hello Tiara Talk Show listeners!

Yesterday, on September 21st, D23, the official Disney Fan Club, offered a special event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia called the “D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration” that celebrates several anniversaries for Disney Theme Park attractions, films, television series and more. The event was hosted by Billy Stanek and Rick Lorentz, (each of them works for the Walt Disney Archives, with Billy also working for the D23 website); it was fun to see them work off one another with several Disney jokes and banters, including an impromptu Q&A when the projector system went down.


Inside the Franklin Theatre before the presentation. Photo by Tammy Turner.

Unfortunately, before the presentation began, we were asked to turn off all phones and audio devices. With all the electronics put away, there were no distractions; just a room filled with Disney fans who were excited to celebrate the Company together.

There were several special guests who made “appearances” on-screen at the event, including Imagineer Alice Davis, comic book writer Stan Lee, Imagineer Tony Baxter and many others. Each offered a fun story about their time working for the Disney Company that came along with several videos and images that have never been seen before.

Representing the Adventurer’s Club for its 25th anniversary, Colonel Critchlow Sunchbench made a surprise appearance, even joking that “several Starbucks stores” has already replaced the Adventurer’s Club in Downtown Disney. The entire audience was then inducted by the Colonel as official members of the Adventurer’s Club and sang the Club’s anthem. Kungaloosh!

In my opinion, one of the highlights of the event was the featured clip of “Back to Neverland”, a short film made in 1989 to demonstrate how animated films were created, starring Walter Cronkite and the late Robin Williams. As a big fan of this film (the first episode of The Tiara Talk Show featured an interview with the director of the film, Jerry Rees), I was very happy to see it conclude the portion of the presentation on the 25th anniversary of Disney’s MGM Studios.


From left to right: Robin Williams, director Jerry Rees and Walter Cronkite on set, filming a scene for the short film, “Back to Neverland”. Photo by Jerry Rees.

As soon as Robin Williams introduced himself in the film as “Chuck”, the theater erupted with applause and laughter. It was a very bittersweet moment for all of us as an audience; we will miss the talent, the characters and, more importantly, the man who made us laugh until we fell out of our seats.

The Fanniversary event concluded with a sing-along to the famous Mary Poppins song written by the Sherman Brothers, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and a chance to see the hat that Julie Andrews’ wore in the 1964 film, “Mary Poppins”, as well as a Duckster Award.


A Duckster Award (left) & the original hat worn by Julie Andrews in Disney’s 1964 classic, “Mary Poppins”.

Overall, the “D23 Disney Fanniversary Event” was a lot of fun, with great hosts, plenty of jokes and kept the audience engaged & highly entertained.

Would you like a chance to win some items that were given out during the “D23 Disney Fanniversary Event”? Head to our “Contests” page here & enter before October 8th, 2014!

Did you get to attend one of the Fanniversary events? If so, what did you think? Is there something you thought was missing? What do you think D23 could add to next year’s Fanniversary celebration to make it even better? Comment below and let me know!

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