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New Sweepstakes Offers D23 Members the Chance to Unlock the Magic

BURBANK, Calif . – July 17, 2013 – In celebration of Disneyland ’s 58th anniversary today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has launched the “Off the Map Sweepstakes”.  Twenty-five lucky D23 Members and their guests will be invited to Disneyland Park to visit four of the park’s little-seen but widely heard of locations: Walt Disney’s private apartment, the Lilly Belle VIP parlor car on the Disneyland Railroad, Circle D Ranch, and the Disneyland Dream Suite .

“Our friends at Disneyland will give the winning D23 Members a special glimpse at some of the park’s most amazing hidden gems, special places that most guests never get to see,” said Steven Clark, Head of D23 . “Our first ‘Off the Map’ member event in 2012 was such a huge hit that we wanted to reprise it with this special sweepstakes so even more of our members have a chance to visit these truly magical and historical Disneyland locations . ”

Winners will be able to explore:

·Walt Disney’s private apartment: Built during the initial construction of Disneyland , Walt Disney’s private apartment is a quaint studio dwelling, filled with Victorian decor, family photos, and antiques selected by the Disney family .

·Lilly Belle VIP parlor car: Disneyland guests have long taken grand circle tours on the Disneyland Railroad, but few ever enjoy the ride from the elegant Lilly Belle VIP car parlor . Named after Walt’s wife, Lillian, the Lilly Belle is truly a piece of history, built in 1955, and refurbished to its modern state of luxury for America ’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 .

·Circle D Ranch: From the friendly goats at Big Thunder Ranch to the horses who carry guests down Main Street, U . S . A . , Circle D Ranch is home to Disneyland ’s beloved “four-legged cast members . ”

·Disneyland Dream Suite: This private space above Pirates of the Caribbean was originally planned to be another apartment for Walt Disney, but he passed away before its completion . In 2008, Imagineers used some of Walt’s original ideas and some truly magical surprises of their own to transform it into a fantasy villa like no other .

 D23 Members may enter the sweepstakes beginning today through August 23 at d23.com. The tour will take place on Wednesday, October 2 . Winners will be able to attend with one (1) guest . For complete rules, details, and eligibility please visit d23.com  . No purchase required; guests may join D23 for free at d23.com.

Elantrice H.

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