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Old 01-14-2009, 12:20 AM   #91
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The replacement for Pleasure Island sounds good to me.
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OK, so this has been driving me crazy ever since I read it yesterday...I even woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it! Here were my middle of the night thoughts:

* Could it have something to do with the new Cars movie -- one of them is number 23?
* A replacement something for Pleasure Island?
* Something with the fairies movies (since Tink reveals the countdown)? Like Peter Pan flies to 23 Disney Lane or something and that's where he meets Tink? Or the 23rd fairy is somehow significant?
* The 23rd hour? Something in the middle of the night? (Going back to the rumor about a super-expensive night-time only theme park)

Sigh....just my middle of the night brainstorms............
Great ideas! I like the PI idea. I wouldn't say it's been driving me crazy, but "Are you 23?" has become the topic of great speculation in our household. My husband keeps coming up with guesses, each one more improbable than the one before, and having pretty much nothing to do with the number 23. He conviently leaves that part out.

The most probable of his guesses (although still very improbable), was that it is a very early promo/announcement for the start of filming for Pirates of the Caribbean 4. I think he based that on the parchment paper-looking background (Jack's map to the Fountain of Youth from Pirates 3?). I know, like I said, a huge long stretch, but inventive. LOL
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Yet... aren't news releases normally done on Mondays? This would be a Tuesday..
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I was a member of the Magic Kingdom Club and still ahve a few luggage tags, my ID card and a travel bag from my membership days.

I'd love to have a new "Disney Fan Club".
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A Disney Fan Club sounds !
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(I think I'm the only person in the country who's super-excited for 23 films released on Blu-Ray).
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I like the fan club and PI replacement thoughts but why all the movie-like posters around Burbank wonder?
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:18 AM   #98
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(I think I'm the only person in the country who's super-excited for 23 films released on Blu-Ray).
You can be joined by someone in this country who'd be super-excited by that!
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I'm 23! But I don't think Disney is throwing me a party....
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Now I can't get this out of my head! Ugh- so long to go yet!
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Any chance this is a cross-promotion with Dr. Pepper? There's a big "23" on the drink label, in honor of the 23 flavors that make up the unique taste of that beverage.

And before anyone says anything... Dr. Pepper is a product of Cadbury Schweppes, not Coca Cola, so there's no chance Disney would be doing a Dr. Pepper promotion.
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I did notice the little 23 poster in a small window on my Disney Movie Rewards newsletter that I received a few days ago by email. So, I am thinking it might have something to do with the DVD or Blue Ray release of 23 movie titles.

I hope for something more exciting though!
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Love a good mystery! DH suggested staying with the club idea because of the "are you" aspect. Though would be totally psyched with a blue ray release.
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I did notice the little 23 poster in a small window on my Disney Movie Rewards newsletter that I received a few days ago by email. So, I am thinking it might have something to do with the DVD or Blue Ray release of 23 movie titles.

I hope for something more exciting though!
I saw that too. Based on the fact that this ad was in the Movie Rewards email, I'm going to bet that it has something to do with movies.
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