Brand-New Walt Disney Archives Exhibit Celebrating Disney’s Most Iconic Heroes and Villains to Open at D23 Expo 2019

The Walt Disney Archives returns to D23 Expo with an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” From the classic Mary Poppins to this year’s live-action retelling of Aladdin, more than 70 costumes from 55 years of Disney movies and television shows will be on display from August 23–25 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the biennial event, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

Guests entering the 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be greeted by “Cinderella’s Workshop,” a gallery featuring the beloved fairy-tale character’s dresses from her numerous Disney incarnations, including 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time.

The main gallery will be broken into three sections: “Disney Heroes,” “Disney Villains,” and “Spaces Between,” reserved for the antiheroes whose fascinating journeys make them among Disney’s most complex characters.

Among the costumes included in the “Disney Heroes” section are Belle’s village dress and ballgown from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast; creations worn by the Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine in this year’s live-action Aladdin; and—for the first time ever displayed together—three iconic Mary Poppins “traveling dresses” worn in three Poppins productions: the 1964 original film, 2019’s Mary Poppins Returns, and the Broadway musical. “Disney Villains” ensembles include the trio of wonderfully wicked witches from 1993’s Hocus Pocus, the duo of dresses worn by the stepsisters in 2015’s Cinderella, and the dress worn by the incomparable Bette Davis in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain. And “Spaces Between” includes Maleficent’s gown from the 2014 film, as well as the Evil Queen and Hook’s costumes from Once Upon a Time.

The exhibit includes costumes from some of Hollywood’s preeminent designers, past and present, including Academy Award ® -winners Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, and Tony Walton, as well as Emmy ® winner Ellen Mirojnick and Emmy nominees Eduardo Castro and Penny Rose.

Many of the costumes on exhibit will be featured in The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between, a dazzling new book out this September from Disney Editions. The book will also be available in advance exclusively at D23 Expo.

The Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at D23 Expo has alway been a favorite of mine.  It is always well done and is very interesting.  The exhibit at D23 Expo 2017 was dedicated to Pirates of the Caribbean and was incredibly detailed.  I cannot wait to see this in August.

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $77 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit

Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dead at Age 78

Dave Smith, the founder of Walt Disney Archives, died earlier today at the age of 78.

The Walt Disney Company honored Dave with this –

Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith passed away in Burbank, California, on February 15, 2019. He was 78. Dave dedicated his four-decade career at The Walt Disney Company to preserving Disney’s precious treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Dave was beloved by fans around the world for his wide knowledge of the Company’s rich history, which he shared in books and through his popular magazine column “Ask Dave.”

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of Dave Smith’s passing,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “He was the unsung hero of Disney’s history who, as our first archivist, spent 40 years rescuing countless documents and artifacts from obscurity, investing endless hours restoring and preserving these priceless pieces of our legacy, and putting them in context to tell our story. Dave was a true Disney Legend, and we are indebted to him for building such an enduring, tangible connection to our past that continues to inspire our future.”

Dave was hired in 1970 by Walt’s brother—and The Walt Disney Company co-founder—Roy O. Disney, and his first responsibility was cataloguing every item inside Walt’s office suite, which had been left untouched after Walt’s passing four years prior. Thanks to Dave’s meticulously detailed notes and records, the Archives was able to restore the suite in 2015, and today Disney employees are able to visit and draw inspiration from this remarkable space. During his time as Disney’s Chief Archivist, Dave grew the Archives from a simple one-person department to a model among corpo­rate archives. He was regarded by fans and historians as the final authority on matters of Disney history, and was an active member of the Society of California Archivists. He served from 1980 to 2001 as Executive Director of the Manuscript Society, an international association of collectors, dealers, librarians, archivists, and others interested in manuscript material.

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, the child of librarians and educators, Dave earned a B.A. in history and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Disney, he gained library and archives experience working in the Manuscript Department of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, interning at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and serving on the staff of the Research Library at U.C.L.A. 

Dave wrote extensively about Disney history, with regular columns in Disney fan publications and websites, as well as authoring, co-authoring, and editing numerous articles and books on Disney history, including the official Disney encyclopedia Disney A to Z, Disney: The First 100 Years, The Quotable Walt Disney, Disney Trivia from the Vault, and The Ultimate Disney Trivia Books 1, 2, 3, and 4.

In October 2007, Dave was honored with the prestigious Disney Legend Award. A resident of Burbank, California, Dave retired in 2010 after his 40th anniversary with The Walt Disney Company and continued working for the next nine years as a consultant for the Company, with the title of Chief Archivist Emeritus.

Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

Dave Smith was a true Disney Legend. I’ve met him once and he was the real deal. I loved his books and his ‘Ask Dave’ contributions in The D23 Magazine twenty-three. Dave will be missed.

Disney’s Pirates are Coming to D23 Expo in Brand-New Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

If ye be seekin’ adventure at D23 Expo, don’t miss this year’s exclusive exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents––A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs.” Located on the Expo show floor, this 12,000-square-foot exhibit will celebrate some of Disney’s most popular pirates with unproduced artwork, attraction vehicles, and Audio-Animatronics® figures, and props and set pieces from the film franchise. The exhibit will be on display throughout D23 Expo, July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Keep a weather eye out for…

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Unbelievable artwork and imagery
Concept art from Peter Pan, artwork from Treasure Island, and imagery from an unproduced Donald Duck animated short, where we find everyone’s favorite quack-up on a search for pirate’s gold.

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Treasures from beloved attractions
An exhibit about Disney’s pirates wouldn’t be complete without the Pirates of the Caribbean! Audio-Animatronics® figures from the original Disneyland attraction will be on display, along with a pirate ship ride vehicle from Peter Pan’s Flight.

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Pirate props and set pieces
All five Pirates of the Caribbean films will be represented in the exhibit: original costumes worn by the iconic cast, Davy Jones’ pipe organ, a 23-foot-tall set model of the Black Pearl ship, the Dead Men’s chest, and more original props and set pieces, including items from the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will all be on display.

Walt Disney Archives Presents—A Pirate's Life for Me: Disney's Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs exhibit

Elsewhere on the show floor, the Walt Disney Archives will present “Fantastical Fashions,” a selection of dresses worn by heroines and villains in six of Disney’s live-action fantasy films including Enchanted (2007), Maleficent (2014), and Beauty and the Beast (2017).

Walt Disney’s Original Office Restored at Walt Disney Studios

This is Walt Disney's formal office in the 3H wing of the Animation Building on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. The office was restored in it original location with nearly all the original furniture and other items by the Disney Archives as part of a project for the studio's 75th Anniversary. Disney employees, and visitors to the studio will be able to view the office in 2016. //// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Walt Disney's original offices at the Walt Disney Studios were restored to the state they were in when he was alive and worked there. They are located on the third floor of the Animation Building in the 3H wing.  Date of photo: 12/7/15. - disney.waltsoffice - Photo by MARK EADES, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

For years, visitors to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank would ask where Walt Disney’s office was located. Now they can actually see it.

The Walt Disney Company has restored his offices in their original location on the studio lot. And Monday morning, CEO Bob Iger formally dedicated them.

“Just looking around his office reminds you of his devotion to his family, his curiosity and his relentless creative passion,” Iger said at the ceremony.

The suite of offices, both Walt’s formal office and his working office, are on the third floor of the 3H wing of the original Animation building.

It’s available for viewing by employees, visitors and members of the D23 fan club. It will also be a part of tours of the Studio lot beginning in 2016.

“We put this permanent exhibit together as a source of inspiration for us and a reminder to have great ambition to take bold creative risks, to constantly innovate and push the limits of possibility,” Iger said.

Joanna Miller, one of Walt’s grandchildren, was on hand to see the newly restored suite.

“For me, I feel like a child, because that’s when we were there,” she said. “We did homework in there.”

After Walt’s death in late 1966, the offices were left untouched for a few years, until Dave Smith, the founder of the Walt Disney Archives, decided to document them.

Smith originally snuck into the offices to take photos, and then the company asked him to document what was in the office so it could reuse the space.

“It was really eerie for me to come into Walt’s office and do a complete inventory,” said Smith, who is now retired.

He documented everything from the books on the bookshelf to the legal pads with Disney’s handwritten notes.

After the documentation was completed, the items were put into storage in the Disney Archives. The formal office was turned into an executive office. The working office became a conference room.

The executive office was first occupied by Ron Miller, who eventually became president of the company in 1982. Michael Eisner took over the space when he was named CEO in 1984, and remained there until the Team Disney building opened. Then Roy E. Disney, Walt’s nephew, used the office for many years. After Roy Disney moved out, the suite was occupied by a variety of producers, the last being Marc Cherry.

Becky Cline, the director of the Disney Archives, has been working on the restoration idea for many years. Since this year is the studio’s 75th anniversary, she decided to seriously pursue it.

Her department put together a plan and a budget and presented it to Iger.

“He approved it, and we formally started the project in June,” she said.

Many of the materials, such as the desks, chairs and books are original.

“They were displayed in various forms at Disneyland and Walt Disney World and other locations over the years,” Cline said.

Her team assembled the materials, while studio crafts people restored the walls, lighting and even the kitchen.

“They even found original light switches and openers for the doors,” she added.

The piano in the formal office was frequently used by Richard Sherman who, along with his brother Robert, wrote many of the songs used in many classic Disney movies, such as “Mary Poppins,” and on attractions at Disneyland such as “It’s a Small World”

“Many times after a long day we would come in to that office and share a song with Walt and he would say ‘play it,’ and we knew what he meant,” Richard Sherman said in an interview Friday. “He meant play ‘Feed the Birds’ from Mary Poppins.

“That was his favorite song and it always brought a tear to his eyes,” he said.

Originally posted by Mark Eades at the Orange County Register

Walt Disney Archives to Present ‘Disneyland: The Exhibit’ at D23 Expo

DL Abominable Snowman

From the Los Angeles Times – 

Here’s a challenge: Try to condense 60 years of Disneyland history into a single museum-like exhibit.

That’s the test facing Becky Cline, Walt Disney Archives director. She’s putting the finishing touches on “Walt Disney Archives Presents — Disneyland: The Exhibit,” which in August will attempt to encompass the theme park’s past six decades for D23 Expo, Disney’s biennial fan event.

Now factor in that for many of the Disney fans attending D23 Expo, there is more than one Disneyland.

There’s the Disneyland that opened to the paying public July 18, 1955, on a plot of land in Anaheim about 27 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

This is the Disneyland that contains American cultural landmarks such as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Mad Hatter’s spinning teacups. It’s the Disneyland that Walt Disney himself set foot in, and, as this very newspaper described two months before the park’s opening, would ultimately threaten “Santa Claus as a ranking childhood favorite.”

Then there are the Disneylands that exist as personal places in the minds of nearly everyone who visited the park at a young age.

Maybe it’s the Disneyland in which the Jungle Cruise must be ridden at least twice on any single visit because someone’s father always laughed at the skipper’s joke involving the “backside of water.” Or the Disneyland in which the Enchanted Tiki Room is to be avoided because someone’s mother has a paralyzing fear of birds.

Facts don’t matter so much at this Disneyland. Maybe, for instance, you remember seeing real-life mermaids — or rather, real-life women in mermaid costumes — in the submarine lagoon. Or maybe you just saw a picture of them when you were 5 years old and that was real enough.

Finally, there is the Disneyland that no longer exists. This is the Disneyland in which a ride like Adventure Thru Inner Space was a Tomorrowland centerpiece, at least until Star Tours moved into town. It’s the Disneyland in which Main Street U.S.A once had a lingerie shop, and Frontierland once had a calm train rather than a runaway one. This, of course, is the Disneyland forever lost to technological progress — or branding acquisitions.

Cline is hip to all these Disneylands. As the principal architect of “Disneyland: The Exhibit,” Cline has been taking an experiential rather than purely sequential point of view.

For Disneyland is no longer just Walt Disney’s story or the narrative of a company. A certain ownership is placed on anything that touched us at a young age, and only a few escaped into adulthood without being touched by Disneyland, the kingdom of all escapism. Disneyland belongs to all of those who value a playground dedicated to the mind’s eye, where the surreal, the haunted, the childish and the prehistoric can transport each of us to somewhere unique within our own imaginations.

To this day I can’t ride Pirates of the Caribbean without hearing the voice of my late cousin, insisting that the Anaheim edition is far superior to the one at Florida’s Walt Disney World. In that moment, cousin Steve and his stories and exaggerations are as real as they’ve ever been.

So to tell the story of Disneyland at the D23 Expo, which runs Aug. 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Cline opted not for a point-by-point retelling of how Walt Disney built the park.

“How do I tell this humongous story?” she asked. “I thought, ‘I don’t really want to tell this story in a linear fashion.’ I don’t want to do a chronology, like ‘Walt figured it out here. He built it and designed it and then this happened and this happened.’ ”

Instead, “Disneyland: The Exhibit” will be laid out much like the park — by theme, from the orange groves that once sat on the plot to Main Street U.S.A. and beyond, even touching on aspects of the park typically off limits to us commoners such as the members-only Club 33. Opening the presentation will be some recently acquired surveying equipment used in Disneyland’s construction. Like anything associated with a Disney park, the construction tools are, if not a collectible, priceless to someone.

“The equipment was discovered and turned over to the archives a couple years ago. We haven’t shared it with anybody yet. There’s brass survey markers and 1950s surveying equipment. It’s vintage looking,” Cline said.

To be spread across 12,000 square feet on the Anaheim Convention Center floor, the archival piece isn’t lacking in artifacts that are “vintage looking” — or items that some thought were long lost to history. At least one age-old window decoration at Main Street U.S.A shop the Emporium, for instance, will once again be on display.

“The Emporium would have these very special windows that were created to highlight an anniversary of a film, for example,” Cline said. “Then those window displays actually become historic later on.”

There will be a retired animatronic from Pirates of the Caribbean, costumes worn by “Mickey Mouse Club” cast members when they visited the park, the first-ever ticket sold, which was purchased by Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney, and a deconstruction of a ride that aims to show the Imagineering process.

“We’re trying to give you a feel of what it would be like to spend a day at Disneyland over the different decades,” Cline said.

Disneyland to this day remains in a constant state of flux. If you’re really young, you may associate the park with “Frozen.” Children of the ’70s may swear by America Sings. Those who grew up going to Walt Disney World across the country may be obsessed with all things related to Epcot’s purple dragon Figment (hand raised), while West Coasters may swear by the Abominable Snowman.

With the reopening on May 22 of the Matterhorn Bobsleds with new animatronics, the original Abominable Snowman will be retired to the Disney archives and shown at D23 Expo. By the time the exhibit is finalized, Cline expects around 300 pieces in total. One of the more detailed displays will be dedicated to Fantasyland ride Alice in Wonderland, which opened in 1958 and will aim to show how a ride is made from the ground-up.

Among the pieces on display will be a wheel-less prototype of the caterpillar-shaped Alice ride vehicles. The plywood mock-up was used to gauge whether a caterpillar-shaped vehicle could be practical, in terms of housing multiple guests.

“We’re calling it ‘Alice in Wonderland: The Anatomy of an Attraction.’ It tells the story of how an attraction comes to be,” Cline said. “It goes from the original inspiration, which is, of course, the animated film that came out in 1951, and takes that and shows how some of the artwork from the film inspired the ride and how the ride was developed. There are some pieces from the final attraction that are now assets in the archives. It’s a vignette that’s not just show and tell.”

Some of the artifacts, including relics from the six-week run of the “Mickey Mouse Club” Circus, are so rare, Cline said, Disney has never shown them publicly before. Just before the circus was introduced in November 1955, Walt Disney touted to The Times that the park was averaging attendance of 50,000 per week and that guests were spending about $2 per person. They weren’t, however, taken with the circus, despite the fact that it featured the “Mickey Mouse Club” cast.

“The Mouseketeers would perform a musical variety act within the circus itself. It was a fascinating experiment,” Cline said, adding that a “two-hour circus kind of took” a little too much of the guest’s time.

Cline was hesitant to say whether “Disneyland: The Exhibit” would have a life outside of the D23 Expo, but with Disneyland’s 60th anniversary festivities launching on May 22, she wouldn’t rule out part of the presentation making its way to the resort.

“Once our exhibit is over we may find other ways to share these assets,” she said. “Time will tell.”

All-New Walt Disney Archives Display Celebrates 75 Years of the Disney Studio

By early 1940, Walt Disney and his staff moved from the tight quarters of their studio on Hyperion Avenue to a brand-new, masterfully planned campus in Burbank. It was in this special place that some of Disney’s most legendary and beloved productions were made—from Pinocchio and Pirates of the Caribbean to favorite television shows and attractions for Disneyland.

Commemorating 75 years of Walt’s “dream factory,” the Walt Disney Archives has unveiled an all-new display exploring the Disney Studio’s rich legacy. In one display, historic materials and equipment used in soundstages, offices, and other facilities tell the behind-the-scenes story of the Studio’s operations and the people who worked there. Another case showcases an array of props and costume pieces from some of the most beloved films and shows produced on the 51-acre lot.

The display—which features more than 25 items, including many never-before showcased by the Archives—are available to employees and Cast Members at the Disney Studio, as well as D23 Members and their guests attending D23 Day at the Walt Disney Studios and Archives (April 25, June 20, and November 7) and VIP Studio Tours (May 29 and November 6).

Here is a preview of just some of the items on display:


The 75th anniversary of The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank is celebrated in two all-new displays at the Disney Studio lot.


Rings worn by Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), which was partially filmed in Stage 2.


Andre Johnson’s (Anthony Anderson) nameplate from ABC’s Black-ish (2014).


Tool belt worn by Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) in Home Improvement. Eight seasons of the hit television series were filmed on Stage 4 from 1991–1999.


A model of Cruella De Vil’s car, created for animators during the production of One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)


Hat worn by Don Diego de la Vega (Guy Williams) in Zorro (1957), which filmed on the Studio backlot.


An early animator’s model of Captain Hook for Peter Pan, which would eventually be released in 1953. A very careful eye can spot the model in a sequence of The Reluctant Dragon (1941), a feature film which showcased the new Burbank Studio.


Organ bench used by Captain Nemo (James Mason) in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Commissary menus, an employee handbook, equipment, and signage all help tell the story of day-to-day life at the Disney Studio.


Pen and holder from Walt Disney’s formal office, which was located in the 3-H wing of the Animation building.

Pencils and pencil holder from Walt Disney’s formal office, which was located in the 3-H wing of the Animation Building.


Briefcase from the office of company co-founder Roy O. Disney.

Walt Disney Archives Introduces a New Exhibit on the Walt Disney Studios Lot

Walt Disney Archieves Logo

Since 1970, the Walt Disney Archives has built up an astonishing collection of all things Disney. Recently, after a small renovation of its Frank G. Wells Building facilities, the Archives staff had the chance to refresh its exhibit spaces to showcase more of its diverse collection, including items that have been tucked away for awhile.

Upon entering the Archives Reading Room, the first thing you’ll notice is a detailed recreation of an animator’s office from 1940—the year The Walt Disney Studios debuted its new Kem Weber-designed facility. Complete with original furniture, the display brings the best of the then-new studio to life. Objects in the Archives’ merchandise display were also refreshed.

While a few key items, like the first version of the Mickey Mouse watch, remain from the pre-renovation display, there is now an assortment of popular Mickey Mouse Club and early Disneyland merchandise prominently showcased, as well. Keep your eyes peeled; you may recognize something from your own collection! Also added to the Reading Room displays are items that Walt featured in his formal and working offices through the years. These include a Praxinoscope (an early animation device from 1879 that Walt favored so much he used it on the Disneyland television series), and the Disney family crest that the master showman had on display in his working office. The original watercolor painting of Walt used for the December 27, 1954 cover of Time magazine, painted by one of the publication’s most prolific artists, Boris Chaliapin, is also on display.

Inside the Archives isn’t the only place where some recent changes have occurred. New displays in the Frank G. Wells Building lobby include an exhibit dedicated to “Disney’s Sporting Life,” featuring props, costumes and set decorations from some of Disney’s most memorable sports-related productions. This unique display includes Dean Jones’ racing costume from The Love Bug (1969), a polo shirt worn by Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans (2000) and a costume worn by Suraj Sharma inMillion Dollar Arm (2014). Another exhibit, “Disney Music Makers,” features musically related props and instruments from several Disney properties that will surely pull at the heartstrings of fans of all ages. Jimmie Dodd’sMickey Mouse Club “Mousegetar” can be found alongside musical objects from Captain EOHaunted Mansion andBedknobs and Broomsticks, to name just a few. Also on display in the lobby is an exhibit celebrating Donald Duck’s 80th anniversary. Consisting of vintage character merchandise, production artwork, and ephemera, this display showcases everyone’s favorite irascible fowl. D23 Members will have the rare opportunity to see this new exhibit and enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour tour of The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Archives, hosted by D23 and the Archives staff on November 8. For this particular tour that will celebrate the holidays, you will also see a piece of Disney history from The Santa Clause. The Archives staff invites you to visit these exciting new displays and hopes to see you real soon!

D23 Announces Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mary Poppins Opening Credits

Mary Poppins had its practically perfect premiere on August 27, 1964, and D23 is celebrating 50 supercalifragilisticexpialidocious years since its debut with a celebration at the place it was made: The Walt Disney Studios! Dressing up is encouraged, whether you’re a sooty chimney sweep, a rosy-cheeked nanny, or even a dancing penguin!


It’s a jolly holiday with a screening, rarely seen footage, a Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and an exclusive pin!


$30 per person. Tickets available Wednesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. PT, check here for link.


Screening begins at 2 p.m., please arrive at the Walt Disney Studios to check in no earlier than 1 p.m.

D23-Exclusive Commemorative Gift
To commemorate the occasion, every guest will receive an exclusive pin(left). Inspired by part of the pass guests received at theMary Poppins premiere, this pin was created just for this celebration and will not be sold in stores.

Walt Disney Archives Exhibition
The Archives will also curate a special exhibit featuring pieces from the film. Guests will enjoy a screening of Mary Poppins in the historic Walt Disney Studios Theater, plus rarely seen footage of the film’s Hollywood premiere and video captured behind the scenes of the production.

NOTE: Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.

D23 Presents: Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Extended at Museum of Science & Industry


Due to popular demand, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is extending the run of Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club. Guests will be able to enjoy the exhibit through August 3, 2014.

“This interactive exhibit has been so well-received by guests of all ages,” said Anne Rashford, director of temporary exhibits. “It tells the great story of the imagination and perseverance of Walt Disney and offers a rare peek into his life and the unforgettable entertainment he created. We are thrilled to be able to keep it at MSI for an additional three months.”

From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, television shows and live-action films. Hands-on activities allow kids and adults alike to explore animation technology from all 53 Disney animated films and learn to draw one of their favorite characters in the Animation Academy.

The exhibit is not included in Museum Entry but can be added to an Explorer ticket package. D23 Gold and Silver Members will receive a special discount on exhibit entry. For more information and to buy tickets, visit For more information about D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, visit This exhibit is presented by Walgreens.

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