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Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives


July 6, 2012 – Apr 1, 2013



Reagan Presidential Library

40 Presidential Drive



$6 - 21

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Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives is a brand-new show of Disney memorabilia. Presented by D23, the official Disney Fan Club, and curated by the Walt Disney Archives, this exhibit at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley is a treasure trove of historical Disney artifacts, beginning with Walt's early years in Kansas City and his move to Los Angeles. See Walt's spacious Disney Studios' office as it appeared in 1966 in a room that’s a line-for-line recreation of the original. Also view treasures such as costumes worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964); the large leather-bound books (preserved by the Huntington Library) used in the opening sequences of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cinderella (1950), and Sleeping Beauty (1959) ; the original Steamboat Willie (1928) script with Walt's notations; original Audio-Animatronics figures from Disneyland attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bear Jamboree, and the Haunted House; and costumes and props from Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland. Other highlights include the very first Disneyland ticket ever issued, early Disney merchandising, original animation cels, and numerous other unique Disney rarities. While you're there, you might want to walk through Air Force One, a Boeing 707 jet that was used by five US Presidents. Housed in an enormous glass-walled hangar, it is open to library visitors.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

Reagan Presidential Library says…

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library are proud to announce D23 PRESENTS TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES, coming to the Reagan Library in July of 2012. At 12,000 square feet, this is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the largest temporary exhibit ever housed at the Reagan Library.  From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history – over 50% of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces and artwork from throughout Disney history.