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 Inside the Walt Disney Archives

Postby coasterlvr » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:32 pm

Theme Park Review was invited to a press preview for the exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic

It’s opening March 7th at the Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California. 

Here are some of the numbers…

3/7 The date the exhibition opens to the public

465 Items from the Archives on display in Inside the Walt Disney Archives
100 Age of the Archives’ oldest item, now on display at the Bowers: a megaphone Walt Disney used while making films in the 1920s
3 Cars on display in the exhibition

1,500 The number of dollars it cost in 1959 to create the “jewel”-encrusted Sleeping Beauty (1959) storybook cover (on view)

15 The number of feet tall the Baloo Puppet on view would be if stood straight up (on view)

2018 The year Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs was released (dog puppets Duke, Rex, Boss on view)

5 The number of production art pieces on view from Edward Scissorhands (1990)

12,000 The number of cels (like the Donald Duck cel on display in the exhibit) it used to take to make an eight-minute short

15 Original screen-worn costumes in the exhibit
1957The year the first commercially- released motion picture soundtrack, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was released (on view)

50 Pieces of original artwork in the exhibition

8/30 The date the exhibition closes

There’s a lot of stuff, and I got to check it all out, and you should too.

The day started off with a short ceremony and words by Bowers President & CEO, Peter Keller, then Michael Vargo, VP, Corporate Communications for The Walt Disney Company (and also head of D23) and finally, Becky Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives. A short song and dance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, then, a ribbon cutting and the show opened!

Throughout the stay of the exhibit, they will have lectures from various people related to the archives. There will also be some dining experiences you can do. ‘Eat Like Walk’ Dinner Celebration, Walt Disney Archives Tour& Tea Party, and Tea on the Terrace.

Also film screenings on special days, along with activities for the kids even including a summer camp.

On to some pictures. There's a lot of stuff at the exhibit, here's just some pictures. I recommend checking it out in person.



Ribbon Cutting

Recreation of Walt Disney's desk.







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Re:  Inside the Walt Disney Archives

Postby bert425 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:41 pm

that is very cool, and I love stuff like this (made a special trip to the Science Museum in Chicago a few years ago for a similar exhibition to this).

did they mention anything about this possibly becoming a touring exhibition? Would love it it would come to one of the museums in Houston for a little while, as I'd absolutely make the drive there to see it.

(but California is a bit too far at the moment)

thanks for sharing!

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Re:  Inside the Walt Disney Archives

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:41 pm

The Tea On The Terrace looks like a lovely way to additionally enjoy the visit there.
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Re:  Inside the Walt Disney Archives

Postby cfc » Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:15 am

Looks like a great exhibit--especially those old storybooks they used in the Disney animated classics.

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Re:  Inside the Walt Disney Archives

Postby Rose Ayers » Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:43 am

Everything was incredible, it is very nostalgic seeing those Disney archives.

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Re:  Inside the Walt Disney Archives

Postby masterbeer » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:58 am

Eat like a Walt is awesome! ... It's an exquisitely beautiful exhibit...

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