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D23 Reveals ‘Treasures’ from Disney Parks, Films and More in a Dazzling New Exhibit

posted on July 5th, 2012 by Jeffrey Epstein, Manager, Marketing


Today, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum officially opened the doors to an impressive new exhibit – D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.

This remarkable exhibition, covering almost 90 years of Disney history, boasts nearly 500 stunning artifacts — many of which have never been seen by the general public — from Disney movies, television, parks and the early years of the company.

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Along with elaborate props, costumes and set pieces from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Mary Poppins” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” guests can get an up-close look at Walt Disney’s formal office full of his personal effects, see the original “Steamboat Willie” script penned by Walt himself, and gaze on the original storybooks that opened the animated film classics “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”

There’s also a treasure trove of delights for fans of Disney Parks, including the original concept drawing of Disneyland park by Disney Legend Herb Ryman, the first ticket sold to Disneyland (purchased by Roy O. Disney), the original bride from the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, original attraction vehicles from Peter Pan’s Flight and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and the imposing head of the original Maleficent dragon from Fantasmic! at Disneyland park, which many guests may have seen several weeks ago during its journey to the museum in Simi Valley. There is also an impressive section called “Disney’s Hall of Presidents,” a salute to both the classic Magic Kingdom attraction in Florida and the long association Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company have enjoyed with many residents of the White House dating back to the 1940s.

To learn more about the exhibit, which runs through April 2013, and to purchase tickets (D23 Members receive a discount!), click here.

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1

Jean from VA on July 5th, 2012 at 10:45 am

Sounds like this will be amazing. I definitely need to head up there.

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Chris on July 5th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Any chance that some of the merchandise with this will be available on the site to non D23 memebers? I live to far away to go see it and I saw the “I Love Mickey” (with the Mickey head) sweatshirt and love it.

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Leslie on July 5th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Hi Chris – you should be able to contact the Reagan Library directly about the t-shirt or any of the other items. They have them for sale in the library gift shop. You’ll find the Library Store contact info on the Reagan LibrRy website.

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Danielle on July 6th, 2012 at 9:59 am

Is there any talk of making this a traveling exhibit? Would love to see this in Florida!

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Brock from MA on July 7th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I’ve been trying to plan a trip in order to visit Disneyland, the Walt Disney Family Museum, and the Reagan Library. I probably won’t be able to pull it off in the near term but kudos for this awesome exhibit!

This D23 member would love to see a traveling exhibit visit Boston!

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Jessica on July 9th, 2012 at 8:40 am

OMG I just moved to Utah but I lived in Simi Valley that is SO cool!!!

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Ian on July 10th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Don’t forget the most important piece of Disney history in this exhibit, Col. Critchlow Suchbench, Gleemeister and chief of security at Merriweather Pleasure’s Adventurers Club!

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