Celebrating the Walt Disney Archives 50th Anniversary

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives! To celebrate the occasion, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will premiere the new documentary “Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives.” The film, hosted by the legendary Disney producer, Don Hahn, will premiere on the D23 website exclusively for Gold D23 members on June 27th, 2020.

“Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives” gives viewers a look into Disney Archives, which were founded by Disney Legend Dave Smith on June 22, 1970. The film looks at beloved parts of Disney, including its theme parks and studios. Don Hahn evaluates the history and legacy of the Disney Archives team. Each stop on the adventure offers a look at some of the iconic treasures that have played a role in shaping The Walt Disney Company. The “Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives” film is directed by John Gleim and features exclusive interviews with Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Pixar’s Pete Docter, film historian Leonard Maltin, and many more.

“Making this film was my Disney ‘fanboy’ dream come true,” says Hahn. “The Walt Disney Archives is packed with hidden treasures,and I had incredible access to them all.”

The poster for “Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives” is featured below.

Also, the D23’s quarterly publication includes a story written by Leonard Maltin, a showcase of classic Disneyland merchandise, and an archivist-curated list of some of the best films to watch on Disney+ at home.

Finally, D23 members can enjoy an official sweepstakes hereThe prizes, which will be given away in weekly sweepstakesopen to all levels of D23 Members, include a check signed by Walt Disney, “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo” sheet music, an original program from Fantasia (1940), and a copy of The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember book signed by author Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives.

Photo Credit: D23

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Kevin Koszola