D23 unveiled a special exhibit Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives to honor the 90th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. On October 16,1923, The Disney Brothers Studio was founded and the official contract was signed by Walter E. Disney and Roy O. Disney with M.J. Winkler to produce the series of animated shorts the “Alice Comedies”. To help celebrate this event D23 and the Disney Archives thought it best to honor Walt Disney by displaying the exhibit in the birthplace of Walt Disney himself, Chicago, IL. The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be displaying the Disney Archives exhibit until May 4, 2014.
As you walk in you are greeted by a 6 minute video that details Walt Disney’s dream and desire to become the innovator he is so well known for today. As you begin the walk through of the exhibit you will go through the series of generations: Walt’s birth, childhood, business career, legacy, and continued growth of the Walt Disney Company. The exhibit has a great flow and guides you through with entertainment, hand drawn artwork, original merchandise, costumes, movie props, and more. As you walk through the exhibit you are walking through Walt’s footsteps as he made his way through life, exciting new technology, movies, and his rise to fame.
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I had the opportunity to speak with Becky Cline, Director of the Disney Archives, she said that the process of the creation of this exhibit took about a year to complete and took almost a month to completely install at MSI. When asked about her favorite pieces of the collection, She said that she holds a special place for the Snow Globe from Mary Poppins and the restored prop book from Sleeping Beauty. She also said that many Disney Treasures are still left to be found and restored. She is very excited to be able to showcase these items for the fans to enjoy and fall in love with.
Some of the amazing items that are featured include-
- The original script for the short “Steamboat Willie” from 1928.
- A partial recreated formal office of Walt Disney from The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Includes original furnishings, original artwork, and personal items of Walt Disney.
- Prop books from the Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White animated films.
- A special area dedicated solely to the 50th Anniversary of the release of Mary Poppins. Includes an original painting on glass from the movie opening, original costumes, film clips, and movie props.
- A recreation of an Animator’s art desk. Includes an original Movie poster from Bambie. The original animator’s models of Dumbo, Captain Hook, and Mickey Mouse. The original animator’s marionette of Pinocchio.
- Special dedication to Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. Includes her original Mouseketeer costume and Mickey Ears.
At the end of the exhibit you have the chance to learn how to draw your very own Mickey Mouse. This area is very similar to the Animation experience in Disney World and Disneyland. Everyone had a great time and it brought a bit of the parks into the exhibit which was great!
If you have the chance to visit this exhibit, I would highly suggest it. This is a separate timed entry ticketed event at the museum and prices are $9 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors.
I was told by Museum staff that there will be speciality merchandise for the exhibit coming out very soon. Also special Disney holiday merchandise will be available closer to the holidays.
Here are my pictures from the event, I hope you like them.