Disney100 WORLD PREMIERE AT THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE IN PHILADELPHIA
We got the first look at five artifacts and six gallery renderings today in Philadelphia as Disney offered a look at the exciting new Disney100 Exhibition opening at the Franklin Institute on February 18, 2023. Created for the 100-year celebration of The Walt Disney Company, the exhibition invites guests to step into their favorite stories using innovative and immersive technology throughout ten galleries in the 15,000-square-foot exhibit.
Disney is opening its vault of treasures by showcasing more than 250 of its “Crown Jewels”. This includes rarely-seen original artwork, artifacts, costumes, and props along with other memorabilia. Disney offered a peek at the collection when they unveiled five artifacts for the launch of ticket sales today.
Included in the Disney100 preview on November 16:
- Disneyland Employee Badge #1 (1955), issued to Walt Disney
- Steamboat Whistlein Steamboat Willie (1928)
- Prop Storybook featured in Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Skywalker Lightsaber Hilt from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), used by Daisy Ridley
- Magic Ring from The Shaggy Dog (1959), used by Tommy Kirk.
It was also announced that composer Steve Mazzaro, whose work can be heard on the soundtracks of such Disney-produced films as The Lion King (2019), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Lone Ranger has composed an original soundtrack for the exhibit blending themes of such beloved classics as “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio (1940) and “Let it Go” from Frozen (2013) with a new theme crafted exclusively for the exhibition.
Also exclusive to this exhibition, Disney has curated special behind-the-scenes glimpses into the creation of the company’s most popular characters, films, shows, and attractions—from Disneyland to Walt Disney World and beyond. The ten magnificent and imaginatively themed galleries, all featuring moving stories, unique interactive installations, and exciting background information, will take guests on a journey through 100 years of The Walt Disney Company, celebrating the classics from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Strange World, as well as the latest members of the Disney family—Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic.
“In 1923, Walt Disney set our company on a path that would revolutionize the entertainment industry, creating unforgettable stories, beloved characters, and unparalleled experiences that generations of fans around the world have enjoyed,” said Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives. “This incredible exhibit will take guests on a remarkable journey from those earliest days into Disney’s dazzling future using seamless technology, a rich musical score, and—of course—treasures from the Walt Disney Archives collection.”
“We sat down, and we thought, how do we tell this story? And it immediately became clear that if we tried to tell it as a chronological story, we knew we had to start with Walt, he created all of this. And so we thought, well, if we tell a chronological story, it’s going to start with really old stuff that, you know, a lot of the kids aren’t…”
“We want the kids to be able to see the things that they are connected to. Including some of the more modern pieces and things we thought, well, how are we going to do that without making kids wait till the very end to see what they love? And we thought, well, no, let’s focus on what Walt did and create galleries for each one of his kind of inspirations and innovations.”
“The Franklin Institute has spent almost 200 years bringing stories of innovation and discovery to the public in an immersive and interactive way, so Disney100: The Exhibition is a perfect fit for us and our audience,” said Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. “We are proud to host the world premiere at The Franklin Institute so fans across Philadelphia and beyond can have the first opportunity to see these crown jewels come to life in beautifully crafted galleries reflecting Disney’s imaginative storytelling, innovation, discovery, and wonder.”
Disney100: The Exhibition is created and curated by the Walt Disney Archives and Semmel Exhibitions. The Franklin Institute is proud to present and play host to the world premiere of Disney100: The Exhibition in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center. PECO, the Premier Corporate Partner of the Franklin Institute, is the Local Presenting Sponsor of the exhibition, and PNC is the Associate Sponsor.
Disney100: The Exhibition open at the Franklin Institute on February 18 and runs through August 27, 2023. Daytime Tickets offered daily 9:30AM-5PM. Adults $45. Senior and Military Discount $43. Children ages 3-11 are $41. Daytime tickets include admission to the Franklin Institute.
Evening Tickets Thursday – Saturday 5PM- close. Adults and Seniors $25. Children ages 3-11 $25. Evening tickets include admission to Disney100: The Exhibition only.
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