Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Returns To The D23 Expo

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“TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES” returns to the D23 expo this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and Disney’s connection to the land of Oz. This spectacular exhibit will feature imagery, costumes, props, set pieces, and more. Many of these items will be publicly displayed for the first time by the Walt Disney Archives.  

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives have announced the return of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit to the D23 Expo. This year’s D23 Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 9 – 11, 2013. This all-new exhibit was curated specifically for this year’s D23 Expo. The D23 Expo 2013 will showcase the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, ABC’s hit television series Once Upon A Time, and a look at the connection between Disney and L. Frank Baum’s series of books about the land of Oz.

“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” will feature a selection of crown jewels from the Walt Disney Archives Collection, many of the jewels will be displayed publicly for the first time by the Archives. As the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins approaches, the Archives will be presenting a wide array of items from the 1964 film including paintings, carousel horses, the snow globe from the “Feed the Birds” sequence, costumes worn by many of the characters and the carpet bag, which Mary carries with her when she arrives at the Banks’ home. The exhibit will also include a Fan Art Gallery with a Mary Poppins theme. D23 Members were asked to submit art work as part of the D23 Expo Fan Art Contest, and the winners’ artwork will be displayed in the gallery. 

Following the success of Oz The Great and Powerful, the Walt Disney Archives is will display artifacts illustrating Disney’s long-time association with L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. Some of the highlights you can find at this exhibit include a costume from 1957’s “Rainbow Road to Oz”—a segment from The Fourth Anniversary Show, which celebrated Walt’s four years on television, and starred many of the Mickey Mouse Club’s Mouseketeers, as well as concept art from unrealized attractions and Disney Studio productions. There will also be props and costume pieces from 1985’s Return to Oz including the Tik-Tok puppet, “Powder of Life” tin, and Dorothy’s costume and slippers. There will even be an assortment of costumes from this year’s hit film, Oz The Great and Powerful.

ABC’s television series Once Upon A Time has become a huge hit among Disney fans due to its ability to remain true to many of Disney’s classic stories while at the same time expanding their worlds with a modern twist. The Walt Disney Archives will be presenting a selection of elegantly designed costumes from this hit show.

Here are some other highlights you can look forward to at the D23 Expo 2013:

  • Disney Legends Awards—a tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy
  • the return of the D23 Expo Dream Store, featuring a wide selection of unique merchandise
  • an expanded Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia and merchandise—and this year’s Forum will also include the worlds of Marvel and Star Wars
  • amazing live events
  • special celebrity appearances
  • panels and presentations and unique experiences from every corner of Disneyfrom upcoming feature film and television sneak peeks to what’s new and what’s next from our theme parks around the world

Are you planning to attend the 2013 D23 Expo?

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