The Largest-Ever Exhibition of Props, Costumes, Artwork, & Artifacts by Walt Disney Archives


D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives will be the largest-ever exhibition of Disney props, costumes, artwork, and artifacts ever curated and put on display by the Walt Disney Archives. It will feature “more than 500 artifacts, at least half of which have never been seen by the public.” The exhibition is presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, California. It opens July 6, 2012 and will continue through April 2013. You may remember we recently posted a video from Weird Disney that dug up some odd items from the Walt Disney Archives.

Disney Geek recently posted a preview video of some of the props and costumes that will be included in the exhibit:

Among the extraordinary items to be featured are:

—The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse’s film debut in 1928?s Steamboat Willie

—A faithful recreation of Walt’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, including original furnishings and many of his personal items

—Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Sleeping Beauty

—Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more

—Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure, and Captain America

—Intricately sculptured busts of all 44 U.S. Presidents that were created for Audio-Animatronics® figures seen in the The Hall of Presidents attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

—A salute to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, showcasing theme park artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, memorabilia, and authentic attraction vehicles

via Inside the Magic

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Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff