The Walt Disney Archives Announces Year-Long 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Walt Disney Archives is planning a big celebration for its 50th anniversary.

We’re learning the festivities will kick off at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, where Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic opens to the public on March 7, 2020.

Description from D23:

The traveling exhibit offers a rare look at some of the treasures from the archives, such as never-before-displayed production art from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s office set from Saving Mr. Banks, the original pitch portfolio used to secure investors for Disneyland, maquettes from animated films such as Peter Pan and Frozen, and much more. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit features more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Guests will feel as if they’ve stepped into the Walt Disney Archives as they take in the dazzling display.

The exhibit will be open through August 30, 2020, before heading to other locations around the country (to be revealed in 2020).

D23 Gold Members will be able to get early access and will also receive a discount on tickets to the exhibit, as well as a discount on merchandise in the museum store.

Here are some other events for the 50th anniversary of The Walt Disney Archives D23 has lined up:

  • The Archives will partner with the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for special El Cap Throwback screenings during the year.
  • A special exhibit, 50 Years of the Walt Disney Archives, will debut at D23’s Destination D event at Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2020. The exhibit will include 50 iconic treasures, each representing a year that the Archives has been in existence.
  • D23’s Behind the Scenes Experience: A Day at the Studio Lot events in 2020, held exclusively for Gold Members of D23, will offer a rare glimpse into how the Archives preserves the magic of The Walt Disney Company.
  • All Official Walt Disney Studios Tours in 2020, presented by D23, will include a special gift for guests themed to the 50th anniversary.

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