Yesterday on October 16, 2013, which also happened to be the 90th birthday of The Walt Disney Company, the fantastic “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit opened in Chicago’s world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry.
The exhibit, which made its inaugural run at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, is loaded with extraordinary items that will delight any Disney animation fan. From the official press release, the items on display include:
- Clips from several of Walt Disney’s earliest animated works, before there was a Mickey.
- The original script, written by Walt Disney, for the 1928 cartoon short Steamboat Willie, which introduced movie theater audiences to Mickey Mouse for the very first time.
- A partial recreation of Walt Disney’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, including original furnishings and many of his personal items.
- Hand-drawn artwork, hand-sculpted models and props used in the production of some of Disney’s most iconic and renowned animated features, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Sleeping Beauty.
- A recreation of a working animator’s office from the Disney Studios featuring authentic animator’s furniture, and models.
- Animation models and artwork from contemporary Disney animation film hits, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin.
There will also be interactive stations throughout the exhibit where guests can try recording sounds effects for a film, explore Disney Studios’ revolutionary multiplane camera, and learn to draw favorite Disney characters.
“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” is presented by D23, the Official Disney Fan Club. The exhibit requires an additional timed-entry ticket at the museum. D23 Gold and Silver Members get a special discount.
To our loyal readers in the Chicagoland area and to those visiting Chicago, let us know if you go!