As Mickey and Minnie Mouse looked on, Mrs. Ronald Reagan stood alongside Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, on July 5 and officially opened the “D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum inSimi Valley,Calif.
The 12,000-square-foot exhibition presented by D23, Disney’s official fan club, is the largest ever created by the Walt Disney Archives, showcasing more than 500 Disney artifacts from nearly a century of Disney history.
The extraordinary collection includes early original drawings of Walt Disney’s first cartoon superstar, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit; the first ticket ever issued for Disneyland; Walt Disney’s formal office; Disney theme-park attraction pieces and ride vehicles; and props, set pieces, and costumes from such Disney films as Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmatians, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON and TRON: Legacy, and Marvel’s The Avengers.
The exhibit also features an entire section devoted to items that celebrate the connection between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan. Photos, letters, and an assortment of archival items underscore the close personal and professional relationship between the two men, and Reagan’s commitment to honoring Walt Disney’s legacy.
The exhibit is open through April 30, 2013. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of regular admission to the Reagan Library, and tickets can be purchased online at www.ReaganLibrary.com/Tickets or at the Reagan Library box office. For more information, please call (805) 522-2977.