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Read Leonard Maltin’s Tribute to Dave Smith

By D23 Team

Legendary movie historian Leonard Maltin recently wrote a touching tribute to Disney Legend Dave Smith, recounting an unforgettable article Dave wrote about Walt Disney back in 1981. Check out Leonard’s website for a full look at the article, here.

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Remembering Dave Smith

Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith passed away in Burbank, California, on February 15, 2019. He was 78. Dave dedicated his four-decade career at The Walt Disney Company to preserving Disney’s precious treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Dave was beloved by fans around the world for his wide knowledge of the…

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Archives Adventure exhibit

The Walt Disney Archives Embarks on a New Adventure

By Matt Moryc, The Walt Disney Archives

“Adventure is out there!” in the latest exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives at The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. The Archives’ Reading Room has been refreshed to include tropical imports, exotic antiquities, and mysterious discoveries collected from many beloved and daring Disney adventures.

Whether it be…

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Stan Lee

Remembering Stan Lee

By D23 Team

Today, Marvel Comics and The Walt Disney Company pause and reflect with great sadness on the passing of its Marvel Chairman Emeritus, Stan Lee. With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honor and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel Comics.

“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the…

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Hocus Pocus item from the Walt Disney Archives

13 Bewitching Props from Hocus Pocus

By Kelsey Williams, the Walt Disney Archives

‘Tis time! 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the spooktacular film Hocus Pocus. To celebrate the occasion, prepare thyselves to view some of the most bewitching props and costumes from the Walt Disney Archives collection. Don’t be frightened; remember “…it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!”
“This is the…

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harriet burns

Disneyland’s First Female Imagineer Helped Create Your Favorite Attractions

By Jocelyn Buhlman

When we think of classic Disneyland attractions, many minds wander to haunted houses, salty old pirates, and children of the world. One Imagineer had a hand in bringing all of them to life: Disney Legend Harriet Burns, the first woman ever hired by Walt Disney Imagineering in a creative capacity.

A “Model” Imagineer
This March,…

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Walt Disney Archives at D23 Expo Japan 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at D23 Expo Japan 2018

By Jocelyn Buhlman

The Walt Disney Archives is a treasure trove of dreams and creativity that brings together items from all the worlds of Disney, while preserving the passion and story behind the pieces. But not everyone can have access to this storehouse of priceless works. The exhibit Inside the Walt Disney Archives: From Mickey Mouse to Forever After grants D23…

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Inside the Walt Disney Archives’ Holiday Exhibit

By Rick Lorentz, Archivist, Walt Disney Archives

On December 8, 2017, the Walt Disney Archives presented Holiday Memories from The Walt Disney Archives—their first winter holiday exhibit on The Walt Disney Studios lot in more than 10 years. Cast members had the opportunity to view 150-plus holiday-themed historical objects from the Archives collection that were…

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The Walt Disney Archives' House of Villains exhibit

A Peek Inside Walt Disney Archives’ House of Villains

By Justin Arthur, Archivist, the Walt Disney Archives

This Halloween, something wicked has materialized on The Walt Disney Studios lot. The Walt Disney Archives has returned to the Hyperion Bungalow, and this time we’ve filled it with some of the most sinister scoundrels from Disney history.

In our second year crafting a creepy exhibit (click here to see last…

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Walt Disney Archives exhibit - The Sole of Disney

The Walt Disney Archives’ New Exhibit is Good for the Sole

By Rick Lorentz, Archivist, Walt Disney Archives

“As soon as he saw the Big Boots, Pooh knew that an Adventure was going to happen…”—Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh and his creator, A. A. Milne, would be happy to see how many “big boots” and tales of “adventure” are on display in the latest Walt Disney Archives exhibit. The Sole of Disney features…

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