snow white

A Look Back at the Oscars® – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

As the Academy Awards® ceremony approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of Disney’s Oscar winners. Today, we’re spotlighting Walt Disney’s first feature length animated production—and the fairest of them all—Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)!

The film premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los…

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Weird, Wet and Wild … life!

Weird, Wet and Wild…life at Walt Disney World!

By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

Everyone knows how hot it can get during Florida’s summer months, so it’s no surprise how popular the water activities are at Walt Disney World Resort. Whether it’s braving the slides at one of our splash-tastic Water Parks, paddling in a fabulously themed resort pool, or enjoying some active water sports on…

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The Old Mill

A Look Back at the Oscars®—The Old Mill

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards® ceremony, let’s take a look back at some of Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning films. First up, The Old Mill (1937), winner of best Short Subject (Cartoon) at the 10th Academy Awards (1938).This charming short depicts the efforts of birds, toads, and other critters to stay safe and dry…

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Mildred Rossi

Drawing Upon History: A Look at the Career of Mildred Rossi

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

At a time when animation was a predominantly male industry, countless women left their marks on the art form here at The Walt Disney Studios. One such woman was Mildred Rossi, who started out in the legendary Ink & Paint Department before transitioning to the Effects Department. Born in 1915, Rossi spent her childhood in San…

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Bea Tamargo

Women of Ink and Paint: Bea Tamargo

By Amy Opoka, Walt Disney Archives

Women have worked at The Walt Disney Studios since it opened in the 1920s. Here at the Walt Disney Archives, we love to shine a light on some of those amazing trailblazers!

Berta “Bea” Tamargo was born in 1928 in Havana, Cuba, but moved with her family to Miami when she was 10 years old. She started studying art in high…

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The Absent-Minded Professor

“Flying Flivver” Returns to The Walt Disney Company

By Rick Lorentz, Walt Disney Archives

The road leading to the Walt Disney Archives has been traveled by many forms of transportation over the last 50 years. Volkswagen “beetles” from The Love Bug (1997) television movie, and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) reside in a secret warehouse, side by side. Models of the Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of…

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Epcot

Disney on Vinyl: The Official Album of EPCOT Center

By Matt Moryc, Walt Disney Archives

In his book Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney Legend Marty Sklar recalls the moment during the planning of EPCOT Center [now called EPCOT] when he noticed a musical drought of original songs at Disney Parks throughout the 1970s: “When I realized this, I was incredulous,” Sklar writes….

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Anika Noni Rose

Black History Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints – Anika Noni Rose

Anika Noni Rose fulfilled a lifelong ambition with her Disney debut. “I always dreamed of being a voice in a Disney movie, but even in those dreams, I never once dreamed of being a princess,” she once said. “I just wanted to be a voice. I feel like what an honor that this is how the dream comes true, bigger and stronger than I had even imagined it.”

Born on…

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Robin Roberts

Black History Month Spotlight: Legendary Handprints – Robin Roberts

In 1990, Robin Roberts joined ESPN—the first female African American sports journalist for the network—and within five years was also a regular contributor to Good Morning America (GMA). In her 15 years at ESPN, she contributed to NFL PrimeTime, and hosted SportsCenter and In the Game with Robin Roberts.

In 2005, Robin joined GMA full time as co-anchor….

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Muppet Treasure Island

Set Sails for Muppet Treasure Island Artwork

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

Muppet Treasure Island was zanily inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island novel, and, in turn, the film inspired a Little Golden Book release as well. Now, isn’t that a story worth the hearing?

As a part of the Walt Disney Archives’ collection, we have the original storybook artwork illustrated by…

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