By Emma Zomerman
D23 Gold Members landed at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Monday, December 5, to experience the opening night of Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane, the exciting new exhibit featuring Walt Disney’s recently restored Grumman Gulfstream I airplane.
The evening began with drinks and refreshments, including one of Walt’s favorite foods, his chili recipe. As everyone found their seats, Michael Vargo, head of D23, welcomed guests, thanking them for their membership and kicking off this eventful evening!
After the crowd applauded Michael’s remarks, guests were excited to welcome Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives, to the stage. Cline gave a beautiful presentation about Walt’s Plane and debuted a brand-new documentary about the aircraft for guests to enjoy.
After the documentary, Cline introduced the vice chair of Palm Springs Air Museum, Fred Bell, who delivered closing remarks and thanks to members.
But the evening wasn’t over yet. We couldn’t celebrate this amazing artifact on this special day without celebrating the man who started it all. Guests celebrated Walt Disney’s 121st birthday with a special cake dedicated to him. Members had the rest of the evening to celebrate Walt and mix and mingle with other members until the event came to an end.
In preparing the cabin for arrival, we were thrilled to help celebrate Walt Disney with our Members on this momentous occasion! On behalf of the D23 team, we hope the memories made that night helped you to continue your exploration and learning about Walt’s Plane.