Grand Opening Video Preview of Disney100: The Exhibition

By the Walt Disney Archives team

On February 18, Disney100: The Exhibition made its world debut at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, kicking off a global tour of Disney magic a century in the making. This first-of-its-kind traveling exhibition from the Walt Disney Archives and Semmel Exhibitions invites guests to explore 10 themed galleries inspired by Walt Disney’s philosophies, featuring more than 250 artifacts, props, costumes, and works of art from the historical collections of The Walt Disney Company.

Invited press and D23 Gold Members were the first to preview the blockbuster exhibition during its opening ceremony on February 15. Kicking off the events were musical performances by the Philly Pops and remarks by Michael Vargo (Head of the Walt Disney Archives and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club), Becky Cline (Walt Disney Archives Director), Christoph Scholz (Executive Producer and Director of Semmel Exhibitions), and Larry Dubinski (President and CEO, The Franklin Institute). Additional special appearances included Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Disney Legend and former Imagineer Bob Gurr, and Disney Legend and producer/director Don Hahn. (Click here for more about the special event.)

Today, the Walt Disney Archives and Semmel Exhibitions are pleased to present this brand-new look at the opening weekend, with exclusive glimpses into the exhibition and memorable moments from the ribbon cutting ceremony:

Disney100: The Exhibition is now open at The Franklin Institute, and tickets are also now available for the exhibit’s European debut in Munich on April 18. For tickets, visit and follow the global tour on Instagram and Facebook!

D23 Member Discount: Discounts to Disney100: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute are available to D23 Members who reside in Philadelphia. Click here for more details.