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Meet the Characters of the Most Magical Kingdom

By Jocelyn Buhlman

We’re less than 50 days away from the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and to help ring in that golden milestone, we’re taking a look at some of the iconic characters of Walt Disney World. Today, we’re celebrating five characters from Magic Kingdom Park that are featured in our limited edition “Most Magical Kingdom” pin set,…

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The Mystery of Disneyland Park’s Jungle Cruise Squid

By Justin Arthur

Lions, tigers, and…squids? Find out how the original Jungle Cruise at Disneyland almost featured a rather unconventional creature in its enigmatic rivers.

In the early 1950’s, Walt Disney dreamed of a way to bring his Academy Award®-winning True-Life Adventures documentary series into his newest and most ambitious project, Disneyland,…

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When Squids Attack!

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

Infinite Mystery! Unearthly Beauty! Fathomless Oceans! Claimed as “the mightiest motion picture of them all,” 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) is one of the most ambitious films ever created at The Walt Disney Studios. Both challenging to produce and legendary in its creative legacy, the movie is replete with…

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What the Walt Disney Archives Staff is Watching on Disney+, Part One

By The Walt Disney Archives

Grab some snacks and your remote and get ready to surf Disney+ with this movie guide from the staff of the Walt Disney Archives.

With hundreds of titles to pick from, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the offerings found on the streaming service—the Archives team has selected a few of their favorites, and the reasons behind their…

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Behind the scenes photograph from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

20,000 Leagues Under Sersen Lake

By Cesar Gallegos, Walt Disney Archives

From galaxies far, far away to 20,000 leagues under the sea, motion pictures have the ability to transport audiences to new worlds.

In order to create these worlds, filmmakers apply a bit of ingenuity and movie magic. To help craft the underwater world in Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the studio used Sersen Lake…

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Giant Squid Set

Walt Disney needed a wider cinematic canvas for his big-budget, action-adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) so in addition to filming this live-action epic in the newly-developed CinemaScope® process, Walt constructed a huge new sound stage on his studio lot. Stage 3 included a massive indoor tank—perfect for filming the thrilling giant squid battle.

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The Three Little Pigs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and White Wilderness

Do You Know All of Walt Disney’s Record-Breaking 32 Academy Awards®?

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Walt Disney currently holds the world record for most Academy Awards® presented to any individual. As we enter Oscars® season, let’s take time to celebrate many of the unique awards Walt Disney has personally won for his groundbreaking work in film. And the Oscar® goes to…

Flowers and Trees (Cartoon Short Subject, 1931–32)
This…

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Inside the new Tomorrowland-themed exhibit at the Walt Disney Studios

By Justin Arthur, Archivist, Walt Disney Archives

With the beginning of a new year comes a brand-new exhibit at the Walt Disney Archives. Inspired by one of the original thematic lands of Disneyland, the Archives’ Reading Room has been refreshed to celebrate Tomorrowland.

From Man in Space to the Millennium Falcon, The Walt Disney Company has long been inspired…

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