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Disney Prop Culture with D23 and Walt Disney Archives

By the D23 Team D23 celebrates the popular Disney+ series Prop Culture with series creator and host, Dan Lanigan, and the staff of the Walt Disney Archives. Together, they go behind the scenes and share stories and special insights into the making of the series. Join us as we look into this special part of …

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5 Fascinating Facts About the Walt Disney Archives

By the D23 Team In honor of the 50-year legacy of the Walt Disney Archives, we’ve rounded up some fun facts about the Archives’ history, collection, and more that we think every aspiring archivist should know. Want to keep celebrating the Archives’ milestone anniversary? Check out for more ways to join the jamboree this …

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Go Behind the Art of Disney Costuming at D23 Expo

By the D23 Team Join us in celebrating the imagination, passion, and attention to detail invested in many of your favorite Disney costumes! In this just-released video featuring highlights from D23 Expo, go behind the scenes with the team who crafted the dazzling Walt Disney Archives exhibit and its accompanying coffee-table book. From Mary Poppins …

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Cinderella Live-Action Glass Slipper

By Rick Lorentz, Walt Disney Archives Perhaps the most iconic shoes in fairy tale history are the sparkling glass slippers worn by Cinderella. As a repository dedicated to preserving the most memorable costumes from Disney films, we always assumed that the shiny slippers would never be a part of our collection—they only existed as the …

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Meet the Archives! Celebrating 50 Years of the Walt Disney Archives

By the D23 Team On June 22, 1970, the Walt Disney Archives was founded by Dave Smith to collect, preserve, and make available for use the various historical materials of The Walt Disney Company. Fifty years later, we celebrate this history-making—and preserving—department with the incredible staff who have followed his legacy. Join Archives director Becky …

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JUST RELEASED: Watch Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives Trailer

By the D23 Team In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives, founded by Disney Legend Dave Smith on June 22, 1970, we’re taking you inside rarely seen parts of the extensive Disney Archives in our new documentary Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives. Check out the just-released trailer for the film, …

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Walt Disney Archives Documentary to Premiere Exclusively for D23 Gold Members, Plus More Ways to Celebrate 50 Golden Years

June is a special month for our friends at the Walt Disney Archives—June 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Archives’ founding! We’re throwing a celebration for this milestone anniversary, including a very special debut—the premiere of the new documentary Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives, which celebrates the lasting legacy of the Archives …

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Donald Duck, Model Citizen

By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives Universally acclaimed and internationally adored for his often-explosive qualities, Donald Duck is one of the world’s most famous and beloved personalities. He is also a model United States citizen! A star was hatched with the June 9, 1934, release of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony The Wise Little Hen, …

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