Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives

The Stars of Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives Name Their Favorite Disney Artifact

By the D23 Team

The Walt Disney Archives holds a vast collection of Disney history, from gorgeous matte paintings to Disney Parks Audio-Animatronics®—it’s hard to pick just one item as a favorite. Well, we decided to challenge some of the stars of Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives to try and do just that! We asked Kevin Feige, Pete Docter, Leslie Iwerks,…

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The X-Files

20th Century Fox “Spooktacular” – 1990s: The X-Files

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

Halloween is here at last! We are ready to don our festive costumes and fill up our Trick-or-Treat bags with delicious candy. But first, let’s glean a little investigative inspiration from the final installment of our 20th Century Fox “Spooktacular.” We are hot on the case of The X-Files, perhaps the spookiest…

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Walt Disney Archives Logo

Kaitlyn, Orlando, Florida

The Walt Disney Archives is a fairly small department, so there are rarely jobs available. All Disney cast members are welcome to use the Archives, but if you are writing a book, there would be special rules. You can contact the Archives for more information.

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Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Disney's Saving Mr. Banks

Avi, Irvine, California

Yes, those fascinating tapes covering about 6 1/2 hours of the story meetings, are in the Walt Disney Archives.

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Bobby Driscoll in Song of the South

Jonathan, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

The first movie I saw as a child was Song of the South, and I identified with the young boy, played by Bobby Driscoll, who was my age. I always wished that we had the velvet suit that he wore in that film.

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Katy, Sherwood, Oregon

The main department for this would be the Walt Disney Archives, though there are also other smaller archives/libraries within the Disney company that deal with the history of particular areas. Any available jobs would be listed on the Disney Careers website.

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Meg, College Station, Texas

The Walt Disney Archives uses Filemaker Pro as a general database program, though other specialized software has been used for particular areas such as museum objects and photographs.

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Disney T-Rex Dinosaur Santa Claus from The Bulletin

Happy T-REXmas

One of my favorite aspects of the Walt Disney Archives collection is the rich amount of material related to the Disney Studio’s early days, information which helps to shed light on how our very own studio’s “ghosts of Christmas past” interacted and what their “everyday life” was like.

One of the more enlightening in-house publications of olde (which were sometimes…

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Walt Disney

Walt Disney Looks Dapper as Ever in These Disneyland Photos

On many of Walt Disney’s trips to Disneyland, whether it was for work or pleasure, he always arrived in style. We combed through the Walt Disney Archives to bring you a look at a few of those visits for inspiration, so you can look as dapper as Walt.

As you’ll see, dressing up for a day at Disneyland is a tradition that dates to the opening of the park.


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Walt Disney

How a Man Called Walt Became Disney

Becoming Walt Disney
. . . an original D23 Studios short film, traces the path of a one-of-a-kind storyteller from his youth in Marceline and his apprenticeship in Kansas City all the way to his arrival Los Angeles in 1923.

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