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D23 Members “Ask Dave” at a Legendary Lunch on the Lot

By Justin Arthur

On Friday, January 25, 2019, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members gathered at The Walt Disney Studios to have lunch with the incomparable Disney Legend Dave Smith. Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith headed the department charged with collecting, preserving, and sharing Disney’s indelible history for 40 years!

To celebrate Dave’s…

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You Asked, Dave Answered: Your Burning Mickey Mouse FAQs

By D23 Team

It’s been 90 magical, wonderful years of Mickey Mouse, and in celebration of this
monu-mouse-tal occasion, we’re taking a look back at our top Mickey questions, answered by Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives.

Got a question of your own? You can submit it to Dave here.

Q : If you could, do you think you could…

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Dave Smith with a young guest at Tangled in Florida event recap

D23 Members “See the Light” with Tangled at Disney Springs

By D23 Team

To celebrate Disney animation’s past, present, and future, more than 150 D23 Gold Members and their guests gathered at AMC Disney Springs 24 to enjoy Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 50th animated feature, Tangled, as part of D23’s Magical Screening Series in Florida! In addition to experiencing the 2010 classic, guests also enjoyed an exclusive look…

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Lunch with a Disney Legend, Dave Smith

D23 Members Discover Disney History with Dave Smith

By Steven Vagnini

For four decades, Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith headed the department charged with collecting, preserving, and sharing Disney’s rich history. To celebrate Dave’s incredible career—and welcome him to his first D23 event at Walt Disney World Resort in more than five years—45 D23 Gold Members and their guests gathered for an…

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Disney A to Z 5th Edition

Behind the Scenes of the New Disney A to Z with Dave Smith

By D23 Team

For anyone who’s curious about The Walt Disney Company, this comprehensive encyclopedia is your one-stop guide! Filled with significant achievements, short biographies, historic dates, comprehensive lists, and tons of trivia, this newly updated collection covers all things Disney—from A to Z—through about 8,000 entries and more than 800…

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Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy with Walt Disney's plane

From the Office of Walt Disney: Walt’s Plane

Discover stories from Walt Disney’s company plane, which was used to survey land parcels for the “Florida Project” (later Walt Disney World Resort). Hear from those who traveled and worked on the Grumman Gulfstream I, including Disney flight attendant Kathy Ashcraft and Disney Legends Tony Baxter, Bob Gurr, Marty Sklar, and Dave Smith.

This postcard is…

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Disney A to Z 5th edition

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at the New Disney A to Z

By Nicole Nalty

Think you’re an expert on all things Disney? Even the biggest Disney fan can learn a thing or two from Disney A to Z! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia has long been heralded as the ultimate guide to all things Disney. Written by Disney Legend Dave Smith, founder of the Walt Disney Archives, the all-new…

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Walt Disney signing autographs at Disneyland

From the Office of Walt Disney: The Celebrity Showman

Join Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline and Disney Legends Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar, and Dave Smith as they look back at Walt Disney’s enormous popularity and reveal the creative ways the celebrity showman thanked his fans from the Disney Studio and at Disneyland.

The featured “fan card” and signed autograph sheet are two of 23 reproduced treasures from…

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Dave Smith’s New Book Spotlights Fans’ Burning Questions

By Steven Vagnini

Since starting his “Ask Dave” question-and-answer column in the early 1980s, Disney Legend and Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith has answered thousands of burning questions from Disney fans all over the world. In 2012, a collection of these answers was published in a book—Disney Trivia from the Vault—and just this month, the all-new…

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From the Office of Walt Disney: Walt Disney, Cartoonist

Disney Legend Dave Smith shares the story of an aspiring Kansas City cartoonist named Walt Disney. Follow Walt’s early pen-and-ink adventures and learn about his first screen successes: the Laugh-O-gram Films.

The featured business card and envelope are two of 23 reproduced treasures from the Walt Disney Archives, celebrating major milestones in the life and…

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