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 images. Dave Smith, chief …

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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Dave Smith

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, …

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Illustration of Dave Smith caricatured holding a small Donald Duck out to the real Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey, and Louie

About the Author: Dave Smith

With the establishment of the Walt Disney Archives on June 22, 1970, Dave Smith joined The Walt Disney Company as the director of the Archives. Perhaps no other entertainment company looks to its past as much as Disney, so as the Company’s Chief Archivist, Dave was charged with collecting and preserving all aspects of Disney …

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photo of reproduction albums of original Disneyland illustrated design renderings of Disneyland

Unwrapping D23’s 2015 Gold Member Gift

We’re giving you the first up-close look at our 2015 D23 Gold Member gift: a reproduction of a rarely seen Disneyland pitch portfolio. The gift, created in honor of the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, is based on an original piece of artwork from the Walt Disney Archives collection, and you can see how similar the two look side-by-side in this video featuring Disney Legend Dave Smith!

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