Disney Studio Christmas card

A Tradition of Disney Studio Christmas Cards

By Steven Vagnini

As part of a holiday tradition that began in the early 1930s, Disney studio employees, business partners, and friends could look forward to the yuletide charm of the annual Disney company Christmas card. Originally simple, yet elegant, the holiday cards grew more elaborate over time, thanks to the artistry of such staff illustrators as Bob Moore…

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Walt Disney

From the Office of Walt Disney: Walt’s Dream Factories

With something new always on the horizon, Walt Disney continually expanded his studio. Join Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, animation historian Hans Perk, Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont, and voice and film actor Pete Renaday as we step behind the gates of The Walt Disney Studios and explore Walt’s dream factories.

This historical letterhead,…

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D23 Member gift item. Mickey Mouse sketch

From the Office of Walt Disney: A Man, A Mouse, and A Mentor

Walt Disney’s hand-drawn greeting to his first mentor is reproduced as one of the 23 treasures “From The Office of Walt Disney” for the 2016 D23 Gold Member Gift.
By Stacia Martin

Walt Disney was proud to hail from America’s heartland. Even as achievement and fame made him a citizen of the world, he never lost sight of his roots and stayed in touch with…

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Walt Disney and Epcot

From the Office of Walt Disney: EPCOT – A Blueprint of the Future

On October 27, 1966, Walt Disney unveiled his plans for an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”—or, EPCOT.  Fifty years after this historic film shoot, Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Bob Gurr explore Walt’s bold vision for this “living blueprint of the future.”

This script is one of 23 reproduced treasures from our 2016 Gold Member…

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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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Mickey Mouse Club

From the Office of Walt Disney: Mickey Mouse Clubs

In the 1930s, Disney fans across the U.S. shared their passion at local Mickey Mouse Clubs, and twenty years later, another kind of Mickey Mouse Club became one of the most popular television series of all time. Join 1950s Mouseketeer Tommy Cole, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, and Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin as they explore the historic ways…

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Mary Poppins D23 Member Gift

From the Office of Walt Disney: A Practically Perfect Crowning Achievement

In 1964, Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins flew into theaters, smashing Disney Studio records and becoming an instant classic. Join Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin and Disney Legend Tony Baxter to discover how Walt and his staff employed nearly every skill they had learned in filmmaking to produce this crowning achievement.

The featured promotional piece is one…

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Walt Disney with his train

From the Office of Walt Disney: The Railroad Enthusiast

From his backyard miniature railroad to the full-scale locomotives at Disneyland, discover Walt Disney’s lifelong fascination with trains. Join Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, Disney Studio Cinetechnician Garry Broggie, and Carolwood Pacific Historical Society president emeritus Michael Campbell as they reveal how Walt’s passion led him to meet some…

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Walt Disney at the opening of Disneyland

From the Office of Walt Disney: Opening Disneyland

Discover the true story of what happened during the invitational opening to Disneyland on July 17, 1955!  Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, Disney artist and historian Stacia Martin, and Disney Legends Tony Baxter and Marty Sklar share memories and reveal secrets from this historic day in Disney history.

The featured invitational preview pass is one of…

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

From the Office of Walt Disney: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Explore the adventures and history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit with film historian and author J.B. Kaufman and Disney senior archivist Kevin Kern!

The featured poster artwork and telegram are two of 23 reproduced treasures from the Walt Disney Archives, celebrating major milestones in the life and career of Walter Elias Disney. To learn more about this…

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