Ming-Na Wen

Legendary Handprints—Ming-Na Wen

In 2018, when Mulan celebrated its 20th anniversary, Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen, voice of Mulan, reflected on the film’s impact: “I am ecstatic to have played a character with such long-lasting influence. Mulan is a role model not just for little girls but little boys, too. And for adults! I love it when the moms bring their kids to meet me. They tell me what an…

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Pursuit of Fortune and Glory

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

Hold on to your potatoes, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom released this month on May 23, 1984! Inspired by the adventurous Republic Pictures film serials of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas brought their dynamic filmmaking minds together to create this second…

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The Living Desert

A Look Back at the Oscars®—The Living Desert

By Christina Pappous Walt Disney Archives

As the 93rd Academy Awards® ceremony approaches, we’re taking a look at some of Walt Disney’s Oscar winners. In the spirit of Earth Day, let’s shine a light on the flora and fauna of The Living Desert (1953)! Though not the first of the True-Life Adventure films to be honored with an Oscar, The Living Desert reflected…

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snow white

A Look Back at the Oscars® – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

As the Academy Awards® ceremony approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of Disney’s Oscar winners. Today, we’re spotlighting Walt Disney’s first feature length animated production—and the fairest of them all—Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)!

The film premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los…

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Weird, Wet and Wild … life!

Weird, Wet and Wild…life at Walt Disney World!

By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

Everyone knows how hot it can get during Florida’s summer months, so it’s no surprise how popular the water activities are at Walt Disney World Resort. Whether it’s braving the slides at one of our splash-tastic Water Parks, paddling in a fabulously themed resort pool, or enjoying some active water sports on…

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The Old Mill

A Look Back at the Oscars®—The Old Mill

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards® ceremony, let’s take a look back at some of Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning films. First up, The Old Mill (1937), winner of best Short Subject (Cartoon) at the 10th Academy Awards (1938).This charming short depicts the efforts of birds, toads, and other critters to stay safe and dry…

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Mildred Rossi

Drawing Upon History: A Look at the Career of Mildred Rossi

By Nicole Carroll, Walt Disney Archives

At a time when animation was a predominantly male industry, countless women left their marks on the art form here at The Walt Disney Studios. One such woman was Mildred Rossi, who started out in the legendary Ink & Paint Department before transitioning to the Effects Department. Born in 1915, Rossi spent her childhood in San…

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Bea Tamargo

Women of Ink and Paint: Bea Tamargo

By Amy Opoka, Walt Disney Archives

Women have worked at The Walt Disney Studios since it opened in the 1920s. Here at the Walt Disney Archives, we love to shine a light on some of those amazing trailblazers!

Berta “Bea” Tamargo was born in 1928 in Havana, Cuba, but moved with her family to Miami when she was 10 years old. She started studying art in high…

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The Absent-Minded Professor

“Flying Flivver” Returns to The Walt Disney Company

By Rick Lorentz, Walt Disney Archives

The road leading to the Walt Disney Archives has been traveled by many forms of transportation over the last 50 years. Volkswagen “beetles” from The Love Bug (1997) television movie, and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) reside in a secret warehouse, side by side. Models of the Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of…

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Epcot

Disney on Vinyl: The Official Album of EPCOT Center

By Matt Moryc, Walt Disney Archives

In his book Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney Legend Marty Sklar recalls the moment during the planning of EPCOT Center [now called EPCOT] when he noticed a musical drought of original songs at Disney Parks throughout the 1970s: “When I realized this, I was incredulous,” Sklar writes….

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