Rogue One

“Rebellions Are Built on Hope”- 5 Years of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By Brian Ball, Walt Disney Archives

Before a spirited princess is captured. Before a smuggler shoots 1st or 2nd (still up for debate). Before a young farm boy would take to the stars. And before a war hero and mentor is lost. Some unlikely heroes embark on what would be a one-way mission that could decide the outcome of a pending Galactic Civil War.

It was five…

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Beauty and the Beast at 30: From Production to Classic

By Katie Strobel, Walt Disney Archives

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the 30th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios: Beauty and the Beast. Produced by Don Hahn and directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, let’s take a look back at how this enchanting story of love and inner beauty became a “tale as old as time.”

Although…

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Destination D23 Archives Exhibit

FIRST LOOK: Celebrate a Half Century of Walt Disney World Merchandise Memories with this All-New Exhibit at Destination D23: Presented By Topps

By the D23 Team

Destination D23 starts tomorrow, and with it a celebration of all things Walt Disney World: 50 years of attractions, 50 years of characters, 50 years of music—and, of course, 50 years of merchandise! We all have something we’ve purchased to commemorate a beloved trip to Walt Disney World Resort, whether it’s a mouse ear hat or a cozy spirit…

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Full House

“We’re Going to Walt Disney World”: Full House

By Matt Moryc, Walt Disney Archives

If you grew up watching television in the 1980s and ‘90s, there is an objective argument to be made that some of the greatest family sitcoms of all time were produced during this era. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) was at the forefront of this golden age of adolescent television with their Friday night programming block…

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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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High-Flying Heritage

High-Flying Heritage: A Walt Disney World Moment 50 Years in the Making

By Becky Cline and Kevin M. Kern, Walt Disney Archives

Every now and then, we here in the Archives have the honor of spotlighting historical materials so unique from our collection that the objects themselves seem to transcend matters of just Disney history and cross over into a realm documenting a wider moment from popular American history. One such item from our…

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predator

20th Century Fox “Spooktacular” – 1980s: Predator

By Christina Pappous, Walt Disney Archives

This film is for mature audiences.

Halloween is just a couple weeks away and with it, all manner of spooky, scary creatures have begun haunting us… Among these ghouls and goblins, there may be a particularly scary creature lurking in the shadows of the jungle. Get to the chopper and join us in the 1980s as the hunters…

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50 Years of The Vacation Kingdom of the World

By Francesca Scrimgeour, Walt Disney Archives

With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World underway, what better way to celebrate than by looking back at the grand opening celebration of the Magic Kingdom Park? After the success of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney recognized the impact an East Coast theme park and city of tomorrow could make. Walt…

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives Heads to Disney+ This November

By the D23 Team

For over 50 years, The Walt Disney Archives has been preserving the history of Disney films, television shows, theme parks, books, and so much more—and this November, Disney+ subscribers will get a peek inside its massive collection.

The documentary, which premiered in June 2020 exclusively for D23 Gold Members in celebration of The Walt Disney…

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