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D23 Inside Disney Episode 97 | Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline Talks Collecting and Conserving the Magic

A baby hippo and baby gorilla are born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; the first “Disney Fab 50” sculpture has been revealed (it’s Mickey Mouse!); premiere dates are set for ABC’s 2021-2022 season; Short Circuit season two is coming to Disney+; and the official trailer for the Disney+ documentary Stuntman debuts. Plus, from Mary Poppins to Disneyland,…

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Wildly Creative: The Poster Art of Walt Disney’s Jungle Cruise

By Holly Brobst, Walt Disney Archives

The world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland draws inspiration from Walt Disney’s acclaimed True-Life Adventures film series, as well as numerous far-off locales from around the world that are meant to inspire the intrepid. The original Jungle Cruise poster, seen below, was designed by artist Bjorn Aronson in 1955…

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“We’re Going to Walt Disney World”: Sabrina the Teenage Witch

By Matt Moryc, Walt Disney Archives

If you grew up watching television in the 1980s and 1990s, then you might agree that 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 Corporation (ABC) was at the forefront of this golden age of television with their Friday night…

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Celebrate our Independence Day…with Independence Day!

By Natalie Auxier, Walt Disney Archives

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind.
Mankind—that word should have new meaning for all of us today.
We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our…

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Legendary Handprints—Kenny Ortega

Kenny Ortega first began designing dances on the small screen, choreographing music videos for Olivia Newton-John and Madonna and quickly moved on to bigger productions. In 1980, he choreographed the dance sequences for the musical film Xanadu, working with legendary dancer and director Gene Kelly. He continued choreographing such hits as St. Elmo’s…

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A Historical Legacy: Preserving the Magic

By Kimi Thompson and Ed Ovalle, Walt Disney Archives

Last week we shared A Historical Legacy: The Beginning of the Walt Disney Archives, and today we’re continuing our look back at the history of our department and how we preserve the magic of The Walt Disney Company.

After Disney Legend Dave Smith established the Walt Disney Archives in 1970, he continued with…

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Walt Disney Archives 2021 Events and Exhibitions



June 5
Heroes & Villains – The Art of the Disney Costume – The Museum of Pop Culture
Seattle, WA

Exhibition Opens

July 22
Inside the Walt Disney Archives – Graceland Exhibition Center
Memphis, TN

D23 Gold Member Preview Event

July 23

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Legendary Handprints—Bob Gurr

Imagineer Bob Gurr has always been a man on the move. And, for almost 40 years, he helped move many a happy Disney theme park guest aboard vehicles and ride conveyances of his own design. As he’s often quipped, “If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it.”

And he certainly has. Bob has developed more than 100 designs for attractions ranging…

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