Walt Disney Studios Commissary Main Room

Dining at Disney’s – The Commissary at The Walt Disney Studios Turns 80

By Rebecca Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives

When The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank opened in 1940, employees were struck by the admirable lawns and pedestrian thoroughfares which were ideal for walks, picnicking, or leading to the nearby studio restaurant, or “Commissary” as it is called, which featured relaxing outdoor patios or air-conditioned indoor…

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Disney Afternoon Event

A Very Disney Afternoon on the Walt Disney Studios Lot

By Nicole Nalty

Step right up and come on in, here’s where the fun begins! D23 Gold Members threw on their best 90s threads and headed to The Walt Disney Studios lot for an epic throwback event celebrating The Disney Afternoon programming block, which ran from 1990 through 1997. The event kicked off in the historic Studio Theatre with an introduction from…

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Kurt Russell pulling a cow

A Cow goes to College

The Disney Studios’ iconic Animation Building was “cast” as mythical Medfield College in more than one Disney film, including The Strongest Man in the World (1975) in which Disney Legend Kurt Russell—playing Dexter Riley—tried to boss around Bossy. Kurt’s frequent sidekick, Michael McGreevey, holds the door for the long-awaited moment when that cow…

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Disney Legend Burny Mattinson

A Legendary Lunch with Burny Mattinson

By Nicole Nalty

As we prepare to welcome nine new honorees into the Disney Legend family at D23 Expo, D23 Gold Members spent some time with a man who has been a part of this legendary group for nearly 10 years! D23 continued its Lunch with a Disney Legend event series with story artist, animator, producer, and director Burny Mattinson on Friday, April 7, 2017, on…

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D23 Members at the Tangled event

D23 Members Have the Best Day Ever With Tangled On the Walt Disney Studios Lot

By Nicole Nalty

D23 Members took a break from the “usual morning lineup” to celebrate Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 50th feature film, Tangled, on the Walt Disney Studios lot. Fans of Rapunzel, Flynn, and the gang gathered in the historic Studio Theatre for an animated afternoon––honoring the past, present, and future of Disney animation.

In honor…

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Walt Disney Studio lot Christmas

Christmas on the Walt Disney Studios Lot

By Courtney Potter

Walt Disney had a knack for celebrating the holidays… surprising the Inking and Painting Department in December 1939 (during the making of Pinocchio) with a pushcart of festively wrapped presents and lots of Christmas cheer, helping create all manner of holiday tunes through Walt Disney Records, and even premiering the very first Disney…

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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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Light Up the Season

All is Merry and Light: Light Up the Season on the Walt Disney Studios Lot

By D23 Team

A beloved tradition, Light Up the Season is a time for employees of The Walt Disney Company to gather and celebrate the holidays on the Disney Studio lot. Last year, for the very first time, D23 Members took part in this festive fête with an exclusive Light Up the Season event. D23 was excited to invite its members to come back for another sensational…

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Glen Keane

An Enchanting Afternoon with Disney Legend Glen Keane

By Nicole Nalty

A mermaid. A beast. A street rat. A dreamer. Some of Disney’s most beloved characters come from the hands of Disney Legend Glen Keane, which is why it was such an honor for D23 Gold Members to spend an afternoon with the incredible animator.

D23 Gold Members gathered on the historic Walt Disney Studios lot to enjoy a three-course lunch with…

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