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Child Letter to Walt

Disneyland Park’s Opening Day on July 17, 1955 was a by-invitation-only event, but the invitations were counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people attended. To our knowledge, none of them ever apologized, unlike this young man, an early guest who took the time not only to write Walt Disney but also to pay— literally—for his transgression.

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Mary Poppins and Walt Disney Tea Time

Utilizing the table and chairs from the Jolly Holiday sequence in Mary Poppins (1964), Disney Legend Julie Andrews pours a cupful for the gentleman who brought the fantastically popular musical fantasy to the screen. Thanks to Walt Disney’s vision in casting the Broadway star ad the enchanting nanny in her film debut—for which Julie won an Academy Award® as…

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Walt’s “Best Photo Ever Taken”

In 1961, Walt Disney visited the headquarters of Eastman Kodak—one of the sponsors of the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV series, which premiered that same year—in Rochester, New York. While there, Walt had his official portrait taken by top Kodak photographer Neil Montanus. The result was one of the most famous photos of Walt, one that Disney…

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Walt Takes a Nap in Europe

Walt and his wife, Lillian, sailed for Europe aboard the S.S. United States in fall 1957 for an extensive vacation that took them to such cities as London, Venice, Munich, and Barcelona. During an outing, animal-lover Walt decided to let sleeping dogs lie and take a catnap alongside a slumbering pooch.

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Walt and Roy with Academy Award®

At the Academy Awards ceremony on November 18, 1932—coincidentally Mickey’s fourth birthday—Walt Disney was honored with a special Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse. That same night, the Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees took home the Academy Award for Best Cartoon Short Subject, the first ever awarded in that category.

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Walt with Camera in South America

When Walt was invited to take a good will trip to South America in 1941, he wanted to make films so he took along some handpicked artists and handheld camera, with which he photographed the sights in 16 millimeter film. Walt’s actual coverage was used in Saludos Amigos (1942), the first feature to result from this south-of-the-border excursion.

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It’s a Small World Water from Around the World

In preparation for the Disneyland Park dedication of It’s a Small World on May 28, 1966, samples were gathered from bodies of water around the world for Walt Disney to pour into the attraction’s Seven Seaways canal. Here, Disney Legend Antonio Bertini, Disney’s merchandising rep in Italy, gathers water from the Mediterranean along with Club Topolino (Italian…

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Three Little Pigs in Manhattan

The immense popularity of Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs (1933) inspired some inventive publicity stunts, such as this old-fashioned horse and buggy carrying a trio of stuffed piggies through Manhattan so that moviegoers would know the Roxy Theatre on Seventh Avenue was the place to see the Silly Symphony sensation.

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Walt with Pinocchio Maquettes

The earliest known still photograph in color of Walt Disney, this photo was taken in the great showman’s office at the Hyperion Studio in 1939 during production of Pinocchio (1940).

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D23 Returns to Marceline for a Truly Magnificent Day

By Tyler Slater

On Friday, May 25, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members met in Missouri for truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Walt’s boyhood hometown of Marceline.

Guests gathered in Excelsior Springs to be shuttled across the beautiful Midwest to the town of Marceline. During the journey, guests enjoyed two very special presentations, one by Disney…

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