By Jim Fanning
Hello there, you kooky people, you! Are you in for a treat! 60 years ago—on September 24, 1961—the egotistical, erudite, eccentric professor Ludwig Von Drake made his debut on the premiere episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The only major animated character Walt created especially for television, Professor Von Drake is Donald…
By the D23 Team
With a life and history as impressive as Walt Disney’s, it was a challenge to pick just five facts about the man who created Mickey Mouse; produced the first full-length animated musical feature; founded Disneyland and Walt Disney World; and so, so much more. This isn’t just any video, however—with this video, we will have shared 100 facts in…
By Beth Deitchman
For the first time ever, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will feature the work of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hand-drawn animation in a new exhibition opening December 10, 2021, and continuing through March 6, 2022. Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts will draw new parallels between the magical…
By Courtney Potter
It’s true: Walt and Oscar go way back.
All told, he won or received 32 Oscars®, from an incredible 67 nominations, during an iconic decades-long career—and he still holds the record for most Oscars in history.
As D23 has highlighted in years past, Walt weaves a truly historic path through film industry that continues to this very day,…
By Becky Cline, Director, Walt Disney Archives
When doing research in the collections of the Walt Disney Archives, it’s always fun when you stumble across interesting tidbits from Disney History.
One day, while looking in Walt Disney’s 1955 correspondence files (for something else entirely), I came across this very charming note to Walt—and his equally…
By Kevin Kern, Walt Disney Archives
Sometimes, the most memorable delights are those which are the simplest. Walt Disney’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction has withstood the tests of time to become not only a beloved tradition for families to seek out when visiting Disney Parks, but also as a sort of “rite of passage” for many a high-flying guest. After 65…
By Max Lark
Walt Disney once said: “I’ve always wanted to work on something alive, something that keeps growing. We’ve got that in Disneyland.”
Anyone fortunate enough to visit Walt Disney’s office suite in the 3-H wing at the original Animation Building will see pictorial proof of Walt’s commitment to evolving and adding to his theme park. On the…
By Mike Buckhoff, Walt Disney Archives
In perhaps the most iconic photo of Walt Disney, Walt stands with a serious gaze out of a doorway as the shadow of his most famous creation reflects off the wall. For many years, the most puzzling aspect of this photo was… where was this taken? Of course, those who were involved knew the truth but that information faded away…
By the D23 Team
Adventure is out there… and starting today, you can watch one of our favorite Destination D panels from the comfort of your very own home! Join acclaimed film producer Don Hahn and Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline on an exciting expedition through the landmark True-Life Adventures series, which earned the Disney Studio eight Academy…
By Dave Smith
In helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives, the Archives staff wanted to dig deep into their vaults to share an enlightening historical article with Disney fans. The following is an essay that Disney Legend, and Walt Disney Archives founder, Dave Smith wrote for a screening series hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture…