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    This afternoon I had a great opportunity to preview the upcoming D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library.
    For those that do not know, the Reagan Library is located in Simi Valley which is about 45 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles.
    If you are interested in seeing more of the library check out my DGeeksTravels section for some pictures around the library including the air force one exhibit.
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    Plenty of signs to guide those coming for the events, after our preview was a D23 Members event this evening.
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    Once the group had assembled we made our way through the museum entrance and then cut over to the Disney exhibit.
    Outside of the entrance.
    Time to head in. We had just under 2 hours to walk and photograph the exhibit. Which may sound like a lot but in reality it was not. The exhibit covers over 12,000 square feet featuring over 500 items.
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    Before having free roam a brief introduction. In the center of this picture (sorry for the darkness no flash allowed in this first room) is John Heubusch the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
    Steven Clark the Head of D23 was also on hand to welcome us.
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    I thought it was appropriate to start at the beginning. Here is Walts birth certificate.
    This first wall featured some old family photos.
    A wall about Walts life growing up, and a film too (unfortunately due to time I did not get a chance to watch all the videos).
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    Skipping ahead to Walts Laugh O Gram Business.
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    An early contract.
    There were plenty of signs with information about what was on display.
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    A look at Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
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    A couple of telegrams about Oswald.
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    Including this famous one that Walt sent to Roy after learning he had lost the rights and as he embarked on the train back to LA where Mickey was born.
    A look back across the room, at Walts early years.
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    The next case had the animation script for Steamboat Willie.
    As well as some Brave Little Tailor sketches.
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    Before heading into the next room some early merchandise in a case.
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    A small display on the multiplane camera.
    Including the oscar for its invention.
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    That leads us to this animators desk.
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    How is this for a collection of books.. these are the restored handmade books from the opening shots of Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
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    Miniatures hand-built by Walt Disney, which helped lead to the development of audio-animatronice figures.
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    Speaking of Disneyland.
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    Walts Formal Office has been recreated. This time to the exact dimensions and arrangements (unlike the version we saw at Disneyland for years).
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    Mary Poppins and some Mickey Mouse Club items too.
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    Looking ahead.. the Model T from the Absent Minded Professor.
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    But before we get there 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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    Looking back.. I have not walked that far and time is going fast!
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    Babes in Toyland
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    After this first set of rooms upstairs you head down stairs and into an expanded area that was constructed just for this exhibit. They actually cut a whole in the wall of the library to build this extension that sits in a tent structure.
    To the right, 101 Dalmatians costumes and props.
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    Next a series of cases with the costumes worn in the Annie Leibovitz pictures.
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    The other side had some Enchanted costumes (the three on the right) and the first one is from the Fairy Godmother in the 1997 ABC TV movie worn by Whitney Houston.
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    A closer look at the Enchanted princes costume.
    From right to left two dresses from the Princesses Dairies and then Belles gown from Broadway.
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    Two more of the costumes from the Leibovitz pictures. This Tinkerbell worn by Tina Fey.
    And Peter Pan by Mikhail Baryshnikov
    Moving on some Marquettes used for Alice in Wonderland.
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    Rounding the corner costumes and props from the film.
    It is hard not to look ahead, so here is a peak over my shoulder at what is behind me, the Pirates space.
    Back to Alice..
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    Next up Tron.. this is from Tron Legacy.
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    Thought this was interesting... not from the film but from DCA...
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    Also it was pointed out to me that the helmet was blue..
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    Some of the original Tron costumes from the 1982 film.
    Next up the Avengers.
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    Some of the sight lines make for interesting compositions..
    The next area has some Theme Park items..
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    Thought this was an interesting corner.. the dragon head from Fantasmic, Mickey from the Mickey Mouse Revue and in the background a Country Bears poster.
    From the original Golden Horseshoe show and the Country Bears at Disneyland.
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    A Peter Pan vehicle.
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    Even the emergency exit doors have signage for the exhibit.
    Next up a Haunted Mansion display featuring mostly items from Walt Disney World.
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    One more look back at the Dragon before moving on to Pirates..
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    The center area was for Pirates.. starting where it all began with the attraction.
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    Then moving quickly into the film.
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    This rounds out the lower level.. time to head back upstairs.
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    Looking back.
    Next up a room with National Treasure items.
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    This takes us to the last display room of the exhibit. On the left hand side busts of all the presidents from the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World (first time all have been on display together)
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    A couple close ups.
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    The other side of the room features mostly items from the Reagan Library collections.
    A look around the display case.
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    The walls had letters from presidents to Disney and photographs of presidents at Disneyland/WDW.
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    As well as other Disney interactions.
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    One more highlight from the center case..
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    Moving on to the last room.
    It featured this display of the Team Disney Building (the Eisner building) in Burbank and featured another video that I did not have time to watch.
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    Back to where we started.
    I made an extremely quick pass through the gift shop. Some pins for all you collectors.
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    Our time in the Disney exhibit was up, it was 4:30 and time for the D23 Members event, so we exited. Had 30 minutes before the library closed so cut through to show some Air Force One. Along the way went backwards in through the library.. they have updated it with more multimedia and interactivity so if you have not visited recently there is plenty to see in the main library exhibits too.
    Since we were walking backwards in time we started off with President Reagans memorial ceremonies.
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    A piece of steel from New York (9/11).
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    The Berlin Wall area.
    An interactive gallery, no time to visit it now, we were on a mission...
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    Did a quick tour of Air Force One before 5:00pm and closing.
    For more pictures of the museum and Air Force One visit my DGeeksTravels section.
    One last picture on the way out. Here you can sort of make out the tent structure that was added and the stairs leading to it for the Disney exhibit.
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