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    The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is hosting Inside the Walt Disney Archives - 50 Years of Preserving the Magic.
    I attended a preview and welcome event on Thursday March 5, 2020. The exhibit opens March 7th and runs through August 30th.
    The stage is set for the welcome and ribbon cutting.
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    A look around the courtyard while I waited for the event to begin. This was my first visit to this museum.
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    Video: The Disneyland Straw Hatters and the Welcome Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting at the Bowers Museum for Inside the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit
    The Straw Hatters from Disneyland provided music for the event.
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    Peter Keller - President & CEO of the Bowers Museum
    Michael Vargo - VP, Corporate Relations & Head of D22
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    Becky Cline - Director Walt Disney Archives
    Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse arriving for the ribbon cutting.
    As they took the stage they danced for a bit to the Straw Hatters
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    Representatives from the Walt Disney Archives & Bowers Museum assemble on stage for the ribbon cutting.
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    Time to head inside. A banner and display case near the entrance.
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    Pricing information for the Bower Museum and Walt Disney Archives Exhibit.
    A photo wall in the lobby. Not sure if this was for the events or will be up for the full exhibit.
    A display case advertising some items for sale in the store (it was not open for the event)
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    The corridor leading to the exhibit features video screens on one side playing an introduction while Dumbo soars overhead.
    A closer look at Dumbo.
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    Walt greets you at the entrance.
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    An overview of the archives.
    The story of how the archives started.
    First up a look at Walt's Office. This is the set from Saving Mr. Banks. The real office is an exhibit on the Studio lot in Burbank.
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    In a case nearby the Automation Bird Cage that inspired audio animatronics
    Each piece in the exhibit has a card with some info as you would expect.
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    Reproductions of some items from Walt's Office.
    The opposite wall in the room features this display case featuring the construction of Disneyland.
    Disneyland Map
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    Concept art and the pitch portfolio
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    Looking back before moving on.
    Making my way to the next gallery.
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    Looking back.
    This room featured an animators desk and some concept art/posters from Fantasia.
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    Moving on.
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    The left wall has pictures of the archives and the right some displays.
    Talking about the history of the archives.
    In the center of the room were some books you could flip through.
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    Also some reproductions of items from the archives.
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    Dave Smith's proposal for the archives, Jan 1, 1970.
    July 2, 1970 - Memo about the formation of the Archives.
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    Press Release from 1970 about the formation of the archives.
    The title page for the documentation of Walt's Office, the first project of the archives.
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    Dave Smith's name bade and ID.
    Some pamphlets about the archives from over the years.
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    Lady and the Tramp book signed by Walt Disney
    Walt's Passport
    Disneyland Employee Badge #1
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    Disneyland Press Preview Pass
    The first Disneyland Ticket, purchased by Roy O. Disney on opening day.
    Note from Walt to Roy about his trip to New York in 1928 where they lost Oswald and where Mickey was born
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    Studio Cafe Menu
    A couple of Mickey's Official Portraits.
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    Making our way to The Back Room
    Davy Crockett's Coonskin Cap
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    Some early merchandise
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    Park tickets and badges from the international parks.
    A look at park tickets from different eras and parks around the world.
    Information on the tickets
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    Mr. Lincoln Audio Animatronics Components
    Maquettes from various projects
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    Looking back as I moved on.
    The walls feature some artwork from films/shorts in this room.
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    This is the founding document for the Walt Disney Company from October 16, 1923. It is the Alice Comedies Contract.
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    Thought this was an interesting framing.. the display case has books from classic Disney films. Behind it artwork including a Batman movie poster.
    A closer look at the books. First up Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Sleeping Beauty
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    The Batman movie poster (Batman was released by 20th Century Fox)
    Haunted Mansion Album art
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    On the walls throughout the exhibit are Did You Know tidbits from the archives team.
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    Moving on to the Dimensional Collections
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    Next up some Parks & Resorts items.
    Swiss Family Treehouse sign
    Attraction posters
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    Do you recognize these figures?
    From the Great Movie Ride at Disney-MGM Studios
    From El Rio del Tiempo at Epcot
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    Rex from Star Tours
    Haunted Mansion Display
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    Some costumes line the wall opposite the Haunted Mansion display.
    Frozen costumes from the parks
    Several film costumes
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    Clu from Tron Legacy worn by Jeff Bridges
    Mary Contrary from Babes in Toyland worn by Annette Funicello
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    Coach Bombay from the Mighty Ducks worn by Emilio Estevez
    Vivian Ward - Pretty Woman - Worn by Julia Roberts
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    From Mary Poppins Returns
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    From the Rocketeer
    Some items from the Vehicles Collection
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    The Model T from the Absent Minded Professor
    Bicycle Piano used by Ed Wynn - From the Golden Horseshoe Revue on the Wonderful World of Color TV Show
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    Gee Bee - from the Rocketeer
    Herbie from Herbie Fully Loaded
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    From the TV show Lost
    From the Shape of Water film
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    Baloo reference from the Jungle Book
    Honey I Shrunk the Kids - Electromagnetic Shrinking Machine
    Pirates of the Caribbean film items
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    From Dead Man's Chest
    From Curse of the Black Pearl
    Maui's Fishhook from Once Upon a Time TV show
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    From the film - Muppets Most Wanted
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    Reference model from the recent Lion King remake
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    Disney+ will have a new series called Prop Culture and items from the archives will be used/highlighted in it.
    New Media Acquisitions include Ford v Ferrari
    Ford v Ferrari car
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    Looking back.
    The finale room is the Disney Legends display
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    Entering the Disney Legends area
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    Disney Legends plaza represented with this photo.
    Dave Smith's Disney Legend award.
    A final remark to close the exhibit.
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    Throughout the run of the exhibit there will be special events. Eat Like Walt will be a special dinner and presentation on March 21st. A special menu for the event as well as for the cafe throughout the exhibit featuring items from the book will be available.
    A sampling of the items was available during the preview I attended.
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    Another of the events.
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    This wraps up the photo set from my preview of Inside the Walt Disney Archives at the Bowers Museum.

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