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We archivists had better start the show rolling! Curious to learn about what it’s like working with the collections at the Walt Disney Archives? Headed to #D23Expo 2019? Then be sure to check out our panel presentation on Sunday, August 25, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm at the Walt Disney Archives Stage! Additional details can be found by checking out the official D23 Expo App.

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We hope everyone is as excited as we are for our upcoming D23 Expo exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” And don’t forget to look for the companion book to go along with the exhibit, “The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between.” This book, authored by Jeff Kurtti and Staff of the Walt Disney Archives, offers a one-of-a-kind backstage view of remarkable works of art, and inspires a true appreciation for the highly skilled and talented costumers who created them. For more info on the exhibit as well as book signings with Jeff Kurtti and Rebecca Cline (Director, Walt Disney Archives), please check the official D23 Expo app. And be sure to tap the link in our bio for more info on the book. See you at the #D23Expo!

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🎶Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize🎶 Happy 50th Anniversary, Haunted Mansion! Several “Foolish Mortals” can be seen waiting to enter the front doors of the then-newly-opened Disneyland attraction in this photograph from September 1969. Headed to D23 Expo 2019? Be sure to check out the two Haunted Mansion sessions scheduled at the Walt Disney Archives Stage ‪on August 24th‬ – it’s sure to be a “swinging wake!” See the D23 Expo App for additional information.

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In May 1958, #DisneyLegend Mary Costa (the voice of Princess Aurora) visited the studio paint laboratory, and is seen here showing off a production cel by one of the artists that features the various shades needed to complete Aurora’s look in Walt Disney's feature-length animated film, "Sleeping Beauty." #TBT #InkandPaint

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When filming the famous squid sequence for “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” the production crew used a special water tank built in to the floor of Stage 3 at the Disney studio, and filmed the final scene set amidst a stormy night with 100 backstage workers helping create the downpour of rain, choppy seas, and gusts of wind!

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Who remembers this sporting facility located in Denver, Colorado? Walt Disney, himself, invested in creating the Celebrity Sports Center along with other A-listers of the era, like Art Linkletter and Bing Crosby to name a few! Pictured here are some colorful patches and stickers from our collection. #CelebritySportsCenter

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Did you know that Madame Leota, the mystical spiritualist in the crystal ball at the Haunted Mansion, was portrayed by Imagineer and #DisneyLegend Leota Toombs Thomas? We have Leota to thank for creating several models and designs for many beloved attractions at Disneyland, including Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion!

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“The Black Cauldron” was released on this date in 1985. To celebrate, here’s a photo of #DisneyLegend Mel Shaw with some early concept art from the production of the film. #TheBlackCauldron

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Mermaids? We don’t believe it! Live mermaids once explored the shores above the Submarine Voyage attraction at Disneyland. #LiquidSpace #MermaidMonday

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Welcome to the world famous Jungle Cruise! Walt Disney is pictured here with this highly anticipated opening day attraction. Behind Walt are some really interesting rock formations, though, most people take them for granite.

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“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past — and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America — with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” #WaltDisney #HappyAnniversaryDisneyland

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Much like #DisneyLegend Fess Parker, we’ve got trains on the brain! Parker starred in “The Great Locomotive Chase” and the Walt Disney Archives has preserved the prop storybook that was used in the film. Swipe to the right to see a behind-the-scenes photograph of Fess Parker on set!

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🎶 A dream can be a dream come true, with just that spark – in me and you! 🎶 Who remembers this imaginative meet and greet with the Dreamfinder and his royal purple pigmented dragon, Figment? #Imagination #FutureWorldFriday

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Here is a #TBT to the creation of the iconic Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid for Star Tours, RX-24 – otherwise known as Rex! After an adventurous career piloting guests across the galaxy, he’s now making appearances at Oga’s Cantina on Batuu as DJ R-3X – but we hear he’s still getting used to his programming! #YourFirstFlightAndItsMineToo #BrakesBrakesWhereAreTheBrakes #LightspeedToEndor

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On July 9, 1982, “Tron” was released and brought us into a new digital frontier. Featured here are behind-the-scenes photos of CLU (portrayed by Jeff Bridges), Sark (portrayed by David Warner), and Tron (portrayed by Bruce Boxleitner). #Recognizer #IdentityDisc

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Continuing with the holiday weekend vibes, check out this model of Mark Twain, who’s one of the main hosts for The American Adventure attraction at Epcot. #America #SpreadYourGoldenWings

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Happy Independence Day! To celebrate, here is Sam the Eagle’s hat from the Disneyland attraction, America Sings, which is preserved in the Walt Disney Archives. Swipe right to see #DisneyLegend Blaine Gibson sculpting models of Audio-Animatronic figures for this attraction. #YankeeDoodle

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Calling all Adventurers! Can you still recite The Adventurer’s Club All Purpose Theme Song? Luckily, the words are posted above Colonel Critchlow Suchbench, photographed at his new residence within the Walt Disney Archives!

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The water tower was built to hold 150,000 gallons of water, but is now empty and serves as a popular icon for The Walt Disney Studios. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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The original 1939 water tower did not feature an image of Mickey Mouse – he was added much later, in early October 1986. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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While most Hollywood studio water towers had four legs, Roy O. Disney believed a six-legged design was more aesthetically pleasing. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(3 of 3) This is the last panorama in Schultheis’ scrapbook, dated July 23, 1939. The studio theatre has filled in, and about one year later the campus would be bustling with employees. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(2 of 3) This is the last panorama in Schultheis’ scrapbook, dated July 23, 1939. The studio theatre has filled in, and about one year later the campus would be bustling with employees. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(1 of 3) This is the last panorama in Schultheis’ scrapbook, dated July 23, 1939. The studio theatre has filled in, and about one year later the campus would be bustling with employees. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(3 of 3) Just under two weeks later on June 26, 1939, the third floor of the Animation Building is underway and the studio theatre appears behind the Animation Building. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(2 of 3) Just under two weeks later on June 26, 1939, the third floor of the Animation Building is underway and the studio theatre appears behind the Animation Building. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(1 of 3) Just under two weeks later on June 26, 1939, the third floor of the Animation Building is underway and the studio theatre appears behind the Animation Building. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(3 of 3) Dated June 12, 1939, this view from atop the Ink & Paint building shows a tremendous amount of progress on both the Animation Building and Stage 1! #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(2 of 3) Dated June 12, 1939, this view from atop the Ink & Paint building shows a tremendous amount of progress on both the Animation Building and Stage 1! #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(1 of 3) Dated June 12, 1939, this view from atop the Ink & Paint building shows a tremendous amount of progress on both the Animation Building and Stage 1! #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(3 of 3) “Once every week I take a photograph to show progress.” – Herman Schultheis. This is the first panoramic view of studio construction included in Schultheis’ scrapbook of construction photographs, dated May 1, 1939. Construction on the first floor of the Animation Building has begun, and the framing of Stage 1 is underway. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(2 of 3) “Once every week I take a photograph to show progress.” – Herman Schultheis. This is the first panoramic view of studio construction included in Schultheis’ scrapbook of construction photographs, dated May 1, 1939. Construction on the first floor of the Animation Building has begun, and the framing of Stage 1 is underway. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(1 of 3) “Once every week I take a photograph to show progress.” – Herman Schultheis. This is the first panoramic view of studio construction included in Schultheis’ scrapbook of construction photographs, dated May 1, 1939. Construction on the first floor of the Animation Building has begun, and the framing of Stage 1 is underway. #TheWaltDisneyStudios #ConstructionChronology

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(3 of 3) This panoramic photograph pieced together from one of Herman Schultheis’ scrapbooks offers a view from the vacant studio lot, prior to construction. Despite the change from sleepy country road to bustling entertainment center, the picturesque mountain vista continues to offer a beautiful backdrop for #TheWaltDisneyStudios. #ConstructionChronology

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(2 of 3) This panoramic photograph pieced together from one of Herman Schultheis’ scrapbooks offers a view from the vacant studio lot, prior to construction. Despite the change from sleepy country road to bustling entertainment center, the picturesque mountain vista continues to offer a beautiful backdrop for #TheWaltDisneyStudios. #ConstructionChronology

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(1 of 3) This panoramic photograph pieced together from one of Herman Schultheis’ scrapbooks offers a view from the vacant studio lot, prior to construction. Despite the change from sleepy country road to bustling entertainment center, the picturesque mountain vista continues to offer a beautiful backdrop for #TheWaltDisneyStudios. #ConstructionChronology

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On this date in 1993, Aladdin's Royal Caravan parade made its debut at Disneyland Park. Guests with this special invitation were able to attend a premiere performance of the parade, which originally appeared at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then known as the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park). #Aladdin #Disneyland

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A triumphant Peter Pan poses in front of Captain Hook’s Galley (formerly Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant) in Fantasyland at Disneyland, 1976.

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Released February 15, 1950, “Cinderella” was directed by #DisneyLegends Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton “Ham” Luske, and Clyde Geronimi. This letterhead was produced circa 1950, and is part of the Walt Disney Archives’ extensive collection of custom stationery featuring thousands of designs created by The Walt Disney Company.

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When it opened on January 15, 1986, The Living Seas touted the world’s largest man-made coral reef environment, with 5.7 million gallons of seawater and 200 species of marine animals – more than 4000 sea creatures in all! #Epcot #WaltDisneyWorld

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Check out this behind-the-scenes look during the filming of “Old Yeller.” Released on December 25, 1957, it was billed as “Walt Disney’s Most Dramatic Motion Picture!” Starring familiar names such as Dorothy McGuire and #DisneyLegends Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, and Kevin Corcoran, the film features one of the most emotional endings ever seen in a live-action film. A sequel to “Old Yeller” – entitled “Savage Sam” – was released in 1963, reuniting Kirk and Corcoran to reprise their roles of Travis and Arliss.

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We’re getting close to the start of the Major League Baseball season! The cover art for this program was designed by The Walt Disney Studios for a March 15, 1957, charity baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs. The event was benefiting The John Tracy Clinic, an educational and support center established in 1942 to help young children with hearing loss learn skills necessary to communicate with the world around them. Walt Disney contributed to the John Tracy Clinic for many years, including hosting fundraisers at the Disney studio lot and utilizing #DisneyLegends such as Annette Funicello and Roy Williams for appearances to promote the clinic.

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It's all smiles on the set of "Mary Poppins" with #DisneyLegends Matthew Garber (left) and Dick Van Dyke (right).

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The Walt Disney Archives is proud to present our latest historical display inside the original Animation Building on The Walt Disney Studios lot. This recreation of an animator’s office reminiscent of the 1940s is furnished with original studio furniture, maquettes, character model sheets, and ephemera found exclusively in our collection.

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Donald Duck has long been associated with selling packaged food products to consumers. From orange juice to flounder fillets, this internationally recognized character is a bona fide salesman. This advertisement, circa 1970, is for the nutritious “Soft-Freez” treat known as the “Donald Duck Orange Twister.”

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We will miss you Dave.

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Here’s to a happy and heart-y Valentine’s Day from the Walt Disney Archives! ❤️

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The staff of the Walt Disney Archives extends our deepest condolences to the Miller family upon the passing of Ron Miller, former President and CEO of Walt Disney Productions, Walt Disney’s son-in-law, and husband of Diane Disney. Pictured here at the Burbank studio in early 1967, Ron helped to shape decades of company history–from television, to motion pictures, theme parks, and beyond.

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In this photo from 1963, #DisneyLegend Cicely Rigdon (second from left) is seen with a few Disneyland Tour Guides and Practical Pig. Cicely started working at the park as a ticket seller in 1957, and later joined the Tour Guide Department in 1959. She helped initiate the growth and development of the department, eventually becoming the supervisor of Guest Relations. During this time, Cicely was also in charge of Walt’s apartment above the Main Street Fire Station, earning her the nickname “Keeper of the Keys.” She also led and developed the Disneyland Ambassador Program, and worked with 13 Disneyland Ambassadors during her tenure. #TourGuideTuesdays

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#FBF to the 1990 #DisneyLegends ceremony when the Sherman brothers, Richard and Robert, were honored for their contributions to The Walt Disney Company. Writing songs for theme park attractions, TV shows, and films, the duo composed music for some of the Disney studio’s greatest hits, from “The Jungle Book,” “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” and “The Aristocats,” to “Mary Poppins” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” The Sherman brothers were recently honored at the “Christopher Robin” world premiere, when Soundstage A on The Walt Disney Studios lot was re-dedicated as the “Sherman Brothers Stage.” In celebration of the event, the Archives displayed original Disney Legends handprints from our collection in front of the Studio Theatre.