Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Coming to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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What do Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan have in common?

They both threw actors they felt to be communist sympathizers under the FBI's red-baiting bus!

But Disney and Reagan have something else in common, too: starting in July, both men will have many of their personal items on display for all to see at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum.

Learn more about which of Walt's personal items will be making their way to the Simi Valley-based museum this summer after the jump.

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D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced last week that the largest-ever exhibition of Disney history will open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley this summer.

Titled D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, the collection will showcase more than 500 Disney artifacts, many of which have never been seen by the public. The temporary exhibition will be the largest ever held at the Reagan Library, and will feature iconic props, costumes, artwork and artifacts from the Walt Disney Archives.

So what Disneyana gems can fans expect? Here are just a few:

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    The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse's film debut in 1928's Steamboat Willie
  • A faithful recreation of Walt's formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, including original furnishings and many of his personal items
  • Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi and Sleeping Beauty
  • Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more
  • Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure and Captain America
  • Intricately sculptured busts of all 44 U.S. Presidents that were created for Audio-Animatronics® figures seen in the The Hall of Presidents attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
  • A salute to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, showcasing theme park artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, memorabilia and authentic attraction vehicles

D23's Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives opens July 6 and runs through April 2013. Admission to the exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. D23 members will receive $2 off each adult admission.

For ticket info and more exhibition details stay tuned to D23 here or the Reagan Library here.

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EPCOT
EPCOT

Haw-haw, it's real funny.  For your next trick, how about some Holocaust jokes?  What's that phrase?  Oh, yeah ... those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  You may think it's all clever and I have a stick up my ass and I can't take a joke ... but the sad thing is, I don't think you really understand what my original comment was about.  You chose the ONE thing that is the worst about Disney, about that time in American history -- in world history, really -- and made a little joke about it to make ol' Unca Walt look bad.  There are some things that shouldn't be made into jokes.  That's what maturity is all about -- knowing when not to do what you can.

909Jeff
909Jeff

"They both threw actors they felt to be communist sympathizers under the FBI's red-baiting bus!"

You say that like its a bad thing... I'd throw a pinko under a bus today if I could!

EPCOT
EPCOT

I'm guessing, Justin Shady, that you did not grow up during the Cold War era, and certainly not during the Red Scare.  Sadly, we are getting to the point where we are right back there, this time with liberals (of which I am one) claiming that Republicans are the problem, and going so far as to "name names" of who is the dreaded R-word.  It's sad how little progress we have made.  But I cannot imagine the undue pressure put on pragmatist entrepreneurs like Walt Disney to cooperate with the government in what was CLEARLY one of the worst episodes of American history -- surely, it's right up there with the worst.  But it's a shame you had to snarkily use that as your lead, rather than focus on the positive.  Some things never change.  Now that they're dead, it's easier to lambaste them for having participated in what was a morally complex, emotionally and politically charged period that had the nation worried about the Communist threat -- which was far from purely ideological.  You might be interested in reading the actual testimony, which hints at some of Walt Disney's actual reasons for testifying.  You can find it here -- http://filmtv.eserver.org/disn....  Neither those who testified nor those who opposed the Communist hunt were wrong.  To reduce this incredibly complex period of history to a quick aside is to do an injustice to everything it was about, right or wrong.

Shady
Shady

First, you do have a stick up your ass.

Second, believe me, that wasn't the worst thing about Disney. As someone who has studied him for years and read numerous books on the man, trust me, he has far worse skeletons in his closet than that.

Third, EVERYTHING is fair game when it comes to making jokes. EVERYTHING. There are no sacred cows here, pal, so get over yourself.

And fourth, your comment "those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it" is ironic, because if you had it your way we would just sweep all that dirt under the rug, right? How in the fuck are we ever to learn ANYTHING if we ignore the past?

For someone who can't stand this story you sure hover around it pretty often, huh? 

Shady
Shady

Why am I not surprised that this came from a person who has the PBR logo as their avatar?

Shady
Shady

Oh, and to be fair, I would lambaste them if they were still alive, too. I'm an equal opportunity lambaster!

Shady
Shady

Man, you really don't know how to take a joke, do you? Take a breather, buddy. It's sad that YOU concentrated on only one sentence of the entire article rather than "focus on the positive." 

For a liberal, you sure are a bit of a tight ass, huh?

909Jeff
909Jeff

And a picture of the Gipper hanging over my work bench in the garage where I clean my guns! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

I would hope so... but to date you really haven't been the lambasting type.  

So its kinda odd to see you take a swipe at Disney when you are such a huge Disney fan. 

Shady
Shady

HAHA! One of my best friends is from Steubenville! And I have another friend who just moved there a few years ago.

Thanks for the link.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Here is a good place to go... 

And I too spent some time in Ohio. The worst place I've ever been in my life... Stuebenville. and I've been to the Middle East and Africa

http://www.raahauges.com/

Shady
Shady

I gets it, and I loves it! 

Dude, I'm from Milwaukee. If anyone knows PBR it's ME. Especially ten years ago when I was poor(er).

And amazingly, I own a gun! It's a shotgun. I used to live in Ohio and a good friend of mine/hillbilly neighbor from Kentucky gave me an old antique shotgun when we moved out of town. I cherish it. Even have a box of shells, though I've never shot it.

It might be time though! It might be time...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Just so you know I don't have a picture of Reagan in my garage... Its Nixon... 

I JOKE!!! The PBR logo and the name are there to get people to make preconceived notions about me based on stereotypes of 909ers... See how it worked?   

Shady
Shady

Yeah, I'm not feeling much in the mood as of late. 

And I AM a huge Disney fan. So much so, in fact, that I feel I CAN poke fun. Disney was great, but he was still human. Like I said, it wasn't really meant to be a dig. It was meant to be FUNNY. And yeah, it's funny because it's true, but that doesn't detract from what the man did in his lifetime.

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