Here is good news for Disney fans.The D23, Disney fan club, has joined hands with Ronald Reagan's Presidential library to open an exhibition titled "D23 Presents Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives." From 6 July onwards, you can see a Mickey Mouse hopping up and down, Snow White along with her seven dwarfs, the "Black Pearl" special effects, costumes of "Mary Poppins", a happy "Pinocchio" and more.
The exhibiton will showcase more than 500 Disney photos, letters, drawings and never-before-seen movie memorabilia that talks about how a boy from the Midwest became an iconic media mogul, according to the the Daily News. It also tells how two boys (Reagan and Disney) from the Midwest, bristling with optimism, shared a common vision for America. When Reagan called America "a shining city on a hill", Disney recreated the shining Main Street of his Missouri boyhood at his 160-acre Disneyland Park.
"They were American originals. Visionaries. Both men want America to be ... that shining city. Disneyland is that shining city - it epitomizes that American spirit, representing decency, optimism, greatness and that American adventure," Steven Clark, a vice president of the Walt Disney Co, told the Daily News.
The attractions at the exhibition "D23 Presents Treasure of the Walt Disney Archives" include Mickey Mouse child's writing tablet, the first Disney merchandise, a Mickey Mouse watch, a live-action reference costume from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", sketches of a future Anaheim theme park, Walt Disney's formal Burbank office, the Fairy Godmother ensemble worn by Whitney Houston in "Roger & Hammerstein's Cinderella" as well as hot bikes from the "Avengers" and "Tron" films. Ghosts of the "Haunted Mansion" will also be exhibited, according to Inside The Magic.
The exhibition will be one of the biggest,continuing till April 2013. The NBC Los Angeles reported that the Ronald Reagan museum added an additional 7,500 square feet to its rotating exhibition space to cover the nine decades of unmasked Disney history. The exhibition, the museum's largest to date, will hold more than 500 artefacts, half of which have never been seen before by the general public.
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