‘Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic’ Exhibit Now Open at Bowers Museum!

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The Bowers Museum located in Santa Ana, California (Orange County) has been shut down the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum has now officially opened as of this week and the Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic exhibition is also now open!

Earlier this year, this amazing exhibit premiered at the Bowers Museum commemorating five decades of collecting and preserving historical materials relating to Walt and the company he founded. This exhibit offers a rare look at some of the treasures from the archives, such as Walt Disney’s office set from Saving Mr. Banks; never-before-displayed production art from Fantasia; maquettes from animated films including Peter Pan and Frozen; and the original pitch portfolio used to secure investors for Disneyland.

The official exhibition description on the Bowers museum website reads:

Guests are invited to step into The Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. From nostalgic classics like never-before-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction, to modern-day favorites like super hero costumes and maquettes from Frozen, this enchanting exhibition is an immersive treasure-trove the entire family will love.

Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic is curated by the Walt Disney Archives in conjunction with the Bowers Museum.

This exhibition has a timed entry which means that visitors will purchase tickets for a specific date and time they’d like to enter. Tickets will be available on the hour, 10 a.m.- 3 p/m. Tuesday – Sunday, and runs until February 28th of 2021!

Tickets for non-museum members are $23 on weekdays and $25 on the weekends.

If you’re a D23 member, you can also use your Gold Member discount to get 10% off of the above items or anything in the Bowers Museum store!

Whether or not you can actually make it the exhibit, D23 has compiled a list of 7 ways to bring Disney home from the Bowers Museum:

Walt Disney Archives 50th Anniversary Tote

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This exclusive cotton tote celebrating the exhibition and the archives’ 50th anniversary. This 14.5-inch by 15-inch black bag also features the Bowers Museum logo on the back.

Walt Disney Archives 50th Anniversary Sweatshirt

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This exclusive zip-front hooded sweatshirt—with the archives’ 50th anniversary logo on the front and the Bowers Museum logo on the left sleeve, is made from 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Available in adult sizing S through XXL.

Walt Disney Notecards

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Send magical wishes on these beautiful notecards, which come in a keepsake box embossed with Walt Disney’s signature. Contains 20 cards (two each of 10 designs, including rarely seen photos, promotional material, and more); envelopes; and Walt Disney Archives Collection logo stickers to seal said envelopes.

Walt Disney’s Classic Stories

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This boxed set contains five classic Walt Disney Little Golden Books originally published in the 1950s and 1960s—including Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and His Spaceship, Scamp, Cinderella’s Friends, Little Man of Disneyland, and The Lucky Puppy.

The Legacy Collection: Disneyland from Walt Disney Records

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The 3-disc edition includes over 50 songs, featuring music from fan-favorite attractions. Also includes a full-color booklet of liner notes, with illustrations and original concept art by Lorelay Bové.

The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between

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The companion to a previous Walt Disney Archives exhibit, this colorful book by Jeff Kurti celebrates the imagination, passion, and attention to detail invested in Disney costuming through the years—offering readers a unique behind-the-scenes view that inspires appreciation for the brilliantly talented designers.

Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie 11 Inch Plush

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This 11-inch plush depicts Mickey Mouse in his black-and-white Steamboat Willie best.

Since we are all still awaiting for an official word from Disney on when Disneyland and California Adventure will reopen, the Bowers Museum’s Disney exhibition is another great way to experience some Disney magic out of the house!