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Disney Unveils Rare Archived “Treasures” For European Exhibit

According to the official Disney fan club D23, there are many valuable “treasures” in the famed Disney archives — and a small portion of these vintage Disney items are about to go on a trip around the world!

Many Disney fans are fond of collecting — or simply learning about — rare Disney objects or tokens from classic Disney films (such as this Pollyanna locket, for example).

It is therefore no surprise for many Disney Fanatics to hear that the Walt Disney Archives are renowned for their extensive collection, which is managed by Disney celebrity (and Walt Disney Archive director) Becky Cline.

Apparently, “the largest exhibition the Walt Disney Archives has ever created begins its European tour in Munich’s small Olympic Hall on April 18, 2023, to mark the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company”.

This exhibit, which is called Disney100: The Exhibition, reportedly invites fans to immerse themselves in and rediscover their favorite Disney stories in 10 magnificent and imaginatively themed galleries full of innovative and immersive technology”.

The exhibition will actually involve approximately 250 archived items, but D23 has just revealed a handful of the Europe-bound objects.

These include “the Dutch Language prop book from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and the Mary Poppins (1964) carousel horse ridden by Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke in his role as the lovable Bert”.

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The Iron Man mask, castle, and Remy model are just some of the crown jewels from the Walt Disney Archives. The Walt Disney Archives are managed by director Becky Cline. Credit: The official Disney fan club, D23

In addition, there are maquettes portraying Remy and Jafar, a helmet belonging to Iron Man from Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and many more archived objects that will be on display!

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Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline explained in the D23 article that the archive staff “work to protect and preserve Disney’s rich legacy — and to make it accessible to the public.”

“We cannot wait for fans and families to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event celebrating the iconic characters and stories that have captured the hearts of audiences around the globe,” Cline added.

The creative director of Studio-TK (which created the European exhibition), Tobias Kunz, also emphasized in the article that “the hand-painted artwork, costumes, props, and other items offer new perspectives on stories we know by heart. The creativity and artistry on display can only be appreciated if you’ve seen it for yourself, no matter how much you think you know.”

Are you going to be lucky enough to see this Walt Disney Archives exhibition and the crown jewels of its collection as it leaves its current location (the Franklin Institute) and begins its European travels? Do you follow Disney news about the archives?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!