Chuck Canzoneri’s Tour of the Walt Disney Studios

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After unfortunately not getting into the D23 member event at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, our own Chuck Canzoneri decided, why not just go myself. Chuck had the chance to take a complete tour of the Studios, and he brings to us a huge photo report. We’ll start at the Studio Lot, Store, and Plaza:

Welcome to the Walt Disney Studios

The famous intersection of Mickey Ave and Dopey Drive

Chuck and his wife Leigh even got to meet Tony Baxter!

Just a few of the many Disney Legends

A section dedicated to Walt Disney Imagineering

It’s nice to see that they have Jessica and Roger Rabbit up

The employee Studio Store

Looks like your regular run of the mill Disney Store

A really cool mural!

This mural features all the classic Disney characters around the Studio Lot

The famous Studio building and Disney Legends Plaza

A version of the Partners statue at Disneyland and all the other Magic Kingdom style parks

This Roy Disney and Minnie bench is also at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

What a cool statue!

This statue is dedicated to all the Disney Legends

I love how the Seven Dwarfs are “holding up the building”

Disney Legend’s hand-prints

Roy E. Disney, Walt Disney’s nephew and Roy O. Disney’s son

Marty Sklar, former head of Walt Disney Imagineering

One of the awards that was given posthomously. Joe Ranft was an animator as well as voice actor in the Pixar films

X. Atencio, who famously wrote the script for Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion

Alan Menken and Howard Ashman wrote the music for Disney films such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin

Paul Frees, your ghost host

Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck

Now we move over to the Walt Disney Archives Library

Along the walls, some rare photos of Walt. Here he is with his Ink and Paint girls

And here he’s on a set with a scene from the Carousel of Progress

Here he is with the Mouseketeers

But we’re here to see what’s inside the Archives Library

As you would expect from a library, there are all kinds of books. They cover the parks, films, animation and many biographies written about Walt and others who were in charge of and part of the company

All around these books (and complete collection of every Disney DVD ever made) are some real Disney Treasures

A full size replica of Baby Oscar from the Country Bear Jamboree!

Chuck just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get his picture taken with Oscar

There are glass cases containing key props from Disney classics such as Mary Poppins

These are from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Which, and The Wardrobe

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

There’s a television for watching any Disney DVD you could wish

Surrounding the TV, more display cases with Disney treasures

A model from the Jungle Cruise

Numerous key props from Enchanted

The warrior mask from Prince Caspian

A retired Barker Bird from The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland

A replica of the Liberty Bell from National Treasure

A large Maleficient Sculpture

One of the drums from the Mickey Mouse Club

One of my favorites, a devil from the sadly now extinct Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Walt Disney World

Even the Keep Out sign is based on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

This room had treasures big and small stuffed in every possible corner

This sits atop the many poles around Dumbo, The Flying Elephant at Disneyland (they’re painted gold for the ride)

Large scissors used to cut ribbons in opening ceremonies

On the couch, are some lovely themed pillows. Looks like Mary Blair’s style

The Fairy Godmother creating Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage

Alice in Wonderland

Peter Pan and the mermaids of Neverland

We’re almost ready to go inside the Archives, but first let’s look around the lobby. Right now they’re getting ready for the upcoming D23 tour

The Sherman Bros. with Mary Poppins and Bert

At the end of the hall is this great picture of Walt

The centerpiece of the lobby has to be one of Walt’s original Multiplane Cameras

On the opposite wall is a demonstration of how it works and this photo of Walt in front of the machine

An overheard view of this large machine

Also in the main lobby are some display cases featuring costumes from recent Disney films

This dress from Hanna Montana: The Movie is known as the “Hidden Mickey dress”

Elizabeth Swan’s dress in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

One of Giselle’s many beautiful dress’ in Enchanted

Also in the lobby is a display case dedicated to famous Disney hats

A famous photo of Walt above some of his personal hats

This artwork is from the short “Johnnie Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnett” from the film Make Mine Music

A classic Mousketeer hat

But what about the famous hat from Mary Poppins?

It’s here too

A helmet from Tron

Willem Dafoe’s wool cap from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Tommy Lee Jones’ hat from the Oscar winning No Country for Old Men

The Rocketeer

Dick Tracy’s fedora

Various hats from the 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies

These hats are from the extinct Disneyland attraction American Sings

But I think it’s almost time to see the Archives

This drawing is right above the door

It’s finally time to go inside the world famous Walt Disney Archives

The Archives is a smaller room than you might think

But it’s packed with Disneyana

Two huge pieces from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

One entire wall contains what appears to be every Disney storybook ever published

There’s a display case showcasing lots of Donald Duck products and merchandise

Another case contains dozens of classic Disney figurines

A collection of Mickey watches

Even more figurines

This case contains Disneyana from Sleeping Beauty

These are just a little creepy

Then there’s the live action museum pieces. Here’s the actual snow globe from the “Feed The Birds” scene in Mary Poppins

Some pistols from The Black Hole

The apple from Enchanted

Elizabeth Swan’s pirate necklace from The Curse of the Black Pearl

Prince Edward’s sword and holder from Enchanted

Walt’s personal 16mm camera. This was used for some of the live footage in Saludos Amigos

Some pictures of Walt

There were very few animation cells in the archives

Walt’s actual business card from his early days at 2719 Hyperion Ave. in Hollywood

A display case of merchandise from The Haunted Mansion

Somewhere around my house I have three plush of Gus, Phineas, and Ezra, as well as the doom buggy die-cast

I believe I also own that Mickey Mouse plush

This antique mechanical bird (France, 1850) gave Walt the idea for audio-animatronics

Beyond the display cases, there was rare art and figures around the room and on all the shelves

Fantasia figurines

A mix of old and new Disney

The knight from The Reluctant Dragon

Figurines from Mulan

Chuck decided to end on this portrait because it wasn’t in the main archive room, but inside the office of one of the Disney employees who works in the Archives

It’s an incredibly special piece, especially since it shows Walt having tea with Mary Poppins

Thanks for the amazing report Chuck!

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