Walt Disney Archives Announces Exhibit to Celebrate 100 Years of The Walt Disney Company at D23 Expo
The Walt Disney Archives will be hosting an exhibit about the 100-year history of The Walt Disney Company at this year’s D23 Expo, as well as panels, presentations, and an exhibit focused on Walt Disney’s airplane.
The chronological Step in Time exhibit will showcase Walt Disney Archives assets with immersive, themed environments from various Disney films, TV shows, and parks.
The 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be available from September 9 through 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the Expo.
There will be a timeline at the center of the exhibit, surrounded by nine themed, immersive areas. Here is how Disney describes the themed areas:
From captaining the boat in “SteamboatWillie,” walking the blue carpet at the premiere of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and visiting with the carousel horses from “Mary Poppins,” to being serenaded by Breathless Mahoney at Club Ritz (“Dick Tracy”), visiting Flynn’s Arcade (“Tron”), and coming face-to-face with the bride in the attic of the Haunted Mansion, fans will have the opportunity to relive moments from 100 Years of Wonder, all while making new memories to last a lifetime.
The Walt Disney Archives Stage will also return to this year’s Expo. It will host several panels and presentations, featuring Disney Legend Bill Farmer, Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline, author and historian Graham Allan, Walt Disney Imagineering global ambassador Bob Weis, Imagineers from the Illusioneering Lab, and historian and artist Stacia Martin. The panels and presentations will look back on 50 years of the “Main Street Electrical Parade,” the ’80s and ’90s editions of the “Mickey Mouse Club,” and the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.
On September 10 at 10:00 a.m., the Walt Disney Archives team and special guests will be on the 1,250-seat Backlot stage for a look at Disney100: The Exhibition, which opens next year at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Walt Disney’s famous Grumman Gulfstream I airplane will also be on display at D23 Expo, as announced earlier this year. Walt Disney Archives has curated an exhibit about the history of the airplane. Among the pieces on display will be a customized instrument panel originally located near Walt’s favorite onboard seat (enabling him to monitor flight conditions), a telephone handset (which gave Walt a direct line of communication to the pilot in the cockpit), and a flight bag adorned with an image of Mickey Mouse sitting on the tail of the famed plane.
A limited number of single-day tickets are still available for Sunday, September 11 at D23 Expo 2022.