Disney100: The Exhibition Coming to Kansas City in May 2024

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Disney100: The Exhibition Coming to Kansas City in May 2024

Disney100: The Exhibition, a touring exhibit featuring hundreds of Disney artifacts, never-before-seen art, costumes, props, and more than a dozen interactive installations celebrating 100 years of the Walt Disney Company, will be coming to The Heart Of America in May 2024.

Disney100: The Exhibition in Kansas City

Disney100: The Exhibition will be making its third stop in Kansas City, Missouri, in May 2024. The touring exhibition, which began its run in Philadelphia before stopping in Chicago, will be hosted at Union Station in the Bank of America Gallery.

According to the D23 release, the exhibition will open in the gallery on May 24, 2024.

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““Our leadership team has worked tirelessly over the last three years to ensure we were able to bring Walt and his story back to Kansas City, where his animation career began. We have a long-time partnership with Semmel Exhibitions, and when we heard The Walt Disney Company was creating an exhibition celebrating its 100th anniversary, we knew we had to bring it here—to Kansas City—where the roots of Walt Disney run deep.”

CEO and President of Union Station George Guastello.

Walt Disney filmed his first commercial film in Kansas City, and also met Disney Legend Ub Iwerks during his time there.

Disney100: The Exhibition “Crown Jewels”

At Disney100: The Exhibition, visitors can expect to see a vast collection of Disney memorabilia, artefacts, costumes, props, and more, some never on display before.

Here is a description of the exhibit from D23:

In creating this spectacular exhibition, the Walt Disney Archives opened its vault of treasures to showcase hundreds of objects, including more than 250 artifacts and works of art, costumes and props, and incredible memorabilia. Kansas City and Union Station have the high honor of being one of the first three cities to host the North American tour, along with Philadelphia and Chicago.

Within Disney100: The Exhibition, guests will encounter some of their favorite Disney stories as they journey through 10 imaginatively themed galleries showcasing “Crown Jewels” from some beloved films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the live-action Cinderella (2015), Encanto (2021), and many more. The exhibition features more than 14 interactive installations and hundreds of items, including from some of the most recent members of the Disney family—Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel.

Here is a full list and photos of the 23 “crown jewels” that will be on display.

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Story Script Page from “Steamboat Willie” (1928)

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Visual Development Art for “Alice in Wonderland” (1951), created by artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair (reproduction of the original)

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Concept Drawing of Disneyland by artist and Disney Legend Herb Ryman, graphite on paper (1953) (reproduction of the original)

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Nautilus Special Effects Filming Model for “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954)
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Engineer Mickey Mouse used by Walt Disney on Opening Day of Disneyland, 1955

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Disneyland Park Jungle Cruise Attraction Vehicle Model used by Walt Disney, “A Trip Through Adventureland/Water Birds” – “Disneyland” (TV, 1956)

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Prop Storybook featured in “Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

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Clean-up Animation for “Sleeping Beauty” (1959), created by artist and Disney Legend Marc Davis (reproduction of the original)

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Carousel Horse from “Mary Poppins” (1964), used by Disney Legend Julie Andrews

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Visual Development Art for “The Little Mermaid” (1989), created by artist and Disney Legend Glen Keane (reproduction of the original)

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Genie Maquette for “Aladdin” (1992), created by artist Kent Melton

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Spell Book from “Hocus Pocus” (1993), used by Disney Legend Bette Midler

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Mater Maquette for “Cars” (2006), created by artist Jerome Ranft

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East High School Yearbook from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (2008)

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Visual Development Art Digital Painting for “The Princess and the Frog” (2009), created by artist Sue Nichols

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Visual Development Art Digital Painting for “Frozen” (2013), created by artist Julia Kalantarova

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BB-8 Puppet used in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017), and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (2019)

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Captain America Shield used in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016)

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Lumière Production Model for “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)

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First Order Stormtrooper Armor from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (2019), designed by Michael Kaplan and Glyn Dillon

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Black Panther Costume from “Black Panther” (2018)

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Cinderella Castle Model for Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

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Attraction Vehicle from Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

Tickets for Disney100: The Exhibition at Union Station

Both D23 and Union Station representatives have strongly recommended that visitors to the exhibit reserve tickets for the event ahead of time. Tickets are available from a $30 Visit Anytime Voucher (for all dates except opening weekend) up to the $100 First Access Pass, an “very limited” option which gives those ticket holders access to the exhibit on opening weekend as well as Disney100 Mickey Ears, a Disney100: The Exhibition VIP Pass & Branded Lanyard, and a Disney100: The Exhibition Pin. Tickets are available for purchase now at Union Station’s official website.

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