PHILADELPHIA CREAM — Disney is about to celebrate 100 years of bringing its unique brand of magic to fans. In Philadelphia, rare artifacts will soon be on display in an exhibit that opens early next year.
“Disney100: The Exhibit” arrives at the Franklin Institute on February 18.
The exhibition is a celebration of 100 years of magic and storytelling, and it marks the world premiere.
On Wednesday, we got a sneak peek at a launch party, as we geared up for something even Disney said it’s never done before.
The Philly Pops played Disney classics, and the Franklin Institute hopes you’ll be their guest.
This exhibition features 10 themed galleries: from how it all began, to theme parks, to the movies we all love in the century-old collection.
We also discovered why the Franklin Institute is the ideal solution to launch the world tour of this exhibition. It’s a connection that dates back to 1941.
“Walt Disney provided drawings from the movie ‘Fantasia’ that superimposed constellations on the dome of the Fels Planetarium,” said Larry Dubinski, president. and CEO of the Franklin Institute. “Our collections also contain the 1964 New York World’s Fair souvenir disc of the theme song and music to ‘It’s a Small World’ in four languages.”
The 2004 Disney film “National Treasure” was also filmed at the Franklin Institute, starring actor Nicholas Cage.
Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives, brought some of the company’s “crown jewels” to be displayed. It includes rarely seen original artwork and artifacts, costumes and props, and other memorabilia, including the name tag of Walt Disney cast members.
“His was, of course, number one,” Cline said. “Walt wore this on opening day, and it’s a very special treasure in the archives.”
They also have the whistle used to make steamboat noises in “Steamboat Willie” in 1928. It’s the sound we hear at the start of every Disney movie.
There’s the “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” storybook, featured in the film’s opening shot, and the hilt of Rey’s lightsaber in the Star Wars movies.
Disney100: The exhibition officially opens on February 18. Tickets are on sale now.
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