PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Disney is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary by bringing its unique brand of magic to fans. In Philadelphia, rare artifacts will soon be on display in an exhibition slated to open early next year.
Disney 100: The Exhibition is coming to the Franklin Institute on February 18th.
The exhibition is a celebration of 100 years of magic and storytelling, and this marks the world premiere.
Today we got a little taste of a kickoff party as we prepare for something even Disney said it’s never done before.
The Philly Pops performed Disney classics, and the Franklin Institute hopes you’ll be their guest.
This exhibition includes 10 themed galleries: from How it all began – with a man and a mouse – to the theme parks and the films we all love from the 100 year collection.
We also found out why the Franklin Institute is the perfect jumping-off point for this exhibit’s world tour. It’s a connection that dates back to 1941.
“Walt Disney provided drawings from the movie “Fantasia” superimposing constellations on the dome of the Rock Planetarium,” said Larry Dubinski, the President & CEO of the Franklin Institute. “Our collections also include the 1964 New York World’s Fair commemorative recording featuring the theme song and music from 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, the director of the Walt Disney Archives, brought along some of the company’s “crown jewels” which will be on display. It contains rarely-seen original artwork and artifacts, costumes and props, and other memorabilia, including a Walt Disney cast member’s nameplate.
“He was number one, of course,” Cline said. “Walt wore this on opening day and it’s a very special treasure in the archives.”
They also have the whistle that was used to make the steamboat sounds in ‘Steamboat Willie’ in 1928. It’s the sound we hear at the beginning of every Disney movie.
There’s the storybook from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs seen in the film’s opening shot, and Rey’s lightsaber wield in the Star Wars films.
Disney 100: The Exhibition officially opens on February 18th. Tickets are now available.
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