Never-Before-Seen Disney Memorabilia Available at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum!
From the costumes of "Mary Poppins" to the original Black Pearl replica from "Pirates of the Caribbean," there is a Disney-filled adventure for all ages in the new Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.
Tickets went on sale this week for the exhibit, which opens July 6 and continues through April 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
"Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney's friendship goes really far back and was maintained for a really long time," said Melissa Giller, director of communications for the museum.
When Disneyland held its grand opening, Reagan -- the then-actor -- was there as part of ABC Network's live coverage. Reagan, as the governor of California, took frequent trips to the park, according to event organizers.
Reagan's first public event after leaving his presidency was a return to Disneyland, where he inaugurated the park's 35th-anniversary celebration.
Fans will find the museum as an "extraordinary opportunity," said Steven Clark, head of D23 and the Walt Disney archives.
"What we have done through D23, the fan club, is to offer fans everywhere a very special unique look at the past, present and future of Disney, and the Disney legacy," Clark said.
The Ronald Reagan museum added an additional 7,500 square feet to its rotating exhibition space to cover the nine decades of unmasked Disney history. The exhibit -- the museum's largest to date -- will hold more than 500 artifacts, half of which have never been seen before by the general public.
Iconic pieces, such as the authentically detailed shooting model of the Black Pearl ship seen in "Pirates of the Caribbean," will be available for fans to see up close. The exhibit also houses props from "Mary Poppins," including gowns worn by Julie Andrews.
Walt Disney's office, complete with original furnishing and several of his personal items, will give museum goers a chance to "see the creative epicenter of the studio and the space of a true visionary of an American icon," said Clark.
The original animatronics of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides will be on display, along with Rex, the retired robot of the now-reimagined Star Tours.
"We think this exhibit is a really great addition to the Reagan library," said Giller. "It's something for everyone of all ages."