Disney’s D23 Fan Club Presents Treasures and Avengers this Summer

Disney’s D23 Fan Club presents treasures of the Walt Disney Archives running July 6, 2012 through April 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.   Plus, the Summer Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Magazine assembles Marvel’s The Avengers on three different collectible covers.  Continue reading for more details on things coming from Disney’s D23 this summer.

Update: June 18, 2012

Advanced tickets will be available to the general public on June 26th for “D23 Presents: Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (note: D23 members can purchase tickets 1 day earlier on June 25th).  The exhibit opens to the public July 6, following a special preview for D23 Members and their guests on Saturday, June 30.  D23 Members can get tickets to this special preview online, where more information can be found about the exhibit.

Original article from April 20, 2012 follows below

First, “D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives, at 12,000 square feet.  From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts, at least half of which have never been seen by the public— including models, props, costumes, set pieces, and artwork from throughout Disney history.

The exhibition also pays tribute to the long personal friendship and professional collaboration between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan, which began many years before President Reagan’s political career.

On July 17, 1955, Ronald Reagan was one of the co-hosts of ABC Network’s live coverage of the opening of Disneyland, and as governor of California, he frequently visited Disney’s first theme park.  After leaving the Oval Office, one of his first public events was a return to Disneyland, where he officiated at the park’s January 1990 35th-anniversary celebration, proclaiming it “one of America’s national treasures.”

“Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan shared a passion for America, a belief in the human spirit, and an innate optimism that, in both men, galvanized the public,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “President Reagan was a great admirer of Walt Disney, and we are tremendously proud to host this wonderful exhibition of Disney treasures, and to honor the bond between Walt and President Reagan.”

For exhibit hours and additional information, visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum or http://d23.disney.go.com/. Admission to the exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum.  Through April 2013, when the exhibition is scheduled to end, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club also save $2 on every adult admission.

The Ronald Reagan Library & Museum is located in Simi Valley, Calif., about 60 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles and approximately two hours north of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Second, coinciding with the worldwide theatrical release of Marvel’s The Avengers, the summer issue of Disney twenty-three features a 10-page story on the creation of the biggest superhero film ever produced.  Author and Disney Imagineer Jason Surrell spoke with the film’s acclaimed writer-director Joss Whedon, as well as stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg, and producer Kevin Feige to get the behind-the-scenes details on the explosive film, from the complexities of bringing many of the world’s most famous heroes together to nights out dancing in downtown Albuquerque.  For complete details on the contents of the summer issue of Disney twenty-three (available May 1) click here.

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