Mary Poppins, Once, and Oz Highlight Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at 2013 D23 Expo

Every two years the D23 Expo brings all facets of the Walt Disney Company together under one roof – from Disney films, television, books, to theme parks.  August 9 – 11, 2013, the third D23 Expo will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, just steps away from the Disneyland Resort.  One of the Expo’s highlights, has been the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit, where Disney fans glimpse significant pieces of Disney history – some of which have never been seen before.  This year’s Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins as well as feature ABC Television’s Once Upon a Time, and connections between Disney and the Land of Oz.  Continue reading for all the details from Disney’s D23’s press release.  For a look at the types of items displayed in previous Walt Disney Archives exhibits, check out Chrysty Summers’ review of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

From Disney’s D23 Press Release

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Walt Disney Archives are proud to announce the return of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit to the D23 Expo.  During the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9 – 11, 2013, this all-new exhibit curated specifically for the D23 Expo 2013 will feature: the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, ABC’s hit television series Once Upon A Time, and a look at the longstanding connection between Disney and L. Frank Baum’s beloved series of books about the land of Oz.

2013 D23 Expo Treasures Exhibit Mary Poppins

“Treasures” will showcase a selection of crown jewels from the Walt Disney Archives Collection, many of which will be displayed publicly for the first time by the Archives.  As the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins approaches, the Archives will be presenting a wide array of pieces from the Academy Award®-winning 1964 film including concept art and matte paintings, Mary and Bert’s carousel horses, the snow globe from the “Feed the Birds” sequence, costumes worn by many of the central characters and the recently acquired carpet bag, which Mary carries with her when she arrives at the Banks’ household.  Also part of the exhibit will be the Fan Art Gallery, themed to Mary Poppins.  D23 Members were invited to submit their work as part of the D23 Expo Fan Art Contest, and the winners’ colorful creations will be displayed in this year’s gallery.

2013 D23 Expo Treasures Exhibit Rainbow Road

On the heels of the global success of Oz The Great and Powerful, the Archives is proud to assemble artifacts illustrating Disney’s long association with L. Frank Baum’s Oz books.  Highlights include a costume from 1957’s “Rainbow Road to Oz”—a segment from The Fourth Anniversary Show, which celebrated Walt’s four years on television, starring many of the Mickey Mouse Club’s Mouseketeers—as well as concept art from unrealized attractions and Disney Studio productions.  Also featured are props and costume pieces from 1985’s Return to Oz including the Tik-Tok puppet, “Powder of Life” tin, and Dorothy’s costume and slippers.  And, of course, there will be an assortment of costumes from this year’s Oz The Great and Powerful.

2013 D23 Expo Treasures Exhibit Return to Oz

Now finishing its second hit season, Once Upon A Time has become a huge hit among Disney fans for its ability to remain true to many of Disney’s classic stories while expanding their worlds with a modern twist.  The Archives is honored to be presenting a selection of elegantly designed costumes from the show.

The D23 Expo 2013 will also feature the Disney Legends Awards—a tradition that pays tribute to the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; the return of the D23 Expo Dream Store, featuring a wide selection of unique merchandise; an expanded Collectors Forum, where Disney fans can buy, sell and trade Disney collectibles, memorabilia and merchandise—and this year’s Forum will also include the worlds of Marvel and Star Wars—plus amazing live events, special celebrity appearances, panels and presentations and unique experiences from every corner of Disney, from upcoming feature film and television sneak peeks to what’s new and what’s next from our theme parks around the world.

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