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September 2

September 2, 2004 – The Art Exhibit “Echoes of Africa” Opens in Epcot’s American Heritage Gallery

On September 2, 2004, the new art exhibit “Echoes of Africa” opened in the new art gallery in the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Featuring important pieces from the Disney-Tishman African Art collection, this collection has been studied extensively and brought about some anthropological breakthroughs. Dr. Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins served as the guest curator for the collection, having curated several important exhibitions for the American Federation of the Arts in New York and the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles. The collection originally belonged to Paul and Ruth Tishman, with Disney acquiring the collection in 1984.

December 1

December 1, 2012 – The Lion King Pop-Up Exhibit Opens in New York City

“This new interactive attraction gives visitors a unique chance to extend their Broadway experience outside the theater, creating longer-lasting memories of this iconic show.” – First Vice President of Communications for NYC & Company, Christopher C. Heywood

On December 1, 2012, Disney Theatrical Group opened a special immersive “pop-up” exhibition to celebrate the Broadway smash production of The Lion King, known as “Inside the Lion King.” Considered the first of its kind, the exhibit gave travelers a chance to see over 100 items relevant to the creation of the show, ranging from shadow puppets to props, with the ability to see details that aren’t readily noticed from the theater seats. The exhibit also includes interactive elements, such as touch screen presentations of concept sketches and models, and photograph opportunities with set pieces.

November 21

November 21, 1978 – The Library of Congress Holds the Exhibit Building a Better Mouse

“…a ground-breaking popular culture exhibition on display at the Library…”

On November 21, 1978, the exhibition Building a Better Mouse kicked off at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Running until January 30, 1979, the exhibit celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday as well as “fifty years of animation,” as it was advertised. It was curated by animation historian J. Michael Barrier, and featured over 120 items, ranging from production art, to merchandise, to books; these items were from a variety of sources, including the Disney Archives and materials already in the hands of the Library of Congress.

February 22

February 22, 1964 – The Columbia Sailing Ship Exhibit Opens

“History comes alive below deck.”

On February 22, 1964, the below decks exhibition within the Columbia Sailing Ship opened to the public. The original Disneyland ship, based on the Columbia sailing ship that circumnavigated the globe in 1787, opened in the park on June 14, 1958. The historical displays created in the ship give guests an idea of the living conditions sailors faced in the 18th century, particularly those that joined ships like the Columbia to fill in details of the world map.

March 29

March 29, 2012 – The Smithsonian Hosts To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian

“Be here when Buzz Lightyear arrives at the National Air and Space Museum!”

On March 29, 2012, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC hosted an event called To Infinity and Beyond: Buzz Lightyear’s Journey to the Smithsonian, celebrating the addition of a special Buzz Lightyear figurine to the museum’s collection. The figurine, presented jointly by NASA and Pixar Animation Studios, was a special guest on the Space Shuttle Discovery that flew to the International Space Station. John Lasseter was on hand for the presentation and a special panel discussion that looked at Buzz’s journey through space. The figurine was then made part of the “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibit.

January 21

January 21, 1955 – The Dairy Bar Opens in Disneyland

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“Nature’s most nearly perfect food.”

On January 21, 1955, the Dairy Bar opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Sponsored by the American Dairy Association, it was a mix of a presentation about the future of milk and milk delivery and a quick service restaurant serving milk in a small dining room. The area did not prove to be as popular as other future-looking presentations within Tomorrowland, and was closed on September 1, 1958.

February 12

February 12, 2010 – The Disney Cruise Line Exhibit Opens

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“Starting today, another attraction is waiting for visitors to Meyer Werft.”

On February 12, 2010, the Disney Cruise Line exhibit opened in Meyer Werft’s newly built area of the Visitors Centre. Meyer Werft, one of the world’s leaders of building luxury passenger ships, started building Disney ships in 2007 when Disney awarded the company a shipbuilding contract. The exhibit gave guests an opportunity to see the covered building dock where the Disney Dream was being built. A two-and-a-half-hour tour and walkthrough was offered for special guests as well.

November 4

November 4, 2006 – The Disney: The Music Behind the Magic Opens at the Experience the Music Project

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“Experience Music Project is honored to survey this rich history and commemorate Disney’s impact in this exhibition.” – EMP Artistic Director Bob Santelli

On November 4, 2006, the new exhibit Disney: The Music Behind the Magic opened in Seattle’s Experience the Music Project. The exhibit, also honoring Walt Disney Records’ 50th anniversary, began in the 1930s with original scores and storyboards for the earliest Disney films, to the multitude of pop stars that have had hits through the label. The event also featured interactive elements for kids, including their own way of mixing vocals and creating sound effects. For adults, there were clips with explanations by musical experts, as well as pieces of important Disney milestones for all to see. The event ran until September 9, 2007.

September 27

September 27, 2003 – The Animation Art of Ron Clements Exhibit Opens at the Sioux City Arts Center

“I think kids who spend more time by themselves, they tend to use their imaginations more. I wrote stories and drew characters and did things like that.”

On September 27, 2003, the Sioux City Arts Center in Sioux City, Iowa, held its opening night reception for its newest exhibit “The Animation Art of Ron Clements.” The exhibit honored Disney animator and film director Ron Clements, and focused on his (at the time) five main films that he co-directed with John Musker: The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. The stories of these five films are told through storyboards, cels, and sketches.

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May 8, 2009 – The Forest Lawn Museum Presents “The Art of Marc Davis” Exhibit

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“I only wish Marc could be here to see it.” – Disney Legend and Wife of Marc Davis, Alice Davis

On May 8, 2009, the Forest Lawn Museum, located in Glendale, California, hosted an exhibit called “The Art of Marc Davis,” featuring the works of Disney Legend and member of the Nine Old Men, Marc Davis. The exhibit featured work Davis did outside of Disney, mainly comprised of Greek mythology, ships, and harlequins. The exhibit was a long time dream for Davis’ wife Alice, as many people were unaware of the body of work Davis had outside of the studio, which he worked on in the evenings as he watched television. The show was held until July 26, 2009.