July 5, 2012 – The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit Opens at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
“We are deeply honored to share this exhibit with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the countless visitors who can now explore and appreciate the legacies of both extraordinary men.” – Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company
On July 5, 2012, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit opened at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Presented by D23, it is the largest Disney Archives exhibit in the world, comprising of more than 500 artifacts, with some being presented to the public for the first time. The collection ranges from the earliest days of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts, to the latest films from Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics. A section was also dedicated to the friendship between Reagan and Walt Disney, including letters of correspondence, as well as a letter from Reagan to the Postmaster General requesting the creation of a special Walt Disney stamp. On hand for the opening day ceremony for this exhibit were Bob Iger; Nancy Reagan, widow of former president Ronald Reagan; David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Fredrick J. Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation; and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. A special performance was done by the Voices of Liberty, an acapella group that performs at the American Adventure in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.