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July 8

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July 8, 2013 – Disney and Old Navy Announce Clothing Line Partnership

“By combining Disney storytelling with Old Navy’s relaxed, playful styles, we’ve achieved a product line that truly celebrates our classic characters.” – Jodi Rosenblatt, director of sales for Disney Consumer Products

On July 8, 2013, Old Navy announced a special partnership with Disney through the creation of a new clothing line called “Mickey Through the Decades.” The line features rare artwork from the Walt Disney Archives to highlight the changes Mickey and the gang have gone through over the years. Prices for the clothes ranged from around $13 to $15; during the sale of the shirts, customers could enter to win a custom Disney tour and download several digital Disney items.


June 25

June 25, 2010 – The Documentary Archiving the Archives: Forty Years of Preserving the Magic Premieres

“We’re excited to honor Dave [Smith] and the Archives, and to give our members a close-up look at some rarely seen ‘jewels in the crown’ of Disney history.” – Head of D23, Steven Clark

On June 25, 2010, the documentary film Archiving the Archives: Forty Years of Preserving the Magic premiered at a special D23 event at the Disney Studios. The film, honoring the Walt Disney Archives’ 40th anniversary, took a look at how founder Dave Smith started the archives, and the impact it has on the Disney legacy. The premiere event also featured appearances by Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, as well as film historian Leonard Maltin to honor Smith and his contributions.

July 5

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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.