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Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2021
I was, only, maybe 3 to 5 years old, at the time when my father and grandfather were making trips out to Burbank. They would meet with Walt Disney, to consult on the lighting for the new studio. My father brought artists' sketches of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck home to me, several times. The Bowers Museum display of the artist's, or animator's big "drawing board" with the artist tools, might have been where my father watched those sketches being drawn. I really wish I still had those drawings, but I think they were discarded, one day, when my mother asked me to clean out my closet!
I became very interested in the Disney characters, and my mother would often take me to Los Angeles on a "streetcar" to see the latest Disney movie. My favorite characters were Bambi, Dumbo, Pluto and Snow White. I remember my father remarking, some time later, that Disney was very particular about every aspect of his creations, and he was involved in all of the decisions when the studio was being designed. Many years later, I was fortunate to be able to visit Disneyland during its opening week in 1955.
Date: Tue, May 18, 2021
In 1962, when I was seven years old, my family lived across the street from Jack Lindquist. At the time, he was the marketing manager of Disneyland. He would often use the neighborhood children to participate in the commercials. I was the child in the commercial for the opening of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.
Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2021
My love of Disney began with my beautiful mother, a hard working single mother from a small town in Mississippi who moved to Los Angeles for a better life. She was a nurse with a heart of gold and spoiled me and my sister with yearly trips to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Mom passed away in 2017 and while clearing out her items, I found a bag of Disneyland ticket books that brought back so many great childhood memories, I am forever grateful.
Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2021
I am coming to the museum on my birthday Thursday and after reading through th exhibition guide, came up with this item the archives might not have - the 1949 Peter and the Wolf 78rpm record album. The disks are well played but the book seems in near mint condition.
The one thing I'm sorry I tossed long ago was a sketch on a reporters notebook by Ward Kimball at a MM convention around 1980. He was making fun of my notetaking as a reporter at the San Diego Union.
Date: Wed, Mar 24, 2021
We are hoping when we come to the Bowers Disney exhibit on June 28th, the exhibit is still there. I am a huge Rocketeer fan and my partner is super supportive of that! We dressed up as Cliff and Jenny to celebrate our 16th anniversary.
—Chris & Nadine
Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2021
Every year my mom would save her change to take us to Disneyland. I loved driving looking at the orange trees, and that big Disney sign at the entrance. She would be so happy to know that I now live so close that I now watch their fireworks from my living room window every summer night.
Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2020
I have loved Disneyland since before it opened in 1955. My uncle, Harry Welsh, worked for the Edison Company and was involved in the electrical plans for Disneyland. He once took me to Disney Studios to see the plans for Disneyland and miniature versions of some of the rides. I remember that one of the teacups had fallen off of the miniature ride. Someone assured me that wouldn't happen to the actual ride. After Disneyland opened, my uncle was given as many "ticket books" as he requested. Many of those tickets to the Happiest Place on Earth were used by our family and friends.
Date: Mon, Oct 26, 2020
My Disney story starts before I was born. My grandfather, Tom Roppa, was an opening day Disneyland employee. He retired 8 years before my birth in 1980 but I went to the park with him many times. I feel I took it for granted when he was alive, as I do not have any memories of him telling me Disneyland tales. Now, myself, my husband, and our 9 year old son make Disneyland a major focal point of of lives, as I strive to learn more about my grandfather’s time there.
Date: Fri, Oct 9, 2020
I am a developing Archivist in a Masters program, former Cast Member, and overall Disney enthusiast and historian. Viewing the exhibition at the Bowers felt like stepping back into the actual Walt Disney Studio Archive at the Burbank studio and encouraged me to re-read Dave Smith's book (that he signed for me!) to learn more about the studio's history. This is a significant exhibition and important piece of animation and Southern California history.
Date: Tue, Sept 15, 2020
Fascinated with the topiaries outside It’s a Small World, I asked my Dad how come they grew that way. He had the best answer, “Well Darlin’, this is the Magic Kingdom.”
Date: Fri, July 17, 2020
The Disney exhibit brought back so many fond memories of my days working as a cast member at Disneyland from 1978 to 1981. How many people can say that they sang with Country Bears, cruised the mighty Mississippi with Tom Sawyer on a raft, flew to London with Peter Pan or rode a bobsled down the Matterhorn? The friendships formed while working at “the happiest place on Earth” continue to be some of my most precious lifetime memories.
Date: Tue, July 7, 2020
I just love this exhibit. I was lucky enough to visit right before COVID-19. Disney has been a source of inspiration and creativity for me ever since I was a child (I am a children’s book Illustrator), and to be able and experience all this treasures in person was a dream come true. I was particularly impressed to see all the art work from one of my favorite Disney movies (Fantasia). I even hand painted an outfit to visit the exhibit with The Pastoral Symphony scene on my sweatshirt and my hat. I hope that once we are allowed to visit museums, I will be able to visit this amazing exhibit one more time.
Date: Mon, June 1, 2020
I am a costume designer, turned Fashion Historian & Author/Illustrator of the multi -award winning book, OUT-Of-STYLE. ( please see my website) I have worked for Disney, Disneyland and , with the Disney Imagineering team ...( I designing the uniforms, they the décor) We won the Best Theme Entertainment Award for the remodeling of the Theme Building at LAX... To hear amusing stories of what it was like to work backstage in the Costume Dept. at Disneyland, type in " Jack Canfield Interviews Betty Kreisel Shubert" .Here is a story I forgot to include: One day a huge character animal from Bear Country ambled up the steps to the Costume Dept. for a repair...I, , who grew up dragging my adored teddy Bear everywhere, , threw my arms around him ,saying, "I Love YOUU!" , as a bystander warned, "Be careful... that one is MARRIED!"
—Betty Kreisel Shubert
Date: Sat, April 25, 2020
My first Disneyland visit was December 1965. Back then a trip to Disneyland was the same feeling as it is today but the event of going to the park was a major event and the entire family dressed up and we always ate dinner there as well. Always a special piece of my heart for my last 55 years.
Date: Wed, April 22, 2020
My mother dated a Disney artist from the Hyperion studios when she was young. She has since passed away. But the letters he drew for her we’re always so much fun! Here is one sample. Disney is so special to our family!
Date: Mon, April 20, 2020
As a kid my folks would take me to Disneyland for the whole day (I'm 66 and now a Cast Member). Even though I usually fell asleep on the ride home once there I would pull out the erector set and play-dough, and start building my favorite attraction "InnerSpace" This continued for years. I always wanted to work there and this year I celebrate 28 years at the Resort as a Computer Artist Lead.... starting a new department 28 years ago I couldn't be prouder. I'm the one in the blue sweatshirt.
Date: Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Coming from a third world country. My mother lived Disney, she said as a child she always imagined living in the cartoon world. Unfortunately she is gone. But I still carry her story and her love for Disney.
Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2020
I got accepted into the Disney College Program at age 20 in 2011. Worked as a custodial busser for 2 years. Had some of the best memories as a Disneyland cast member. In addition to that, I have been visiting Disneyland since I was 3 years old.
Date: Sun, Mar 29, 2020
I remember seeing “America on Parade” at Walt Disney World in December 1975 to celebrate the bicentennial. It was my first trip-I met Pluto & thought there couldn’t be anything better than meeting my hero from children’s books! I’m looking forward to going to the Bowers to see the Archives exhibit. The Disney Archives had another public exhibition In March 2013, & I enjoyed seeing the early Oswald the Lucky Rabbit memorabilia. Hope to see more Oswald at the Bowers!
Date: Sun, Mar 22, 2020
As parents we always hope to give our children the best experiences in life and thanks to Disney we are able to do just that. There are countless lessons to be learned and songs to be sung. Here is our little Boo with Sully.
Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020
Going on the incredicoaster for the first time when i was finally tall enough!
Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2020
I shared a post from @WaltDisneyArchives on Instagram and received the following from a friend and fellow OC Native, Andy Hosac.
What a great memory!
—Sasha R. Deming
Date: Friday, Mar 6, 2020
RE: Disney Archives Exhibit:
I worked at the Disney Studios for three years (1985 - 1988) and nearly every Monday morning I took a group of new employees to the Disney Archives to meet with Dave Smith, the first and long-time Disney Archivist who, sadly, passed away in February 2019. Dave's parting statement was always that Disney history is important to employees because we, as a company, kept re-using our history. Starting with Walt's studio office which hadn't been touched since he died in 1966, Dave archived an incredible wealth of materials.
Employees always enjoyed seeing the special Oscars Walt received for the Snow White animated feature and which Dave kept in his office. It was one regular-sized Oscar and seven miniature ones representing the seven dwarfs.
—Mary Broude, a Bowers Member
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2020
Visiting a Disney theme park was a childhood dream, especially after all of my favorite characters on the 90s TGIF lineup had their magical Disney World moments. It was not the easiest of destinations to reach for my New York-based family. A college boyfriend hailed from Orange County, and on my very first visit to his hometown he made sure a visit to Disneyland was on the itinerary. More than 10 years later, that boyfriend turned into my husband. Now, we are looking forward to introducing our toddler to some Disney magic!