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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.

Andrew Kopp

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.”

L Maiolo

Date: Fri, July 17, 2020

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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.

Tori Armstrong

Date: Tue, July 7, 2020

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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. 

Alex Ferruzca

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


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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.

Lisa Thompson

Date: Wed, April 22, 2020


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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!

Jhani Kaye

Date: Mon, April 20, 2020


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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.

Mike Muscarella

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.

Stephanie Valencia

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2020


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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.

Peter Zimmer

Date: Sun, Mar 29, 2020


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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!

Amy Condit

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.

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Diane Navarro

Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020

going on the incredicoaster for the first time when i was finally tall enough!

jase paul

Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2020 

I shared a post from @WaltDisneyArchives on Instagram and received the following from a fellow OC Native, Andrew Hosac.

What a great memory!

Rocketeer Costume Image Posted by The Walt Disney Archives on Instagram.  Comment: My Favorite movie as a kid. My dad made me the helmet a billion times out of cardboard. Best memories!

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

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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! 

—Victoria Gerard


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