Disney Trip Planning: Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives in Chicago

Josh and I took a bit of a road trip this 2013 holiday season from Colorado to Massachusetts (my hometown). On the way there, we decided to see what unconventional Disney-type trip things we could do. Lucky for us, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois is currently hosting a D23 exhibit called  D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. This stop was right off the highway we were taking to MA anyway, so we decided to spend half a day there! It’s nice to get a little Disney fix even when you aren’t actually traveling to one of the Disney parks! The museum itself is amazing, and you could easily spend 2 days there visiting all of the different exhibits. But, this post isn’t about that – it’s just about the Disney exhibit! The admission to the museum itself was $27, which includes general admission PLUS a special exhibit, like the Disney Archives one!

The entrance to the "D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives" Exhibit

The entrance to the “D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” Exhibit

Inside the exhibit were just about 300 artifacts from the archives! And, for 2 huge Disney fans, that was super exciting to see! Stuff like:

A Laugh-O-Gram Megaphone

A Laugh-O-Grams Megaphone

A stock certificate for Walt's parents for investing in Laugh-O-Grams. Thanks Mom and Dad!

A stock certificate for Walt’s parents for investing in Laugh-O-Grams. Thanks Mom and Dad!

That creepy picture of Virginia Davis that I can't seem to escape.

That creepy picture of Virginia Davis that I can’t seem to escape.

Hey, there Oswald!

Hey, there Oswald!

Walt's graduation book and sketches from his school days!

Walt’s graduation book and sketches from his school days!

A stencil kit of Oswald!

A stencil kit of Oswald!

Some oooold Disney merchandise!

Some oooold Mickey merchandise!

A replica of Walt's office in Burbank

A replica of Walt’s office in Burbank

The books from the beginning of the classic Disney Princess movies - Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty!

The books from the beginning of the classic Disney Princess movies – Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty!

Annette Funicello's costume from her Mousketeering days!

Annette Funicello’s costume from her Mousketeering days!

Costumes and props from the Mary Poppins set - honoring it's 50th anniversary and getting Josh and me excited to see Saving Mr. Banks the following weekend!

Costumes and props from the Mary Poppins set – honoring it’s 50th anniversary and getting Josh and me excited to see Saving Mr. Banks the following weekend!

Josh admiring Mary Poppin's magical bag!

Josh admiring Mary Poppin’s magical bag!

Mary Poppins outfit concept sketches and fabric swatches.

Mary Poppins outfit concept sketches and fabric swatches.

A Disneyland concept map sketch! It was so awesome to get really close up and admire all the details!

A Disneyland concept map sketch! It was so awesome to get really close up and admire all the details!

A jungle cruise mock up boat from 1955!

A jungle cruise mock up boat from 1955!

A look inside the skeleton of an animatronic!

A look inside the skeleton of an animatronic!

Hitchhiking Ghosts!

Hitchhiking Ghosts!

A painting from the Haunted Mansion!

A painting from the Haunted Mansion!

I was geeking out at all the Haunted Mansion stuff!!

I was geeking out at all the Haunted Mansion stuff!!

Josh and Walt!

Josh and Walt!

Yep, those are Legos..

Yep, those are Legos..

Lots of costumes from movies like Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton, Enchanted, High School Musical, Mary Poppins, and more! This is the suit Tom Hanks wore while portraying Walt in Saving Mr. Banks!

Lots of costumes from movies like Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton, Enchanted, High School Musical, Mary Poppins, and more! This is the suit Tom Hanks wore while portraying Walt in Saving Mr. Banks!

Lots of porcelain figurines from some of the popular films!

Lots of porcelain figurines from some of the popular films!

An animators workshop where we learned to draw Mickey!

An animators workshop where we learned to draw Mickey!

Our souvenir photo in front of a green screen!

Our souvenir photo in front of a green screen!

And of course, no Disney attraction is complete without an exit through the gift shop!

And of course, no Disney attraction is complete without an exit through the gift shop!

Angie Carreiro Angie.Carriero@GMail.com http://www.Twitter.com/AngieCarreiro http://www.ILoveAnimalArt.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/flipadeeflop

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