As D23 continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Archives, they announced today a month-long celebration that will include new custom content including videos, galleries, sweeps, and an exciting new Gold Member-exclusive documentary, ADVENTURE THRU THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES.

Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives

WDA Poster_Press Release_52920ADVENTURE THRU THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES gives viewers a look into rarely seen parts of the extensive Disney Archives, which were founded by Disney Legend Dave Smith on June 22, 1970.

The documentary film looks at beloved parts of Disney, including its theme parks and Studio lot, through an engaging, historical lens, as Hahn speaks with Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline and other members of the Archives team. Each stop on the adventure offers a look at some of the iconic treasures that have played a role in shaping The Walt Disney Company.

Hosted by legendary producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent) the special documentary will premiere on exclusively for D23 Gold Members on June 27, 2020. It is directed by John Gleim, features new interviews with Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Pixar’s Pete Docter, film historian Leonard Maltin, and many more.

To celebrate the announcement Disney D23 created a 50-tweet thread on Twitter that featured 50 of the amazing items from the Archives collection. We had the chance to see these items at the Bowers Museum which will host these items on public display.

MORE INFO: STEP INSIDE: Hundreds of pieces of memorabilia enchant ‘Inside the Walt Disney Archives’ exhibit at Bowers Museum

Starting June 15 at 10 a.m. PT, D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will be able to register for tickets for Adventure Thru the Walt Disney Archives. For details, visit

More to Explore

D23 will be featuring exclusive content from the Walt Disney Archives throughout the month, including videos, interviews, and galleries of artwork. Follow the conversation on social using #DisneyArchives50.

Weekly Sweeps

Starting today, D23 is kicking off weekly sweepstakes, including exclusive and rare items curated directly from the Archives staff. The prizes, which will be given away in weekly sweepstakes open to all levels of D23 Members, include a check signed by Walt Disney, “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo” sheet music, an original program from Fantasia (1940), and a copy of The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember book signed by author Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives.

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In the Magazine

Plus, the Summer 2020 issue of Disney twenty-three, the quarterly publication exclusively for D23 Gold Members, celebrates the Archives’ milestone with an in-depth story written by Leonard Maltin, a selection of classic Disneyland merchandise from the Archives collection, and an archivist-curated list of some of the best films to watch on Disney+ including The Sound of Music, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Captain Marvel, and The Princess and the Frog.