D23, the official Disney fan club and the Walt Disney Archives have announced the return of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit to the D23 Expo. The expo at the Anaheim Convention Center will give fans unprecedented access and insight into 80+ decades of Disney history. The 12,000 square foot expo exhibit, which has doubled in size since the 2009 Expo, will take place August 19-21, 2011.

The huge exhibit will showcase what the press release calls “the crown jewels of the Walt Disney Archives Collection”; many of these pieces will be displayed publicly for the first time. Here’s some of what the expo has to offer:

The most memorable props, set pieces, photos, costumes and memorabilia from beloved Disney films such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Alice in Wonderland”, “National Treasure”, “Tron” (1982), “The Rocketeer”, “Pinocchio” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” will allow fans to enjoy and explore their favorite movies and characters like never before. In addition, the show floor will feature one-of-a-kind pieces including a 23-foot model of The Black Pearl, used in both “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, the Dharma Initiative Volkswagen van from the ABC television series “LOST”, and Walt Disney’s limousine.

“Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives,” located on the second floor of the convention center, will feature numerous special exhibits including: an exhaustive collection of props, costumes and set pieces from ABC’s groundbreaking series LOST; a Mickey Mouse exhibit featuring the original Mickey Mouse doll, Mousegetar, and a retrospective of memorabilia; a House of de Vil exhibit commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the animated film 101 Dalmatians, featuring a Fan Art Gallery as well as costumes and props from the live action film, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary; and a tribute to Zorro, the first ever episodic television series, featuring the largest collection of costumes and vintage memorabilia ever exhibited.

Sounds like a fun exhibit to go to, especially if you’re a Disney fan. Are you going to go?


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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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