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The exhibition, celebrating 100 years of The Walt Disney Company, opens February 18, 2023, at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute


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PHILADELPHIA /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of the one-month countdown to the world premiere of Disney100: The Exhibition, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has unveiled 23 “Crown Jewels” from the Walt Disney Archives vault of treasures that will be on display when the exhibition opens February 18, 2023, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. From live-action to animation and Disney Parks to a galaxy far, far away, the 23 items showcase a taste of the wonderful world of stories that will highlight the legacy of The Walt Disney Company at the exhibition, such as:

  • Carousel Horse used by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Genie Maquette from Aladdin (1992)
  • Digital Painting from Frozen (2013)
  • Concept Drawing of Disneyland by artist Herb Ryman
  • First Order Stormtrooper Armor from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Genie Maquette for Aladdin (1992), created by artist Kent Melton, unveiled today as part of more than 250 “Crown Jewels” from the Walt Disney Archives vault of treasures soon to be on display when the world premiere of Disney100: The Exhibition opens February 18, 2023, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. ©Disney

A full list of the artifacts can be found below.

Disney100: The Exhibition invites guests to step into their favorite Disney stories across ten galleries throughout a 15,000-square-foot exhibit space featuring innovative and immersive technology. The Walt Disney Archives spent the past five years curating a collection of more than 250 rarely seen original artworks, artifacts, costumes, props, and other memorabilia for the exhibition celebrating 100 years of The Walt Disney Company. The vast majority of objects are from the Walt Disney Archives, with a selection of artwork from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library, and Pixar Living Archives, as well as props and costumes on loan from Marvel Studios. 

The full list of the 23 artifacts, revealed in advance of the February 18 world premiere at The Franklin Institute, includes:

  • Story Script Page from Steamboat Willie (1928) 
  • Visual Development Art for Alice in Wonderland (1951), created by artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair*
  • Concept Drawing of Disneyland by artist and Disney Legend Herb Ryman, graphite on paper (1953)*
  • Nautilus Special Effects Filming Model for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  • Engineer Mickey Mouse used by Walt Disney on Opening Day of Disneyland, 1955
  • Disneyland® Park Jungle Cruise Attraction Vehicle Model used by Walt Disney, “A Trip Through Adventureland/Water Birds” – Disneyland (TV, 1956)
  • Prop Storybook featured in Sleeping Beauty (1959) 
  • Clean-up Animation for Sleeping Beauty (1959), created by artist and Disney Legend Marc Davis*
  • Carousel Horse from Mary Poppins (1964), used by Disney Legend Julie Andrews
  • Visual Development Art for The Little Mermaid (1989), created by artist and Disney Legend Glen Keane*
  • Genie Maquette for Aladdin (1992), created by artist Kent Melton
  • Spell Book from Hocus Pocus (1993), used by Disney Legend Bette Midler
  • Mater Maquette for Cars (2006), created by artist Jerome Ranft
  • East High School Yearbook from High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
  • Visual Development Art Digital Painting for The Princess and the Frog (2009), created by artist Sue Nichols
  • Visual Development Art Digital Painting for Frozen (2013), created by artist Julia Kalantarova
  • BB-8 Puppet used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
  • Captain America Shield used in Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Lumière Production Model for Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • First Order Stormtrooper Armor from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), designed by Michael Kaplan and Glyn Dillon
  • Black Panther Costume from Black Panther (2018)
  • Cinderella Castle Model for Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort
  • Attraction Vehicle from Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

*Reproduction of the original

Photos of the newly released objects can be found here.

Disney100: The Exhibition opens on February 18, 2023, and runs through August 27, 2023. Tickets are timed and dated, and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For information on purchasing tickets, please visit www.fi.edu.

Disney100: The Exhibition is created and curated by the Walt Disney Archives and Semmel Exhibitions. The Franklin Institute is proud to present and play host to the world premiere of Disney100: The Exhibition in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center. PECO, the Premier Corporate Partner of the Franklin Institute, is the Local Presenting Sponsor of the exhibition, and PNC is the Associate Sponsor.

About The Franklin Institute

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in science and technology learning and a dynamic center of activity. As Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit www.fi.edu.

About the Walt Disney Archives

For more than 50 years, the Walt Disney Archives has carefully safeguarded the most treasured items from The Walt Disney Company’s history, including original scripts, movie props and costumes, Walt Disney’s correspondence and script notes, theme park artifacts, merchandise, millions of archival photographs, and many of Walt’s personal effects. Founded by Disney Legend Dave Smith in 1970, the Walt Disney Archives is a vital resource for every part of Disney, as well as an important research center for Disney scholars, researchers, and writers. The Archives also shares its countless pieces with Disney fans everywhere through its exhibitions and close association with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

About Semmel Exhibitions

Semmel Exhibitions creates exhibitions, which travel worldwide, and hosts international exhibitions in Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland. Semmel Exhibitions is a division of Semmel Concerts Entertainment, the large German live entertainment producer. Since Semmel Exhibitions started touring its exhibitions TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES; THE DISCOVERY OF KING TUT; and most recently, MARVEL: UNIVERSE OF SUPER HEROES and SPIDER-MAN: BEYOND AMAZING – THE EXHIBITION, they have reached an audience of more than seven million people worldwide and built a strong international network within museums, science centers, cultural venues, and the creative industries. More information at semmel-exhibitions.com.

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Get Ready for Arizona’s Mattel Adventure Park Resort: Construction Update and an Exclusive Sneak Peek of the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster!

Experience the thrill of Mattel Adventure Park Resort’s construction progress and an exclusive sneak peek of the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster!



Excitement is in the air as construction progresses on Arizona’s highly anticipated Mattel Adventure Park™. Set to open in late 2024, this one-of-a-kind theme park will feature attractions based on beloved Mattel brands, offering guests a thrilling and nostalgic experience.

Mattel Adventure Park set for 2024 opening 

Located just south of State Farm Stadium in Glendale at VAI Resort, Mattel Adventure Park aims to become Arizona’s first fully themed indoor/outdoor amusement park. The sprawling 9-acre park will showcase the extensive portfolio of iconic toys from Mattel, creating a year-round entertainment destination for visitors of all ages.

One of the most anticipated attractions at Mattel Adventure Park is the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster – a first-of-its-kind ride. This family coaster boasts a stunning design inspired by the famous hot rod’s skull. Climbing 84 feet in the air, it promises to provide a pulse-pounding experience for both kids and adults.

But the Hot Wheels fun doesn’t stop there. The park will also feature the Hot Wheels Twin Mill Racer – a double-looping coaster unlike anything seen before in Arizona. With two corkscrews and a thrilling layout, adrenaline-seekers will be in for a wild ride.

Julie Freeland, Senior Director of Global Location Based Entertainment at Mattel, expressed her excitement about the park, stating, “Mattel Adventure Park is an amazing opportunity to bring our beloved brands to life. We’re especially excited for families to experience the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker rollercoaster – a dream come true for any Hot Wheels fan.”

While Hot Wheels takes center stage, other favorite Mattel brands will also have their dedicated attractions. Thomas & Friends: World of Sodor™ will offer immersive experiences and rides for families, including an indoor play space for little adventurers. Barbie fans will be delighted by the full-scale Barbie Beach House, complete with the Barbie Dream Closet Experience™. This interactive attraction uses hologram technology to bring Barbie to life, allowing guests to explore her iconic closet. The Barbie Beach House will also feature a rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views of the park.

Masters of the Universe™ fans can engage in epic battles at a 4,500 square-foot laser tag arena designed to resemble the iconic Castle Grayskull fortress. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a mini golf experience with nine holes inspired by classic Mattel games such as Magic 8 Ball™ and Pictionary™. A larger-than-life custom climb UNO™ structure adds a touch of nostalgia and adventure.

Mark Cornell, President at Epic Resort Destinations, highlighted the park’s innovative design, saying, “Mattel Adventure Park features a unique and strategic year-round indoor/outdoor design, providing acres of air-conditioned space to ensure a cool guest experience all summer long here in the heat of Arizona.”

As construction progresses, Mattel Adventure Park continues to generate buzz, promising a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Guests can catch a sneak peek of the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Rollercoaster at the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party™ at Desert Diamond Arena on August 19 and 20.

To stay informed about the latest updates and be the first to experience the excitement, follow Mattel Adventure Park’s social media channels and visit their official website.




Arizona’s Mattel Adventure Park Resort is destined to become a must-visit destination for families seeking thrills, nostalgia, and unparalleled entertainment.

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Experience the Magic of Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort: Characters, Parades, Nighttime Spectaculars, and More!

Immerse yourself in the magic of Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort: parades, night shows, themed food, exclusive merchandise, and unforgettable experiences!



Pixar Fest was in full swing once again at the Disneyland Resort, bringing beloved characters and stories from Pixar Animation Studios to life for a limited time. From April 26 to August 4, 2024, guests of all ages could immerse themselves in the magic and wonder of Pixar.

As guests entered the resort, they were greeted by colorful décor adorning Main Street, U.S.A., Buena Vista Street, and the Downtown Disney District. The centerpiece of the entrance was a magnificent 25-foot sculpture featuring the iconic Pixar Ball, instantly setting the stage for the festivities ahead.

One of the highlights of Pixar Fest was the debut of the “Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!” parade at Disney California Adventure Park. This lively and vibrant parade featured dynamic floats and over two dozen characters from beloved Pixar films. From classic films like “Toy Story” and “Monsters, Inc.” to newer favorites like “Turning Red” and “Soul,” guests were treated to a heartwarming journey through the world of Pixar.

Another returning favorite was the “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” at Disneyland Park. This breathtaking nighttime show illuminated the sky with colorful projections, memorable music, and dazzling pyrotechnics. Featuring characters from Pixar classics and upcoming films like “Inside Out 2,” the show tugged at heartstrings and reminded guests of the power of friendship and love.

The Hollywood Backlot at Disney California Adventure Park was transformed into the lively and energetic Club Pixar. Every evening, guests could dance the night away to the beats of a DJ, enjoy live performances, play exciting games, and indulge in themed food and beverages. Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible even made appearances in their original super suits, adding an extra dose of excitement to the festivities.

At Disneyland Park, the Fantasyland Theatre was transformed into the Pixar Pals Playtime Party, a daytime fun zone for the whole family. Guests could learn dance moves, join Pixar pals in a high-energy show, and participate in various Pixar-themed activities. And for those who preferred a more relaxed experience, award-winning Pixar shorts were screened on a big screen, offering a chance to sit back and enjoy the magic of Pixar.

Of course, no festival would be complete without delicious food and unique merchandise. Marketplaces throughout Disney California Adventure Park offered Pixar-themed menu items, allowing guests to savor the tastes of their favorite films. Limited-time food and beverage novelty items such as a Coco guitar bucket, an Alien Pizza Planet truck bucket, and a Slinky Dog sipper were also available for guests to take home as souvenirs.

Pixar Fest also introduced a new line of merchandise featuring Pixar pals from films like “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Up.” From the Pizza Planet collection to vibrant character designs, there was something for every Pixar fan to commemorate their festival experience. Limited-time medallions with designs for each Pixar feature film added an extra touch of collectability to the festivities.

Beyond the festival itself, the Disneyland Resort offered even more Pixar experiences for guests to enjoy. The reimagined Pixar Place Hotel featured contemporary guest rooms that paid tribute to the artistry of Pixar Animation Studios. Exclusive entertainment offerings and unique character encounters with beloved characters like Joe from “Soul” and Bing Bong from “Inside Out” made the hotel stay even more magical.

Guests could also participate in a themed fitness challenge in Pixar Pier before the park opened, combining fitness and fun in a unique way. And throughout both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, attractions and entertainment offerings allowed guests to interact with their favorite Pixar stories in new and exciting ways.

Pixar Fest was a celebration of friendship and beyond, bringing joy and wonder to the Disneyland Resort for a limited time. With new and returning entertainment offerings, themed menu items, commemorative merchandise, and immersive experiences, guests were able to create memories that would last a lifetime. As the festival came to a close on August 4, 2024, guests left with hearts full of Pixar magic, eagerly awaiting the next adventure.

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5 Tips to Celebrate May the 4th All Month Long



(Family Features) It’s the time of year when Star Wars fans from across the galaxy gather to celebrate May the 4th, also known as Star Wars Day. Inspired by the iconic catchphrase uttered in the first film of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: A New Hope, May the 4th has grown in size and enthusiasm over the years. Fans who don’t want to limit the Star Wars celebrations can keep the festivities going all month long.

To kickstart your Star Wars Day, check out these family-friendly ideas, activities and out of this galaxy adventures that are perfect for every fan.

Movie Marathon Month
You never need an excuse to watch these movies, but what better time than in May? Once a week, friends and families can unwind and have a movie night. Whether it’s in chronological order or picking out your favorite Star Wars movie, spending time together watching the Skywalker Saga is a great highlight to everyone’s week.

Costume Contest
Before you start your movie, host a themed costume contest. Encourage family and friends to break off into teams and dress up as their favorite characters. Each alliance can battle one another in hopes of winning the ultimate title of “Best Dressed in the Galaxy.” 

Drink Blue Milk Straight from the Star Wars Galaxy
Bring the big screen to your home with Star Wars TruMoo Blue Milk. The blue beverage was previously available exclusively at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney parks, but now fans can enjoy a new take with this vanilla flavored, low-fat milk that harnesses the power of protein-packed, real-dairy milk with 8 grams of protein per 8 fluid ounces to fuel adventures of all kinds, and goes perfectly with any showtime snack.

Try Out Themed Recipes
You can’t watch a movie without something to munch on – especially if you’re going the marathon route. Get creative in the kitchen and bring to life recipes reminiscent of your favorite Star Wars stories. Better yet, grab your blue milk and mix up a blue milkshake or ice cream pie.

Get Crafty
Grab your scissors, glue, boxes, and any other art supplies you have laying around and challenge everyone to make their own starship, drawing or craft from their favorite Star Wars film, series, game, book or more. Display your creations and continue to add more to your collection all month long.

To find interactive trivia, crafts, recipes and Star Wars TruMoo Blue Milk products near you as well as details about Star Wars white milk, both available for a limited time through July 2024 at select retailers in most major markets, visit StarWarsMilk.com.

*The Star Wars milk from TruMoo qualifies for the Star Wars check. To learn more, visit starwarscheck.com.

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