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Disneyana On A Presidential Scale

Leonard Maltin By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin July 9, 2012 at 4:23PM

I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of the new Disney exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library last week in Simi Valley, California, and I urge every diehard Disney fan to make a pilgrimage there between now and next April. There are more than 500 artifacts on display in the 12,000 square-foot presentation, making it the largest exhibit ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives. (Equally impressive is the fact that the whole project was conceived and executed in six months’ time.)

D23 members may have seen some of this material at the club’s expos in recent years, but I’m told that as many as half the artifacts on display have never been shown to the public before. I can only tell you how impressed I was.

The exhibit is officially sponsored by the official Disney fan club, D23, and members receive a two dollar discount on museum admission. You can learn more at or

Lucretia Borgia-680

Lucrezia Borgia may be R-rated nowadays, but she’s incidental to the pooch in Herb Ryman’s painting, which was executed to illustrate a story point in The Shaggy Dog.

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Walt Disney’s office wall featured renderings of his daughters, Diane and Sharon, by Norman Rockwell.

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