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Disney Art Comes to the Reagan Presidential Museum

More than 500 items of Disney memorabilia, including the first ticket issued at Disneyland, will be on display at a new exhibit at the Reagan Library

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    More than 500 items of Disney memorabilia, including the first ticket issued at Disneyland, will be on display at a new exhibit of Disney archives at Reagan Library. Cary Berglund reports from Simi Valley for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 27, 2012. (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012)

    From the first drawings and script of Steamboat Willie to the costumes and props from the Avengers and the decades of Disney in-between, a collection of artifacts and memorabilia will be on display in a first-of-its-kind exhibit at an unlikely place.

    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum is bringing the two old friends back together again.

    "It goes way back to when President Reagan helped to open Disneyland for Walt Disney back in the '50s, all the way to being the guy that really promoted Walt Disney being on U.S. Postage Stamps," said John Heubusch, of the Reagan Presidential Library.

    Walt Disney did not live long enough to see Reagan become president, but they both made their marks – first California and then the world.

    "When you bring an enormous number of Disney fans and entertainment industry fans to the library, it really enriches the family of people that know something about President Reagan," Heubusch said.

    An exhibit has been assembled by the studio and D23, the official Disney fan club.

    "I challenge anyone to come to this exhibit and not find something that brings back fond memories," said Steven Clark, of the Walt Disney Company.

    The collection features pieces from every moment in the storied life of the storytelling conglomerate.

    "Disney magic is truly that," Clark said. "It's that special part of us that we take away from a Disney film. It's that lesson that we learn. It's that special character that becomes a friend."

    The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives opens July 6th and runs through next April.

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