Fairy Tale Treasures in Simi Valley

The Disney Archives are set to go on display at the Reagan Library.

Walt Disney

There are many companies in the world that boast a recognizable logo. Or they might have a mascot you adore, or a jingle, or a particular uniform or style of dress. And if they are very savvy and very lucky, the company is known for all of the above.

And then there's Disney. Disney is so laden with iconic images and visuals and sounds that it is hard to know where to land first. How about the simple line that forms Mickey Mouse's ears? How about the known-everywhere tune to "it's a small world"? How about that font that has become synonymous with Disney itself? Or should we have typed "synony-mouse" there?

A whole museum could be filled with its treasures, and now a substantial part of a famous institution will be, for the better part of a year. Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives is set to open at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum on Friday, July 6.

What'll be on exhibit? Major goodies like the original script for "Steamboat Willie" (yep, that was a certain mouse's big debut). Props from live-action '60s-era favorites like "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "Mary Poppins." And costumes from newer fare like "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Captain America."

The archives exhibit will be at the Reagan Library through April 2013.

If you're wondering why the Disney artifacts are headed for the Simi Valley museum, you need only look to the footage of Disneyland's opening day back in 1955. None other than Ronald Reagan served as a co-host for the grand event; the president and Walt Disney were also friends.

So, what do you want to see there? We're hoping Mary Poppins's magic bag or flowery hat is in the house. And anything involving Donald Duck waves our particular flag, too.

For ticket information make for the Reagan Library site. 

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