To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Family Museum is showcasing objects from the museum’s collection which highlight important moments in Walt’s career. These objects, which include recent acquisitions and fragile materials that have never been publicly displayed, will rotate periodically throughout the year.
Jimmie Dodd's Mousegetar
On view in January–February 2024.
Actor, songwriter, and Disney Legend Jimmie Dodd was the host of the Mickey Mouse Club television show during its first four seasons, appearing with the show’s ensemble cast from 1955 to 1959. Dodd wrote more than 400 songs, including the “Mickey Mouse March,” the show’s popular theme song, and numerous other compositions for the program.
Margaret Kerry's Ballet Slippers
On view in December 2023.
Actress and dancer Margaret Kerry (b. 1929) wore this pair of ballet slippers while serving as the live-action reference model for the character of Tinker Bell in Peter Pan (1953).
Since the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Disney Studios artists would used live-action references to help capture lifelike motion. Filming human actors—often with costumes and props—allowed animators to study and reproduce the movement of actors’ bodies and clothing in animated form.
Mrs. Davis Letter
On view in November 2023.
On October 16, 1923—the same day he signed the distribution contract with Winkler Productions—Walt penned this letter to the mother of Virginia Davis, the child actress who portrayed the titular character in Alice's Wonderland.