I was sent on an all expense paid press junket by Disney to cover the movie premiere of Tomorrowland. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
While on our press junket for the Tomorrowland movie, Disney let us in on a little secret — that many of the ideas for the movie Tomorrowland came from the archives that are housed on the Disney lot.
We started out the morning touring the Disney lot. I've only been on this lot one other time, so being back here was great. I love the look and feel of everything and to know that many of my favorite Disney movies were brought to life on this very lot.
We had a few minutes to look around before our Disney Archives tour began, so we split up into groups to take in the scenery. of course, no visit to the Disney lot would not be complete without a selfie with Mickey and Walt right?
While the lot was amazing with handprints from some of my most favorite actors and actresses, nothing compared me to the giddiness I would feel when I walked into the Disney Archives building.
The minute we stepped into the area, I knew I was witnessing and seeing something like I would never ever see again. Seriously — not everyone gets this privilege, so to be able to walk in and see actual props from shows and movies that I grew up watching, it was like a dream come true.
Our tour guide Kevin was an amazing encyclopedia of knowledge. I could tell right away that he truly loved his job and he takes very serious the responsibility that has been given to him to keep these wonderful archives clean, safe, and in order.
My all time favorite Disney movie! 🙂
We took a tour of the inside first before we were allowed to go into “the” room — the room that held all the exciting Tomorrowland inspired items.
We saw things like the original Tim the Tool Man tool belt from Home Improvement . . .
Annette Funicello's Mickey Ears!
and Jack Sparrow's rings from Pirates of the Caribbean!
Tomorrowland and the inspiration behind this movie
Kevin finally took us into the room where we were allowed to look around for a moment and take it all in. I have to be honest with you — I was completely mesmerized — not by all the things, but by the wall of books that graced this room(I'll tell you more about that in a minute).
On the table in front of us, Kevin had laid out a few of the archives that he thought might have been a great choice in helping inspire the movie Tomorrowland, but many of us could not get over the very first original ‘It's a Small World” poster.
Photo Credit: Melissa Pezza
If you have watched the trailer to the movie, then you know that “It's a Small World” has a lot to do with Tomorrowland.
I won't tell you exactly what because I am NOT a movie spoiler — you will just have to take your family on May 22nd to go see it to find out! It's rated PG so even your small ones can go see it.
The it's a Small World attraction originated at the 1964 World's Fair, but when the park closed down a couple of years later, the ride was moved to Disneyland. By the end of the 2 year run, around 10 million people had taken a ride on this amazing attraction.
Kevin showed us an original doll from the Disneyland It's a Small World Attraction.
Photo Credit: Melissa Pezza
Each set of dolls in the attraction have tons of detail weaved into each costume. You can truly see the handling and the love that went into making these dolls what they really are.
Alice Davis who was one of the original Disney costume designers had a hand in making these. She is a true legend.
Photo Credit: Frugal and Fun Mom
Other items that we got to see up close and personal from the World's Fair and this time period were things like —
- Original It's a Small World Record (this has the original cover on it as well as The Tower of the 4 Winds which was a meeting place of sorts when you visited the park)
- Souvenir records you could purchase at the fair (these were perfect for mailing back in the day)
- Monorail ticket
- World's fair ticket
- 1st Disneyland Press pass, parking pass, and park entrance ticket
- and more!
Photo Credit: Melissa Pezza
The one thing that Tomorrowland did was showcase Disney, but it celebrated the whole World Fair. The World's Fair was a big deal not just for families, but for everyone to get together and be optimistic about the future and how they could plan together for a better tomorrow.
Isn't that what Tomorrowland is all about?
The Disney archive room was full of all kinds of great things that really showcased Walt Disney's love for the future. He truly was a man that was a dreamer full of ideas to help inspire a better tomorrow.
One of the things that Kevin told us is that one of Walt's big things was progress. How do you showcase progress? Two words — time travel — hence Tomorrowland 🙂
In the 50's and 60's there was nothing more alluring than space travel and reaching a space where no one had ever gone before — according to our tour guide Kevin.
This world needs dreamers like Walt Disney and if they all fade away and disappear, I think the world would end. We need movers and shakers and innovators to make this world better than it has ever thought about being.
After visiting the Disney archive room and seeing all the items that “might” have had a hand in inspiring this land of dreamers, we were allowed to walk around and check out the room.
I fell in love with the wall of books — y'all just let me tell you. I was a Golden Book girl.
I really loved to see that Disney had every single one of these books I grew up on. It brought back such wonderful memories standing there looking. I can still hear my momma now reading me “The Poky Little Puppy”.
Of course, we all were surprised with our very own Oscar moment — each one of us got a chance to hold one of Walt's Oscars. It was a day that I will never ever forget as long as I live.
Viewing this room truly made me inspired as a dreamer and writer. I want to make sure that my kids know what it is to be optimistic about the future and Tomorrowland is a movie that truly inspires that.
What family member do you think would benefit from learning about how they can change the world?
Walt's Disney archive room gave me a lot of food for thought and I cannot wait to start putting to practice some things I took away from this moment in time.
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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!