Dive into Disney  TFK tours a new Disney exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago  By: TFK Kid Reporter Kristen Rigsby 

Dive into Disney TFK tours a new Disney exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago By: TFK Kid Reporter Kristen Rigsby Take a moment to imagine a world without Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Mary Poppins, or Donald Duck. Picture the entertainment industry without animated cartoons, multi‐view movies, special effects, or color. Imagine watching TV without being able to hear what each character is saying as he or she talks. If it weren’t for the creativity and perseverance of Walt Disney, the founder of The Walt Disney Company, these characters and technical innovations would not be here today. You can learn about the life and work of Walt Disney at the exhibit Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which opened this month at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Through a display of over 300 rarely seen objects, the exhibit traces Disney’s journey from his birth in Chicago to his first animation film to his groundbreaking film inventions. By showcasing various artifacts from different Disney eras, the Museum of Science and Industry hopes to not only portray Disney’s history, but also to remind visitors of their experiences with Disney’s characters, films and theme parks. “When then they see Mary Poppins, for example, they will recall the first time they watched the movie,” Nicholas Vega, the Manager of Collections and Exhibits for the Walt Disney Archives, told TFK. “If they see the Small World doll from Disneyland, they will remember the first time they went on the ride.” Recreating Disney’s World One display in the exhibit contains a replica of Walt Disney’s office desk. Artists and historians reconstructed his desk by looking at archived pictures of his office. Another section displays original Mary Poppins movie props, including the Mary Poppins carpetbag, a Mary Poppins outfit, and Jane and Michael’s toys. Mary Poppins is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. Walt Disney’s work desk is featured at the center of the Disney exhibit (Courtesy The Museum of Science and Industry) The exhibit also includes a Lego Cinderella Castle built by a Lego master, Walt Disney’s collection of awards and trophies, and a display case full of authentic costumes from movies such as Enchanted, The Great and Powerful Oz, The Mad Hatter, and 101 Dalmatians. In addition, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives has hands‐on activities for kids of all ages. In the “Animation Academy,” guests are given a tutorial of how to draw a certain Disney character. The characters are rotated on a daily basis, so a visitor can learn how to draw seven different Disney characters. There are also question‐and‐answer trivia games and stations where guests can listen to Disney songs. A group of museum visitors take a drawing lesson at Disney’s “Animation Academy” (Courtesy Rigsby Family) Come See It For Yourself! The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit will be at the museum until May 4, 2014. “It’s highly educational, but very much an entertaining exhibit,” Vega says. “So you’re going to learn, but you’re going to have fun learning.”