2023-11-29T12:44:00Z By Grumpy Group Organiser
Disney100: The Exhibition will open at London’s ExCel to mark Disney’s 100th anniversary, featuring a range of artefacts and memorabilia to take visitors on a nostalgic and educational journey across the last century.
Groups can look forward to ten themed galleries across the 20,000-square-foot exhibition, displaying real stories, historical artefacts, original costumes and interactive installations.
After previous residences in the USA and Germany, the exhibition will give Disney fans in the UK a chance to explore artefacts from movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Mary Poppins (1964), all the way through to more modern releases like Cinderella (2015) and Encanto (2021).
Becky Cline, director of Walt Disney Archives, said: “We are incredibly excited to bring this fantastic exhibition to London. We can’t wait for guests in the UK to experience their favourite Disney stories, characters, and attractions in new and immersive ways as we celebrate all the wonderful worlds of Disney.”
Due to run from 13th October 2023 until 22nd January 2024, tickets are on sale now with a group bundle rate on offer. More details are available here.
Disney100: exhibition highlights
In the gallery Where Do the Stories Come From? visitors can see the actual prop storybook from the opening scene of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and the Mary Poppins’ (1964) carousel horse which Dick Van Dyke rode in his role as Bert.
The crystal glass slipper from Cinderella (2015) will also be on display alongside original artwork from the 1950 animated film.
In The Illusion of Life gallery, the original artwork for the animation of Cruella from One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) and the red dress from Cruella (2021) will be showcased.
Guests will also discover more about the creation of Disney heroes, villains, and sidekicks from the first sketch to the finished animation.
The stories of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel are covered in The Spirit of Adventure and Discovery gallery, where groups can look forward to seeing the Iron Man helmet from Avengers: Infinity War (2018), among other artefacts.
The exhibition also includes a look at Disney’s theme parks. In the Your Disney World: A Day in the Parks gallery, visitors will feel as if they are standing on a version of Main Street, U.S.A., where they will see an attraction vehicle from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland® Park and a model of the Castle of Magical Dreams from Hong Kong Disneyland® Park.
Organisers say that a number of backdrops from popular Disney movies will also be dotted throughout the space to create photo opportunities.
It took four years to plan and assemble the artefacts within the exhibition, many of which will be on display for the first time. The majority of artefacts presented are from the collection of the Walt Disney Archives, with additional items from Marvel Studios, the Pixar Living Archives, the Walt Disney Animation Research Library and the Walt Disney Imagineering.
You can find more information at disney100exhibit.com/london.