Unseasonal July rain showers brought Disney California Adventure‘s new Radiator Springs Racers E-Ticket to a stop last week, highlighting a major flaw in the attraction’s ride system. Still, Disneyland is set to celebrate its 57th anniversary this week as both theme parks continue to entertain big crowds coming to see the blockbuster line-up of new attractions, restaurants and shows the Resort has added over the last five years. Plus lots of Disneyland news items. Meanwhile, an hour-and-a-half’s drive north of Disneyland, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is currently hosting a massive exhibit of dazzling artifacts from the Walt Disney Archives. D23’s Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit chronicles everything from Walt Disney‘s childhood in Marceline, Missouri to Disney’s latest films such as TRON: Legacy and Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Despite high crowd levels, weekend wait times continue to be manageable with full Annual Passholder blackouts in effect.

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Progress continues, albeit slowly, at the new Fantasy Faire princess meet-and-greet area in the former Carnation Plaza Gardens.

Looks like some progress is being made with green backstage walls now exposed.

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Back in Big Thunder Ranch, Disney welcomed a new sheep to the Ranch by having guests vote for their favorite name on Friday and Saturday

The sheep wasn’t out when we visited late Saturday afternoon, but voting in Miss Criss’ cabin was still open.

Was there really any other choice besides “Lambert” ?!

Back in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, pin trading has been added to help draw in guests.

Bill Hill and the Hillbillies play to smaller crowds here than the packed two-story Golden Horseshoe

Roses are in full bloom along the Rivers of America.

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Over at California Adventure, crowds continue remain high in the new Cars Land area, but wait times elsewhere in the park are rather manageable.

Walls are still up around the former temporary entrance area next to the main entrance turnstiles

Last week’s rare July rain storm put the new Radiator Springs Racers attraction to the test. The attraction uses the infamously problematic ride system from Test Track at Walt Disney World, which completely breaks down during rain.

For an attraction that has a significant outdoor portion, this certainly a design flaw that we had hoped Disney had been able to correct in the newest generation of the ride system. Unfortunately, the rain had Radiator Springs Racers completely down Thursday and Friday, with continuing downtimes on Saturday.

The slow-loading Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamborees end up picking up the slack for Radiator Springs Racers

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In Downtown Disney, the Earl of Sandwich construction is starting to show some progress…

Looks like they’re getting ready for signage installation above the entrance

A planter near the new restaurant is getting some work done — possibly getting ready for removal to make space for outdoor seating?

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About an hour and a half drive north of Disneyland, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is now playing host to D23’s Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.

Perched on a hill that overlooks Simi Valley, the Reagan Library is a gorgeous location for the new exhibit despite being a bit of an inconvenient drive for those visiting from outside the area.

The new exhibit opened July 6. Below, the Reagan Library has provided a video of the complete grand opening ceremony

Below, D23’s press release detailing the exhibit:

D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives, which encompasses more than 500 historic artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history, opens at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum on July 6, continuing through April 2013.

Presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, D23 Presents Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives, at 12,000 square feet. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts, at least half of which have never been seen by the public—including models, props, costumes, set pieces, and artwork from throughout Disney history.

“Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney were longtime friends, two optimists who shared an unwavering belief in the essential goodness of the American way of life,” Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, says. “We’re proud to partner with the Reagan Library and the National Archives to showcase Disney’s rich entertainment legacy. This extraordinary exhibit will offer visitors an unprecedented look into Disney’s history and celebrate the connection between these two American originals.”

Among the extraordinary items to be featured are:

  • The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse’s film debut in 1928′s Steamboat Willie
  • A faithful recreation of Walt’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, including original furnishings and many of his personal items
  • Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Sleeping Beauty
  • Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more
  • Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure, and Captain America
  • Intricately sculptured busts of all 44 U.S. Presidents that were created for Audio-Animatronics® figures seen in the The Hall of Presidents attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
  • A salute to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, showcasing theme park artwork, Audio-Animatronics® characters, memorabilia, and authentic attraction vehicles

The exhibition also pays tribute to the long personal friendship and professional collaboration between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan, which began many years before President Reagan’s political career.

On July 17, 1955, Ronald Reagan was one of the co-hosts of ABC Network’s live coverage of the opening of Disneyland, and as governor of California, he frequently visited Disney’s first theme park. After leaving the Oval Office, one of his first public events was a return to Disneyland, where he officiated at the park’s January 1990 35th-anniversary celebration, proclaiming it “one of America’s national treasures.”

“Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan shared a passion for America, a belief in the human spirit, and an innate optimism that, in both men, galvanized the public,” John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, says. “President Reagan was a great admirer of Walt Disney, and we are tremendously proud to host this wonderful exhibition of Disney treasures, and to honor the bond between Walt and President Reagan.”

For exhibit hours and additional information, visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum online. Admission to the exhibition is included with the purchase of admission to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Through April 2013, when the exhibition is scheduled to end, members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club also save $2 on every adult admission.

“At 12,000 square feet, this is the largest special exhibit the Reagan Library has ever put on,” Duke Blackwood, director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, says. “It is a testament to the relationship between Walt Disney and our nation’s presidents, as well as the story of Disney, itself. The Reagan Library and National Archives are honored to host this extraordinary exhibit.” [ LINK ]

Guests visiting the Library solely for the Disney Archives exhibit will have to put their political viewpoints aside when visiting. Unfortunately, the exhibit is located in the National Treasures Gallery, at the very back of the Library and visitors must walk through a rather lengthy gallery space chronicling Ronald Reagan’s life and political career before seeing anything Disney-related.

I did see queueing space and signs for guests wanting to skip directly to the Disney Archives exhibit, but the Reagan must not be utilizing this unless the crowd levels warrant it, which seems unlikely, especially if you’re visiting on a weekday.

Nevertheless, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit is a large and rather spectacular collection of artifacts from Walt Disney’s life, career and company that stretches from his boyhood in Marceline, Missouri to present-day Disney film and theme park offerings.

A collection of early Mickey Mouse memorabilia

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit art

Walt’s sketchbooks

A look at an early animator’s desk from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank

Multi-plane camera model

The storybooks from the title sequences of Snow White and Cinderella

Fantasia character maquettes

On public display for the first time in years since it was removed from Disneyland’s Main Street Opera House is Walt Disney’s Formal Office

It’s really a treat to see this again and we hope that Disney can find a permanent place to publicly display this after the end of this exhibit.

Great models, props and costumes from classic Disney films are on display

A display case of character maquettes from the 80s/90s animation renaissance

From here, guests are directed down a flight of stairs into a large open space full of costumes, props, set pieces, Audio-Animatronics and other artifacts from Disney’s films and theme parks.

A large display showcases props and costumes from the 1996 live-action remake of “101 Dalmatians” starring Glenn Close

A path surrounds visitors in costumes from the recent “Disney Dreams” photo series by photographer Annie Leibovitz, 2007’s live-action film “Enchanted,” Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and more

Props and costumes from TRON and TRON: Legacy

Some great props and costumes from recent Marvel films are on display

Theme park ride vehicles, Audio-Animatronics and props on display

The head of Disneyland’s original “Fantasmic!” dragon

Slue Foot Sue’s dress from Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Revue

Great Haunted Mansion animatronics and merchandise

Pirates!

Black Pearl filming model from the films

Back upstairs, you reach the end of the exhibit by passing through a hallway lined with characters from Disney’s more recent animated hits

The exhibit ends in a room celebrating Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction and documenting Walt Disney’s relationship with Ronald Reagan as well as Reagan’s appreciation for Disney and Disney theme parks.

Ronald Reagan wrote the letter to the Postmaster General that got the Walt Disney commemorative stamp made

The Reagan Library gift shop offers a large selection of Walt Disney Archives and exhibit-branded merchandise including books, pins, apparel and more.

Exhibit catalog

Overall the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit is a fantastic day trip for Disney fans in the Southern California region. For out-of-state visitors, the exhibit would be a great addition to a Disneyland vacation. For Disney fans who attended the D23 Expo in 2009 or 2011, there is some overlap of items on display here, but there’s plenty of new things to see to warrant a trip to Simi Valley. The exhibit really is a must-see for fans of Disney, offering something for every Disney fan. While the exhibit was never particularly busy when I visited, attendance did pick up around early afternoon. I’d recommend arriving early to avoid crowds and for easier parking. Tickets to the exhibit can be purchased in advance online at the Reagan Library web site. Admission is $21 for adults, $6 for children 10 and under, Child (10 and under), $15 for youth ages 11-17 and $18 for seniors. D23 members get $2 off per ticket. The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Reagan Library runs through April 2013.

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Registration for a women-focused Disneyland race is already full less than one month after sign-ups began.Tinker Bell Half Marathon sign-ups closed Wednesday after about 14,000 people registered for the Jan. 20 event. Registration started June 12.While regular spaces are gone, potential runners can sign up through charity teams and tour groups on runDisney.com.

It’s one of the fastest sell-outs of a California Disney race so far: The upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon spots filled up in one month and one day.

“When they become available, people gobble them up pretty quick,” said Tony Morreale, a spokesman for Disney sports.

The January race will be the second Tinker Bell Half Marathon, which is aimed at females, but open to males. This year’s Tinker Bell race drew about 900 males.

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  • Great update Andy. thank you!

    Does it seem like Earl of Sandwich is taking forever?

    • KENfromOC

      What it seems like are a bunch of people for some unknown reason getting all excited about what looks to be just another sandwich shop serving (by the pictures on their web site) sandwiches filled with “chopped and formed” fake turkey and roast beef! Maybe it’s becuase I’m from the Bay Area and was raised on great REAL deli snadwiches and hofbraus where they actually carve turkey, etc. from – wow — a real turkey! I am so tied of the crap you get at Subway, Jersey Mike’s, etc.! I’ve lived in OC for more than halp my life, but I still can’t understand how people down here don’t get great food! Maybe this will be a tiny bit better, but I doubt it. (Even their “sides” look awful!) Maybe Kenin Yee can comment on this since he’s been to the one in WDW..because I honestly don’t get it!

      • MickeyMaxx

        They claim to make the world’s greatest hot sandwich. That may be a bit of a stretch, but they make a most excellent one. They are not a deli or hofbrau, but what they do exceptionally well, is serve up a unique, hearty, and delicious sandwich at a very fair price. We’ve had them dozens of times in Orlando on our trips from So.Cal. Always the same quality and service. Every side and dessert we have had was excellent. If I didn’t know better, I would suspect they stole my late Aunt Ruth’s potato salad recipe! 😉 There are now two locations in Las Vegas, and we just ate there last week at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. Identical product, even the same price of $5.99.

        As to the ingredients used, on their web site, they say “The Angus beef is slow roasted in-house and freshly carved”. They don’t make such claims for the other meats, so that would be anybody’s guess, but even though they don’t cure or slice their own bacon, my “Best BLT” sandwich last week, was hands down the best BLT I’ve ever had!

      • Rick Wright

        I’m not sure why we would have to check with Kevin Yee. There are many, many of us who travel to Orlando once or twice per year. The overwhelming consensus among my MiceChat friends is that the Earl of Sandwich should be on the “must do” list for a trip to Orlando. I may not have the cultured palate of a former Bay Area resident, but the Earl of Sandwich menu tastes absolutely great to this Southern California native and I can’t wait to visit the new location in Anaheim.

      • JDN

        Hey, Rick, I resemble that remark!
        Anyhow, KENfromOC, I have been to Earl of Sandwich in Orlando once because many have spoken so highly of it. My first impressions were (1) it was incredibly busy, (2) the prices for the sandwiches were low, but the sides/addons were inflated, (3) they toast a lot of their sandwiches (sorta like Quiznos?), (4) the sides looked scary processed etc, and being so expensive, I didn’t try one myself. (5) Finally, I was satisfied with my sandwich. There was no “oh-my” moment like I would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant, but what do you want from a $5 sandwich? I still have many more things to try there, and I will be visiting the one at DLR for sure to make sure I have formed a proper opinion. 🙂

      • Amy VandenBoogert

        I’ve eaten at the WDW location as well as the one in Tampa (at the international Plaza mall) many times and it’s one of my favorite sandwich places. Good food that’s made to order and a good value. They also have good salads. At the Tampa location, after 5pm, you get a free baked potato with your sandwich or salad to make it a “proper” dinner. Wish they’d do that at the WDW location too.

  • mratigan

    Thanks andy

  • Emmanuel_4

    Great Update!!!!

  • lionheartkc

    Thanks for the update. The Regan exhibit makes me wish D23 had brought that display to the last Expo…

    • jcruise86

      There is some cool merchandise in the gift shop at the Reagan Library for this D23 Disney Archives event.

  • WheresMickey

    Great update!

  • WDW1971

    Hope they bring all the materials from the Regan Exhibit to One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios.

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      That would be nice. I got a little teary seeing the Mickey AA from the Mickey Mouse Revue. I’m fortunate to have seen that show before it was sent to Tokyo Disneyland.

  • Idaho Mouse

    What a great update today…Thank You Andy, I look forward to each Monday when I get off work & can catch up on all that has happened in the past week. I hope to be able to make it down to the exhibit at the Regan Library. It looks amazing. Have a great week!

  • Algernon

    The Disney Archive looks really interesting.

    I noticed that Peter Pan has as long a wait time as Indiana Jones. You can tell by the list of wait times that the more the rides have been tampered with and moved away from Walt Disney’s original vision, the shorter the wait times have become. The Nemo go-underwater-to-watch-a-bad-cartoon subs are only a 30 minute wait—and they load slow. And the Johnny Depp Pirates, with the out-of-place projection against the mist, is only a five minute wait. At that rate, I guess they’ll be replacing it with Whoopi Goldberg’s Super-Star Canal Boats Through Hollywood, in due time.

    I wonder if people even notice the railings installed on the Matterhorn, and the redone rockwork; not to mention the railings on Alice in Wonderland? Don’t they realize they don’t have to pay $87 for that? They can see all the carnival railings they want at the OC Fair, for only $8.

    • Quentin

      Pirates is always a short wait and almost always has been. It has one of the highest capacities that is why the short wait. Peter Pan also has a very low capacity. Just because Pirates has a lower wait time does not necessarily mean less people are going on it then say Peter Pan.

    • BassBone

      Pirates of the Caribbean eats people almost as quickly as the Haunted Mansion hence the short line. The rockwork on the Matterhorn is gorgeous. The railings are an unfortunate necessity, thanks to our overly litigious society. Peter Pan has a dismal capacity, that’s why it has a long line. Also, it’s not that good a ride, honestly. It’s boring and short.

  • jcruise86

    Andy, excellent update, with one error: those who want to see just the Disney exhibit can bypass the museum. My seven-year-old and I spent Saturday, July 14, at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley because of this “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit.

    Here are a few notes:

    1. I recommend a trip to Simi Valley for this and the rest of this presidential library!

    2. We were in the Disney exhibit for just about one hour. My daughter surprised me by liking the Reagan museum much more than the Disney displays. The “permanent” Reagan museum has been re-done and seems more energetic and far more interactive than it was before. We spent over five hours at the Reagan part of the Reagan Library and my seven-year-old and I were never bored.

    2. There are two places for lunch, the “pub” near Air Force One, and Reagan’s Country Cafe. We ate at the latter and the turkey reuben sandwich I had there may have been my favorite sandwich of all time. Make sure to take a lunch break.

    3. I ordered our tickets before we got there, and these same Disney tickets included admission to the Reagan museum. The lines were not bad at all, and the times we signed up for to enter the Disney exhibit were not enforced. The Disney displays are in the back of the Reagan museum, but you may bypass the presidential displays and go there directly. But don’t miss the presidential displays. My pre-second grader enjoyed filming herself in a scene with Reagan, moving a metal ball through a labyrinth past holes that represented things that could go wrong when planning a presidential visit, crawling through an escape “tunnel” from East Berlin, and playing video games projected from above about how a middle-class family could prosper in the 1980s.

    4. Outstanding staff!

    5. There is a small art exhibit of art by a former Soviet Union citizen who had been held in a USSR gulag. This was an interesting exhibit to balance the Disney displays.

    6. The enormous room that holds an Air Force One used by Reagan has amazing views! (Any plane a current president flies in is defined as “Air Force One.”)

    7. We read a short biography for children, “Who is Ronald Reagan?” from Barnes & Noble over the three days before we went, which increased my daughter’s interest. (Next up: “Who is Barack Obama?”)

    8. The Disney exhibit was as much about the company as about Walt Disney himself, and a display of costumes from recent films seemed out of place, but it was well-done & interesting so I didn’t care. (My kid, however, objected.) A Hall of Presidents display and some letters from Presidents to Walt were right at home.

    9. There is some nice gardening surrounding the buildings. What a beautiful place!

  • SpectroMan

    Visited the Reagan Library this weekend and it’s a beautiful place. Talk about REMOTE! Ugh! It’s not even on the east end of Simi but far, far to the west. Regardless, it was nice to see the place at least once despite the glazed over, Stepford-like employees. The merchandise is quite nice and the salespeople are helpful.

    KenfromOC – Earl isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, it’s just exciting to many because it represents good-tasting food on Disney property at an affordable price. I, for one, am disappointed that they went with a concept already in use at WDW as I would have preferred a CA original..but this will do well, even in it’s oft-overlooked location.

  • Mickey777

    Here’s hoping D23 will bring this exibit to the Smithsonian after April 2013. I remember the there was a fantastic ,yet much smaller, Jim Henson exibit that came thru a few years ago. Great stuff.

  • Timekeeper

    The Walt Disney Archives exhibit looks great and I have had food there before at the Reagan Library, and it was pretty good. I hope I can get back there to snag the exhibit catalog.

    Timekeeper

  • TodAZ1

    “You can tell by the list of wait times that the more the rides have been tampered with and moved away from Walt Disney’s original vision, the shorter the wait times have become.”

    You can tell all that from a wait time bulletin board?? Wow. And here I thought it was just telling guests how long you have to wait in the “stand by” line to ride an attraction.

  • iAmJacksMiceage

    Someone is incredibly mistaken about the “rain flaw” at Test Track and RSR. There is absolutely no rain flaw, aside from the following:

    1. It’s beneficial to not get the vehicles soaked. To some degree they are water resistant, but they do not seal out water. When vehicles move at high speeds through rain or rain pours down in sheets at angles, water can seep into very expensive and custom electronics and damage them. Obviously something they’d like to avoid and it’s impossible to design the cars to be completely water proof.

    2. Even at 45MPH, riding Test Track or RSR in the rain can be quite painful. Guests complain. They claim it hurts and that they had no idea they were going to get wet, despite the obvious connection that the ride has an outdoors portion, and Disney can’t control Mother Nature.

    2b. One of the “hold zones” is right outside the entrance to the show portion of the ride at RSR. When I rode once, we were stopped there for 3 minutes, completely exposed to the elements. Luckily, our weather that day was beautiful. But if it’s pouring, guests could be stuck in that area for long amounts of time, drenching them.

    Aside from those items, there is no “rain flaw”. The ride is still new and water could inappropriately flag prox sensors, possibly disturb turn tables, or wreak other general havoc, but nothing specific about the system itself is prone to “breaking down” automatically during any sort of rain. It’s 95% guest service and safety, and 5% new [outdoor-exposed] ride and not unique to RSR.

    • LBJeff

      I rode Test Track in the rain the last time I was at Epcot. A downburst had started while we were on the inside portion of the ride, and we were very surprised to find the pouring rain as the doors opened for the high-speed loop. As we were pulling into the station, we could hear the ride operator saying to those in line, “As you can see, Test Track has now become a water ride!” Since my young niece and nephew were still screaming with delight, and the station was emptying as most of the crowd was opting for FastPass return tickets after the storm passed, the ride operator asked if we wanted to go around again — so we did. The ride continued to operate during the 30 minute rain.

  • Kritter

    Uhhhh. Racers were down because of a blown generator.

  • Chan608

    REX LIVES!

  • Westsider

    “Guests visiting the Library solely for the Disney Archives exhibit will have to put their political viewpoints aside when visiting. Unfortunately, the exhibit is located in the National Treasures Gallery, at the very back of the Library and visitors must walk through a rather lengthy gallery space chronicling Ronald Reagan’s life and political career before seeing anything Disney-related.”

    Wow.

    Guests will also have to put their political viewpoints aside when visiting the Disney exhibit, since Walt Disney had political viewpoints that mirrored Ronald Reagan, Walt was a long-term Republican supporter and close personal friend of Richard Nixon (closer friends than he was with Reagan), and Walt Disney believed most strongly in the bedrock Republican tenets of limited government and the American Free Enterprise system.

    If that type of “political viewpoint” bothers you and you find it “unfortunate” as is suggested in the column today, you should likely reconsider your Disneyland Annual Pass and your strong admiration for Walt Disney the man. Although it might be nice to be respectful of diversity and just go to the Reagan museum for the afternoon as an American who can acknowledge that Ronald Reagan did many good things for America and those who look up to us. (Try mentioning Reagan’s name in one of the former Soviet sattelites who are now free, and see how intensely popular Reagan still is there for standing up to the Communists)

    • The issue is that Walt Disney’s personal political beliefs aren’t exactly a relevant factor in the story of his life as a filmmaker, which is ultimately the story the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit is trying to tell. Walt Disney or Ronald Reagan’s political beliefs are even less relevant in the exhibit space that deals with the Walt Disney Company after Walt Disney’s death.

      While I appreciate the positive relationship Walt Disney had with Ronald Reagan, the highly political nature of the Reagan Library exhibit is not an ideal way to preface an exhibit about Walt Disney and his film and animation studio.

      Thanks for reading

      • jcruise86

        And again, Andy, visitors do NOT have to walk through a lengthy gallery space. The Reagan staff will politely show you how you can walk right to the Disney exhibit. The Library knocked down part of a wall to accommodate the Disney exhibit, but it is understandably located far from the entrance because that’s where the available space was. I guess you could go there and not visit:
        Air Force 1,
        Reagan’s tomb,
        a section of the Berlin Wall,
        a beam from the World Trade Center,
        the art display from the former Soviet prisoner,
        the fun display where you can make a video of yourself acting with Reagan, and many other interesting exhibits,
        even though they are part of the Disney exhibit admission price.

        Thank you for that post, Westsider. I heard Patricia Neal interviewed after a screening of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and I noticed that she seemed to light up when she mentioned working with Reagan. When I asked her about what he was like, a number of folks in the audience booed my question. But Patricia Neal thanked me for asking and told a positive, interesting story.

        I hope the Earl of Sandwich has the same prices in Anaheim that they have at other locations. If they do, their lines might eventually rival those at the McDonald’s across the street from Disneyland on Harbor.

    • Supermatt70

      “The Reagan administration has done its best to avoid making even a single helpful AIDS decision in the eight years of the Reagan presidency.” – Congressman Henry Waxman

      For LGBT people, Ronald Reagan’s presidency was the far different “mourning in America.” Reagan didn’t even bother covering up his cold disdain, his deliberate neglect, his abject refusal to help gay men stricken in the 1980s by a strange new communicable disease that turned out to be AIDS. The White House agreed with the Religious Right that gays deserved what they got – they deserved to die.

      Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop stated, “Gary Bauer [Reagan’s chief advisor on domestic policy] … was my nemesis in Washington because he kept me from the president. He kept me from the cabinet and he set up a wall of enmity between me and most of the people that surrounded President Reagan because he believed that anybody who had AIDS ought to die with it. That was God’s punishment for them.”

      Nine months AFTER the death from AIDS of the President’s Hollywood acquaintance Rock Hudson, the Reagans attended a nationally televised rededication of the cleaned-up Statue of Liberty in July 1986. A part of the evening’s entertainment was comedian Bob Hope who “joked”—

      “I just heard that the Statue of Liberty has AIDS but she doesn’t know if she got it from the mouth of the Hudson or from the Staten Island Ferry.”

      As the television camera panned the audience, special guests French President & Mdm. Mitterand looked appalled. The Reagans were laughing.

      By the end of 1989 and the Reagan years, 115,786 women and men had been diagnosed with AIDS in the United States, and more than 70,000 of them had died.

      Just sayin’…

      • DisW

        A part of the evening’s entertainment was comedian Bob Hope who “joked”—

        I wonder if that can be verified, since the humor you describe has an overly crass and crude spin about it. You may be accurate, including about how you say the Reagans responded to that humor (real or merely alleged), but you have to excuse me if I remain skeptical.

        The reason?

        Sorry, but I can’t help but be somewhat suspicious about the veracity and objectivity of statements (and opinions) originating from a community that is full of people who either condone or even cheer on the extremely tacky, vulgar, if not blatantly crude, displays seen yearly at far too many typical Gay Pride parades held in various large US cities. Call such events the opposite extreme of the most saccharine, most family-wholesome parades imaginable at a Disney park.

      • QuiGonJ

        I think your group’s hatred is misplaced and it’s scapegoating. It’s equivalent to the common trope that Walt, who built “It’s a Small World” and said is park was for everyone on the planet was a racist, and/or that the man who produced “Der Fuhrer’s Face” (again, Walt) had sympathy for the Nazis. I lived in the 80s and you are distorting things.

        Ronald Reagan neither created the disease nor held back a cure from anyone. It just took time to come up with the drug cocktail that made the disease something other than a death sentence. Billions per year were spent developing that treatment, and Koop did everything he could to educate people about not getting the disease. Reagan didn’t stop him from doing a mailer to every household in America,

    • Walt Fan

      Thank you Westsider!

    • Aladdin

      Thanks for the additional photos of the Exhibit. Having a temporary Disney exhibit is appropriate for the National Archives and very much appropriate to be a temporary exhibit at the Reagan Presidential Library, with Reagan’s ties to Disney over the years. It is a bit sad that in at least three separate articles that mention this exhibit at MiceChat, a dig is taken that the exhibit is being hosted at the Reagan Presidential Library. Typically MiceChat does a respectable job at steering away from political jabs, but it’s unfortunate that at least three separate times, MiceChat didn’t show proper decorum to the host Library.

    • CCS

      Reagan was voted in as governor in November 1966 by a misguided California electorate who suffered the consequences for years afterward, and Walt passed away in December of the same year. That was a sad time. My educator parents mourned the election of Reagan, and I mourned the loss of Walt.

      • plumiegirl

        I really dislike political talk because no one agrees. The state of CA was in the best shape budget-wise ever when Reagan was govenor and then president. How come folks are so blind and hate conservative politics and less government? So much for the nanny state mentality. The Reagan library is really amazing and I hope folks get to see this great museum.

    • disneylandfan

      Thank god somebody took that statement to task. What a terrible thing to say about one of the greatest citizens our country has ever had in our 300 years. The fact that Mr. Castro has to preface the Disney display being at the Reagan library as being “unfortunate”, because you might see something on the wall of a great “conservative” leader, is just sad and reflects the poor values of some of our nations citizens. I’m not a bible thumper but I prefer the conservative family values of the old days. The speed at which our country is degrading is awful and I hate to think what we are going to look like in 20-30 years.

  • Algernon

    I can remember when Pirates had a long wait time. I think it lost a lot of magic with the latest updates. Capacity aside, the fact is people are willing to wait 45 minutes for Peter Pan, the same as the multi-million dollar Indiana Jones. Both those rides have a certain magic about them that Nemo, Buz Lightyear, Roger Rabbit, and many of the newer attractions don’t have. Every picture I see of the Matterhorn never shows the bridge (under the waterfall) on the Nemo side. It looks to me, from the one photo I did see, that they added bogus rockwork alongside that bridge to serve as a safety railing (in addition to the regular horrible railings that they added). I sincerely hope I am wrong about that, as I haven’t been there yet, and I won’t go until the carnival railings are removed from Alice in Wonderland.

    • TodAZ1

      I love when you say “Capacity aside” and then go on to discuss an attraction in which capacity is at the very core of why there’s a 45 minute line. Why doesn’t Snow White or Pinnochio attractions have that same “magic” to draw the 45 minute lines? Or Mr. Toad, for that matter? As I’m typing this, my wait times app is showing an hour wait for the Subs. Peter Pan is 40 minutes. Indy is 50 minutes. But Mr. Toad is only 25. Roger Rabbit is only 10 minutes shorter than Peter Pan at 30 minutes. By your logic, Dumbo and Storybook Land must be the MOST magical attractions since their wait time is always tragically long.

      And, really, you need to look at more of the updates here on MiceAge. They’ve shown the bridge on the Nemo side of the Matterhorn plenty of times and have made plenty of comments about it.

  • DisneyPhreak

    Great update…thanks! It would be nice to have a museum in Disneyland with displays like this. Something fairly large and all in one place. I would rather tour something like this than the hopelessly outdated Inoventions. Maybe Yesterland and Tomorrowland in one land?

  • Crazee4mm

    I visited the Reagan Library yesterday and was very overwhelmed (even though I had toured the library and grounds many times previously). I took a friend of mine with me yesterday. Admission for the two of us was $21 each. However, they have a version of an annual pass that will get you admission to the library for the following year. The selling point for me was that I can bring a free guest with me each time, and the $65 price was only slightly more than the $42 I had planned on spending. After getting the pass I was then told that admission to the Disney Treasures exhibit was not included in the pass (although it IS included in the one-day $21 ticket). I was then told that I had to pay $6 each ($12 total) for the two of us to have the Disney Treasures exhibit included. I am planning on takeing at least 6 other friends (one at a time) to the library to see both the Reagan tour as well as the Disney exhibit. it’s good to know that even though I now have an annual pass, that it’s going to cost me $12 each time I go. NOTHING was said about this until I had bought the pass. Still worth it, but I thought it was a little sneaky.

  • Susan Hughes

    The winning name for the new lamb at Big Thunder Ranch is…Bolt! Of all the choices available, this seemed the best.

    I didn’t know Test Track at Epcot breaks down in the rain. Does that mean it doesn’t run during the summer, with Orlando’s daily thunderstorms?
    That stinks that Radiator Springs Racers has the same problem when it rains. The only bright spot is we hardly get any rain here in Southern California.

    And ease up on those who are enthusiastic about the Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney. I’m one of them. The sandwiches taste great and the prices are reasonable for a Disney eatery. I found this place a welcome “food oasis” from the high priced options at Walt Disney World.

  • Westsider

    Thanks for all the kind words, public and private, from folks here. Walt Disney was a man, and as a man he was inextricably linked to Repuplican ideals and beliefs. He campaigned for Republicans, gave money to Republicans, and upon his death was working on an idea called EPCOT strongly aligned with Republican ideals where American Free Enterprise and its industry and commerce would remake the city and community as we know it; not by government but by private citizens and private enterprise.That Walt Disney vision was boldly unique circa 1966 when LBJ’s Great Society government programs were trying to supplant that same type of private enterprise in acheiving new social goals.

    Regardless of how you feel politically, I took great offense at the phrasing that it would be “unfortunate” to traverse an exhibit on Reagan’s life and accomplishments to get to the D23 exhibit. At a Presidential Library, regardless of which President it was, what else would you expect exactly? I haven’t been to the Clinton Library yet, but I doubt they have an exhibit featuring a blue dress that desperately needs to get to the dry cleaners. Similarly, the Reagan Library would have exhibits that primarily stress the bold successes and happy achievements this very popular president achieved in his 8 years in office.

    Walt and Ronald Reagan were good friends and had political and social beliefs closely aligned with each other. If that bothers you and you can’t try and honor that Walt diversity for one single afternoon, then perhaps you aren’t as big of a “Disney” fan as you thought you were.

    • To clarify, I don’t find it appropriate or ideal in any way to have a politically-charged gallery essentially serve as the opening act for a heavily-advertised exhibition about Walt Disney and the Walt Disney Company. I would feel the same and would have written the same thing if this exhibit was located at any other Presidential Library, democrat or republican.

      My comments were in no way meant to be disrespectful to the late President Reagan, but I do stand by my original phrasing that it is unfortunate that guests visiting solely for the Walt Disney Archives exhibit must pass through a very lengthy politically unbiased museum-space before reaching the Disney exhibit. It is fine to have this exhibit at the gorgeous Reagan Library, however, a clear shortcut to the Disney Archives exhibit should be provided at all times for those wishing to utilize it. Others have commented that there is such a separate entrance, but when I visited at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, I was not given this option and was directed to walk through the main gallery until I reached the Disney exhibit.

      Thanks for reading and for contributing to the discussion,
      -Andy

      • disneylandfan

        Andy, its “AT THE REAGAN LIBRARY FOR A REASON”, you need to get a grip on reality. There is no need for a shortcut for gays and other liberals so they don’t have to see anything “Reagan”. The whole point of the display being at the library is because they were friends and very much alike in their beliefs. And the two venues together compliment each other. Too bad you can’t love Walt Disney for “his” conservative values, and not twist his amusement park and his legacy, into something it never was and never meant to be.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update!

  • Lets see, Debates on Sandwiches, Politics, Capacity and Rain. Hmmm…? I think that covers it. Great lively update Andy.

  • FriendlyMouse

    I was at California Adventure in the afternoon on Sunday July 15, 2012. There were several cast members who stated that someone important was there earlier in the day. The person had a security escort and several of the cast members took pictures. Who was there?