Disneyland News Update: Radiator Springs Racers Flaw and Treasures of the Disney Archives

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on July 16, 2012 at 12:30 am with 48 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • 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.”


    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,

      • 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!

  • [email protected]

    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?