Okay... I'll say it - I was somewhat let down by the Treasures of The Walt Disney Archives exhibit. I'm sorry. I was really hoping to see more... treasures! Not High School Musical and Hannah Montana costumes.
So in the interest of helping D23 (since I know they hang on my every word) I thought I'd make a few suggestions, and then open the floor to everyone else for their suggestions.
Here we go...
1. Herb Ryman's original drawing of Disneyland that Roy Disney used to sell Disneyland to the bankers in New York.
Yes, I know it's in the Walt Disney Imagineering Archives. I DON"T CARE. Get it. It's important.
2. Ub Iwerks original drawings of Steamboat Willie.
Yes, I know that it's in the Walt Disney Animation Archives. I DON"T CARE. Get it. It's important.
3. The 1937 Oscar for Snow White along with his little seven "dwarf" Oscars.
Yes, I know that it's in the collection of the Walt Disney Family. Beg them. Make it happen.
4. Roy Disney's #1 Disneyland ticket stub sold on Disneyland's opening day on July 18th, 1955.
Ask Roy Jr. for a short-term loan. He'll probably acquiesce if you ask nicely.
5. The massively over-sized (10') blueprint of WDW that Walt used to show the world his plans for Florida.
Again, probably at the Walt Disney Imagineering Archives. You can pick it up when you get the Herb Ryman map.
6. The original multi-plane camera that revolutionized Walt Disney animated features.
I think it's in Florida. Ship it back to California where it belongs. And don't forget to include...
7. Walt's "Dancing Man" miniature. The forerunner to audio-animatronics.
As long as you're picking up stuff in Florida, you may as well box up...
8. Walt's office. It's done it's time at MGM. Time to come home to Anaheim.
9. Peter Ellenshaw's beautiful (and fluorescent) painting of Disneyland that Walt referenced on the Disneyland TV Show.
As long as your at it, why not throw in...
10. The miniature model of Main Street USA that Walt also referenced on the Disneyland TV show.
So, those are some of the things I'd like to feast my eyes on next year at the Disney Expo (the Expo formerly known as D23).
Any other suggestions?