Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse Train Show at Union Station
Mickey Mouse will pay a visit to Kansas City’s Union Station Saturday to unveil a traveling art exhibit that celebrates Walt Disney’s lifelong love of trains. The collection captures the history of Walt’s and Mickey’s love of trains with a nod to life on the railroad in the early 20th century.
Introducing visitors to rare animation sketches and cells, historic photography and some of Walt’s personal train-related artifacts, the gallery tells the story of a simpler time when Mickey and friends traveled by rail and Walt himself was building one-of-a-kind miniature railroads in his backyard for friends and family.
Disney fans, especially young children, are invited to join Mickey at Kansas City’s Union Station this Saturday at 10 a.m. and participate in the festivities, which will include various train-themed play stations, dancing and a chance to learn to draw Disney characters from Disney Master Artist, John Quinn.
A new toy train for preschoolers, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo, also will be showcased at the event. The latest toy celebrating the company’s rich train history, Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo is a delightful train set for preschoolers from Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Fisher Price. It lays its own tracks as it moves and comes with a Mickey figure, features Mickey’s voice, plays fun music and makes train-like sound effects.
After his visit to Union Station, Mickey will kick of a virtual train tour and depart for Los Angeles, where he will arrive just in time for a viewing party showcasing his upcoming primetime special, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express airing Sunday, October 25th on the Disney Channel. The Art Exhibit
Mickey Mouse’s virtual train tour will take him from Kansas City through the Rocky Mountains, to the Grand Canyon, through Hollywood, and finally, to Los Angeles.
The exhibit captures the history of Walt's and Mickey's love of trains with a nod to life on the railroad in the early 20th century. Introducing visitors to rare animation art, historic photography and some of Walt's personal train-related artifacts, the gallery tells the story of a simpler time when Mickey and friends traveled by rail and Walt himself was building one-of-a-kind miniature railroads in his backyard for friends and family. Including photographs of Walt riding the "Lilly Belle" or Mickey rushing to catch a train in an early animation sketch from Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip, this unique art collection comprised of nearly two dozen pieces, will be on display at Union Station from October 10-11, 2009; select images will then move to the Travel Town Railroad Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.
Holiday Charity Tie-In
Representatives from the United States Marines will be on hand at Mickey’s farewell in Kansas City’s Union Station and at his arrival in Los Angeles to help Mickey kick off Disney’s annual Toys for Tots campaign as guests collect and sort toys for distribution to needy families this holiday season. Additionally, DCP’s Disney Toys will contribute $10,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots bringing smiles to thousands of families across the country. Walt Disney’s involvement with Toys for Tots dates back to 1948, when he designed the original Toys for Tots logo, a train on its way to deliver gifts for children. YouTube - DisneyLiving's Channel