The Henry Ford is collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering, to create an unprecedented exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland -- Disney's original theme park. Titled "Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland®," the exhibit brings to life Walt Disney's creation that established a brand new genre of family entertainment.
This rare and innovative exhibit debuts at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan on September 23, 2005. Timed tickets at $10 (general museum admission also required) go on sale August 1, 2005 and can be purchased at http://www.TheHenryFord.org
or by calling 313-982-6001.
"Behind the Magic" is the first exhibition of Walt Disney Imagineering art and artifacts focused on Disneyland to be widely displayed in the United States. Included in the 7,500-square foot display are 250 pieces of original Imagineering artwork, hand-crafted models, construction drawings, and marketing materials tracing the growth and history of the California landmark. The original rendering of Disneyland by Herb Ryman will be publicly displayed: the art was developed to showcase Walt's concept to obtain initial funding for the park from the bankers -- who said "yes!" Visitors will have the special opportunity to view -- and, in some cases, interact with -- more than 40 three-dimensional artifacts, among them figures from "it's a small world®," unique original arcade games from the "Pirates of the Caribbean®" attraction, and the Model T-like vehicle used in "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride®."
The rarest opportunity in this exhibit will be the chance to view up-close the Abraham Lincoln figure created for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City -- the first Audio-Animatronics® "human" to appear in a Walt Disney production. The Lincoln figure amazed audiences when he stood up and spoke, launching Disney's commitment to storytelling technology that continues to evolve throughout the world today. Lincoln debuted in the Illinois pavilion at the fair and will be emerging from preservation for the first time.