I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of several events for Disney’s Tomorrowland. All opinions are 100% my own.
I held an Oscar. You read that right. Just saying those words brings me to an emotional happy grin. …But wait. It wasn’t just any Oscar. I held an award that was presented to the one and only Walt Disney.
Earlier this month, I flew to Los Angeles, where I found myself on an exclusive tour inside the Walt Disney Archives! An experience one can only dream of, being closed to the general public, and we did it!
One of the first things we saw was this broom from my favorite film ever: Mary Poppins.
We also saw Annette Funicello’s Mouse Ears from the Mickey Mouse Club!
But as my heart beat faster, I knew the best was yet to come.
The Disney Archivist, Kevin Kern, demonstrated a great care, pride and knowledge of the artifacts he shared with us. He was gleaming when he spoke about this parking pass from the Disneyland Premiere, and there is no one who could blame him! This was a pleasure to see!
…of course this ticket was not to be outdone by the very first Disneyland ticket, which is carefully stored in a case and protective pouch.
With my everlasting love for all things Disney, my heart was happy. Though things only got a little better. Kevin then showed us artifacts from It’s A Small World and The World’s Fair, knowing how they tied into the Tomorrowland film.
Here’s my picture of one of the original dolls displayed at the World’s Fair, right from It’s A Small World:
And a table of pamphlets, books and pins from The World’s Fair. But I know what you’re eying among all this memorabilia…
The same pin that I was eying. Oh yeah. It was my first glimpse at THAT pin.
Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!