One of the main attractions of this year’s state fair was a hall dedicated to the art of animation. It tracked the history of animation from silent cartoon shorts through feature-length films, Saturday morning cartoons, and computer animation. The best part of the hall was the section devoted to Disneyana and several exhibits and pictures from the Walt Disney Family Museum were on display. This was most wonderful as I love Disney history – and it was a happy, unexpected surprise! They had a section about Disney’s garden railroad and his collection of miniatures – these were great loves of his and both featured prominently into his designs for Disneyland. They had concept art of Disneyland, early tickets, and vintage souvenirs. And there were also some beautiful paintings of Disney movie scenes. And last but not least, they had brought in an automobile from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction from Disneyland! That was a popular photo stop. The gift shop had a book and DVD from the museum, called simply “Walt” I watched the DVD this afternoon and it was a fascinating look into a man who has inspired multiple generations and who remains one of my personal heroes.
Blessings to you,