Disneyland Comes to Washington
WHAT: The National Museum of American History will receive ride vehicles from two of Disneyland’s opening year (1955) attractions: “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” and the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.”
WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 9 a.m.
WHERE: National Museum of American History, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW, First floor, West corridor
-- Brent Glass, director, National Museum of American History
-- Michael Eisner, CEO, Walt Disney Company
-- Jay Rasulo, president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
-- Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney Company Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner will present the National Museum of American History with Dumbo and Tea Cup ride vehicles from two of Disneyland’s most memorable attractions: “Dumbo the Flying Elephant” and the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.” These objects reflect the blend of imagination, technology and business acumen that makes up American entertainment. Disneyland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year on July 17.
Founder Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland contributed heartily to the foundation of the American entertainment industry. His theme park allowed him to translate his iconic figures into three dimensional, real-life experiences that transport park visitors into their most beloved movie settings. These objects join a rich collection of entertainment objects in the museum, including the ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog Muppet and Fess Parker’s Davy Crockett coonskin cap from the 1950s television series. The museum also holds Walt Disney’s pencil sketches of “Steamboat Willie,” an early iteration of what would become Mickey Mouse.
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