Now I get to share some pictures of what to me was the showstopper of the D23 Expo 2015: the Walt Disney Archives display.
The Archives always put together some terrific material, but I really think this particular exhibit – themed of course to Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary – was really extraordinary.
And I’m glad it was because I had to wait an hour in line just to enter as they only permitted a few people inside at a time!
But once inside, it was incredible!
One of the first amazing attraction pieces I was thrilled to encounter was this 1980’s prototype Caterpillar vehicle for that era’s refurbishment of the Alice in Wonderland attraction:
On the other side of this display area was the current version of the vehicle we know and love along with a beautiful Alice audio-animatronic figure!
Moving along, I found…
An Autopia car:
A pirate ship and figures from Peter Pan’s Flight:
And one of the best staged vignettes – the Abominable Snowman and one of the very-missed older-style bobsleds from the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction:
Followed up by an attraction vehicle from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride:
There was even an early model of a Jungle Cruise boat!
But probably the piece that excited me most was this one:
It’s a Cheshire Cat float from the Main Street Electrical Parade!!!
Someone please tell me how I can get one of these for my living room immediately!
Confession time – you know you wish you could have one of these pieces too! If you could choose one, which would you pick?
Check back tomorrow for more photos from the Archives display at the D23 Expo 2015!