To celebrate Walt Disney’s 114th birthday, Disney has opened Photographs from the Walt Disney Archives, a chance to see pictures from the company’s private vault.
Walt Disney poses for a photo with the then-newly-minted Disneyland Monorail expansion in Spring 1961. The expanded attraction connected Disneyland® Park to the Disneyland Hotel, allowing Guests easy transportation from one location to the other.
Walt Disney slyly winks for the camera while sitting in Tomorrowland at Disneyland® Park. This candid photo even shows some of the photographer’s equipment!
“Nannies” (actually well-costumed stuntmen) are blown away by special effects “wind” on the Cherry Tree Lane set built in the Disney Studio’s Stage 4 during the production of Mary Poppins (1964).
“Walt Disney proudly looks up at the fine-feathered stars of his then-newest Disneyland creation, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (1963).
Walt Disney looks out across the under-construction lot of The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California – October 1939.
Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland is a fondly remembered Frontierland attraction from yesteryear. Running from 1960 to 1977 at Disneyland park, this much beloved experience took park Guests on a scenic rail trip through various caverns, deserts, and wilderness areas, populated by 204 lifelike bears, beavers and woodland creatures.
This May 1963 view from aboard the Skyway attraction showcases a grand perspective of Disneyland – the kind of futuristic and fantastical vista only Walt Disney and his Imagineers could have dreamt up.
This 1940 publicity photo shows employee Eva Sinclair touching up the lettering to the iconic sign at The Walt Disney Studios intersection of Mickey Avenue and Dopey Drive while Jackie Walker holds the paint ready for her. The sign was originally created as a movie prop for the film The Reluctant Dragon (1941).
Walt Disney poses with a custom-made marionette of the title character from his animated epic, Pinocchio. Studio publicity photograph (1940).
Seeing “wild” animals on the Hyperion studio lot was no odd occurrence. Used as live-action reference models for Disney’s artists, the deer pictured here were welcome visitors to Walt’s dream factory. They helped studio chief and artist alike prepare for the upcoming animated film, Bambi (1942).
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Set Still — Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, designed for Disney’s film by artist Harper Goff, left an indelible impact on viewers of all ages and would go on to become the stuff of science-fiction fantasy – inspiring many generations of the film’s fans.
Be it man or beast, Walt Disney was able to command the attention of many an actor. Here, Walt visits behind the scenes with “Mr. Stubbs” from Toby Tyler (1960).
With the Animation Building in the background, Walt Disney surveys the comfortable atmosphere of his new Burbank studio in September 1940.
Opening July 17, 1995, Disneyland ushered in a new era of family entertainment for Walt Disney and the company he co-founded with his brother Roy. Here we see the park’s centerpiece, Sleeping Beauty Castle, during the opening day festivities.
Walt Disney aboard his Carolwood Pacific Railroad, seen here set up at The Walt Disney Studios in the spring of 1951 prior to it’s installation at Walt’s Carolwood Drive home in Holmby Hills, California.
Cinderella (1950) Behind the Scenes Still — Actress Helene Stanley performs for the camera during live-action reference filming at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA. (1948).
Bach’s ethereal “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” serves as a powerful opening to Disney’s concert epic, Fantasia (1940). This behind-the-scenes photo showcases the impressionistic lighting effects used to highlight the featured musician’s movements, part of the collaborative visual representation of sound featured in the segment.
Disney’s Hyperion Studio, pictured here during the Summer of 1931, expanded with various additions between 1929 and 1940, including new animation buildings, a sound stage, and an ink and paint building. The studio’s sound stage can be seen at far right.
From 1926 to 1940, The Walt Disney Studios was located at 2719 Hyperion Boulevard, pictured here. This would become the home to Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the artists who helped bring them magically to life.
Realizing the great potential that Mickey Mouse could have in the character merchandise business, Walt and Roy Disney accepted an offer from imaginative businesswoman Charlotte Clark to produce the very first Mickey Mouse plush dolls—the original set seen here cuddled up with Walt circa 1932.