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Peek behind the (animated) curtain with Disney100

It’s only fitting that the city where its creator got his start, is the first stop for an immersive experience celebrating 100 years of Disney.


There’s something for every kid + kid at heart. | Gif by KCtoday

Calling all kiddos (and kids at heart).

Beginning Friday, May 24, the public can experience one of the Walt Disney Archives’ largest undertakings — Disney100, a 250+ object exhibition featuring art, memorabilia, costumes, and props honoring the century-long history of the Walt Disney Company... and it’s all at Union Station.

City Editor Maddie stopped by yesterday for a sneak peek of the experience and let’s just say, there’s a lot to see.

As the city that gave Walt Disney his start, the first exhibit is exclusive to the KC experience and loaded with hometown history — like his UMKC connection.

Walk further through its 10 galleries and you’ll get to nerd out at everything from animator models for Mulan (1998) and Ratatouille (2007) to original costumes for Captain Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean, 2003) and Black Panther (Black Panther, 2023).

Interactivity is key, with 14 photo ops, listening stations, and other installations that let you get up close and personal with the magic.

What’s our favorite feature? Unfortunately, it’s only here for opening day, Friday, May 24: the Mandalorian’s real-life Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) animatronic — wiggling ears, baby coos, and all.

KCtoday_Baby Yoda

This is a pretty big celebrity siting for KCtoday. | Vide by KCtoday

The exhibit runs through Saturday, November 30 (just in time for another first-of-its-kind experience in KC), with opening hours every day of the week. Tickets start at $18.50.

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