Hopefully by now you have seen the movie Saving Mr Banks – now out on Blu-Ray and Digital HD. Honestly – anyone who has ever watched Mary Poppins as a child needs to see this one to explain the magic behind it. I know that Saving Mr Banks made me fall in love with that movie all over again!
While I was in LA I got the chance to tour the Disney Archives and their new exhibit for Saving Mr Banks. In this new Exhibit you can see everything from Walt Disney’s desk – which yes, had those dozens of figurines behind him that would have thrown my ADD/OCD into over drive – the tree under which PL Travers builds her little tree house after a minor meltdown, and even the movie theater where they screened the film. It was really really neat to know I was walking the same street – those same steps – as not only Walt Disney himself, but also Tom Hanks (my fave) and Emma Thompson.
It was amazing to me how much Tom Hanks really took on being Walt Disney. In fact walking through the exhibit it became natural to see Tom Hanks in the images and stuff hanging on the walls.
Our Tour Guide was the funny and fabulous Jeffery Epstein, Marketing Manager for D23 – the official Disney Fan Club. To be honest – I had no idea there even was a Disney Fan club, nor what it entailed, but after talking to Jeffery, I know a few people who are going to be receiving memberships for Christmas this year.
My favorite part of the Saving Mr Banks / Disney Archives tour was actually the hallways – where sadly we were not allowed to take pictures. In the hallways of the exhibits they have original photographs of the making of Mary Poppins. Photos of the actors, the sets, and all of the “cinematography” that they used back then to make Mary Poppins appear to fly or sit in the clouds… so neat to take that step back in time and remember how things used to be done before all of the technology we have today.
Tours like the one we took are not available to the general public yet – but D23 members can get invited to special events and sneak peeks of the exhibit and others like it as a perk of the membership.
Have you seen Saving Mr Banks yet?