Friday, August 1, 2014

AFI's Best in Film 100 Years 100 Movies Exhibit Photos

Each Walt Disney World theme park celebrates something unique; for Animal Kingdom it's nature, at Magic Kingdom you see all of your favorite characters, and so on. Disney's Hollywood Studios, once upon a time named MGM Studios, celebrates the worlds of film, television, and music with attraction rides, shows, and restaurants inspired by icons from Hollywood and beyond.

If you've been to Disney's Hollywood Studios in the past ten or fifteen years, you may have come the Studio Backlot Tour. After a vehicle ride of movie props showcased on the theme park grounds, guests are taken to a brief walk-through museum of film props like costumes, photos with information, and old film cameras. For almost several years the exhibit showcased famous film villains like Daniel Plainview from There Will Be Blood, Darth Vader and storm troopers from Star Wars, and Aliens from the Alien series.

Recently on a visit to Hollywood Studios, I was pleased to see that the museum has an entirely new look with artifacts from Hollywood's most iconic motion pictures. Now titled: AFI's Best in Film: 100 Years, 100 Movies

Gone with the Wind and West Side Story are just a few posters, noting the props that will be on display

 Famous green gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind

Tailored jacket worn by Humphrey Bogart as Rick in Casablanca

Multiple objects from the blockbuster film Titanic; the axe Rose Dewitt Bukater uses to free Jack from his handcuffs and the handcuffs, Roses' mirror, brush, comb and butterfly hairclip, Cals' green safe, a life jacket, and Jack's drawing folder

One of the lifeboats from Titanic. It was so large I had to stand across the museum (and wait for the constant mingling crowd to disappear) before I could take a full picture of it!

Dress worn in Citizen Kane

Music and script notes from West Side Story

If you're going to Disney World, the new museum is not to be missed. The Backlot Tour attractionis 35 minutes plus wait time in the queue. Skip the ride (if you'd like) by going through the back entrance of the store to see the museum on its own! :)

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