The Museum of Flight is opening a new traveling exhibit, The Walt Disney Studios and World War II in Seattle, Washington, according to the Aviation museum website.

What is happening:

  • If you’re going to be in Seattle, Washington, you’ll want to check out the Museum of Flight.
  • They will open a brand new traveling exhibit on July 9, 2022.
  • It will be free with admission to the museum.
  • It will be a retrospective of the significant contributions of Walt Disney Studios to the Allied effort during World War II.
  • WWII historian Kent Ramsey and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco have come together to share this immersive exhibit. It will be on display in the William E. Boeing Red Barn.
  • When Walt Disney received a request to use Disney Studios land in Burbank, California as an Army anti-aircraft base in 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he and his staff wanted to support the war effort without no hesitation or profit.
  • It will show how Walt Disney Studios devoted more than 90% of its wartime production to aid in training, propaganda, entertainment and public service films, advertising and print campaigns, and more than 1,200 badges.
  • The studio deployed a large group of talented artists, including Walt Disney, on a goodwill tour of Latin America.
  • Walt Disney Studios at this time was a morale builder for the civilian public and deployed Allied troops.
  • Walt Disney knew that cartoons would be a fun but also direct way to communicate with Americans about war-related issues and various anxieties.
  • There were short films with advertisements, military badges and stamp books, as well as magazines
  • They promoted posters for food recycling, war bond sales, agricultural production, and paying taxes while using Disney cartoon personalities.
  • There will be 550 examples of rare historical objects and film clips in this exhibition.
  • Mike Gabriel’s Museum of Flight exhibition and The Museum of Flight. It features Donald Duck dressed as a pilot, holding the wings of a B-17 while flying over the Pacific Northwest.