A Huge Disney100 Exhibition Opens In London This Autumn

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 10 months ago

Last Updated 19 July 2023

A Huge Disney100 Exhibition Opens In London This Autumn
A model of the Disney castle in Hong Kong, with fireworks in the shape of Mickey Mouse behind it.
Part of the Disney100 exhibition focuses on the brand's theme parks.

A special exhibition is opening in London in October to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company.

Disney100: The Exhibition features historical artefacts, original costumes and interactive installations, across 10 themed galleries, and is the largest exhibition the Walt Disney Archives has ever created, taking four years to put together. It spans the company's entire history, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), to the most recent releases such as Encanto, and incorporates the Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel strands too.

A single glass slipper, decorated with a diamante butterfly on the front.
Props from films — like Cinderella's glass slipper — will go on display at Disney100.

Among the original works of art, reprographics, artefacts, costumes, props, and other memorabilia on display — many of which have never been seen by the public before — are the actual prop storybook from the opening scene of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and the carousel horse which Dick Van Dyke rode in Mary Poppins (1964), a well as the crystal glass slipper from Cinderella (2015). They can all be found in the Where Do The Stories Come From? gallery.

The creation of Disney heroes, villains and sidekicks is the focus of The Illusion of Life gallery, which features the red dress from Cruella (2021), while the Iron Man helmet from Avengers: Infinity War (2018) is on display in The Spirit of Adventure and Discovery gallery.

A man wearing a blue hat with Mickey Mouse ears posing for a selfie with Mickey Mouse.
It all started with a mouse...

It's not just the films under the microscope though. Your Disney World: A Day in the Parks focuses on the success of the brand's theme parks worldwide, with a chance to feel as though you're standing on a version of Main Street, USA. A vehicle from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland Park and a model of the Castle of Magical Dreams for Hong Kong Disneyland Park illuminated by colourful fireworks are also featured in the exhibits.

For an extra splash of Disney magic, visit on 16 October 2023 — the 100th anniversary of the creation of The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio — when all tickets will be VIP, and opening will be extended until 9pm.

A group of four children posing for a selfie with Mickey Mouse
Disney100 will have activities for kids.

Naturally, there's a gift shop where we're promised 'exclusive merchandise', as well as photo opportunities with Goofy, Mickey and Mr Incredible, against special backdrops.

Disney100 has previously been at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia USA and Munich’s Small Olympic Hall. It follows on from the Disney: Wonder of Friendship Experience here in London in May which, if we're being honest, was a little underwhelming, so we're hopeful the Sorcerer's Apprentice can wave a little extra magic this time around. That was predominantly for an adult audience, whereas this new exhibition is more inclusive of kiddies, with a children's memorabilia treasure hunt and interactive flip boards in each gallery.

A row of superhero helmets lined up on display.
The Marvel and Star Wars threads feature in Disney100 too.

Disney100: The Exhibition is at ExCeL London from 13 October 2023, until 2024. You can sign up for the waitlist for tickets from 11 July, with tickets on sale from 18 July at 10am, starting at £16.50 off-peak for children. There are special prices for families, students and senior citizens, and special tickets such as Flexi Entry and VIP tickets.