The Walt Disney Studios might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of World War II — but did you know that Disney worked directly with the government during that time to support the war effort?
Presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Family Museum (TWDFM), located in San Francisco’s Presidio, The Spy Museum’s live and virtual “Spies & Spymasters Happy Hour” on Thursday June 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT will dive into the little-known connection between Disney and the shadow world.
To celebrate The Walt Disney Family Museum’s new exhibition, “The Walt Disney Studios and World War II,” Spy Museum’s Exhibition and Programs team members Andrew Hammond and Shana Oltmans will be joined by TWDFM’s Exhibition Curator, Kent Ramsey, as they explore what Donald Duck had to do with the war, why propaganda is considered a covert action, and other creative morale operations at play during WWII.
Lost & Found Bar in Washington, D.C. even created a special drink for the event, Donald’s Pacific Wings, which you can check out the recipe for below:
Donald’s Pacific Wings
- 1.5oz Stoli Vodka
- 0.5oz Lemonade
- Sparkling Wine
- Basil Leaves
- Muddle 4-5 sliced strawberries and 2-3 basil leaves in a large glass or shaker.
- Add the Stoli Vodka and lemonade and shake for about 15-20 seconds.
- Strain into a flute or coupe.
- Top with the sparkling wine of your choice and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
Registration is open now to join the virtual event. Guests are welcome to ask questions after the talk, as well — whether they relate to propaganda, Disney, or morale operations.
To learn more, visit SpyMuseum.org.