One of the great things about working at Disney is the number of ways employees can feel the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year at The Walt Disney Studios lot. Of course, our most iconic Yuletide reminder is the Santa hat that sits atop Dopey's head on the façade of the Team Disney Building. It sets the perfect tone as you stroll the lot during the holiday season—the nip in the air turning your cheeks pink.
This year, thanks to the Walt Disney Archives, there's another must-see holiday sight—courtesy of the Walt Disney Archives and on display in the Archives showcases on the first floor of the Frank G. Wells Building. The Archives is celebrating the season with a display of set pieces and costumes from three special Disney movies: The Santa Clause (1994), The Santa Clause 2 (2002), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).
In fact, many of the props are being shown for the very first time, just for Disney employees. Besides the recognizable cocoa mug and serving tray (presented by elf Judy to Santa Claus in the film), other items that you can't miss are the E.L.F.S. jet pack, the snow globe featuring Jack Frost (Martin Short), young Charlie's red snow boots and an intact beautiful glass tree topper (broken by accident in The Santa Clause 2).
One of the greatest parts about being a Disney archivist is that you get to share treasures from Disney's long legacy with employees and you, Disney's greatest and most loyal fans. We hope you enjoy the gallery below—our festive tribute to the 20th anniversary of The Santa Clause, starring Disney Legend Tim Allen.
Judy's pewter cocoa mug and tray.
Snowglobe featuring Jack Frost as Santa inside, with arms outstretched.
The E.L.F.S. gold/bronze "metal" jet pack. Made of plastic, it has switches on its side, a sleigh logo, and "E.L.F.S." lettering on back.
Rocket Race Scooter built by Santa after the fire in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. First time shown in public.
Elf stool seen in all three Santa Clause films. First time shown in public.
The Mrs. Claus robe seen in The Santa Clause 2. First time shown in public.
The "Elf console" seen in The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. First time shown in public.
"Red Deer" energy drink used in the films.
Voice-activated commemorative pen. Plastic icicle ballpoint pen with large plastic green and purple-striped "candy" on top, with holes for speaker in candy. This is the pen that Scott/Santa fools Jack Frost with in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
If all this nostalgia has you hankering for a holiday treat, then check out our recipe for a gourmet snack for Santa. Gingerbread Beignets are a popular dessert this time of year at Club 33 in Disneyland. And the easy eggnog Anglaise for dipping is the proverbial icing on the cake.