In the premiere episode, viewers will have the chance to see Walt Disney's fully restored office, where many of the ideas for 1964's Mary Poppins were born

By Aili Nahas
April 14, 2020 10:00 AM
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Nostalgia lovers, rejoice!

Film collector Dan Lanigan hosts a new Disney+ series, Prop Culture, which revisits the costumes, props and sets of classic Disney films, including Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

“I believe that movies have the magical power to take us away from our everyday troubles to the most amazing times and places,” Lanigan tells PEOPLE. “Part of that magic still resides years later in the ‘prop artifacts’ left over from the filmmaking process. Whether it’s Mary Poppins’ carpet bag, Jack Sparrow’s pirate sword, or even an original Sally puppet from The Nightmare Before Christmas, these rare ‘working art’ pieces are special only because the films they remind us of are an important part of our culture’s collective memory.”

Johnny Dep as Jack Sparrow
| Credit: Courtesy of Disney

On each episode of the family friendly series (check out the exclusive trailer above), Lanigan will go on an adventure to revisit one memorable Disney film, encountering some of the creators who made the film possible along the way.

In the premiere episode, viewers will have the chance to see Walt Disney’s fully restored office, where many of the ideas for 1964’s Mary Poppins were born, as well as iconic set pieces like the carpet bag belonging to the titular nanny (played by Julie Andrews), an original carousel from the “Jolly Holiday” musical number and sketches of Andrews’ original costumes.

The cast of Mary Poppins
| Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty

“These artifacts [as well as the others featured in the series] are the physical proof that these movies were crafted, more than just exposed film or digital imagery,” Lanigan says. “They can help tell the stories of the amazing people who brought these cherished films to life.“

Disney lover and TV personality Erin Andrews is the guest star on the first episode and calls the opportunity “a dream come true.”

“I was raised a huge Disney fan, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate the history of Walt Disney,” she says. “Mary Poppins has always been one of my family’s favorite movies. I knew the day was going to be special, but I didn’t realize how emotional I would get. The moment when I was shown the actual pieces from the movie, I lost it … tears streaming down my face. As crazy as it sounds, I started to think, ‘Wow, this is the closest I am able to get to the cast of the movie … Julie Andrews and Walt Disney.’ It was incredible.”

All episodes of Prop Culture will be available May 1 on Disney +; each of the films featured in the series is also available on Disney+.