Mad Tea Party at Disney Parks

Now and Then: Photos Taken Outside Walt’s Apartment

posted on November 24th, 2009 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


Walt's Apartment Now

In this photo taken October 2, 2009, Disneyland Resort cast members from across the property pose in front of Walt’s apartment, where the light in the window is always shining in honor of our founder. The photo was presented as a congratulatory gift from the Disneyland Cast to the Executive Director of the Walt Disney Family Museum to celebrate the recent opening of the museum.

Walt's Apartment Then

Taking a look back to December 1956, the second photo shows Walt just outside his apartment during a media event at the park.

Do you like seeing these historical photos on the Blog? Do you want to hear more about Walt’s apartment? Let us know in the comments.

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64 Comments

1

Erica on November 24th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Yes, please share more about his apartment! I love nostalgic DL photos, especially ones with Walt. :)

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Michelle on November 24th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I love seeing historical photos of Disneyland!

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Lauren on November 24th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

love this!

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Jerry on November 24th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Yes and yes.

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Angela on November 24th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I love to learn about the history of the Disney parks. More pictures please! :)

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Joanne from MD on November 24th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Love the pics and the history! Thanks for sharing, and yes, please give us more! :)

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Susan on November 24th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Please share more historical photos and facts!

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michelle on November 24th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I do! I want to hear more about Walt in the park!

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Veronica on November 24th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Yes! Keep ‘em coming. :)

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Nadine on November 24th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I recently visited the Walt Disney Family Museum in SF and loved it. Seeing these pics today reminded me of the amazing items in the museum, even items from his apartment during his time. Thanks for sharing!

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Joanna on November 24th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Yes show us more of Walt and his apartment!

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Mary (Sammi) on November 24th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Ditto!

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Grant on November 24th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Yes please post more old photos. I was five when DL opened and growing up in So. Calif. we went there numerous times but did not take many pictures. Thank you!

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James from CA on November 24th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Yes please, more photos.

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Kathleen on November 24th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

The OC Register did a really great piece on Walt Disney’s apartment and there was even a 360 degree virtual tour of the place. It looks very different than what I’ve always imagined.

Hope you enjoy!

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Valerie on November 24th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Love old photos, I would definitely enjoy posts about the history of Disneyland (especially with pictures).

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Frank on November 24th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Yes, more please. I used to pretend I could find a hidden spot at Disneyland when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s.

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Glenda on November 24th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I was fortunate enough to have a personal tour of the apartment, but they didn’t allow photos. I would love to see some pictures of the inside!!

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Matt from UT on November 24th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Yes, more historical photos and stories please.

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Elizabeth on November 24th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Please do more pictures that would be great love Disneyland!!

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Stephanie on November 24th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Yes, more historical photos! They are terrific. Thanks

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Michelle on November 24th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Didn’t Princess Di stay at the apartment on a visit?

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James on November 24th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I Love this. More please.

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Joe on November 24th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Yes please!!! Keep them coming. I love it!

25

Joe on November 24th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

When did the awnings in the upper windows get added?

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Krista on November 24th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Yes! I can never get enough of Walt Disney.

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Katy on November 24th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Yes! I used to watch Vault Disney on the Disney Channel, and they would have old Wonderful Wolrd of Disney shows. I miss being able to get a glimpse into Disney’s past.

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Penny on November 24th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I love the then and now pictures, especially inside Disneyland Park. Keep them coming!

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Emily on November 24th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I LOVE the vintage photos. Please post them whenever you can!!

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ANTHONY from PA on November 24th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

YES, we all would love to see and hear more about Walt’s apartment!!! Please post more about his apartment and tell us all the details. Hoe big was it? Did he really sleep there? Did the family ever stay there, etc?

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Jeannie from CA on November 24th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Yes, please share more pictures. I remember watching the Mickey Mouse Club on TV in black and white in the afternoon. That was a big treat for me. LOL

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Ben on November 24th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Give us more vintage!!!!!!!!

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Deb on November 24th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Yes, the nostalgia and the pictures are great. Half the fun of loving everything about Disney is learning the history.

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Chris on November 24th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Totally. I love seeing Walt walk around the park, and hearing stories & memories that people have of working with him.

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didi on November 24th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

yyssssss please!!!

36

Allen on November 24th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Any pics or stories about when Walt was alive and that pertains to Disneyland Park would be great. Share all you have with us.

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Andrew on November 24th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I’ll take as many historical pics as you can give!

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Carrie from AB on November 24th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Yes.. Please… I love hearing about all the things old and new… I didnt know about the light in the window and I would have looked closer while I was there… Thanks for all the nice things.. reading about disney brightens my day.. Everyday.. :)

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Lynette on November 24th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Those photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us. When I visit DL, I always stand outside and gaze up at the windows and wonder what it must have been when Walt lived there. Thanks again. I LOVE this kind of nostalgia/trivia/secret info. LOL ;)

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Sheila on November 24th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Absolutely love to read and see all nostalgic Disney posts and photos! More please! :)

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Joan on November 24th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Walt- You’re my Hero!

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Randy on November 24th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Yes, please share the historical photos that chronicle the development and daily life that is Disneyland.

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Janet from NV on November 24th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I absolutely love these photos, more please………

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Jessica on November 24th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Yes Id love to hear more about Walt’s Apt.ment. Please post more.

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Cheryl from CA on November 24th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I never knew that was Mr Disney’s apt. I need to brush up on my Disney trivia. I have loved Disneyland since 1964:}My first visit @ 6yr old!

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Jeanne on November 24th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Yes. Please post more of these.

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John on November 25th, 2009 at 12:29 am

YES, I would love to learn more about Disney parks through-out the past;)

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Patrice from CA on November 25th, 2009 at 12:35 am

Yes please keep on posting anything about Walt Disney and his life and dreams.

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Mary on November 25th, 2009 at 2:25 am

Mary from Santa Barbara, CA

What great pictures from the then and now…I know with my family always going we make sure we take pictures all over that park so my childrem well have memories to last a life time!!!! Like these pictures from Disney…keep them coming.

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Georgia on November 25th, 2009 at 2:30 am

I love everything Disney. Took my daughter when she was 3yrs. We visited numerous times a year. So, of course I would want to see more archive photos

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