Today Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger presided over a special ceremony to dedicate the newly restored office of Walt Disney in the Animation Building at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Disney Parks guests have been able to see selections from Walt’s office suite over the years at One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and inside the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park, but the Walt Disney Archives painstakingly restored the suite—down to the smallest details—including original furnishings, his piano (frequently played back in the day by Disney Legend Richard Sherman), awards, and some items from his collection of miniatures.
Park fans will love the large map, hanging over the couch in his working office, of Disneyland as it existed in 1966, including recent additions to the park as well as those yet-to-be-constructed including Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square. There’s one of the first master plans for what would become Walt Disney World Resort—including his vision for EPCOT. The office also features a golden cage containing a brightly colored tiny, singing robotic bird, which served as inspiration for the Audio-Animatronics we know today.
In 2016, the office will be featured on select D23 Member tours. Keep your eyes here for more opportunities to see this incredible permanent exhibit.
Glad I got to see it at Hollywood Studios before it got locked up to be seen only by a few.
I notice in the photos of this office/exhibit that were posted on Disney’s DisneyInsider that Walt had a Tom & Jerry Punchbowl set in his office. According to Disney-Secrets, he also had one on the kitchenette counter in his private apartment above the Fire Station in Disneyland, though it was of a different design. Apparently the Tom & Jerry drink was a favorite of his.
This is the best thing Disney has done all year!!!!
Wonderful! Magical! I am so glad to see that it will be available. I saw it at the “Disney Treasures” Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Museum.
Can’t believe it took this long – but thrilled to know it’s finally happened! It’s like there restoration of a building’s cornerstone that was long lost in an archival closet.
This is fabulous. Way to go, Walt Disney Archives!