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#DisneyFamilia: A Visit to Walt’s hometown Marceline

Sarah Domenech

by , Public Relations Manager

Walt Disney World Resort Ambassador Nathaniel Palma had the gran honor of visiting the city of Marceline, Missouri during its annual Toonfest. Marceline is Walt Disney’s hometown and la inspiración for Disneyland park and Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park.

Every year, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum hosts cartoonists and animators from around the country to celebrate Walt’s love for animation.

#DisneyFamilia: A Visit to Walt’s hometown Marceline

Nathaniel was the Grand Marshall of the festival’s parade, which travels along the original Main Street, an honor he will never forget! He also visited Walt Disney Elementary school that opened in 1960, where he read classic Disney stories to the students.

Another special moment during his trip was visiting Walt’s Dreaming Tree, located next to his childhood home. The original tree was struck by lightning 11 years ago but Walt’s grandson, along with the Walt Disney Hometown Museum staff and our 2005 Walt Disney World Ambassador team, planted a sapling of the original, which stands tall today.

#DisneyFamilia: A Visit to Walt’s hometown Marceline #DisneyFamilia: A Visit to Walt’s hometown Marceline

Nathaniel was inducted into the Order of Plantears, as he planted his very own dreaming tree, along with the children of Walt Disney Elementary, and members of Walt’s family. The special ceremony included soil from the Liberty Tree at the Magic Kingdom Park, water from the Seven Seas Lagoon and Mickey Pixie Dust.

During his amazing trip, Nathaniel also visited Walt’s boyhood home and signed its barn.


  • What a shame that the original “Dreaming Tree” was destroyed. When I made my pilgrimage to Marceline in 2009 I went to see the tree which was located on the path to the replica barn where Walt had his “Circus”. It was wrought with the scars of many diseases, perhaps even the lightening strike, but it was special to recall that Walt made some of his first animated drawings, flip books for his sister.

  • We recently moved from California to Kansas City, MO. Being huge Disney fans, we were thrilled when we realized how much Disney history is here in Missouri. The Hometown Museum and Walt’s boyhood farm are a real treat for the Disney historian. Pretty neat to think you’re walking in Walt’s footsteps. Only thing they’re missing is a confectionery like they do in Disneyland:)

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