Walt first became acquainted with Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s story, Peter Pan, about the boy who did not want to grow up when watching a touring company’s production of the famous play forty years prior. Walt remembered the tale and kept it in his back pocket until 1939 when he acquired the rights to embark on his own version of Never Land.
In a Walt Disney Family Museum original production directed by Don Hahn, guests can view Disney family home movies and holiday segments from Walt’s shorts and feature films as Walt’s daughter, Diane, shares her Christmas memories.
The same passion that drove Walt Disney and others to pursue their love of model railroading remains strong today. Tom Nance has hand built his own working 1/8th scale steam engine, almost an exact replica of Walt’s own Lilly Belle.
Walt was in the midst of creating live action films and hosting television shows that put him right in America’s living room. Soon Walt would chart new waters with his first ever live-action musical, Babes in Toyland.
December 15, 2016 marks fifty years since Walt Disney’s passing. It has been half a century since the world lost one of its greatest visionaries.
The Walt Disney Family Museum has made some exciting new additions to gallery 3. All new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs artifacts are now on view to showcase various characters, animation art, and merchandise.
Which Disney led the studio? It was a partnership. Both Walt and Roy Disney have been described as the spirit of Walt Disney Productions.