Sunday April 3, 2011 ~ I have always wanted to go to Marceline, MO to see Walt Disney's Hometown. So we loaded up in the truck and headed North! The museum is in the old train depot that Walt would enter through as a kid as well as when he would come back home as an adult to visit.
Kay owns the museum and the old Walt Disney homestead and land. She grew up with Walt Disney and she never knew there was even lines when she went to Disneyland! She is wonderful at telling the history of Walt Disney. She is a wonderful person!
This is the only thing you can take a picture of in the museum. It was a perfect fit as this Mickey is called "All Aboard Mickey". This Mickey was designed by Ollie Johnson, one of Disney's legendary artists know as "The Nine Old Men". This All Aboard Mickey was one of 75 specially designed Mickey's (to celebrate his 75th birthday in 2003) that toured the United States before being up for auction. The owner brought him to the museum.
This is the old Walt Disney homestead. The Disney family moved into this home in 1906 when Walt was 4 years old.
This was Walt's Dreaming Tree. The large cottonwood tree is still standing (barely after it was hit by lighting) where Walt and his sister Ruth would play as kids. This tree was an inspiration to Walt and drew from these memories in his Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony cartoons. When he traveled back to Marceline, MO he would always make time to reflect under this tree.
This was Walt's Happy Place. Many years later they replaced Walt's barn with this one and had a barn rising! When you go inside you are asked to leave a message or a memory....
So of course we left our mark! I have loved Mickey Mouse since Brandon's dad and step-mom took us to Walt Disney World in 1994. That was the first time I have ever flown and always wanted to go back. Walt Disney theme parks were designed from his hometown of Marceline, MO.
"To tell the truth, more things of importance happened to me in Marceline than ever happened since or are likely to in the future" Walt Disney