by Greg Ehrbar
One sunny day back in high school, just as your humble author finished presenting his report about Walt Disney, a classmate offered this comment: “That was so interesting! I didn’t even know Walt Disney was a real guy.”
Hopefully, this is an isolated case. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios still makes it…
By Nicole Nalty
Earlier this year, D23 took a closer look at the efforts to restore the Disney Family home in Chicago. Roy Oliver, Walter Elias, and Ruth Disney were born (in 1893, 1901, and 1903, respectively) in this very special house before the family moved to Marceline, Missouri in 1906. D23 Gold Members were the first group ever to tour the historic location…
Walt wore a variety of hats over the years. Whether looking casual or adventurous, fun or formal, he was always able to pull off the look with style. So, if you’re short on ideas for which kind of hat to wear, take some inspiration from uncle Walt and try out a new stylish look.
Although young Walter Elias Disney couldn’t afford to purchase elaborate Christmas gifts for his family, the aspiring artist was able to share an even more special and personal holiday gift: his own artwork. This Christmas drawing to Flora Disney, featuring young Walter’s style and humor, became a piece she treasured and kept safely in the family album. While the…
Walt Disney had many memorable Christmases—from the year he gave his wife, Lillian, a Springer Spaniel in a hatbox, to the year he surprised his daughters, Diane and Sharon, with a beautiful backyard playhouse. But when asked in 1957 of his most memorable Christmas, Walt thought back to his days as a paperboy, when he received a very memorable gift.
Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift.
In this rarely seen photo, Walt Disney poses for an old-time photo with Disney Legend Ward Kimball during their 1948 visit to the Chicago Railroad Fair, held at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
In an effort to get “the boss” to relax a…
Walt (right), just months after arriving in California.
He’s with brother Roy in front of their first Hollywood Studio, on Kingswell Avenue.
In the glow of prosperity following World War I, America as never before sees itself as the land of opportunity, especially through the eyes of its youth. Many young fortune-seekers head for the Big…
Walt’s own recipe for this family favorite!
So wrap yourself up under your favorite blanket, slot in your favorite Disney movie and relax with the perfect comfort food—Walt style!
2 lbs. coarse ground beef
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1⁄2 cup oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 tsp. chili powder (depending on taste)
Becoming Walt Disney
. . . an original D23 Studios short film, traces the path of a one-of-a-kind storyteller from his youth in Marceline and his apprenticeship in Kansas City all the way to his arrival Los Angeles in 1923.
When the D23 staff visited the Walt Disney Archives to examine some extremely rare photographs sourced from rolls of film found in Walt’s personal camera (see more discoveries in the latest episode of Armchair Archivist), the pinch-me moments that followed lasted only for a few seconds. Disney archivists had recently rediscovered these amazing photographs and were…