One Man's Dream

Reliving One Man’s Dream in this Walt Disney World Attraction

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…

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Disney family home in Chicago

Restoring History: Walt Disney’s Birthplace

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…

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Hats Off to Walt Disney

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.

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Walt Disney Christmas card

An Early Christmas Card from Walt to his Mother

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…

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Walt Disney with a Christmas tree

Five Moments from Walt’s Most Memorable Christmas

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.

Here are…

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staged portrait of Walt Disney and Ward Kimball posing in a mocked-up old time jalopy during their visit to the1948 Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Rarely Seen Photos From Walt Disney and Ward Kimball’s 1948 Trip to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

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…

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photograph of Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney in 1923

Take a Look Back at Disney in the Year 1923

Walt (right), just months after arriving in California.
He’s with brother Roy in front of their first Hollywood Studio, on Kingswell Avenue.

1923.
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…

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Chili Just Like Walt Disney Used to Eat

Walt’s own recipe for this wintertime 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!

Ingredients

Chili
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)
1…

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photo of two of Walt Disney's young daughters enjoying Griffith Park carousel

Never-Before-Released, Exclusive Photos From Walt Disney’s Camera Found in the Walt Disney Archives

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…

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Walt Disney's signature

The Most Famous Signature of All Time

By Jim Fanning

Whose autograph brings bigger bucks from collectors than those of movie stars and most United States presidents? That’s right, it’s Walt Disney. What’s more, that curvy, loopy signature has something that’s priceless: global recognition. Everyone knows the name “Disney,” especially in its form as the logo of The Walt Disney Company—and…

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