Attraction Spotlight: Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

“Just a suitcase and a dream…”

While I’m not always a big fan of walk-through attractions, any chance to dip into the history of Walt Disney and his creations is one that will immediately interest me. It’s why going to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco someday is on my “Disney Do” list.

So visiting the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios* at the Walt Disney World Resort was also a priority for me.

One of the first things that caught my eye in this amazing amalgamation of items related to Walt Disney and his company was this suitcase:

A travel trunk Walt Disney used circa 1928.

A travel trunk Walt Disney used circa 1928.

It immediately reminded me of one of my favorite songs from the Red Car Trolley News Boys show at Disney California Adventure: “A Suitcase and a Dream”. The song is about how Walt Disney packed up everything he owned into a suitcase and set out for California to make his dreams come true. And while many Disney parks worldwide have the “Partners” statue featuring a mature Walt Disney and his pal Mickey Mouse, Disney California Adventure by contrast features the “Storytellers” statue depicting a younger Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse – and a suitcase!

During the One Man’s Dream walk-through, I was also particularly fascinated to catch a glimpse into a recreation of Walt Disney’s office from the company’s film and TV studio in Burbank, California.

This is what it would have looked like when Walt Disney worked at his Burbank studio!

This is what it would have looked like when Walt Disney worked at his Burbank studio!

The rest of the attraction consists of everything from movie posters and Disney memorabilia to an audio-animatronic Mr. Lincoln to scale models of various park icons and lands both past and present.

Model of Disneyland Resort’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Model of Disneyland Resort’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Model of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom.

Model of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom.

But I think I enjoyed best the nods to the bygone days when Walt Disney ran the company, such as this display of props and costumes from the original Mickey Mouse Club:

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

At the end of the walk-through, there is also a 15-minute tribute film to Walt Disney that you can stop to watch. It runs continuously throughout the day.

Have you visited Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream? What was your favorite part of the attraction?

* Mousertainment Memorandum: It was revealed last week at The Walt Disney Company shareholders’ meeting that Disney’s Hollywood Studios park at the Walt Disney World Resort is going to be renamed. I expect the announcement of the new name will happen at this year’s D23 Expo. And I’m guessing the new designation will be “Disney Hollywood Adventure” to cement the fact that Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios really are sibling parks, sharing not only the same entrance façade and California/Hollywood theming, but some attractions as well (i.e. Tower of Terror, Toy Story/Midway Mania, etc.). But others believe it could be renamed simply “Disney Studios Park” ala the Disneyland Paris Resort’s Walt Disney Studios Park. Though I think calling it Disney Studios is too confusing with the actual Walt Disney Studios facility in Burbank, California.

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