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Walt Disney: One Man's Dream

Opened: October 1, 2001

Fastpass: No

Handicapped Accessibility: This attraction is wheelchair/ECV accessible and Assistive Listening Devices may be used.


This is one of the attractions that was added during the 100 Years of Magic Celebration. It houses never before seen memorabilia and provides a fascinating journey through the life of Walt Disney.

Located on Mickey Avenue, this unique attraction provides a rare opportunity to learn more about the man behind the mouse. Guests are welcome to tour the displays at their leisure. The tour culminates with a film that features footage that was specially prepared for this attraction.

The self-guided tour begins at Walt Disney’s birthplace of Chicago and follows his family’s move to a farm in Marcelline, Missouri where his love of animals developed and became a major influence in his life. As you tour the various galleries, you’ll hear Walt’s own words as he speaks about his past and his vision for the future. Some of these interviews were released specifically for this attraction and had previously not been made available to the general public.

The main feature is the collection of 400-plus artifacts on display. From Walt’s second grade school desk to a model of Disney California Adventure, you’ll walk in Walt’s footsteps and watch his dreams unfold.

Mouseketeers both past and present will smile when they discover a long forgotten childhood toy on display. You’ll also find the special Oscar awarded to Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, models of the Disneyland castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland Paris, as well as an interactive animatronic figure. A truly fascinating piece found here is the Multiplane camera used in the making of The Old Mill.

Every fifteen minutes, guests are ushered into a theatre to enjoy a film hosted by Julie Andrews celebrating the accomplishments of Walt Disney. It’s a wonderful retelling of his fascinating life with treasured home movies interspersed with film clips from the features that we’ve come to love.

Screenings will occasionally be preempted with sneak previews of upcoming Disney films.

"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing- that it was all started by a mouse."  - Walt Disney

"Walt Disney: One Man's Dream" Scavenger Hunt

This attraction is loaded with memorabilia from Walt's life. You can spend hours in here roaming around and looking at all the displays and watching the film. To help you get better acquainted with the exhibit, we have a scavenger hunt for you to take with you on your trip that will be fun to do. Your mission is to locate the answers to the following questions as you walk through the exhibit.

  1. In 1906, Walt Disney moved from Chicago to what Missouri Town? How long did he live there?
  2. In the model of Main Street, what is the name of the hotel?
  3. What year did Mickey Mouse make his first appearance in color?
  4. What is the name of the camera that helped Walt Disney make a painting behave like a real piece of scenery?
  5. Walt received a famous Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. What makes it unique?
  6. When you're "twitterpated", it's a sure sign that you're what?
  7. How many films were part of the "True Life Adventure" series?
  8. As you move into the 1950's, in Walt's office there are two desk clocks. One takes on a unique shape. What is it?
  9. Whose "Talent Roundup Day" costume is shown in the exhibit?
  10. What was the price for an adult's lunch and dinner at the Red Wagon Inn at Disneyland?
  11. What is Cinderella's name in French?
  12. What is the name of the Jungle Cruise boat Walt is holding?
  13. How many Oscars did Walt's first live film, "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" receive?
  14. In a merchandise display window, a popular coloring book sits on the table and a famous hat hangs on the wall. Who is represented by each?
  15. The dress shown from "Mary Poppins " was worn during which musical number?
  16. Where did Walt present "Progressland"?
  17. What time is it in the Florida Conference room?
  18. Who changed the name of the Florida project to Walt Disney World?
  19. The "deep canvas" technique was used for which 1999 Disney animated feature?
  20. Who opens the film "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream"?