There’s no denying that Walter Elias Disney left a huge legacy. He was an absolute pioneer of the American animation industry, an entrepreneur, and a dreamer. Today, everyone knows the name “Disney”. Walt Disney paved the way for so much. Guests often pay homage to him at the theme parks that bear his name, but there are other historic places where his legacy can be celebrated. Let’s take a look at some places to celebrate the life and legacy of Walt Disney- in theme parks and beyond.
Disneyland Resort- Of course, Disneyland Resort is at the top of the list. Disneyland is the only theme park designed and completed under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. It is so nostalgic and special to walk the streets that Mr. Disney himself walked on and experience the attractions he designed. Guests can even book the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” guided tour and get to access special areas of the park and learn about how Walt incorporated personal touches into the park.
Chicago, Illinois- When people think of Walt Disney, Chicago probably doesn’t come to mind. However, Chicago was a very important place for Walt- it is the town he was born in! On December 5, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born at his family home. In 2013, a couple who owns an animation company bought Walt’s birthplace home and went on to restore it for tourists to be able to view. The couple is now working on a museum dedicated to Walt and his legacy.
Marceline, Missouri- Marceline, Missouri is definitely a place that greatly inspired Walt Disney. Marceline was where the Disney family moved to when Walt was just 5 years old. Main Street, USA is said to have been inspired by Main Street in Marceline. It is also the place where Walt developed his love for trains. Today, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum is inthe old Marceline train depot.
The Disney Family Museum in San Fransisco, California- Many people do not even realize that a Disney Family Museum exists. The museum was founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney-Miller. Guests of the museum can see displays ofmemorobilia from throughout Walt Disney’ life.
Silverado Vineyards, Napa Valley- Located in Napa Valley, California, is a winery founded by Walt’s wife and daughter in 1981. Silverado Vineyards, while not really being Disney themed, the winery still brings guests a “Disney” level of customer service and would be a great place for any Disney fan to visit
The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles- Not only can visitors find Walt Disney’s own Hollywood star on the famous Walk of Fame, but also the stars for characters he created. Mickey and Minnie Mouse also have their very own stars!
It is truly an amazing legacy that Walt left, and I hope to visit all of these special places someday! You don’t have to be visiting a theme park to celebrate Disney’s history!