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For the First Time Ever, Walt Disney’s Childhood Home Opens to the Public

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In today’s world, the Walt Disney Company is a name synonymous with magic. After creating the Walt Disney Company 100 years ago, Walt Disney went on to create magic for millions of fans all over the world.

Because of his influence, many fans feel emotionally attached to Walt’s legacy. His history is fascinating, and his story is incredibly inspiring. Now, fans can go back and see where it indeed started by visiting his childhood home.

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Step Inside Where the Magic Was Born

Walt Disney’s childhood home, located in Chicago, Illinois, has recently opened its doors to the public, allowing fans and enthusiasts to step into the early years of this iconic figure’s life. This momentous occasion marks an opportunity for visitors to explore the place where Walt Disney’s passion for animation and storytelling was ignited.

The opening of his childhood home not only provides a unique glimpse into the humble beginnings of a visionary but also serves as a tribute to the man who brought magic and joy to the world. As you step through the front door, you are immediately transported back in time.

From the charming wooden exterior to the authentic furnishings inside, every detail has been carefully preserved to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone era. It’s a truly immersive experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world that shaped the imagination of one of the greatest storytellers of all time. The home was built by Walt’s father for just $800. Who would have guessed that in 1901, this humble home would become the birthplace of a legend and innovator?

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Touring Begins for the First Time Ever

The tour takes you through various rooms of the house, each with its own story to tell. As you walk through the rooms, you can imagine young Walt Disney spending his days here, dreaming and creating. The unassuming bedroom where he slept, the cozy kitchen where his family gathered for meals, and the modest living room where they entertained guests all hold a sense of history and nostalgia. It’s as if time has stood still, allowing visitors to witness the roots of Walt Disney’s creative genius.

Walt was homeschooled, so this home served as his classroom growing up. It was in this humble environment that the seeds of Walt Disney’s imagination were sown, and the foundation for his future success was laid. As visitors explore the backyard, they can envision the young Disney brothers diligently working on their early animated creations, a testament to the determination and passion that would propel Walt Disney to greatness.

Rey Colon, the Walt Disney Birthplace project director, says,

“Walt Disney was an example that, you know, if you come from humble beginnings, if you work hard, you follow your dreams. You could change the world.”

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For fans and admirers of Walt Disney, visiting his childhood home is a pilgrimage of sorts. It allows them to connect with the man behind the magic to understand the roots of his boundless imagination. It’s a chance to pay homage to a visionary whose creations continue to touch the lives of millions worldwide.

The opening of Walt Disney’s childhood home to the public is an invitation to step into the past, to witness the origins of a legend, and to be inspired by the enduring legacy of Walt Disney. Guests can see the house this weekend on October 14 and 15 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.