Authentic furniture and items that were part of Walt Disney’s personal studio office are now on permanent display at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Following Walt’s passing his office was meticulously catalogued and preserved by the Walt Disney Archives. Since then it has traveled as part of various exhibits and was even placed on display at Disneyland and Walt Disney World for a time.
I had the opportunity to view Walt’s office at Disneyland and also while it was also on display at the Reagan Library as part of the Disney D23 “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit”. Walt’s formal office appeared at the exhibit as an exact recreation, down to the floor plan, location of the door and exact square footage. And now Disney employees, cast members, studio visitors, and soon D23 Gold Members will be able to enjoy the history of Walt’s office when D23 adds it to the tours of the Studio lot and Archives in 2016.
Walt’s office has been relocated to the original Animation Building now 75 years after the Burbank studio was opened.
On hand for the dedication ceremony was Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Walt Disney’s granddaughters Joanna Miller, Jennifer Goff, and Michelle Lund, along with special guest Richard Sherman, Kathryn Beaumont, and Marty Sklar.
“We put this permanent exhibit together to serve as a source of inspiration,” said Iger during the ceremony, “a reminder to have great ambition, to take bold creative risks, to constantly innovate and push the limits of possibility, to relentlessly pursue perfection, and to tell fantastic stories that touch peoples’ hearts. That was Walt Disney.”
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