This Mickey was designed by Ollie Johnston, one of Walt Disney’s animation artists known as the ‘nine old men’. This was designed to celebrate Mickey’s 75th Birthday in 2003 and it toured the USA for a year before being auctioned for charity. You can get yours from Amazon here
On permanent display at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum is Dale Varner’s model of Disneyland. He worked on these models for over 40 years – while living in Oregon and working off of photographs. Dale passed away in 2009 with still unfinished pieces, which are also included in the exhibit. Below is an article from
This 1955 RCA Victor console television was paid for by Walt Disney as a gift to the family in Portland, Oregon. Walt’s sister Ruth just couldn’t handle the travel from Missouri to Anaheim (or crowds) for the opening day festivities of Disneyland. So Walt paid for this beautiful television so the family could watch the
This is an actual Midget Autopia car from Disneyland. The entire attraction was removed from the park and donated by Walt & Roy O. Disney to the town of Marceline for use at the Walt Disney Park. The headlights were parking lights from a 1956 Pontiac. The hood ornaments came from a 1957 Chevy. These
Walt Disney passes away
In Walt’s absence, the Midget Autopia is dedicated to the children of Marceline.
Walt and Roy attended the dedication of the Walt Disney Municipal Park and Pool.
Lillian and Walt adopt Sharon Mae Disney.
Lillian gives birth to Diane Marie Disney. Their first child.
Walt marries Lillian.