Walt Disney Hometown Museum
120 W Santa Fe
Visit the Walt Disney Hometown Museum to view our interpretive exhibits telling the Disney family story focusing on Walt’s childhood in Marceline. Our unique collection of family artifacts is found nowhere else in the world. Gift Shop on premises. Open April 1-Oct 31. Closed Mondays, admission charged.
200 W. Broadway Street
You are welcome to visit the Disney farm but please be respectful as it is private property. The Disney home is not open to the public.
The Dreaming Tree
Although Walt’s original Dreaming Tree fell in 2015, you can still sense the energy that emanates from it’s location. Under it’s once majestic braces, Walt and Ruth Disney would observe the local nature that surrounded them. It was a magical location where Walt first learned to draw, write and dream. In 2004 Walt’s grandson planted a sapling no more than 30 feet from the original cottonwood. “Son of Dreaming Tree” came from a seed harvested from the original tree, and that direct ancestor still grows proudly on the Disney Farm. The site is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Closed for special events.
The barn in Marceline was the setting for Walt’s first venture as a showman. He dressed some of his pets and farm animals in costumes and announced the “Disney Circus” to neighborhood kids charging 10 cents for admission. His audience left unimpressed and Walt’s mother made him refund the admission fees. Walt learned a valuable lesson: “Give the audience more than they expect and they’ll be happy customers.”
Walt’s barn came home again in 2001 during a 3 day old-fashioned barn raising. Guests from all over the world have left their message to Walt on the interior walls of the barn. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Closed for special events.
Disney Farm Arboretum
In 2002, a Disney Farm tradition began when Toonfest Headliners planted the arboretum’s first trees. Donated by American Forest Historic Tree Nursery, the trees come from historic properties all over the world and have a tie to Disney. For example, Walt was an admirer of Abraham Lincoln and there are trees from Lincoln’s property. Open daily sunrise to sunset. Closed for special events.
Walt Disney United States Post Office Building
120 E. Ritchie Street
Following Walt Disney’s death in 1966, the citizens of Marceline lobbied the US Postal Service to issue a commemorative stamp in his honor. The stamp was issued from Marceline, October 16, 1968. In 2003, the Marceline US Post Office building was renamed the Walt Disney Post Office Building, making it the only federal building named for Walt Disney.
Stop by the post office and have your letter hand cancelled with Marceline’s one-of-a-kind Disney cancellation.
Walt Disney Elementary School
420 E. California
In 1960 Walt Disney cancelled an around-the-world trip to attend the dedication of Walt Disney Elementary School. Speaking at the dedication, Walt commented, “You know I’m not a funny guy, I’m just a farm boy from Marceline who hides behind a duck and a mouse.”
Walt directed the Disney studios to produce a unique mural for the school interior. He also furnished a flag pole from the Squaw Valley Olympics and two special Disney flags.
Walt Disney Complex, Santa Fe Lake
700 S. Kansas
(660) 376-3528 (City Hall)
Built in 1912 as a private club, the lake is now owned by the city. The lake and grounds are open to the public and feature a picnic area, playground and fishing.
The park was once home to Midget Autopia, a retired Disneyland ride personally gifted by Walt and Roy in 1966. The attraction remains the only ride to ever leave Disneyland and maintain operation outside a Disney owned park. The ride successfully ran in Marceline until 1977 when it was eventually retired from use. The track was removed in the summer of 2016.
The park was also once home to The Walt Disney Swimming Pool complex. The pool was dedicated by Walt himself during a 1956 visit, and maintained operation until the fall of 2015. At the original dedication Walt told the children of Marceline: “My best memories are the years I spent here. You children are lucky to live in Marceline.