Walt Disney is one of those iconic human beings that you can’t help but wonder about, and wonder what he was like. Although he’s no longer around, Walt left a lot of history and legacy behind. Over the past couple of years, the Disney studios and their Archivists restored Mr. Disney’s office to it’s original state, from when he was alive. Included in my amazing Pirates of the Caribbean trip last week, was touring Walt Disney’s office.
After Walt’s passing, the Disney team took tons of pictures, of every detail, in his office. Everything was carefully packed up and stored for many years while that office was used for different Disney executives. Finally, someone had the idea to restore Walt’s office, and allow certain people to tour it. The Disney Archivists did an incredible job at preserving history. Every trinket, Oscar, book and memento were carefully placed where Walt last left them.
The original office was just one room, but in time, Walt decided to expand to an office suite comprised of 3 rooms, plus a room for his receptionist. If walls could talk, right? The first room is where Walt’s receptionist would take phone calls and greet guests there to meet with Mr. Disney. I love the simplicity of this room.
The next room is where Walt would take care of business and have musicians play for him. I absolutely love that he had a piano in his office.
There was also an extensive book collection and so many Disney trinkets from over the years. It’s apparent that Walt liked to be surrounded by all he created and dreamt of.
In the next room, there was more space for Walt to really get to work. It was in this room that Walt got creative and liked to spread his work out between his desk and couches. He also had a wet bar (to help him get through his long days I suppose).
The last room is now portrayed as a bit of a museum with a lot of wall art, but was actually used for masseuses and the like. Walt had more privacy in this room so it’s not completely clear what all went on in this room, but it sounds like it was used to help him relax and unwind.
Getting to see the creative genius and dreamer, Walt Disney’s work space was a real treat. I think it’s so fun that Disney decided to preserve these memories and items to help Walt’s legacy live on.
I was provided an all expense paid trip for the purpose of covering the new Pirates of the Caribbean and Bambi releases. All opinions expressed are my own.