When we think of getting our Disney fix, all too often we forget that Disney magic also exists outside of the resorts. If you’re a Disney history buff that wants to walk in Walt’s footsteps, a vacationer that wants to make the most of their trip, or a fan on a budget, then this list is for you. Even if you aren’t any of those, this list is still for you! Most of these locations are found in California, but others are spread across the United States. Disney does not own most of these locations.
Walt Disney’s Birthplace
2156 N. Tripp Ave, Chicago, IL
On December 5th, 1901, Walt Disney was born on the second floor of the home built by his father Elias. Currently, there is a huge restoration project to bring the home back to its original glory. You can check our their website for more information.
Walt Disney Hometown Museum
120 E. Santa Fe Ave., Marceline, MO 64658
Although Walt was born in Chicago, he moved to Marceline by train when he was five years old. The same station he arrived in now houses the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, which contains many unique pieces to Walt’s history, donated by family members.
Walt Disney Studios
500 S Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA
Although the studios are not open to the public and do not offer tours to the public, there is always a way to get around these things. If you don’t know a friend of a friend of a friend who works there and can offer you a tour, you can become a member of D23, the official Disney fan club, and there is usually a tour date posted in their events.
El Capitan Theater
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Bought by the Walt Disney Company in 1989, the El Capitan Theater has been restored and exclusively shows Disney movies, hosts special movie events, and offers inexpensive tours of the theater. If you swing by on the right day, you might be able to catch the latest Disney premiere.
Chinese Theater Forecourt
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Across the street from the El Capitan is the famous Chinese Theater. Most of you may recognize it as the Great Movie Ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In front of the historic theater displays the handprint and footprints of Hollywood stars, including many Disney stars! You can find Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Herbie the Love Bug, R2-D2, and many more immortalized in concrete. The map of the forecourt can be found here.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
7018 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame boasts quite a few Disney legends as well. Here’s a list (within a list) of Disney names you can find amongst the 2,400 stars across 2.4 miles:
- Walt Disney (television): 6747 Hollywood Blvd
- Walt Disney (movies): 7021 Hollywood Blvd
- Roy O. Disney: 6833 Hollywood Blvd
- Mickey Mouse: 6925 Hollywood Blvd
- Donald Duck: 6840 Hollywood Blvd
- Snow White: 6910 Hollywood Blvd
- Winnie the Pooh: 6834 Hollywood Blvd
- Tinker Bell: 6834 Hollywood Blvd
- Disneyland: 6874 Hollywood Blvd
5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Credited as the “Birthplace of Imagineering,” this barn was Walt’s workshop for building minatures and model trains in the backyard of his home on Carolwood Drive. The barn now serves as a place dedicated to Walt’s passion for railroading. You can find more information here.
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of Disneyland, this Merry-Go-Round played a specific role in its creation. Walt would often take his daughter to ride this Merry-Go-Round and while sitting on a bench watching them, he had the idea of a place where children and adults could have fun together. Although the benches that Walt sat on are no longer there, you can still sit and enjoy the Merry-Go-Round yourself.
104 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA
This museum is a beautiful dedication to Walt’s life located in the Presido in San Francisco. Danielle recently visited and wrote about her experience.
1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA
For those of you who choose to remember Walt’s legacy in this way, you can find Walt’s resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. His plot is located in a small private garden to the left of the entrance to the Freedom Mausoleum.
Have you been to any of these locations? Any of them on your bucket list? Do you think another place deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comments!