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While Disneyland has played host to hundreds of millions of guests since it first opened in 1955, most of its visitors don’t realize the role that one small town in particular played in the park’s inception. For The Walt Disney Company’s most devoted fans however, the town of Marceline, Missouri holds a special place in their hearts as the boyhood hometown of Walt Disney, the company’s iconic founder. Though the Disney family only briefly lived in Marceline, a scant four years, Walt himself often recalled his time spent in the community as a boy as the most influential and significant in his life. When the time came to construct Disneyland, Walt referred back to his fond memories of Marceline regularly for inspiration.
At the heart of present day Marceline is the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, an intimate and privately-owned institution headed by Executive Director Kaye Malins for whom the venture has been a labour of love since it opened in 2001. Through a spectacular collection of unique artefacts, wonderful interpretive exhibits and a team of intensely passionate volunteers, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum works tirelessly to share the story of Marceline’s impact on Walt Disney, a man who in turn had a tremendous impact on pop culture.
Back in July 2015 the museum’s Creative Director, and Toronto-area native, Peter Whitehead reached out to an old friend,
“Through some research, the museum had discovered that the
The momentous occasion would have probably been a big influence on a young, artistically-minded boy like Walt Disney. “In fact we know that Walt was aware of the
In 1942, Disney promoted its animated film Saludos Amigos using The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, a
“What Walt didn’t realize was that by the time Refreshment Corner was being constructed, the mural in Marceline which had served as its inspiration, was long since gone,” says Peter. “It turns out that sometime after the Disney family had moved away from Marceline, the owners of the [Zurcher] building had added an extension to the building, hiding away the
For decades the connection between the Refreshment Corner and the Zurcher building was a mystery to
Upon hearing the mural’s story, Krista was immediately taken with it and asked to share it with colleagues working in Atlanta. Ted Ryan, Director of Heritage Communications and Ken Schroeder, Senior National Sales Executive for
That fall Best Bet Arts & Media out of Roanoke, Virginia was contracted by The
Walt Disney Hometown Museum
Walt Disney Hometown Museum
By the end of November the restored mural was ready to be presented that Christmas to The Walt Disney Company as a token of appreciation, representing the two companies’ nearly 75 years of partnership and collaboration. In fact
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