Walt Disney: One Man's Dream

Mickey Avenue
Disney's Hollywood Studios

One Man's Dream Sign

UPDATE 4/09: One Man's Dream is now presented by D23 -- The Official Community for Disney Fans. New "D23 Welcomes You" signage is displayed on the marquee of the attraction and a new display case featuring the room of a Disney fan adds to the collection of Disney history currently on display. Many of the pieces on exhibit came from the Walt Disney Archives, which is a big part of the D23 community. The new D23 display case features items a real Disney fan might own, including the Ultimate WALL·E, a "Treasures of the Archives" lithograph and the five-Mickey pin set which was the very first Walt Disney Archives Collection item.


Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream opened October 1, 2001, in conjunction with Walt Disney World's 100 Years of Magic celebration, and has been extended indefinitely. Housed in one of the soundstages along Mickey Avenue, it brings guests their first view of special Disney memorabilia.


WALT DISNEY: ONE MAN'S DREAM -- This interactive gallery features a collection of memorabilia from the Disney archives that has never been available to the public before. Visitors are shown artifacts from Walt Disney's life and from the history of the company he founded -- from his birth in 1901 through the company’s vision for the future. In addition, the attraction includes a short film of Walt Disney’s life that explores the extraordinary hardships he overcame, as well as previously unseen footage, including Walt talking about his creation, Mickey Mouse.

Disney Theater Sign

Throughout the gallery, scenic pieces and props create a trip through each era of Disney’s life, beginning with a brief look at Disney’s early years, from his birth in Chicago and his formative years in Marceline, Missouri, a period that was crucial to his development as an artist and storyteller.

Emporium Model

Among the artifacts on display:
-- a model of Main Street, U.S.A.from Disneyland

-- Walt's animation camera stand, the table on which he animated "Steamboat Willie" and "Plane Crazy"

-- Oscars for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (one regular size and seven dwarf-sized) and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

-- Animated bird from the 1800s that inspired The Enchanted Tiki Room

-- Disneyland Castle model

-- An interactive re-creation of Project X (Walt Disney World Resort) Florida

-- A life-sized Roy Disney graphic with interactive audio as Roy dedicates Walt Disney World Resort in his brother's name

-- Abraham Lincoln sculpture bust

-- Disneyland Paris Sleeping Beauty Castle model

-- Disney’s California Adventure model

Animatronic DisplayThroughout the display, "connection cards" join the stories of Disney's creations, from boyhood dreams to reality. In one of the attraction’s most exciting features, Walt Disney himself talks about the most meaningful and emotional moments of his life through a rare collection of audio interviews, many heard publicly for the first time, which are triggered when guests approach the various sections of the gallery.


This is a walk-through exhibit, which takes at least 15 minutes to view. There is no place to sit until the end of the exhibit, where you enter a theater to view a film.

The film on Walt Disney lasts about 15 minutes.

If you're short on time, visit this attraction in sections -- view the exhibits during one visit, then re-visit the attraction to view the movie.

Ask a Cast Member for the trivia quiz that goes along with this attraction. If you complete the quiz correctly, you'll get a certificate!

Translator units for this attraction are available at the entrance.

This attraction is wheelchair/ECV accessible.

Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services Can Be Used Here.


Many youngsters are not aware that Walt Disney was a real person. This exhibit will help show that he was more than just an icon, but a man with a vision. Because of the nature of the exhibit, though, it may not be of much interest to very young children.

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Walt Disney


The priceless collection of memorabilia for "Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream" arrived via Federal Express from California on an Airbus A300 designated Spirit of Imagination. There are more than 400 items in all.

Walt Disney was born in Chicago on December 5, 1901.

"Steamboat Willie", Mickey Mouse's 1928 debut, was the first fully synchronized sound cartoon.

Walt Disney only attended one year of high school.

In 1923, in California, Walt and his brother Roy formed the Disney Brothers Studio. At Roy's insistence, the company soon became the Walt Disney Studio, since he felt that Walt's name should be emphasized. This is officially recognized as the starting date of The Walt Disney Company.

Walt grew his famous mustache at age 25.

Walt Disney was the voice of Mickey Mouse for two decades.

Walt Disney won 48 Academy Awards and 7 Emmys during his 43-year career.

The film at One Man's Dream was originally narrated/hosted by then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner. It is now narrated by actress Julie Andrews.

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