Walt Disney Presents… Animation Courtyard Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney Presents opened in September 2017. It combines elements of the previous attraction Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream with a character Meet and Greet and an exhibit of “What’s Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”
WALT DISNEY: ONE MAN’S DREAM
This is a walk-through exhibit featuring some of the highlights of the original One Man’s Dream. There are collections of memorabilia from the Disney archives that have never been available to the public before. On display are 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 in a special “Walt Disney Theater.” The film explores the extraordinary hardships Disney overcame, as well as previously unseen footage, including Walt talking about his creation, Mickey Mouse. The film is narrated by actress Julie Andrews, who starred as Mary Poppins in Disney’s film of the same name. Note that Disney frequently uses this theater to showcase “sneak previews” of upcoming films.
WHAT’S COMING TO DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS – After the exhibit of Walt Disney’s “dream”, you find yourself in the new “blue sky” area containing information on the new attractions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE
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MICKEY AND MINNIE’S RUNAWAY RAILWAY
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At the rear of the gallery, just beyond the entrance to the Walt Disney Theater, there is a character meet-and-greet location. Until recently, the meet-and-greet was home to Star-Lord and Baby Groot, from the film “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” Beginning January 18, Mike and Sully from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University will be there instead.
TIP: If you would like to see characters without a long wait, visit first thing in the morning, or wait until the evening, when many of the visitors are going to see Fantasmic!
Check your daily Guide Map for times and locations of Character Meet and Greet opportunities throughout the Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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 the theater to view the 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.
Translator units for this attraction are available at the entrance.
This attraction is wheelchair/ECV accessible.
The character meet is described above. Characters vary according to the latest Disney film releases, so be sure to check the Times Guide to determine which characters are available.
NOTE: Many youngsters are not aware that Walt Disney was a real person. The One Man’s Dream 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.
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 were more than 400 items in the original version of this exhibit.
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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