The offices of Walt Disney have been restored to its original location on the studio’s Burbank, California, lot, complete with authentic furnishings and decorations.
Formally dedicated on Monday, the reconstruction of Disney’s formal and working offices on the third floor of Walt Disney Studios’ Animation building will be a permanent exhibit, open to employees, cast members and visitors. It will be added next year to the studio tours conducted for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.
Following Disney’s death in December 1966, his offices were left untouched for several years, until Dave Smith, founder of the Disney Archives, sneaked in to photograph the space. The studio later asked him to thoroughly document the offices, from the contents of the bookshelves to the documents on Disney’s desk, after which all of the items were put into storage. The formal office was then turned into an executive office, and the working office into a conference room.
The restoration of Disney’s suite, which has been in the works for several years, is part of the studio’s 75th-anniversary celebration.
“We put this permanent exhibit together to serve as a source of inspiration,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said during Monday’s ceremony, “a reminder to have great ambition, to take bold creative risks, to constantly innovate and push the limits of possibility, to relentlessly pursue perfection, and to tell fantastic stories that touch peoples’ hearts. That was Walt Disney.”
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