While this museum features the expected collection of Walt Disney memorabilia, the museum is really more of a tribute to the life of the man behind the mouse. It takes a serious look at Walt Disney’s personal life, including his childhood in Kansas City, his move to California with nothing but $40 in his pocket and a dream, and explains how he and his brother, Roy, decided to launch Disney Bros. Studio. The most moving room is the gallery filled with thoughts and condolences from around the world when Mickey’s creator passed away in 1966. But it’s not a downer, and children will enjoy the visit. How could they not with all of the character sketches on display, including the earliest known drawings of Mickey Mouse, and original art from feature films like “Fantasia” and “Dumbo”?
- Erika Lennert