Most hardcore Disney fans know that Walt Disney was born in Marceline, Missouri and spent time living in Kansas City before moving to Southern California in 1923.
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He was armed with little else besides the Alice cartoons he hoped to use to launch his career in film. D23 shared these details:
…he [Walt Disney] decided that he could use it as his “pilot” film to sell a series of these “Alice Comedies” to a distributor. Soon after arriving in California, he was successful. A distributor in New York, M. J. Winkler, contracted to distribute the Alice Comedies on October 16, 1923, and this date became the start of the Disney company.
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Now, a Kansas City non-profit organization called Thank You Walt Disney is spearheading the effort to transform Walt Disney’s original animation studio on 31st and Troost streets into a museum. The plans for the remodel include a welcome center, a flex studio that can be used for multimedia work and education, a museum of animation, and a co-work office for local Kansas City residents.
According to the Kansas City Business Journal:
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KCBJ‘s report continued:
According to local Kansas City news station, FOX 4, the initial round of exterior renovations on the building will begin this spring. The total cost of the work to revitalize Walt Disney’s original animation studio — the very first House of Mouse — is expected to be about $5 million.
To learn more about the project and to find out how you can get involved no matter where you live, visit the Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. website.