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Photos: Walt Disney's Office Restored With Original Furniture And Decor
The offices of Walt Disney have been restored at the Walt Disney Studio lot in Burbank, complete with some original furnishing and decor. Today, Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Bob Iger and family members of the late Walt Disney revealed a recreation of Walt Disney's office at the Walt Disney Studio lot in Burbank. The permanent exhibit comes as a celebration of the studio's 75th anniversary.
The offices, which include Disney's formal office as well as his working office, can be found on the third floor of the original Animation building, according to the OC Register. Inside, you can spot some of the same furniture, books, scripts, notes, photos, awards, and trinkets that Disney kept there during his life. There's also a piano where composer Richard Sherman said he would often drop by to play Disney's favorite tune, Mary Poppins' "Feed The Birds."
After Disney's death in 1966, the offices remained dormant for a few years. Then, Dave Smith, who founded the Walt Disney Archives in 1970, was asked to take inventory of Disney's belongings. He documented each item, and they've spent the last 45 years in storage, being cared for by Archives staff members. The rooms were later used as a conference room and executive office.
"We put this permanent exhibit together to serve as a source of inspiration, 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," Igor said at this morning's ceremony, according to a release.
The office can be viewed by Disney employees, cast members and visitors to the Studio. Starting in 2016, the office will also become part of the Studio tour available to official Disney fan club D23's Gold Members.