Few people seem to notice this hidden treasure brought to the public by Disney’s D23 (as promised, a shout out here to @CountyRd535 for all his work with D23). After you’re done running to get your Toy Story Midway Mania FastPass first thing in the morning, head back toward the front of the park a few dozen yards, and look to your left.
Just past the newest exhibit about Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll find a small entrance that doesn’t nearly measure up to the treasures within. Many of the treasures are shown in my photo gallery below, but I deliberately held back so that you’d go see One Man’s Dream all for yourself. There are a few models and displays that change, as well as a movie at the end of which I took no pictures.The current big display is of the New Fantasyland model – something which you have to see for yourself.
I cannot recommend this attraction enough. Even if you’re not a huge Disney fan, it’s dark, air-conditioned, and usually pretty calm. Please go, I want Disney to understand how important the history is to us!
Hope you enjoy!
Edited to add: I didn’t watermark or shrink down any of the pictures. I feel this exhibit is worthy of as little interference as possible. This is the real, honest, hands-on history of Walt Disney and his creations. I don’t think shrinking the pics or watermarking them are rights that I have.
Near the entrance you see some old friends.
Look how the characters have evolved!
There’s a large picture of Marceline’s Main Street.
In front of that picture is a model of Disneyland’s Main Street.
The Mouse watches Walt at work.
Walt’s desk, slightly adapted.
Why would a duck need a canoe?! I love it.
Old, very old, toys.
This diorama was made by Walt Disney himself. I was totally geeking out that I got to be THAT CLOSE to it! Amazing. Seriously, amazing!
Some WWII Disney work.
This should seem familiar to anyone who’s familiar with the parks.
Walt’s office, recreated.
Recognize what’s on the wall?
Sleeping Beauty Castle really IS small… ;)
Dumbo, go home, you’re drunk!
It’s a castle for ants! (Zoolander reference.)
Disneyland Jungle Cruise model.
Peter Pan model…
…more from the top-down.
A mockup of one of Walt’s most famous promos is featured near the area where the film is shown.
Here’s walt talking about the Florida Project.
Figment is Dreamfinder.
Dreamfinder is Figment.
I miss you :(
Robot Butler, from my childhood.
This was here a long time before you could ride the “new” Dumbo over at Magic Kingdom.
The current featured display is the model for New Fantasyland. You may’ve seen this in the Orlando Sentinel article, or in the Disney Parks Blog’s articles about New Fantasyland.
I took many, many pictures of this model. Many of them are extremely zoomed in, just to show the amount of detail and care that goes into the creation of these models.
In closing, I leave you with this guy. I feel he’s probably related to the guy in the train display over in Germany at EPCOT.