“Ideas come from curiosity.”
Walt Disney once said it, and Dina Benadon and Brent Young, husband-and-wife owners of Super 78, a media content company that develops themed attractions, are living it through their recent purchase of Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago, where, if you think about it, the magic really started.
And while devoted Disney fans know about Walt’s childhood home in Marceline, Missouri – and that its downtown helped inspire the look of Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland – most are probably unaware that he was born on the second floor of a modest wood-frame house built by his father Elias and drafted by his mother Flora on the Chicago’s northwest side, or that he would come back to the city as a teenager.
Many of the buildings Walt lived and worked in have been demolished and summarily repurposed over the years, which is exactly why the couple decided to launch The Walt Disney Birthplace Project. Restoring his first home to its turn-of-the-century glory, recognizing it as a historical landmark, and opening it to the public as as private museum are the initiative’s main goals; and a Kickstarter campaign is now underway to help fund it.
I’m in (as a Chicagoan and long-time mouse lover, how could I not be?), because Walt’s life’s work lives on in everyone, making the careful preservation of his legacy paramount.
Help restore his childhood home and own a piece of Disney history too (the reward options are pretty cool):
To learn more about The Disney Birthplace Project, visit thewaltdisneybirthplace.org.
Photo credits: The Walt Disney Birthplace Project
Travelhound Pilar wouldn’t mind being at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. But, since she can’t be at her “second home” year round, she curates happy thoughts on Disney Social Media Magic, a virtual springboard where breaking news and other Disneyfied thingamabobs are shared. For more mouse-minded geekery, join Pilar on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and personal site, One Mom Media.