It’s 2023 and that means it’s been a full century since the official formation of the Walt Disney Company! Disney is celebrating with a global 100 Years of Wonder campaign and we’re celebrating in our own way by going into an intimate personal space of Walt Disney himself… his office on the Walt Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California!
Today, we continue in our four-part series of pictorials looking into the working life of the man himself, Walt Disney. The permanent exhibition of Walt Disney’s office spaces are only accessible by special invite-only tours for D23 members (and other special guests) and first reopened as an exhibit in 2016. We had a chance to tour the space for ourselves in 2018.
If you’re all shined up and looking neat and pretty, then step this way for a look at Walt Disney’s formal office.
Walt Disney’s Formal Office
If you were special guest, dignitary, president, or celebrity meeting with Walt Disney, you’d likely be greeting him in his formal office. Prim and proper, the space was both exceedingly professional but also bursting with warmth. Austere original period furniture houses charming personal items varying from family photos and sketches to original pieces from his miniature collection and even bronze casts of his daughter’s baby shoes — used as bookends.
The room also boasts the original piano which Disney Legend Richard Sherman (who often reminisced playing with his brother, the late Robert Sherman) remembers previewing for Walt some of the latest tunes they’d been working on for various studio projects. One of Walt’s personal favorites that he’d ask the brothers to play him was “Feed the Birds” from MARY POPPINS.
The photos in this pictorial were taken as part of one of many D23 Events held by the official Disney fan club every year. Visit D23.com for more details or check out some of our other coverage of D23 events below.
MORE INFO: MouseInfo’s coverage of special D23 Events
But Wait, There’s More!
This series takes a complete look at the entirety of the permanent exhibition of Walt Disney’s private office at the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank. Check out all of our coverage below!
- PICTORIAL: A tour at the Disney Studio in Burbank of Walt’s Office, the secretary’s office (Part 1 of 4)
- PICTORIAL: A tour at the Disney Studio in Burbank of Walt’s Office, the formal office (Part 2 of 4)
- PICTORIAL: A tour at the Disney Studio in Burbank of Walt’s Office, the working office (Part 3 of 4) (CHECK BACK SOON!)
- PICTORIAL: A tour at the Disney Studio in Burbank of Walt’s Office, the private living space and kitchen (Part 4 of 4) (CHECK BACK SOON!)