One Man’s Dream

Guests rushing down Mickey Avenue to get to Toy Story Midway Mania! are likely to pass right by this extensive and immersing exhibit. One Man’s Dream was created during the 100 Years of Magic Celebration that commemorated the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth. It takes you on a journey through the life and many achievements of Walt Disney and his company. Over 400 artifacts, costumes, and models are housed here.

IMG_3080The exhibit begins with Walt’s childhood, explaining where he came from and the inspiration for Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland. As you move through, you’ll see artifacts from his school days and the beginnings of his passion for animation. One of our favorite pieces in the gallery is the multi-plane camera and its accompanying video. This invention made the more 3D quality of even early Disney cartoons possible. Rounding the bend inside the exhibit, you’ll begin to see more from Walt’s forays into television, films, and theme parks.

IMG_3082In the back of the gallery is a theater that shows a 15-minute film chronicling the life and times of Walt Disney. You’ll also hear Walt’s voice narrating some of the footage. The film plays every 15 minutes throughout the day. It’s a pretty touching tribute.

One Man’s Dream is a self-guided exhibit, however cast members are available at the entrance and at the back of the gallery if you have questions. Be aware that there is quite a lot of information here, and if you’re the type that likes to read everything, it can take a long time to go through it all. You don’t have to stay for the film if you’ve finished touring the gallery. Likewise, you can skip ahead just to watch the movie if you’d rather. You are welcome to spend as little or as much time as you like in the exhibit.

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FL Next Gen Social Studies Standards:
SS.K.A.2.1, SS.K.A.2.4, SS.1.A.2.1, SS.1.A.2.2, SS.1.A.2.4, SS.2.A.3.1, SS.4.A.6.3
FL Sunshine State Visual Arts Standards:
VA.2.F.2.1, VA.3.F.2.1, VA.4.F.2.1, VA.5.F.2.2, VA.5.F.2.3, VA.68.F.1.3
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