Disney fans could soon have a new museum to put on their travel bucket list to explore Walt Disney’s earliest history as an animator.
This would be in addition to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, the recently extended Walt Disney Archives exhibit at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, and the Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago.
A new project hopes to restore Walt’s first studio in Kansas City, Laugh-O-Gram. And according to Fox 4 Kansas City, momentum is building to make that happen! The nonprofit organization Thank YouWalt Disney just announced two grants, totaling over $300,000, that will be used to restore the old Laugh-O-Gram building.
This building is where Walt kept a pet mouse that eventually became the inspiration for Mickey! The hope is to convert the old building, which still stands, into a museum and educational space.
The entire project is estimated to cost around $5 million total, but the first round of renovations to the building is expected to begin this spring, so it’s well underway to becoming something truly special! We’ll be sure to let you know about its progress along the way!
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