Walt Disney One Man’s Dream

Walt and MickeyOne of the most outstanding parts of the 100 Years of Magic celebration at Walt Disney World is this not-to-be-missed attraction.

The 100 Years of Magic celebration, which has been extended through February 2003, brought new attractions and events to Walt Disney World. Some of them may continue after the celebration; some may not. Only one, in my opinion, stands out as an absolute must experience for everyone, especially adults. It is Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney-MGM Studios.

Many visitors pass on this attraction because it’s not a thrill ride or something that excites the kids. They are missing an opportunity to see and experience the vision and creativity that made everything around them possible.

This attraction can be interesting and educational for older kids. This is especially true since some of them don’t really understand that Walt Disney was a real person. But, be forewarned, very young children likely won’t enjoy the it.

Expect to spend at least 20 minutes inside One Man’s Dream (and that’s only if you do a quick visit). You can easily spend much, much longer. This is almost completely a walk-thru exhibit. There is no place to sit until the end when you can enter a small theater to see a short film on Walt’s life. So either be prepared to spend time on your feet, or visit more than once to do small sections each time. It is wheelchair/ECV accessible. Translator units are available and assitive listening devices can be used.

What can you expect to see? Artifacts, photos and memorabilia that takes you through Walt Disney’s life. Some of the things visitors find most interesting are: the models of Main Street, Disneyland, the Disneyland Castle, and Disney TokyoSea; the “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Oscar statues; costumes from various Disney movies and television shows; the inside skeleton of an audio-animatronic; and, my personal favorite, a full-size replica of Walt’s actual office.

Perhaps the most moving part of the exhibit is the voices. As you pass along looking at the exhibits, you will hear Walt, himself, sharing some of the most important moments of his life.

This made me feel that I was actually walking with Walt as he shared his thoughts and dreams with me.

Let me tell you about one other fascinating moment for me in this attraction. During the short film at the end of the exhibit, there is a brief clip of Walt Disney himself doing the voice of Mickey Mouse. Although it is well-known that Walt did the voice for many years, it touched me actually to see Walt on the screen doing Mickey’s voice.

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will likely not remain after the 100 Years celebration ends because many of the artifacts and memorabilia in the exhibit are on loan from other places. So if you have an opportunity to visit before the celebration ends in February, put this on the top of your list.