Have you ever had the opportunity to experience something really cool, something you’d never expect to do? Last week it happened to me! The first event during my #VeryBadDayEvent trip was a tour through Walt Disney’s house.
Walt’s former home in the Los Feliz neighborhood is privately owned and generally not open to visitors. The owners did allow Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to host tours of the home to celebrate the upcoming releases of Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition and Maleficent. Being allowed to tour the home is almost like winning the lottery, a Disney lottery I never knew I entered! 😉
After walking up the steep brick wall-lined driveway, you face an enchanting home that looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale. Complete with a thick, medieval looking wood door and stain glass windows.
Our tour took place at night which I think enhanced the fairytale look of the property. Light shown through the pretty glass windows over the picturesque front entry.
“So here we have a home that is beautiful in detail, has a lot of fairy tale, European-esque accents. Perhaps some of this is a nod to the Disney family origins.. in France where the family originated before immigrating to Ireland and then eventually to North America.
A historic home that is not furnished as it was when the Disney family lived here. But the owners have made a concerted effort to give the feel of the 1930s.”
The outside of the house is just as pretty as the inside. It looks like a cottage straight out of Sleeping Beauty. It really feels like “This is a house where stories are told.”
This was where Walt Disney was dad.
Touring Walt Disney’s house was truly a bucket list experience, one I never knew was possible! While the current owners have opened up the house for a few special events, it isn’t a house tour most people will have the opportunity to take. You can still get a glimpse of Walt’s life by taking the Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour or by visiting to the Disney Museum in San Francisco!
Don’t forget, SLEEPING BEAUTY diamond edition released on October 7th and Maleficent on November 4th. I’ll be sharing overviews of the bonus content from each movie over the next few weeks!
Disclosure: Disney provided me with an expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the #VeryBadDayEvent and #DisneyInHomeEvent in exchange for my review of the events of the trip. No other compensation is given. As always, all opinions and experiences are my own. All photos (besides the night-time exterior shot and my costume picture) are courtesy of Disney.