Photo: Disney Garage built in 1923 includes displays and memorabilia from fan clubs.
Countless visitors to Disneyland drive by a Disney relic that most don’t even know exists. A mere 10 minutes from the theme park is the garage used as a studio by Walt Disney in 1923. It was then located at his Uncle Robert Disney’s North Hollywood property. Today The Walt Disney Company has an estimated value of $72 billion and ranks as the largest media conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. But the Mickey Mouse operation was built on a shoestring budget.
According to the late Walt Disney who moved to Los Angeles from Kansas City, hoping to make it in Hollywood, “When things began to look hopeless, I then got my cartoon thing out again. And I built myself a cartoon stand out of plywood boxes and any lumber I could pick up somewhere. And I built it right down there in the garage. He (Uncle Robert) let me use his garage.”
The Disney Garage can be seen on tours at the Garden Grove Historical Society’s Stanley Ranch Museum and Historical Village at 12174 Euclid St., Garden Grove, CA. Public tours are available the first and third Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Special tours for 8 or more during the week can be arranged through the office, (714) 530-8871.