The Team Disney structure is sometimes called the "Seven Dwarfs Building". It has large sculpted caryatids of the Seven Dwarfs holding up the roof of the eastern façade, an homage to the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which provided Walt Disney with the revenue to purchase the Burbank lot. Each statue is 19 feet tall, with the exception of the 2/3-sized Dopey at top.
On January 23, 2006, in honor of Michael Eisner's 21-year leadership of the company, the Team Disney building was rededicated as Team Disney – The Michael D. Eisner Building. Office to Bob Iger.
Close-up of the Disney Legends Statue.
Let's take a close look at the statues of Walt and Roy, his brother. They are found at the Walt Disney Studios. I had the honor of visiting the studio and was thrilled to see these statues in person.
The statue was created in honor of Walt's 100th birthday: December 5, 2001
Dedicated on October 18, 1998, the plaza features the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. This statue is the same found in Disneyland park's central hub just in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Interesting feature: the initials on Walt's tie are STR, and stand for Smoke Tree Ranch. An area in Palm Springs, CA where Walt owned a vacation home.
In the Disney Legends Plaza is the statue of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse, designed by Imagineer Blaine Gibson. It is the same statue found at the Magic Kingdom park in Florida.
WATCH THIS VIDEO FOOTAGE OF THE STATUES
RECIPE: Walt's Favorite Chili
The following recipe is from the Walt Disney archives. I personally had a delicious bowl of Walt's favorite chili during my visit to the Walt Disney Studios, Burbank. Now you can make it in your own kitchen at home.
2 lbs. coarse ground beef
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1⁄2 cup oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 tsp. chili powder (depending on taste)
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 large can solid pack tomatoes
2 lbs. dry pink beans
For Extra Zest
Add a pinch of the following spices:
1 little yellow Mexican chili pepper
Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain, add water to cover (2 inches over beans), and simmer with onions until tender (about 4 hours). Meanwhile, prepare sauce by browning meat and minced garlic in oil. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour. When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for 1⁄2 hour. Serves 6 to 8.
Golden Oak Ranch is an 890-acre movie ranch owned by the Disney Studio Services division of Walt Disney Studios subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company that serves as a filming location and backlot. The ranch is off of Placerita Canyon Road outside of Newhall, California, less than an hour north of Los Angeles; its entrance is not far from Placerita Canyon Road's intersection with California State Route 14.
Walt Disney paid $300,000 for 315 acres of the land back in 1959. Other land purchases since then have increased the size of the movie ranch to 890 acres.
Golden Oak Ranch has been owned by the Disney Company since 1959 and has been a frequent shooting location for movies and TV shows, such as 1957’s “Old Yeller,” 2001’s “Pearl Harbor,” and 1993-2002’s “The X-Files.”
The ranch is seen numerous film and television productions including: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives and The Love Bug.
Walt Disney 50th Anniversary Archives
March 7 - August 30, 2020 the exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic celebrates The Walt Disney Company on the 50th anniversary of its archives, with behind-the-scenes access never before granted to the public.
The Walt Disney Archives is a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. From nostalgic classics like never-before-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction, to modern-day favorites like super hero costumes and maquettes from Frozen, this enchanting exhibition is an immersive treasure-trove the entire family will love.
Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic is curated by the Walt Disney Archives in conjunction with the Bowers Museum.
Adorable Dumbo from the original World of Disney.
Walt Disney's desk!
Original plans and sketches for the Disneyland Park Anaheim.
An animator desk from the Walt Disney Studio.
The top right framed picture is Mickey's birthday portrait.
The original Evil Queen Grimhilde on Snow White's Scary Adventure. She has now been replaced with a digital version.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".