At DFB, we know that our readers are often big fans of Disney-themed or historically significant homes.
In the past, we’ve shared glimpses into storybook cottages, queen-sized castles, and even a look at Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s own mansion. But today we have some photos of an extra special house to share: a house where Walt Disney himself lived.
In 1932, Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, was expecting her first child and decided that her family needed a larger house to live in. At that time, he commissioned the construction of a house on Woking Way, in Los Angeles, and that same house remains to this day. And recently, the Orange County Register shared some photos and the history of the property.
The Woking Way house is more commonly called the “Walt Disney Storybook Mansion.” It was like that built during the Great Depression in about 2 months, at a cost of $ 50,000 at the time. The house is currently owned by Russian film director Timur Bekmambetov.
Currently, the Storybook Mansion is used in part by its owner, but also sometimes open for filming, special events and occasional tours.
The house was designed by architect Frank Crowhurst, who also contributed to the headquarters of Walt Disney Co. It has 6400 square feet with 5 bedrooms, a projection room, a library, a pool pavilion with changing rooms and a swimming pool. It is made in the Franco-Norman architectural style.
Outside stands a Snow White-themed playhouse that Walt Disney had built for his two daughters. It was a Christmas present a year ago and has been made to look like a small house.
This home is located near iconic Griffith Park, where Walt first had the idea of Disneyland while watching his daughters ride the carousel. It is also the house where he lived when several Disney blockbusters were released, including Pinocchio, Fantasy, Dumbo, Bambi, i Cinderella.
The details you’ll find around the property are like something out of a Disney movie. Doesn’t it look like it belongs in a princess movie ?!
The house is a big chunk of Disney history, and if you want to check it out, visit the Facebook page to see when the next available tour is scheduled. Stay tuned to DFB for more Disney news and history.
Want to see the interior of Bob Chapek’s house? Click here!
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