QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Walt Disney’s Garage Studio)

Okay, time’s up. The answer is after the jump!!!

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It’s that time of the week again! :)

Just to refresh your memory, here’s how this little game goes… first we’ll show you a spot on a google map (see below). We’re thinking of a notable location that’s within walking distance of that exact point, less than a block or two away. Within 24 hours we’ll give you the full details… but as before, we’re going to give you a little time to guess what we’re referring to first. We encourage you not to cheat by googling the address (but we know how impatient some of you are). If you know the answer right away please try not to announce it too quickly and ruin the game for the people who don’t.

And no hints this time! BWAHHAHAHAHAAAHHHH!!! <---(That's our evil laugh.)

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The address highlighted by the letter A was the original location of…
4406kingswell
Walt Disney’s first studio garage!

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From Mouseplanet.com:

“Walt Disney came to Hollywood in July 1923, to try and find a job in the movie industry. When he had no luck, he decided to try cartoons again. He was rooming with his uncle, Robert Disney, at 4406 Kingswell Ave. at the time.

wlbbFrom an interview:
Walt: …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…

Interviewer: Were you living with your uncle then?

Walt: Yes. And I built it right down there in the garage. He let me use his garage.

While his Alice’s Wonderland ‘pilot’ film was making the rounds of distributors in the East, Walt tried to interest Pantages in a weekly joke reel similar to what he had done for the Newman Theater in Kansas City. He did some preliminary work on a reel, probably in the garage, but word came on the purchase of a series of ‘Alice Comedies,’ so the Pantages reel was never finished. Walt moved down the street on October 8, 1923, to 4651 Kingswell, and there in the back of a real estate office set up the first Disney Studio. A contract was signed for the ‘Alice Comedies’ on October 16, 1923, the official date of the beginning of the Disney Studio. Walt only lived with his uncle for a few months.

The garage was relocated in 1984 to the Stanley Ranch Museum and Historical Village at 12174 Euclid Street in Garden Grove (714 530-8871). Check our free museum calendar for the days it’s open to the public. (It’s free!)

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7 Responses to “QUIZ – What Lies Beneath (Walt Disney’s Garage Studio)”

  1. Naughty Norris says:

    I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!!!!!

    NormaL street clue and knowing my ABC’s helped me!!!!

  2. marianne garcia falmer says:

    I think it may be a Studio??????

  3. Steve Evans says:

    The Shakespear Bridge?

  4. Lee says:

    The first Disney studio was near here… on Kingswell I think.

  5. Terry says:

    Well, a block away is the abc studios, don’t know if it is still operational, but it used to be another older studio, but don’t remember which one.

  6. Christine says:

    The original Walt Disney Studio was at 4406 Kingswell Ave.

  7. HAAA!!! I’m reading Disney’s biography by Neal Gabler now…. I should have known this.

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