After we’d had our fill of photographing Walt Disney’s formal office, our guide led us through the door to his working office.
Seen through modern eyes, this office doesn’t seem that much different than Walt’s formal office. More clutter, slightly less streamlined furnishings… But for Walt Disney, there was a distinction. This is where he felt comfortable enough to actually get work done.
Also, this one has a kitchen!
Looking back toward the door from the formal office…
Here there are fewer knickknacks and more artifacts—papers, reference materials and tools that Walt used every day.
The contents of these cubbies intrigued me. The sign says they’re “scripts, treatments and project outlines.”
The ephemera left on Walt’s desk is equally fascinating.
(I turned this shot around for you, but it’s still pretty disorienting!)
The infamous list of TV projects in production that includes Kurt Russell’s name in a handwritten note at the bottom, which gave rise to the urban legend that “Kurt Russell” is the last thing Walt wrote before he died.
Walt Disney’s nameplate is pretty hard to photograph!
“Walt Disney Napped Here!”
The other side of the office holds a pinboard full of Walt’s ideas.
According to Disney historian Jim Korkis, the photo of Ed Wynn was taken by Ub Iwerks’ son, who gave it to Walt in hopes of convincing him to sit for a portrait photo shoot.
I loved these photos of the inside of his private plane. I’m starting to see a theme here with gold decor. Does anybody know if that was his favorite color or something?
Ad for the new Cal Arts campus.
Expansion plans for Disneyland.
At the far end of Walt’s working office is THE coolest part: the kitchenette!
Where’d it go?!
If you’re as busy as Walt Disney was, you’re not always gonna have time to run to the Tam O’Shanter or even the executive dining room for lunch. The kitchenette was stocked with Walt’s favorite foods (and drinks, natch) for when he needed a snack or entertained guests.
Of course there’s Spam!
OK, this is obviously a shot of Walt’s Evil Twin because 1) creepy grin and 2) he’s making a SALAD!
Why isn’t the Disney Studio selling replicas of these in the gift shop?
Now it’s time to say farewell to Walt Disney’s informal office and head for… his closet!