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December 15, 1966

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As you may or may not know today marks the anniversary of Walt Disney's passing.  A lifetime of smoking gave Walt a large tumor in his left lung.  Removing the lung was his only option but he sadly died a few days later.

Walt was cremated and his ashes placed at Forrest Lawn Glendale.  You can find his grave in a small garden outside The Freedom Mausoleum.  I was able to visit it a few months ago during a trip to California.

Here is the entrance to Walt's Garden.

And a shot from the inside.

Buried with Walt are his wife Lillian, and their son in law.



If you are interested in paying your respects to Walt you can visit Forrest Lawn Glendale.  The employees are not permitted to tell you where someone is buried though.  If you're looking for Walt follow the signs to The Freedom Mausoleum.  His garden is on the left hand side of the entrance.  The first page of my Flickr has an aerial shot with his garden circled.

Go Ask Dave....

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Over the summer I was watching the 1936 Hitchcock Film "Sabotage."  During the opening credits I was shocked to see a full screen thank you to Walt Disney.  Seeing as how I love Walt and Hitch I was curious to see what had brought the two of them together.  I won't give you the entire plot line but it surrounds a theater owner who is also a saboteur.  Towards the end of the film we see people in the theater watching and an animated short, which happens to be Walt Disney's Silly Symphony "Who Killed Cock Robin."

(screen shot stolen from here:moviegoings.wordpress.com/ page/15/)
It really got me thinking "Were Hitchcock and Walt Disney friends/ fans of each others work?"  Well I knew there was only one person to ask and that was Dave Smith.  Dave Smith is head of the Walt Disney archives and probably knows more about Disney History than anyone.  I submitted my question to him via the "Ask Dave" section of the D23 website.  I had pretty muc…

Walt in Kansas City

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Well since tomorrow is Walt Disney's birthday I better make this post about him.  If you have read my previous post you know that I spent a rainy afternoon in Marceline Missouri.  What you do not know is that I spent that morning in Kansas City visiting Walt Disney landmarks as well.

Here is the house the Disney's lived in on Bellefontaine Ave.


As many of you might know, Walt made his first cartoons in a garage behind this house.  I did some research before my trip and saw that there was an alley behind Bellefontaine that would lead me to the garage!  The only problem was this wasn't the nicest neighborhood and some people were already standing on their porches staring at me taking pictures of a house.  I decided that I probably wasn't going to be in Kansas City again any time soon so I let them stare and I turned the corner and headed down the alley.
A car stopped and the woman inside asked me if i had been taking pictures of the house.  "That's my grandmas …