2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Walt Disney: One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Published: February 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream opened in 2001 as part of the company-wide 100 Years of Magic celebration, marking the centennial of Walt's birth. The pre-show of this movie is as much the attraction as the film itself, featuring a museum of Disney artifacts, including Walt's office from the real Disney Studios (which used to be displayed at Disneyland), as well as Disney's Academy Awards for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (one regular-sized Oscar and seven miniatures) and Imagineering models of several attractions.
One display within the exhibit also explains the development of the Disney Studio's innovative multiplane camera, which helped give certain shots within Disney's animated films a three-dimensional feel.
Yet the centerpiece of the attraction remains the filmed biography of Walt, exploring his journey to Hollywood and life at the studio. It even includes rare footage of Walt talking about the creation of Mickey Mouse.
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream got quite a bit of support in a recent Theme Park Insider discussion on the most underrated theme parks in America. Reader Thomas Caselli wrote: "Walt put his life into Disneyland and his brother Roy did the same with Walt Disney World and this attraction gives one a glimpse of what they went through to build the entertainment empire that is Disney."
It might be hard to call an attraction that rates a five seed in the tournament "underrated," but Walt Disney: One Man's Dream is certainly beloved by its fans.