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2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Walt Disney: One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Published: February 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Today's attraction spotlight shines on Walt Disney: One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios, voted by readers as the fifth seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament.

Walt Disney: One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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.

Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on February 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM
Ah, but it rates a 5 seed based on insider reviews. The general public seems to overlook this fantastic attraction despite its proximity to the uber-popular Toy Story Midway Mania.

I'd love to see Disney take a stab at a museum. Not only is the display content amazing, but the presentation of the displays gets huge points. It feels like what the Disney Studio in Burbank might have felt like (based on "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination" by Gabler) back in its glory days.

9-Outstanding.

From 205.188.116.65 on February 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM
it does look nice and all..but boringggggggggggggg.
From James Rao on February 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM
As a testament to the man without whom none of this would be possible, One Man's Dream is a wonderful memorial.

Sadly, the frantic pace and short attention span of the average theme park visitor generally causes most folks to skip this attraction entirely. What a shame.

From 69.249.153.119 on February 16, 2010 at 10:12 PM
Anybody who says it is boring should be ashamed of himself.
From Joshua Counsil on February 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM
boringggggggggggggg

Really? Boring? Even my A.D.H.D. friends loved this attraction.

From Rob P on February 17, 2010 at 3:10 AM
One Man's Dream is a lot of things but boring is not one of them.
This is a wonderful insight into the world of Disney and the life and vision of Walt. ( Roy's part should not be ignored either).
The fulfilment of their hopes and dreams is the oxygen that all things Disney breaths. Without this there would be nothing.
But One Man's Dream isn't just about paying homage. It's enlightening and entertaining. I suggest that every visitor to WDW should pay this attraction a visit. They may just be the imagineers of tomorrow and this the catalyst that ignites their dream and keeps ours alive too.
From Anthony Murphy on February 17, 2010 at 7:30 AM
Its great!

Its the attraction that Disney should have had since Walt's Death. However, I think it should be at the Magic Kingdom, not Hollywood Studios.

Other than that, one of the most underrated attractions out there! The bio film is paticularly good since Walt Disney actually narriates some of it!

From Joshua Counsil on February 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Anthony -

Gotta disagree with you about the location. One Man's Dream fits perfectly in its current location: a park dedicated to media production.

On the other hand, I could see how you may want it on Main Street, U.S.A., since Disneyland and The Magic Kingdom were the only parks Walt oversaw during the development stages (and, in a minor way, Epcot). Still, overall I feel that the Studios is a more fitting location.

Maybe a discussion topic?

From 75.58.180.224 on February 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM
When the Magic Kingdom opened, wasn't there an attraction called The Walt Disney Story? I seem to remember it was next to Town Hall, where a restaurant is now, and didn't require a ticket (the old A-E ones). It was a movie narrated by Walt, himself.
From Mark Kausch on February 18, 2010 at 1:52 AM
I'd love to see Disney take a stab at a museum.

Joshua, I'm assuming you know about the Walt Disney Family Museum that just opened (relatively speaking) in San Francisco. Here's the link in case you didn't:

disney.go.com/disneyatoz/familymuseum/index.html

Miceage's columnist Sue Krause also reviews it.

From Shannon Beauchemin on February 19, 2010 at 7:13 PM
I always go into this attraction. Any true Disney fan must go in. I feel that in some ways I am paying my respect to "Uncle Walt."

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