This Disney landmark might be torn down and we’re not okay!
When Walt Disney visited Los Angeles in July 1923, he stayed with his aunt and uncle in a Los Feliz bungalow. The home provided him a space to work so he could clarify his vision and create Disneyland (which, fun fact, was originally called Disneyland Park).
The 1914 house is considered to be Disney’s very first studio space and the beginning of all things magical.
So naturally, Disney-loving conservationists are well aware of the happenings surrounding the property. But news got out that the current owners of the house (who weren’t aware of its historical significance when they bought it) and are in talks to have it demolished.
“My sister and brother-in-law want to build a single family residence. The one there is quite old,” Hyunbae Kim, the family’s representative, told LA Magazine. “When we bought it we didn’t know until the tenant told us that this is where the Disney studio started.”
But conservations are having none of it.
The conservation community is (understandably) trying to designate the house as a Historic Cultural Monument.
And there’s even talk of moving the house altogether. Literally.
Valley Relics Museum called the family and offered to move the house to a different location so it wouldn’t have to be torn down.
“The Valley Relics museum in the San Fernando Valley just called, and they’re interested in moving the property,” Kim said. “I’d like to know what Disneyland thinks. Anything is possible. At this point, anything is possible.”
The house is obviously important to Disney fans all over the world (and for very good reasons). There’s even a video of Disney kissing his wife Lillian on the front lawn, and it’s the sweetest.
We certainly hope the house doesn’t get demolished since it would feel like a really special piece of Disney history would be lost forever.