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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Walt Disney's Dreaming Tree

"To tell the truth, more things of importance 
happened to me in Marceline 
than ever happened since
 or are likely to in the future. - Walt Disney 

Have you ever wonder what motivated Walt Disney to become the icon he was? What was his childhood like? Do you think he lives in a castle just like Cinderella? Well, let me show you what is fascinating in his boyhood town called Marceline in Missouri and about this tree called THE DREAMING TREE.

After visiting the Walt Disney Museum, the lady told us that we might like to check out the Disney farm, the Dreaming Tree and Disney Barn which are located in few blocks away. I asked what's the dreaming tree and she pointed out the old picture of Walt Disney with his iconic tree. I was so excited but then, she told me the tree is already dead. It was struck by lightning but, there was a Dreaming Tree Sapling which was planted in 2004 just beside it. It was planted by Bradford Disney Lund and Walt Disney World Ambassadors. During the planting ceremony, they brought soil all the way from Magic Kingdom and waters from the Rivers of America to be added on the Disney farm.

The location is easy to find. Just a short turn and let me tell you, there's no one there ... no security ... not even a fence for the whole area .... just ordinary neighborhood. We saw less than 5 parking spaces and these ordinary signs. My sister's in-law stayed in the car while I went to the the dreaming tree area.

The signage message: "Welcome to the Dreaming Tree and Walt's Barn. As this is private property, please be respectful. We hope you enjoy your time here."

Another sign: Coming to Marceline: "Elias purchased 45 acres in Marceline from his brother Robert at a price of $125 an acre, promising installment payments with money he was to receive for houses in Chicago that Flora had designed and he had built. In the spring of 1906, the Disney family packed up their belongings and moved to Missouri."

After reading the caption, I was thinking Walt's parents must love the farm life ... you know, from getting used to city life. After seeing the town of Marceline and as I look around this area honestly, this is not the place for me.

Don't get me wrong, Marceline is a beautiful, peaceful, with friendly people and charming place but, this place remain as it is/was. I love to spend 2 months here but, not longer.

I was wondering how fascinating the minds of Walt Disney was, you know, seeing beyond this place (Marceline as his inspiration to his imagination) to have created the famous and the happiest place on Earth, the Disneyland as well as created the most magical place on Earth, the Magic Kingdom.
This Dreaming Tree is very relevant because when Walt Disney was young, he started making drawings of animals around this area, observing every little creatures. Creating fantasies under the shade of this tree together with his younger sister. As I was there looking around the area, I imagined them having fun. The area is not that big now but, looking at the old pictures in the museum, this tree was located in the middle of their farm.

Dreams do come true and look what he accomplished in life Walt Disney became the animator, film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and international icon. Everyone knows the name Disney and the fun of Disneyland and Disney World. Thanks to him for his imagination ... and that is the reason why, this tree is important. It all started here.
When the Disney family leave Marceline, Walt Disney had subsequent visits to the town and always had the time to visit the Dreaming Tree as well. This tree was struck by lightning few years back and as you can see, it slowly reaching the end.

Walt Disney's vision and legacy will go on for generations to come as the son of the dreaming tree slowly growing. At 9 years old, the son of the dreaming tree hopefully will become an icon that will inspire new dreamers and will follow the footsteps of Walt Disney.


  1. I could definitely see me living there and never leaving for long periods of time. I much prefer silence and peace to the hussel and bussel of city life (I live in a city)--My Grandparents had a house with a stream when I was younger where we would spend the summers. There was a big Willow tree near the stream--I used to sit there for hours just daydreaming!!

  2. What a really lovely post, isn't it amazing the difference in their lives now and how important a beautiful old tree became. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I woud love to visit and see where his imagination was inspired.

  4. I never knew there was such a place. Thank you for posting I will have to put this on my places to visit list.

  5. I have never heard that story before. I would love to go see it, funny wanting to go see a tree but the story is amazing.

    1. Jennifer, you will not regret it. Go and visit Walts boyhood hometown and you will still see his barn infact, he had a replica of it ... this place is where he found the magic and he made it in reality ... pretty amazing!

  6. Wow!!! I never knew all of this and where it all coming from until your post tells me a very informative one. Thank you for sharing, I learned something and will keep this in mind always. Good job!

  7. Marceline from Fin and Jake? You are so lucky to live close by Disney World, you can go whenever you want!

  8. How neat! Im a total Disney fan, so Id LOVE to visit this place some time!! :)


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