Missouri March 01, 2017
The Fascinating Town In Missouri That Is Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale
A lot of towns may boast that they resemble a real life fairy tale, but not many can say that they inspired some of the greatest childhood stories of all time. If you visit Marceline, about 125 miles northeast of Kansas City, you’ll get to experience the hometown one of America’s greatest animation artists and innovators of all time.
Welcome to Marceline! Population 2,233
Out of all the residents who have lived here, one seems to be the most memorable.
And that's Walt Disney!
Though Walt Disney was born in Chicago, he spent most of his childhood in Marceline after his father moved the family to Missouri in 1905.
Main Street USA was based off Marceline's downtown
All of the Disney Parks feature a "Main Street USA" area. Colorful storefronts line the street filled with candy shops, hair salons and other general stores. Missourians will be proud to know that this globally known street was based off downtown Marceline.
While in Marceline, be sure to visit the Walt Disney Hometown Museum.
The museaum features an impressive collection of Disney-related artifacts, such as letters between family members, old photos, Micky Mouse dolls and a Midget Autopia car that came from an old ride at Disneyland.
120 E Santa Fe Ave. Marceline, MO 64658
On one floor, you'll find replicas of some of the most popular attractions at the Disney theme parks.
However, the real magic can be found on the property where Disney grew up.
Walt drew much of the inspiration for his animated characters from farm life back home. Disney felt such a strong connection to the barn, that he had it a version of it built near his new home in California for him to write in.
Inside the barn, visitors leave their mark by signing their name or leaving a note to Walt.
Not too far from the barn, you'll find Disney's "Dreaming Tree."
It was under this cottonwood tree that Disney and his sister, Ruth, would spend their days wading in the spring below it. Disney also used to sit under the tree and daydream.
275 W Broadway St.
Marceline, MO 64658
Throughout the town, you'll see hints of Disney.
Ma Vic Corner Cafe serves up tasty diner food in downtown Marceline. And of course, it wouldn't be as magical without the Disney font storefront.
122 N Kansas Ave.
Marceline, MO 64658
Head over to Ripley Park to see a locomotive from the 1900s.
Disney was always fascinated with trains as a child and many of his early animations featured railroads. At Ripley Park, you'll find an old locomotive that Walt personally went to see when he visited in the 1950s.
To see where all the Disney magic began, a visit to Marceline is a must.
Often Mark Twain’s childhood town of
Hannibal is talked about, but rarely do we hear about Walt Disney’s hometown, Marceline. If you’re a fan of any of the Disney movies or like learning about local history, I definitely recommend taking a trip to this magical town.