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Old 09-02-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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The Hidden Disney Trip-Marceline, MO

I've really been in the dumps lately. So when our sond asked if we'd join them for the Irish Festival in KC Labor Day weekend, my wonderful DH said-"why don't we see how far Marceline is from KC. It didn't take me 10 minutes to have the map pulled up and tell him--about 2 hours, but the trip back home is no further than KC is, so we would only be adding 2 hours to our trip.

Well, DH is becoming as big a Disney fan as I am--an in some respects even more so! I knew that DS and wife wouldn't be interested so we did as DD if she had a problem with detouring our trip home through Marceline--are you kidding Mom? (Disney fanatic! I raised one of my kids right!)

So, we spent a marvelous afternoon in Marceline, MO. Lunch at El Cimmaron Cafe, followed by a guided tour of the Disney Hometown Museum and ending with a trip to Walt's barn and the Dreaming Tree. What an afternoon!

The volunteer staff at the museum were fantastic! The town--just what we had expected! Very nice.

The museum focuses on Walt's years in Marceline and what he did for the town in the years that followed. Kaye was our guide and she was in grade school during the 1950's when the swimming pool and municipal park were dedicated bearing Walt's name. Since her parents had the only air-conditioned house in Marceline at the time, the Walt and Lillian stayed with them.

Needless to say, I think I can survive 30 more days until our trip to F&W, thanks to my hubbie! He's one super guy!
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We did. Kaye expressed that the town was truly proud of Walt and his accomplishments. Her interpretation was that Walt felt that Marceline was HIS hometown--not Chicago or KC--but Marceline.
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Interesting! Not something I would have thought of, but now it's on my radar.

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I would not have thought of going either. D23 had a trip there and it caught our eye then. We found out there are references to Marceline in several Disney films. I've just reordered Lady and the Tramp as there is evidently a special segment in the 50th anniversary edition talking about the Marceline influence. Can't wait to watch it.
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How neat that Walt and Lillian stayed at your tour guide's house!
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Glad you enjoyed your visit. There have been a few TRs on this forum for Marceline trips and it sounds like the town cherishes what they have of Walt memories.
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We just returned from WDW and our trip to Marceline definitely had an impact on how we saw not only MK but also EPCOT. While we were there, we wore our "Marceline" shirts. It was amazing how many of the Disney staff and characters (yes even Donald Duck) commented on our shirts and the trip. They were truly impressed and interested in what we saw in Marceline. Donald pointed to our shirts with a thumbs up and an extra hug. Fun stuff!
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It was fun. It also pointed out to us how thorough the CM's education is on Walt and his history. I was impressed on how many CM's knew about Marceline.
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