The Walt Disney Birthplace Preservation Project

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Dina Benadon, Brent Young

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Please help us restore Walt and Roy Disney's Birthplace home to its original state and earn it Landmark status to preserve it forever.
Backers: 838
Average Pledge Per Backer: $133

Funded: $111,138 of $500,000
Dates: Dec 4th -> Jan 6th (33 days)
Project By: Dina Benadon, Brent Young
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Latest News

This isn’t the end. This is just the beginning.

January 6th - via:
There are a lot of possible reasons why this Kickstarter campaign did not reach its goal, and while we will look back and learn from the experience, we are also moving forward. What we know and appreciate is the incredible amount of support we have... (Read More)

24 Hours and Counting

January 5th - via:
One day to go. We still need about $406,000 in pledges. That would be almost miraculous. And yet: Freddie Flintoff set 14 Official Guinness World Records in one day.... (Read More)

“Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.” – Walter Elias Disney

January 2nd - via:
We think crowdfunding the restoration of Walt Disney’s birthplace home is a good idea. Because we know that there are a lot of people out there who want to contribute to this restoration, people whose lives have been touched by Walt and Roy Disney... (Read More)


January 2nd - via:
Hey, everyone! By popular demand, we are making our Collectible T-Shirt (see below) available as an Add-On to any pledge level that does not include it, for an additional $40.00! (Currently, the only levels that do include the shirt reward are the... (Read More)

Welcome to 2014!

January 1st - via:
Hey, Everyone! First, we hope you all had a wonderful start to this New Year! (If you braved the crowds at Walt Disney World, we are humbled by your fortitude. :)  And welcome all our new Backers!  Are you following us on Twitter? If not, please... (Read More)

Happy New Year!

December 31st - via:
As we get ready to make that symbolic leap forward, we want to wish all of you the very best for an incredibly happy and magical 2014! Here are a couple more Walt Disney quotes that feel appropriate for this New Year’s Eve day: “Never get bored... (Read More)

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walter Elias Disney

December 30th - via:
Seven days to go. Seven days to get an additional $425,000 in pledges. Are the odds in our favor? “Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo This restoration is going to happen, because it should happen. How quickly it happens is still to be... (Read More)

We were featured on "Illinois Byways!"

December 27th - via:
Reporter John Gregory highlighted The Walt Disney Birthplace Preservation Project on a recent episode of "Illinois Byways," a weekly radio series that profiles the state's historic sites. Listen and enjoy!  (Read More)

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

December 25th - via:
This season is always filled with good cheer, and this year it's been so much better with all the good cheer we've shared with you! As always, thanks so much for your support and enthusiasm. We hope you and yours all have a wonderful holiday!  (Read More)

The house is “starting to give up her secrets!” (New Photos!)

December 23rd - via:
Charles Pipal, the project’s preservation architect, and Dan Ruzic, another member of the Restoration Dream Team, spent some more time looking at the newly-exposed front of the home. They are already taking note of meaningful details; in their... (Read More)

Win a 4-day, 3-night stay at Walt Disney World, courtesy of Pixie Vacations!

December 20th - via:
Pixie Vacations is happy to announce a contest to help support The Walt Disney Birthplace Preservation Project! Win a 4-day, 3-night stay at a Walt Disney World Moderate Resort for up to 4 adults, with resort-wide Park-Hopper tickets for up to four adults and the Disney Dining Plan! (Read More)

Oculus Rift, Dome3D, And Theme Park Innovation Bring The Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration To Life!

December 19th - via:
After we tell people about the project to restore and preserve Walt Disney’s Birthplace, the most common reaction we hear is this: “I can’t wait to see it!” And we can’t wait for you to see it. So we’re going to take you there – now –... (Read More)

A "different perspective" on the project. ;)

December 19th - via:
Our good friend Joe Kleiman wrote up this hilarious piece; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did: "Walt Disney’s Birthplace: Mecca for the Faithful or Pagan Chamber of Horrors?"... (Read More)

Our Holiday Card! Make a pledge in someone’s name for a Holiday Gift!

December 18th - via:
We’ve gotten several requests to make a pledge in someone’s name as a holiday gift, so we’ve made up a special digital Walt Disney Birthplace holiday card! The art on the front, by Clara Moon, who created our original concept art, imagines what... (Read More)

Our momentum is picking up!

December 17th - via:
Hey, Everybody! We just leaped past 10% of our fundraising goal; thanks so much to all our latest Backers! There's been a real surge of support in the last few days and we are so pleased to see our new followers on Twitter... (Read More)

The Restoration is under way!

December 16th - via:
We are very excited to share with you a few photos of the removal of the aluminum siding from the front of the home! It was energizing to reveal a small patch of the original wood at the media event on Walt's birthday, but this is even more... (Read More)

We've added some FAQs!

December 11th - via:
Hi, Everybody! As always, thanks so much for your continued support. We are so grateful for your pledges AND for your amazingly warm and enthusiastic comments! We've just added some FAQs to the project page. If you've posed a question that we have... (Read More)

New Reward Added!

December 9th - via:
By popular demand, we've added a new Reward! For only $20, backers will receive a single ticket for a tour of The Walt Disney Birthplace, an inexpensive way to come see the restored home! This will also include all the reward benefits of the $1, $5... (Read More)

Photos from our big kick-off event at the house!

December 6th - via:
Here are some photos of the big Restoration kick-off announcement on Walt's birthday at the house! (Thanks to Stephen Green Photography for these fantastic shots!) Brent and Dina Unveiling the Restoration concept art The Restoration concept art Tim... (Read More)

Answers to questions coming soon!

December 5th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Happy Birthday, Walt! And Thank You So Much!

December 5th - via:
Hello, Everyone! First, again, Happy Birthday, Walt! Second, we are simply overwhelmed by the support we have already received! We can't thank you all enough for your warm wishes; it is so heartening to see. We will have more updates very soon!... (Read More)

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