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Celebrate Walt Disney’s Birthday At His Childhood Home In Hermosa

This year's celebration is set for 5-6 p.m. Thursday.

Built in 1892, Walt Disney's childhood home was restored in recent years.
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HERMOSA — Calling all Disney fanatics: Thursday is Walt Disney’s birthday and you can celebrate at his childhood home in Hermosa.

The folks who restored Disney’s childhood home at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. throw a celebration every year to celebrate the film pioneer on his birthday.

This year’s celebration is set for 5-6 p.m. Thursday.

The event will feature a choir performance from Nixon Elementary students, a candle lighting ceremony and birthday treats. There will also be a dedication ceremony for the new little library installed outside of the house.

Disney’s childhood home was restored in recent years. Last year homeowners Dina Benadon and Brent Young unveiled the renovations after about five years of work and planning.

Benadon has said “our dream is that this house becomes a place that inspires creativity.” The duo own Super 78 Studios, which creates animation and exhibits for theme parks. 

Disney’s father, Elias, built the home in 1892, and the family lived in it until 1906, when Walt was four years old. They then moved to Missouri.

The Disneys paid $800 to build the two-story, 18-foot by 28-foot Hermosa home. Disney’s mother, Flora, drew up the plans, and Disney’s father, Elias, built it. Elias Disney worked as a carpenter.

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