At Walt Disney Presents, guests can immerse themselves in both the life of the man behind the magic, Walt Disney, and the projects of the modern Walt Disney Company at this self-guided museum attraction.
Opening Day: October 1, 2001
Type of Ride: Walk-through museum
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration of Ride: Unlimited
Typical Queue Time: None
Single Rider Line: No
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: No
Type of Vehicle: None
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; morning. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: Yes
Shopping: Assorted souvenirs can be purchased near Walt Disney Presents at “Toy Story Dept.” and “Disney Studio Store.”
Dining/Refreshment: Two table service restaurants, The Hollywood Brown Derby and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, are located in close proximity to Walt Disney Presents. The former establishment offers a variety of upscale dishes, including a massive Cobb Salad, filet of beef, pork chops, duck, grouper, and salmon, in a classic Hollywood setting; while the latter restaurant serves a plethora of sandwiches and specialty beverages in a room themed to a drive-in movie theater; most tables at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater are cars, and clips from classic science-fiction movies are screened.
Restroom: Facilities are situated near Star Wars Launch Bay.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.
Walt Disney Presents Fun Facts
Did you know?
- Walt Disney Presents originally debuted as Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream on October 1, 2001 as part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration for the 100th birthday of Walt Disney, who was born on December 5, 1901. A giant Sorcerer Mickey hat based on the hat adorned by Mickey in Fantasia (1940) was concurrently installed in front of the Studios’ replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, which housed the Great Movie Ride from the Studios’ opening day, May 1, 1989, to August 13, 2017. The Great Movie Ride will be replaced by “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway,” an innovative new attraction that will transport guests into the world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon. The Sorcerer’s Hat was removed in January 2015.
- Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream debuted on the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Magic Kingdom, October 1, 1971.
- Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream officially changed its name to Walt Disney Presents on September 8, 2017.
- “Walt Disney Presents” was the name of Walt Disney’s weekly television anthology series on NBC-TV from 1958 to 1961. The series had been titled “Disneyland” from its 1954 debut to 1958 and was subsequently renamed “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” when the show moved from NBC-TV to ABC-TV to take advantage of the latter network’s greater desire for color television programming in 1961.
- Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream was the second attraction in the history of Walt Disney World to directly focus on the life of Walt Disney, following “The Walt Disney Story,” a twenty-three minute film that operated in the Magic Kingdom’s Hospitality House, now Exhibition Hall, from 1973 to 1992.
- Walt Disney Presents houses artifacts and dioramas concerning important aspects of both Walt Disney’s life and the history and future of the Walt Disney Company. Displays seen in the attraction have included photographs of Walt Disney from his childhood to his announcement of the “Florida Project”; descriptions and photographs concerning the importance of television to Walt Disney; descriptions, photographs, and dioramas about the history of Disney’s theme parks throughout the world; costumes worn by actors in various Disney films; Walt Disney’s second-grade school desk from Marceline, Missouri; a recreation of one of Disney’s early animator’s desks; a multiplane camera; early Disney merchandise; early animatronic demonstrations; and a recreation of Walt Disney’s studio office.
- An approximately fifteen-minute film about the life of Walt Disney is presented in the “Walt Disney Theater” at the back of Walt Disney Presents, though the film is usually preempted for a preview of an upcoming Disney movie.
- Walt Disney Presents features dioramas of the two upcoming expansions to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: “Toy Story Land” and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
- Walt Disney Presents houses meet-and-greets with various characters, currently Groot and Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
Top 5 Tips for Walt Disney Presents
- Guests are encouraged to tour Walt Disney Presents at your convenience and pace.
- Walt Disney Presents is a must-see attraction for fans of anything Disney.
- Take some photographs of the displays.
- Be aware of the changing exhibits and films at Walt Disney Presents. In addition, the Walt Disney Theater often shows previews of upcoming Disney films. (When the theater is not showing upcoming film previews, you can catch a wonderful film about Walt Disney, himself.)
- Walt Disney Presents is open during Morning Extra Magic Hours, but this time is better spent experiencing the park’s thrill rides, such as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror, which thereafter build long waits.