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Restoration of Walt Disney’s childhood home revealed

Disney’s family lived in the home in Chicago from 1892 until 1906
December 08, 2018 09:00AM

Walt Disney (Credit: Getty, Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration)

The owners of Walt Disney’s childhood home on Chicago’s North Side celebrated the completion of a years-long restoration of the property this week — on Disney’s birthday.

The rededication ceremony Wednesday night marked homeowners Dina Benadon and Brent Young’s five-year effort to rehab the home where Disney lived until he was 4, according to Block Club Chicago.

The Disneys built the two-story house in 1892 with $800. Measuring 18 feet by 28 feet, Disney’s mother drew the plans while his father, who was a carpenter, did the construction. The family lived there until moving to Missouri in 1906.

Wednesday’s event was attended by a member of the Disney family, a group of elementary school students singing “Happy Birthday,” and, naturally, Mickey Mouse.

Benadon and Young own Super 78 Studios, which creates animations and exhibits for theme parks, according to the report. [Block Club] — John O’Brien