Walt Disney moved to Los Angeles in 1923 and settled in the Los Feliz area. Soon, he and his brother Roy opened the Disney Bros. Studio at a commercial building on Kingswell Avenue. Here’s a look at some of the notable Disney-related locales in the area.
1. Uncle Robert’s house: Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Walt Disney briefly lived in his uncle Robert's Kingswell Avenue home, where he experimented with animation techniques in the garage. Walt later moved to nearby residences on Lyric Avenue and Woking Way.
2. Disney Bros. Studio: In October 1923, Walt Disney and his brother signed an agreement to produce a film series and then made a deal to rent space in the Kingswell Building. At first, the brothers rented the back half of a real estate firm’s office and soon expanded next door. They christened their company the Disney Bros. Studio.
3. Walt Disney Studio: After the success of the “Alice Comedies,” Walt Disney and his brother moved their company to a larger studio nearby on Hyperion Avenue that eventually accommodated more than 1,000 workers. It was torn down in 1966.
4. Walt Disney Co. headquarters: Walt Disney’s 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was a massive hit, and soon the company needed more studio space. It moved to a much larger studio facility in Burbank in 1940, and remains headquartered there today.