DREAMFINDERS: Dan Viets on Saving Walt Disney’s First Film Studio

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Dan Viets wants to save Disney history. As president of the non-profit “Thank You Walt Disney,” Dan works to preserve and restore Walt’s first professional headquarters – the Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Kansas City. Currently, the building sits empty and only known by those devotees who seek it out, but, with his organization Dan plans to make it a shining gem of K.C.

Dan chats with Nathan about how Walt’s creativity blossomed in that studio, how a local amusement park most likely inspired Disneyland, and how Dan’s journey connects with Kansas City now having two Tomorrowland moon-liners!

Learn all about and donate to the resotration plans for the Laugh-O-Gram Studio at thankyouwaltdisney.org.

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Nathan Hartman

A sunshine state resident, Nathan is an avid Disney parks wonk as well as a university film professor.

Twitter: @somestuffisaid