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Dreaming Tree

131 W. Broadway St., Marceline, Missouri 64658 USA

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“Where Walt Disney would dream big”

The large cottonwood tree still stands where Walt and Ruth Disney played and waded in the spring that ran at its base. Daydreaming under this tree, a young Walt would observe the nature surrounding him. He later called these adventures "belly botany" and drew from these moments in his early works. He apparently never outgrew his need for inspiration from his favorite spot. On trips back to Marceline, Walt always put aside time for reflection beneath it, spending hours alone with his thoughts, back under his Dreaming Tree. The tree still stands today and visitors are welcome to sit beneath it. Enjoy sitting in the same spot that Walt himself sat while you experience your own belly botany, gather inspiration or just imagine what it must have felt like for Walt.

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Reviewed by
kategardiner8

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September 11, 2020

The Dreaming Tree is not there anymore.

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adelina.priddis

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July 13, 2020

Absolutely worth the stop! Only about 2 miles off the main highway, this is a place everyone should stop who loves Walt Disney.
While the tree itself is no longer standing, there is a picturesque memory walk through the woods and fields that Walt spent as a child. Easy for kids of all ages.
Bring a pen or marker to leave your mark inside the barn.

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NastiaG

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June 10, 2020

A cool stop, but unfortunately, the tree is gone. It fell down in 2015 after being struck by lightning. Still, the property is well kept and there is a very well maintained cabin you can walk through. The walls have millions of signatures of precious guests and you can get a sense of Walt’s young life in such a magical place. The town itself is falling to pieces, yet still has a small spark that gives you hope for renovation.

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Squirrel

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August 06, 2016
Rated 5.0

Love it love dinsey:)

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HudsonTX

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July 13, 2015
Rated 5.0

Great signs show you where to go and tell a great story.

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andhunt88

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November 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

One of the truly most magical places I've ever been. My best friend and I stopped there on our final travels together. And it truly was the best portion of our trip west.

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Dreaming Tree

131 W. Broadway St.
Marceline, Missouri
64658 USA

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