500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA. 91506
Map link: Disney Studios
In 1923 in the rear of a small office, Walt Disney and his brother Roy produced a series of shots live-action/animated films. Within four months, they were growing so rapidly they moved to a larger facility and here is where they first placed a sign of the door that read "Disney Bros. Studios". A year later in 1925 the brothers made a deposit on Hyperion Avenue lot in Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. The next 14 years many new animated films were produced and in 1928, Mickey Mouse was born followed by Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck and the rest of the Disney gang.
In 1937, they released there first full length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Because of the critical acclaim and success, and in order to meet his needs, Walt saw a need to increase the size of the studio. With the profits they made on Snow White, he purchased 51 acres of land in Burbank and started to design a studio to produce his animated films.
In the early 40's, Disney launched into production of live action features and television programs. The studio was expanding during the 50's to include sound stages, production, and craft facilities.
The shows shot there were Disney classics: Davy Crockett, Mary Poppins, Pollyana, The Love Bug, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Good Morning, Vietnam, Three Men and a Baby, and later: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dick Tracy, Pretty Woman, and Sister Act passed the $100 million milestone. Disney moved into new areas by starting Hollywood Pictures, and acquiring the Wrather Corp. (owner of the Disneyland Hotel) and television station KHJ (Los Angeles), which was renamed KCAL.
In 1994, the animated success continued to grow with, Lion King, which soon became one of the highest grossing films of all-time. It was followed by Pocahontas in 1995 and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996. Toy Story pioneered computer-animation techniques. In 1995 with the merger of Capital Cities/ABC, Disney became a fully integrated media giant.