In 1935, did Walt Disney receive a medal from the League of Nations? Did he meet Italian dictator Benito Mussolini? Rumors and urban legends persisted, but the historical record wasn't clear.
And so, Didier started digging. Gradually, he discovered a wealth of information about the pivotal trip Walt and Roy Disney took to Europe two years before the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The result is the compelling new book Disney's Grand Tour.
At the risk revealing spoilers, I won't give away any answers. Suffice it to say what Didier unearthed about this two-month trip is a detailed record of a journey that would influence the Disney Studios for decades to come.
Disney's Grand Tour is full of rarely-seen photos and features a meticulous outline of how Walt Disney's company operated in Europe prior to World War II.
Didier is my guest today in The Mouse Castle Lounge. In part one of our conversation, he reveals the frustrating but ultimately satisfying process he went through to bring Disney's Grand Tour to life. Enjoy!
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