The Disney Gallery

This attraction is permanently closed. This page is retained here for historical interest.

The Disney Gallery closed permanently on August 7, 2007. This page is kept here for historical interest.

The Disney Gallery is part store and part attraction. Originally part of the space Walt Disney originally designed for hosting VIPs, the space has the look of an apartment with an interior courtyard. Even without the merchandise and gallery exhibits, the courtyard has tables and is an oasis of quiet, and the balcony (closed evenings with performances of Fantasmic!) provides a good view of New Orleans Square and the Rivers of America. The gallery space hosts changing exhibits of Disney, Disneyland, and attraction history.

For those interested in a closer look at the gallery, 20-minute tours are available on the hour throughout the afternoon (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and are free and don't require a reservation.

General Information - Hide Section

    This attraction is permanently closed. This page is retained here for historical interest.

  • Location: At the juncture between New Orleans Square and Adventureland.
  • Date Opened: July 11, 1987
  • Date Closed: August 7, 2007
  • # of Ride Units: A self-guided museum-type environment. Four rooms with a public courtyard.
  • Ride Capacity: Probably a couple hundred people could be in the various rooms without too much discomfort.
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: B Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
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  • Open/Close: Not required. Once in the gallery all rooms are accessible though maneuvering room is limited.
  • Wait Times: There will never be a line to get into the gallery (unless some sort of special event is going on).
  • Length of Ride: Self guided
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: No queue, though the gallery is accessed via a nice curving staircase.
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  • Health Restriction: None
  • Ride Access: Have one of your party contact a cast member in the Gallery or in the Le Gourmet Shop and inform them that you need to use the elevator. The cast members escort you via an elevator to the Gallery. The elevator takes you to the Club 33 kitchen and from there into a backdoor entrance. Do not use the elevator on your own. Scooters using the elevator should know that the kitchen does not have a lot of maneuvering room.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: Not required. Once in the gallery all rooms are accessible though maneuvering room is limited.
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: None
  • Weight and Size Issues: None
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  • Height Restriction: No
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues: There’s not much for children to do here but the patio is a very nice place for a quiet rest. Nursing moms may want to stop and nurse here. If you want a quiet place for a tired little one to take a nap, this would be a great location but you’ll have to carry your stroller up several stairs.
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: As with the rest of the second story of New Orleans Square, this area was originally planned for the private personal use of Walt and Roy Disney. This particular area was designed as a personal apartment for the two men. When Walt Disney died, Roy Disney decided not to continue with that plan and over the years the space was put to various uses including a VIP lounge for INA, one of the park's corporate sponsors. In 1987, as part of a general redesign of the area around Pirates of the Caribbean it was decided to make it into an exhibit space.
  • This Attraction's history: The Gallery has hosted many exhibits over the years but remains essentially unchanged. One popular addition over the years has been a by-reservation dessert buffet out on the balcony during performances of Fantasmic. Rumors of the end of the Disney Gallery began to swirl when it was announced that as part of the Year of a Million Dreams campaign in 2007, one of the grand prizes would eventually be an opportunity to stay overnight inside the park. Since the space occupied by the Gallery was originally designed as a private apartment, it was an obvious candidate. In the summer of 2007 the Disney Dream Suite was officially announced and the gallery closed shortly afterwards. After a complete reconstruction of the space, the Disney Dream Suite opened in February 2008.

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