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As always, an exclusive 2020 Dreaming Tree Gala gift will be awaiting your arrival.

The evening will begin with a visit from a 'special guest' before dinner, followed by an engaging talk with

friend of the museum and Disney Legend Tom Nabbe.

And as always, no gala would be complete without a 'kiss goodnight' fireworks display.

This is your chance to enjoy a magical evening in Marceline while supporting the ongoing efforts of

The Walt Disney Hometown Museum.


Thank you for your support of Walt's Marceline story through your generous purchase of a 2020 Dreaming Tree Gala ticket. Unfortunately the museum has come to the unavoidable decision that the global pandemic makes safely hosting this year's event all but impossible.

Because you are already on our guest list, rest assured your existing ticket will be valid for our 2021 event. Also know, if there is an announced increase in ticket price for our 2021 event, that new price will not apply to you. 

We also appreciate that this pandemic has hit many in unexpected ways, so a full ticket refund will be processed to all those unable to attend our 2021 event. Simply send an email to our creative director Peter Whitehead ( ) before AUGUST 31, 2020 if you need to return your ticket. 

Everyone at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum is saddened that we won't be able to gather together on the historic Disney Family Farm this year, but rest assured Disney Legend Tom Nabbe has already agreed to join us next year to share his amazing stories in person. 

To ease the pain we'll be inviting current ticket holders to a 'virtual' gathering on Saturday October 17, 2020, and we'll still be holding our silent auction the same night. Virtual admission codes and a 'party surprise' will be sent in the mail. Make sure to update your mailing address at to ensure your package arrives safely.

Thank you for your continued support of The Walt Disney Hometown Museum.


In 1955, twelve-year-old Tom Nabbe was selling newspapers at Disneyland when he heard that Walt needed someone to play the role of Tom Sawyer. Tom pestered Walt until he got the job. Nearly fifty years later Tom retired, a Disney Legend.


You can't be Tom Sawyer forever. Eventually, you grow up. When Tom Nabbe became a little too tall, a little too deep-voiced, to continue his childhood on Tom Sawyer Island, Disney made him a ride operator. No more magazine covers for Tom. No more photos with celebrities. But it wasn't the end of Tom Nabbe's career; it was just the beginning.


In true American fashion, Tom pulled himself up by his bootstraps and rose through the Disney ranks. He became a manager at Disneyland, was instrumental in the opening of both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot in Florida, and was tapped as part of the Disney team sent to Paris to open the theme park there.



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Walt Disney Hometown Museum


Marceline, MO, USA