OVERVIEW OF THE ORIGINAL PILGRIMAGE
FROM BIRTH TO DEATH
Day 1: Chicago
Day 2: Marceline
Day 3: Kansas City
Day 4: San Francisco
Day 5: Mineral King
Day 6: Valencia/Newhall
Day 7: Los Angeles
Day 8: Disneyland
Day 9: Burbank and Glendale
TIMELINE/HISTORY OF WALT'S PILGRIMAGE
2013: Idea of the Pilgrimage is Born in December
2014: Proposal for a college course on Walt's Pilgrimage is proposed and approved
2015: Study in the States course in Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College debuts as the "Disney Pilgrimage" with 8 students participating in July
2015: Course is renamed "Walt's Pilgrimage"
2016: Second Pilgrimage Course is offered in July
2017: Third Pilgrimage Course is offered in May
2017: Walt's Pilgrimage The Book is published
2018: Fourth Pilgrimage Course is planned for July
NEWS COVERAGE OF THE COURSE
ABOUT THE PILGRIMAGE
The idea for the Pilgrimage was born in December 2013 when Christopher Tremblay visited the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. In that same month, Tremblay had pledge support via kickstarter for The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago, Illinois.
I had always wanted to visit Marceline, Missouri to see Walt’s hometown and thought about gathering some fellow Disney fans for a road trip to Chicago (to see the birth home) and Marceline. I shared the idea with my dear friend and university colleague, Julia Primavera Kuntz, who told me that my idea sounded like a “Study in the States” trip offered by Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College in Kalamazoo. So the fun road trip became an official college course. Then the course inspired this book. I wanted others in the world to experience the life of Walt Disney in this way.