The relationship between Walt Disney and Palm Springs is pretty well documented. Now, another chapter will be added in October when a special piece of Disney history appears at a local museum.
The news: The Palm Springs Air Museum announced last week that Disney’s Grumman Gulfstream I plane will travel from Anaheim to Palm Springs on Oct. 15. Once here, the plane known as “The Mouse” will be put on display.
- The museum plans to construct a new exhibit by Dec. 5 (Walt
Disney’s birthday) to highlight the plane’s history and its relevance to the city.
Details: “The Mouse” was initially designed with creative input from Disney and his wife to seat up to 15 passengers. It features a kitchen, two restrooms, two couches, a desk and various Mickey Mouse details.
- Disney acquired the plane in 1963. While in service it transported about 83,000 passengers, including former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
What they’re saying: “We are so happy to have Walt’s plane make a landing at the Palm Springs Air Museum, just a few miles from where Walt and his family had vacation homes at Smoke Tree Ranch,” said Rebecca Cline, Walt Disney Archives director. “It is the ideal setting for this incredible icon.”