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Walt Disney's Kansas City Studio Is Getting A New Life

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The home of Walt Disney's first animation company from 1922-1923 was located at 31st and Forest. Known as Laugh-O-Gram Studios, it underwent structural work (above) to stabilize it in 2004.

The cartoonist's first professional studio will become a community space.

The Laugh-O-Gram building was on the demolition list before being rescued by the Thank You Walt Disney organization. Now the goal is to restore the structure and reopen it as a museum, offices for entrepreneurs and a digital arts training program for local youth.

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