As I pushed open the bulls-eye red doors of a mid-century modern home nestled in a quiet neighborhood south of Palm Springs, California, my hands were shaking like an antsy, excited kid. With my head spinning, I walked into a dream world. I tried to comprehend I was in Walt Disney’s house, like a friend staying for the weekend. Until I saw myself in the mirrors of the front entry, I thought I might wake up from my dream. But no, Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House was mine to enjoy. Moments later, I walked through his house to discover his character, just like a kid discovers his theme parks.
Missing that feeling of wonderment and awe that lights up a kid’s face when they step foot on Disney’s hallowed ground? I found it in a quiet neighborhood south of Palm Springs, California, where Walt Disney and his lovely wife Lillian escaped to the desert during their twilight years in the 1960s.
Located 10 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House is available for rent. With views of the San Jacinto Mountains, this area boasts little wind and a celebrated golf course with two 18-hole courses.
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Hits of Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House
Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House features modern interiors that exude the excitement of the 1960s, with the amenities that modern travelers need. My kids were blown away knowing that Walt Disney used to own this house.
- Two master suites and two additional en-suite bedrooms with twin beds
- Updated kitchen with all appliances
- Saltwater pool with waterfall and spa
- Covered outdoor living space with a seating for eight and loungers
- Gas bar-be-que
- Built-in Sonos sound system
- Washer and dryer
Misses of Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House
Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House wowed my family of tweens and teens but might not be the best fit for families with small children. I found many mirrored surfaces, white leather sofas and a pool with a 7-foot depth.
Located in a quiet neighborhood five miles south of the Palm Springs International Airport, Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream has accommodations for eight. It’s the ideal locale for multi-generational families with golf lovers. The Indian Canyon Golf Resort is open to the public and has been a favorite with celebrities and former presidents for years.
Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House is available for rent daily ($$$) or weekly. It’s professionally managed by the ACME House Co. with an attentive local office available for assistance if needed.
I stayed in Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House in June.
The Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House is located in the Indian Canyons Golf Resort on the second fairway of the north course, a 10-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs. Built in 1961, golfers like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope were regulars at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, along with former presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Walt Disney even donated the resort fountain that shoots water 100-feet into the air.
Walt Disney had this house built in 1962 and it was owned by the Disney family until recently. His mid-century modern desert jewel has been lovingly maintained while offering modern conveniences travelers need.
Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House is a celebration of color. It was built when Disney’s television show changed its name to Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and started broadcasting in color.
A layout ideal for entertaining, the main rooms open to the outdoor living area along with the two master suites. Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House fits the needs of multi-generational family since the master suites are on opposite sites of the house and the two other bedrooms offer twin beds.
I choose the gold and pink room that features a king-sized bed and opened onto the pool deck. The walls of my room glittered with gold flecks that transported me to the glamour of Old Hollywood. The pink touches are feminine without being overly girly.
The boys had to stay in the turquoise Tomorrowland-themed room outfitted with twin beds. With vintage posters adorning the walls, this room was a hit with my boys.
I found a black and red bedroom with twin beds that minded me of Minnie Mouse. The other master suite has gold and yellow furnishings in the quietest corner of the house and has the largest bathroom.
As I wandered around Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House, I found some hidden Mickeys and Walt Disney quotes hidden in the closets. During our stay, my kids felt like someone was watching over them. I like to think it was Walt Disney enjoying the joy of children.
Activities at Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House
The Indian Canyon Golf Resort is open to the public for an additional fee. A 36-hole golf resort with two 72-par courses with views of the San Jacinto mountains is an iconic course for golfers.
During my stay, my family enjoyed the outdoor living area since the weather was warm. With a several chaises to relax, I watched the kids swimming while flipping through a magazine.
Walt Disney’s Technicolor House includes a salt water pool with a waterfall and spa with lighting for night swimming. The backyard offers a virtually wind-free area, great for swimming kids.
The gas barbeque makes cooking dinner a breeze. With the covered outdoor table with seating for eight, the patio is the ideal place to gather.
The yard is secluded from the neighbors with mature planting along the edge yet has amble space to play. My daughter worked on her cartwheels during our stay and the Ping Pong table on the covered patio was a hit with my boys.
In the main hallway, I found a game closet stocked with plenty of options for families of all ages, including the Ping-Pong paddles.
The Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House has an updated kitchen stocked with all the essentials for basic cooking and entertaining. I found a single oven, an electric range, a double sink, a microwave, a dishwasher and small appliances like blender, toaster and coffee maker.
The Indian Canyon Golf Resort Restaurant is open from breakfast through dinner and located nearby. Downtown Palm Springs offers lots of dining options and is a quick drive. During our stay we ate at Sherman’s Deli, 401 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, for authentic NYC deli sandwiches.
Tips from a Traveling Mom
- This property comes with a thorough house manual that walked me though the operations of the pool and complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Don’t worry if you forgot the beach towels. The Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House has them for you.
- Walt Disney’s Technicolor Dream House’s management company, ACME House Company, is very helpful. They were in constant communication with me to ensure that I arrived to the house.
- Pets are welcome with an additional fee.
- Cleaning fee is additional.