Thank You Walt Disney en Walt Disney's Role In Transforming Troost <p>An attempt to breathe life into a building near Troost Avenue with ties to Walt Disney could help erase the corridor’s stigma as a key dividing line in Kansas City, says Butch Rigby.</p><p>Rigby, chairman of the non-profit Thank you Walt Disney, is behind <a href="">an effort to revitalize Laugh-O-Gram Studio</a>, which is just east of 31<sup>st</sup> Street and Troost.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:06:05 +0000 Laura Spencer 55077 at Walt Disney's Role In Transforming Troost Green Plans For Disney Studios <p>In the early 1920s, when Walt Disney was in his early 20s, he was heading up a struggling animation studio on Kansas City’s east side.</p><p>A small field mouse became his pet, lived in a drawer in his office, and shared his food. That mouse would later provide the inspiration for Mickey Mouse. Disney's studio, where early animators cut their teeth making black-and-white silent cartoons, is still struggling. There are now plans for a green future.</p><p><strong>Paying Tribute in Missouri</strong></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 14756 at Green Plans For Disney Studios