From July 18 to July 26, the students traveled from Michigan to Chicago (Walt Disney’s birthplace) to Marceline, Missouri (home of the Disney family farm and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum), Kansas City, Missouri (the site of Disney’s childhood home and the short-lived Laugh-O-Gram Studio ), San Francisco, California (location of the Walt Disney Family Museum, Los Angeles, California (where Disney worked on his creations in his uncle’s barn), Disneyland, and Burbank and Glendale, California (Disney studios).
The idea was for students to learn about the Disney's risks and struggles en route to success, while seeing first-hand the impact Disney had on United States culture,
In all, the pilgrimage included 40 destinations with connections to Disney, visited in chronological order as much as possible.
Borger was surprised at what she learned, especially Disney’s “humble beginnings.”
“He came to Los Angeles with $40 in his pocket,” Borger said. “He took a one-way ticket from Kansas City to Los Angeles and his uncle was kind enough to let him borrow his garage to practice his drawing in.”