There are a lot of possible reasons why our Kickstarter campaign did not reach its goal, and while we will look back and learn from the experience, we are also moving forward. What we know and appreciate is the incredible amount of support we have received in the past 33 days. We are so optimistic about this project that we are going full steam ahead with the restoration. Next week, weather permitting, the meticulous work will reveal even more of the home’s original exterior and more clues to the home’s original state, inside and out.

Kickstarter is a great platform in two ways: one, and most importantly, it is a vehicle for YOU – the fan, the friend, the enthusiast – to get involved and be a part of the process. Two, it gave all of us on the Walt Disney Birthplace Team a motivating goal and deadline. It compelled us to get out there and tell the world about the project, to educate ourselves and our new audience. It compelled us to think about what we can do with the house after it’s restored, and how we can make the Disney Family story relevant to a generation that did not grow up watching Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color every Sunday night.

A “Rewarding” Experience

Several of you have asked this question: “If you don’t make it, is there some way I can still get my Reward(s)?”

We are working on that very thing. The T-Shirt, Pin, Posters, and Cedar Shake acrylic blocks are the most commonly requested items and we are figuring out what can be produced in more limited quantities at reasonable cost. We will make our best efforts to offer as many of our Rewards as we can.

House tour tickets, invitations to specific events, and the overnight stay will all still be available, too.

Know this, as well: Every one of our Backers on record at the conclusion of this campaign will have their names inscribed in our “Restoration Dream Team” book, the leather-bound volume that will be on display in the home when it is restored. That is a Reward you have all earned.

And we will include the printed “Charter Member of the Walt Disney Birthplace Preservation Project” Certificate with every other physical reward we send out.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of our Rewards in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank You!

We have so many people to thank.

We are overwhelmed by the amount of new friends with whom we have connected through this Kickstarter campaign, our Twitter account, our Facebook presence, even our new Instagram account. Thanks to all of you!

We must thank everyone from the City of Chicago who has embraced the Walt Disney Birthplace Project, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Alderman Ray Colón (35th Ward) and his Chief of Staff Martha Ramos: Alderman Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward); Illinois State Senator William Delgado; and Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director at The Illinois Film Office.

We are so grateful for all the local community support, including our Hermosa neighbors, the Chicago businesses, and especially all the children from William P. Nixon Elementary, who made Walt’s 112th birthday celebration at the house truly memorable.

To all of you in the Disney online fan community, the podcasters, the bloggers, everyone who was so instrumental in spreading the news about our project: THANKS SO MUCH! We hope you’ll stay with us as we press ahead!

We would also like to list of all the major contributors and team members.

The Super 78 team

Robert Coker – Robert is spearheading the effort internally. Almost all of the materials generated and updates have come through him.

Michael “Oz” Smith – Our masterful technical director who is working on the video content, graphics and updates for the house.

Christina Hendrickson – Development Coordinator of all schedules, meetings and travel, and all-around great internal support.

Derek Dolechek – Artwork and visual concept development, and all-around great internal support

Kate Crandall – Producing and keeping it all together.

Plus all of our interns and support staff, to all of you: thanks again and buckle up; there is a lot of work ahead of us. ;)

Stay Tuned!

Again, this adventure is just getting started. We will continue to broadcast the project’s news and updates through Kickstarter and our website, and our Twitter feed, and more.

We will be adding a Paypal “Donate” button to the site very soon.

We will be opening an online “Gift Shop” very soon.

And we will be continuing to develop our exciting post-restoration plans for the home.

Keep those tuxes and ball gowns at the ready: our Gala Grand Re-Opening Ceremony is going to be epic.

All our best!

- Dina & Brent