I walked into a free tour there yesterday afternoon. CM Debbie whose been there since it's opening in 1987 conducted it in a very friendly, low-key manner for 11 of us. Having been in there countless times over the years it was a really fresh new way to appreciate this special space. Along w/ information about the current displays we went through the key card pass door overlooking the courtyard between Le Bat en Rouge and Pieces of Eight
to see the Club 33 kitchen exteriors and the walls and windows that had been added and why before and since Walt's passing.
We all also crowded into the very small office space that was originally designed as the Grandchildren's room, very cute smaller door frame and a wonderful framed photo of Mr. & Mrs. Disney posing on Main Street. Debbie noted that Mrs. Disney was evidently not very comfortable being photographed and her expression does slightly bare this out. According to her the Tony Baxter redesign of the POTC entrance gave the Gallery it's wonderful staircase and forced perspective touches in design, notably in the watch-your-next-step window in the small office space!
We also had 3 hidden Mickey shapes pointed out to us in the detail of one of the fireplaces (a souvenir from one of Walt's trips), numerous sliding doors and the wet bar/mini-kitchen area (pretty modern for the mid-60's!) that is now the cashier area.
The other cool thing to have pointed out were the numerous light sockets in the Gallery room on the left side as you enter from the courtyard. This was the Disney's master bedroom where Walt liked to do alot of reading, and Mrs. Disney liked to redecorate - frequently - thus moving lamps, etc. alot!
Obviously, this was a genuine treat filled w/ alot of other nice touches and something to hopefully make time for on your next visit to the park.