The ranch Jackson bought when he was 29 years old and built into a fantasy land has become a shadow of its former self -- the amusement park rides have been still and shuttered for years, the exotic zoo animals long gone.
A rare look at what was inside the ranch when authorities seized Jackson's belongings in 2003 -- only to return them after he was acquitted of child molestation charges --shows unique features including a reported windowless room with photo albums and unmarked videos and a wall with photos of boys, including child star Macaulay Culkin.
And there's a reported bedroom where children would stay, accessible only by passing through Jackson's bedroom.
But it is the place where Jackson fans have already begun flocking, saying it's where they can feel close to him.
Jackson's body will be moved to Neverland and a memorial service will likely be held there Friday, according to the sources and published reports.
The funeral, however, will likely not end speculation as to how Jackson, 50, died.
Police still have questions for Murray, who administered CPR to Jackson before he was taken to the hospital. Murray will not attend the funeral, the doctor's lawyers told ABC affilaite KTRK.
Following the lead of family matriarch Katherine Jackson, the family has hunkered down at their California home, rarely speaking with the media. Some family members, as well as police, have been seen entering the Holmby Hills rental home where Jackson died.
Katherine Jackson, 79, "has always had the quiet hand," the Rev. Al Sharpton told "Good Morning America" today.
Sharpton, who has known the family for more than three decades and has spent time with the Jacksons since Michael Jackson's death last week, described Jackson's mother as a "rock."
Though the family's grief is palpable, Sharpton said, there is "a spirit of 'We've got to move on and protect Michael's legacy.'"
And that legacy includes three young children, now in the custody of their grandmother.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that, at least for now, Katherine Jackson would get custody of his three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, 12; Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7.
Beckloff also made Katherine special administrator of the property pending a hearing July 6.
The judge's ruling did not cover Jackson's financial assets, which includes his stake in the Sony-ATV Music publishing catalog. The catalog contains legendary music from the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, as well as new acts such as the Jonas Brothers. Its worth has been estimated at as much as $2 billion.
A hearing to consider those requests has been scheduled for Monday.
A source confirmed that Jackson drafted a will in 2002 and the document will filed in court as early as Wednesday. Longtime Jackson attorneyJohn Branca and John McLain, a friend and music executive, are the named executors.
Jackson, according to the source, bequeathed everything he owned to his mother Katherine, three children, and charitable organizations.
Sharpton said one of Katherine Jackson's biggest priorities is going to be getting her three grandchildren acclimated to the scrutiny that comes from being Michael Jackson's children.
"They're fine," Sharpton said of Jackson's daughter and two sons. "They seem at home. They are at home."