Walt Disney Hannah Holst

Walter Elias Disney

The Partners Statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson and took one year to make. The expression is an interpretation of Walt watching people enjoy his park.

Cinderella's castle is 100 feet taller than the Sleeping Beauty Castle in California. Onlookers are fooled into “seeing” a much higher than what it actually is.

It was built to withstand 110 mile an hour winds. The Cinderella Mosaic is made up of 300,000 pieces of Italian glass in more than 500 colors, all hand-cut with some fused with silver and 14k gold.

"Cinderella's Castle Suite is four stories above the surrounding Magic Kingdom--a salon, bedchamber and bathroom off of a private marble-floored foyer, all replete with rich details."

Pirates of the Caribbean's development began in 1993. It premiered at Disneyland. Jack Sparrow's role initially was written for Hugh Jackman. Johnny Depp improvised one of the last lines in The Curse of the Black Pearl.

  • Pocahontas is the only princess based on a real person.
  • Cinderella is said to be Walt Disney's favorite Disney Princess.
  • Aurora has the least amount of dialogue in a Disney Princess movie.
  • Mulan is the only non-princess Disney Princess.
  • Both Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast wore blue, signifying that they were both misfits.
  • Mickey Mouse has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Mickey and Minnie's voice actors were married in real life.
  • Mickey has worn over 175 outfits and Minnie has worn 200.
  • Pluto is famous for his powerful sense of smell.
  • A time capsule is buried in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle that will be opened in 2045, 50 years after it was buried.
  • Walt Disney used to wait in line with the guests.
  • George Lucas went to Disneyland on opening day at 11 years old.
  • Walt Disney built his own apartment in the fire house in secret and there is a light turned on to symbolize his presence at the park.
  • It only took one year to build the park (At the time, there were only 18 attraction, 14 of which are still active today)

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 to Elias and Flora Call Disney in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of five children. After he was born, the family moved to Marceline, Missouri, where he would spend most of his childhood.

He had an early interest in art and would often sell drawings to neighbors for extra money. He would go in the study art and photography at Chicago's McKinley High School. He was encouraged by his mother and older brother to continue to pursue his artwork.

He tried to enlist in the military but was denied, mostly because he was only 16 at the time. Instead he joined the Red Cross and went to France, where he spent his time driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was completely covered with Disney cartoons.

Steamboat Willie

Upon returning to France, he pursued a career in commercial art and his company, Laugh-O-Grams fell into bankruptcy. He then headed to Hollywood with his suitcase and $20.

Walt became a Hollywood figure with the success of his "Alice Comedies." He married Lillian Bounds and had two daughters, Diane and Sharon.

"Flowers and Trees" got Disney the first of his many Academy Awards in 1932. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," the first full length animated feature, produced $1,499,000, unheard of in the depths of the Depression. It is still considered to be a great feat of the motion picture industry. Disney went on to make even more classics like "Bambi," "Dumbo," "Fantasia," and "Pinocchio."

Disney's dream of a theme park finally came true when Disneyland Park opened in 1955. . He also became a television pioneer as Disney began television production in 1954 and was among the first to present a full color programming with his "Wonderful World of Color" in 1961.

Disneyland Park

Walt Disney worked in the Red cross in France before moving back to the United States and moving to Hollywood. He failed with one cartoon, but touched the sky with his legendary company that is still around today.

He started his first company, Laugh-O-Grams, which fell bankrupt, but his Disney company in Hollywood struck it big.

Walt Disney used Sole Entrepreneurship when he started his company Laugh-O-Grams then moved on to the current company, expanding its reaches.

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."
"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."
"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse."


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