Disneyland was built for a total cost of 17.5 million dollars. On July 17 1955 Disneyland opens with 18 attractions, including the Jungle Cruise, Tomorrowland, Autopia, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and the Mark Twain. On July 18, 1955, the general public, got their first peek - more than 10,000 of them. On that first day, Disneyland charged visitors about $9 to get through the gate and see three free attractions in four themed lands and individual tickets for the 18 rides. Walt and his staff addressed the problems from opening day. They soon had to limit daily attendance to 20,000 to avoid overcrowding. Within seven weeks, the one-millionth guest passed through the gates. This was not bad for a place that some people thought would be closed and bankrupt within a year.
Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 and died December 15, 1966. Walt was a motion-picture and television producer and showman, famous as a pioneer of animated cartoon films and as the creator of such cartoon characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He also planned and built Disneyland, a huge amusement park that opened near Los Angeles in 1955, and before his death he had begun building a second such park, Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida. The Disney Company he founded has become one of the world’s largest entertainment conglomerates.
Walter Elias Disney was the fourth son of Elias Disney, a carpenter, farmer, and building contractor, and his wife, Flora Call, who had been a public school teacher. When Walt was little more than an infant, the family moved to a farm near Marceline, Missouri, a typical small Midwestern town This w is said to have furnished the inspiration and model for the Main Street, U.S.A., of Disneyland. Walt began his schooling and first showed a taste and aptitude for drawing and painting with crayons and watercolors. His father soon abandoned his efforts at farming and moved the family to Kansas City, Missouri, where he bought a morning newspaper route and his young sons were forced to assist him in delivering papers. Walt later said that many of the habits and compulsions of his adult life stemmed from the disciplines and discomforts of helping his father with the paper route. In Kansas City the young Walt began to study cartooning through a correspondence school and later took classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. In 1917 the Disneys moved back to Chicago, and Walt entered McKinley High School, where he took photographs, made drawings for the school paper, and studied cartooning. He hoped eventually to get a job as a newspaper cartoonist. His progress was interrupted by World War I, in which he participated as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross in France and Germany. He returned to Kansas City where he found occasional work as a draftsman and inker in commercial art studios. This is where he met Ub Iwerks, a young artist whose talents contributed greatly to Walt’s early success.
Fun Interesting Facts
- First voice of Mickey Mouse
- Won more academy awards than anyone else - 22 awards
- High school dropout
- Obsessed with trains
- Mickey Mouse was originally named Mortimen Mouse
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