Walt Disney

Walt Disney


You are walking through Disneyland, seeing all the rides that you want to go on and you start to wonder, “How did this colorful world of magical fun become?” Walt Disney. You may have heard his name before. Walt Disney was an animator, film director, entrepreneur, film producer, voice actor, screenwriter, entertainer, and as most people know, the creator of Disneyland. Walt Disney said, “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”  Walt Disney’s first animated shorts were Mickey Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho, which were both silent films. When sound made its way into film, Disney created a third, sound-and-music-equipped short called Steamboat Willie. With Walt as the voice of Mickey, the cartoon was an instant success. In 1929, Walt Disney created Silly Symphonies, which featured Mickey’s newly created friends, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. One of the most popular cartoons, Flowers and Trees, was the first to be produced in color, and to win an Oscar. In 1933, The Three Little Pigs and its title song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” became a theme for the country in the middle of the Great Depression. On December 21, 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, premiered in Los Angeles. It produced an unimaginable $1.499 million, despite the Depression, and won a total of eight Oscars. During the next five years, Walt Disney Studios completed another string of full-length animated films such as Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi.

Another major thing Walt Disney has accomplished was creating Disneyland. Disney’s $17 million Disneyland theme park opened on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California. Within a few years of the opening, Disney began plans for a new theme park in Florida. Walt Disney says “It has that thing – the imagination, and the feeling of happy excitement- I knew when I was a kid.” Some fun facts about Disneyland are that Big Thunder Mountain took ten years of planning and eighteen months of construction to complete. It also cost $17 million which is the same amount it took to open Disneyland in 1955. Also, when Disney World first opened, admission for Magic Kingdom was $3.50. It’s now $99. Another fun fact is that there is a secret suite in Cinderella’s castle that cannot be booked; it’s an invite only, or for promotional giveaways; It was originally meant to be Walt Disney’s apartment. Finally, there are tunnels beneath Magic Kingdom that allow cast members and employees to move between different areas. It’s technically ground level; Magic Kingdom was built above it.

Disneyland was still under construction when Walt Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on December 15, 1966, at the age of 65. Disney was cremated, and his ashes interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Though he is long gone, I feel that Walt Disney is a amazing person who will be remembered for a long time.