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Walt Disney

Born

12/5/1901, Chicago Illinois USA

Died

12/15/1966

Birth Name

Walter Elias Disney

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Retlaw Elias Yensid
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Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1901. When he was 5, a murder occurred nearby in Chicago, and the Disneys decided to move to the small town of Marceline, Missouri. Walt was often scolded at school for not doing work, and drawing instead.…more

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  • Trivia

    • Walt Disney is credited for his creation of Walt Disney World by having his named placed on a window above the Ice Cream shop at the Magic Kingdom. This window was placed there so he would always have the latest "scoop" on the Disney Company. (get it?)

    • On a train from New York to Californa, Walt was thinking of a replacement for Oswald Rabbit during the train ride & recalled a mouse he tamed at the Lauge-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City.
      The memory inspired the creation of a mouse he named Mortimer.
      Lillian liked the mouse but thought the name Mortimer sounded unrealistic.
      She suggested a name that sounded more dashing: Mickey Mouse.
      When Walt heard of the name, he loved it.

    • Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.

    • Walt was the first to create true nature films. They were titled True Life Adventures the first one, "Seal Island" started out slow, but eventually won an oscar and became famous, kicking off the rest off the series.

    • Walt had 3 older brothers, Herbert, Raymond, Roy, and 1 younger sister named Ruth.

    • When Walt was 16, his family moved to Chicago. Here, he attended McKinley High School where he was the art editor of the school newspaper.

    • When Walt was 14 years old, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute on Saturday mornings. This is where he learned a lot of the basic drawing ideas.

    • While Disney was looking for land for Disney World, one place he looked was New Jersey. ofcourse, he didnt find land here, but he did see a old, still-working carousel. He eventually bought it and is the same carousel the is in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida.

    • At a time, Donald Duck was banned from a scandanavian country because he never wore pants.

    • Whoever does not believe that Disney was frozen, his ashes are supposedly scattered in Forest Lawn Cemetery of Glendale, California, near his studio.

    • Many have wondered about the symbol on Walt Disney's tie shown during the Rocket Rods queue narration. It also appears on the bronze statue of Disney in the center of Disneyland. It looks like an Asian language character, but I recently found out that it is actually a compound of the letters S T R, which apparently stands for Disney's "Smoke Tree Ranch."

    • As I heard from a Cast Member, Goofy was Walt's favorite character.

    • How far apart are the trash cans? Walt Disney ate a hot dog in Disneyland and counted how many steps it took to finish it. It took him about 25 steps, which is roughly the spacing used in every Disney park today.

    • Mounted on the roof of the administration building at Avenger Field in 1943 was a 10-foot-high sign with a giant portrait of Fifinella, the Walt Disney gremlin who served as mascot to the Women's Airforce Service Pilots.

    • In 1945 Walt Disney designed the insignia for Fighter Squadron VF-84 while the squad was getting ready for the attack on Japan.

    • According to "All About Community Colleges", Walt Disney attended Metropolitan Junior College, MO.

    • "Disney" is actually a changed version of Walt's family's original name. The original name was D'Isigny. It was around the year 1044. Originally from France, Isigny-Sur-Mer was the area that Walt's relatives came from.

    • Walt died in St. Joseph's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA.

    • Walt's death at 9:35 A.M., was attributed to acute circulatory collapse.

    • Walt admitted to being scared to death when he had to face the camera to introduce episodes of the Disneyland television series.

    • In 1923, in California, Walt and Roy formed the Disney Brothers Studio. At Roy's insistence, the company soon became the Walt Disney Studio, since he felt that Walt's name should be emphasized. This is officially recognized as the starting date of The Walt Disney Company.

    • Sometimes Walt used the names Retlaw Elias Yensid or Retlaw Yensid, his name spelled backwards.

    • Walt Disney is the only person to ever win an oscar and a nobel prize.

    • Walt Disney increased the sales of color TV sets when he moved from ABC to NBC for his series "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," which was the very reason NBC lured him.

    • Walt Disney's mother died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective heating system in a brand new house that Walt and his brother Roy had bought for his parents in Los Angeles.

    • Walt Disney received honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale on consecutive days in 1938.

    • Walt Disney was responsible for the first nature documentary and was one of the prime movers of the conservation movement—the first being Bambi and the next being the studio's True-Life Adventures.

    • From the early 1940s to 1955 when Walt opened Disneyland, he was in dire economic straits, always forced to tighten the studio's belt. This is why the original park was small compared to today's standards.

    • He won more Oscars than anyone else -- 32.

    • He often ate lunch at his desk -- his favorite meal was chili and beans, which he ate with tomato juice and soda crackers.

    • He grew his famous mustache at age 25.

    • Walt Disney only attended one year of high school.

    • One of Walt's first jobs was a paperboy. He hated it because he was forced to do it.

    • In Disney's Fantasia, Walt named the Sorcerer Yensid, which is Walt's last name spelled backwards.

    • When Walt Disney World opened in 1971, about 5 years after Walt's death, its original name was just Disney World. Roy Disney, Walt's brother, gave the opening speech for the park. In it is where he dedicated the park's name to his brother, naming the park Walt Disney World, in his brother's honor.

    • Main Street, USA is based on one of Walt's hometowns, Marceline, Missouri.

    • One of Walt's first businesses was Laugh-O-Grams, whick he started with Ub Iwerks. They were originally going to call the company Disney & Iwerks, but they thought it sounded too much like an optomirtrists' office.

    • When Walt was purchasing land in Florida for Walt Disney World, he used a fake name as to not be charged extra since he was very rich at the time. The name he used was M. T. Lott. This name is on a window of Main Street, USA in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, Florida.

    • Walt Disney loved trains so much that when he moved to California and had enough room in his backyard, he got an life sized train in his backyard that he was able to ride. The tracks' length was about 1 mile. The trian was named after his wife, The Lillian.

    • Walter Elias Disney originally got his name from his father and a priest from his hometown. The priest and Elias disney made a deal when the both of their wives were pregnant. If they were both, they would name their kids after eachother. The Priest's name was Walter, and Elias is his father's name, thus Walter Elias Disney.

    • Walt Disney came up with the name of EPCOT, in Walt Disney World, Florida. EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow. Walt was very excited of this park because of its limitless potential. Walt died before its completion, making the park different from the original plans. To see Walt's original plans for EPCOT, go to the Magic Kingdom in Florida and go on the ride:Blueline Transport. In it, you see a miniture city behind a wall of glass. This is the original model of EPCOT, that was taken from Walt's EPCOT planning room.

    • In the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, located in Florida, Walt Disney's name is written on a window above the ice cream parlor on Main Street, located inside the park itself. When the Magic Kingdom was being built, he stayed here usually, thus the name on the window.

    • When Walt was building Disneyland in California, it was tough for him to go back and forth from his house at times. So, he and his family sometimes stayed in an apartment above the firehouse in Disneyland. When Walt died, it has been untouched since.

    • Walt: Your dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.

    • Walt: You reach a point where you don't work for money.

    • Walt: You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.

    • Walt: You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.

    • Walt: Whenever I go on a ride, I'm always thinking of what's wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.

    • Walt: When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

    • Walt: When we opened Disneyland, a lot of people got the impressions that it was a get-rich-quick thing, but they didn't realize that behind Disneyland was this great organization that I built here at the Studio, and they all got into it and we were doing it because we loved to do it.

    • Walt: When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it's because he's so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.

    • Walt: We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

    • Walt: We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.

    • Walt: We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster - closed and forgotten within the first year.

    • Walt: We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.

    • Walt: We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.

    • Walt: We allow no geniuses around our Studio.

    • Walt: There's nothing funnier than the human animal.

    • Walt: There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main... and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.

    • Walt: There is a natural hootchy-kootchy motion to a goldfish.

    • Walt: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

    • Walt: The era we are living in today is a dream of coming true.

    • Walt: People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.

    • Walt: People look at you and me to see what they are supposed to be. And, if we don't disappoint them, maybe, just maybe, they won't disappoint us.

    • Walt: Or heritage and ideals, our code and standards - the things we live by and teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.

    • Walt: Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.

    • Walt: Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.

    • Walt: Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.

    • Walt: Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.

    • Walt is the son of Elias Disney and Flora Disney.

    • Walt is the brother of Herbert Disney, Roy O. Disney, Ruth Disney.

    • Walt is the nephew of Robert Disney.

    • Walt is the grandfather of Chris Miller, Joanna Miller, Tamara Scheer, Jennifer Miller-Goff, Walter Elias Disney Miller, Ronald Miller, and Victoria Brown.

    • Walt's daughter Sharon Disney was adopted.

    • Walt: Laughter is America's most important export.

    • Walt: It's something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing... and adding to.

    • Walt: It's no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.

    • Walt: It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

    • Walt: If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.

    • Walt: I'd say it's been my biggest problem all my life... it's money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.

    • Walt: I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.

    • Walt: I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters - to make them personalities.

    • Walt: I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.

    • Walt: I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.

    • Walt: I never called my work an 'art' It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

    • Walt: I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.

    • Walt: I have no use for people who throw there weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.

    • Walt: I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.

    • Walt: I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953, In those days it was all flat land - no rivers, no mountains, no castles or rocket ships - just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees.

    • Walt: I don't want the public to see the world they live in while they're in the Park (Disneyland). I want to feel they're in another world.

    • Walt: I don't like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It's just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.

    • Walt: I believe in being an innovator.

    • Walt: I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.

    • Walt: I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

    • Walt: I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

    • Walt: Here in Florida, we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland...the blessing of size. There's enough land here to hold all the ideas and plans we can possibly imagine.

    • Walt: Give the public everything you can give them, keep the place as clean as you can keep it, keep it friendly.

    • Walt: Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

    • Walt: Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.

    • Walt: Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.

    • Walt: Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children.

    • Walt: Born of necessity, the little fellow (Mickey Mouse) literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium cartoon animation towards new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.

    • Walt: Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.

    • Walt: Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon's unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.

    • Walt: Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.

    • Walt: All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

    • Walt: All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

    • Walt: All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.

    • Walt: Adults are interested if you don't play down to the little 2 or 3 year olds or talk down. I don't believe in talking down to children. I don't believe in talking down to any certain segment. I like to kind of just talk in a general way to the audience. Children are always reaching.

    • Walt was awarded an honorary Oscar "For the creation of Mickey Mouse" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at the fifth Awards ceremony held on November 10, 1932 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. It was only the second honorary Oscar yet awarded by the Academy. The recipient of the first honorary Oscar, Charles Chaplin, was supposed to present the award to Disney, but he stayed home the night of the awards.

    • Walt was pictured on a 6¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, 11 September 1968.

    • Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, an Army draft notice, addressed to "Mr. Donald Duck", was delivered to the Disney studios.

    • Walt reports surfaced that shortly after his death, Disney Company executive board members were shown a short film that Disney had made before his death, where he addressed the board members by name, telling each of them what was expected of them. The film ended with Disney saying, "I'll be seeing you."

    • Walt's death was not publicly announced until after his funeral, which was attended only by close family members.

    • Walt worked as a paperboy as a youth for the Kansas City Star, which the Walt Disney Company now owns.

    • Walt was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2000.

    • Walt became interested in personalizing animals' characters after carelessly killing a small owl as a young boy. He felt deeply remorseful and guilty and vowed never again to kill a living creature.

    • Walt holds the record of winning the most Academy Awards (32).

    • As a teenager, Walt Disney was a member of the Order of DeMolay, a youth organization affiliated with Free Masons.

    • Walt is the father-in-law of Ron Miller (married to his daughter Diane Disney)

    • Walt was born at 12:30am-CST.

    • Walt's spouse, Lillian, died on December 16, 1997.

    • Walt first voiced both Mickey and Minnie but had to stop because he got too busy to voice the characters.

  • Quotes

    • Walt: A man should never neglect his family for business.

    • ShadowRoxs- Although Walt Disney died he is famous for alot of reasons, but the most thing he is famous for is that his dreams came true, and people are inspired by it and look torward theirs as well.

      'When you wish upon a star makes no difference who you are anything your heart desires will come to you.'- Pinocchio 1940

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • King of Cartoons

    10
    Walt Disney is the greatest animator of all time, with only Tex Avery and Hayao Miyazaki capable of rivaling him. He created Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pete and created the first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He created the first talking cartoon and also the very first color cartoon as well. During his lifetime, he created 19 animated films, the final being the Jungle Book, a huge achievement for anyone.moreless
  • He's a good cartoonist

    9.0
    I like the way he did to Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse was my favorite disney character. I liked his cartoons. it had creativity and fun cartoons. I remember going to disneyland at one time. its quite fun going there. The only few disney stuff i dont like back then are Winnie the Pooh and the muppets. but others, are good. I hate Disney now. All they have is tween crap. All that tween crap is all about is singing about boyfriend and girlfriend that nobody gives a shit about.moreless
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