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“He had passed beyond the afflictions of this world. Walt Disney had at last attained perfection.”
― Neal Gabler, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
Walter Elias Disney was an innovator in the field of animation and attained fame for his ability to entertain both children and adults with his cartoons and films.
Disney was born December 5, 1901 in Chicago. During his childhood, he became interested in drawing, and by high school, he was the cartoonist for his school’s newspaper.
In 1923, Walt and his brother moved to Hollywood and started an animation company.
Over the next few years, Disney achieved success in the animation business and created such famous characters as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. Over the next several decades, Disney produced successful cartoon series’ and feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Bambi.
In addition to his films and many cartoon series, Disney began working on an amusement park, and Disneyland opened in California in 1955.
Walt Disney died in 1966 at the age of 65, but even after his death, his genius continued. Disneyworld opened in Orlando, Florida in 1971, and Disney Studios has continued to produce films loved by both children and adults.
These 108 Walt Disney quotes perfectly capture the spirit of this legendary man…
#1. From 1928 until 1947, Disney himself did the voice of Mickey.
#2. Walt Disney was great friends with Uncle Sam. So much so, that Disney animated war propaganda films and training videos for the US military.
#3. The last film Disney oversaw was The Jungle Book. He passed soon after from lung cancer in 1966.
#4. Disney’s employees had a codename for him. His animators would use the code ‘man is in the forest’ as a warning to get busy when the boss was coming.
#5. Walt Disney measured distance in hot dogs. All trash cans at Disney World were planted 25 steps away from hot dog stands. This is precisely how long it took him to eat one.
#6. The signature is the famous Disney logo is not Walt’s signature. It was not actually written by him, and has no resemblance to his actual signed name.
#7. Disney dropped out of high school at 16 and attempted to enlist in the army. Although he was underage, hence rejected, he became employed with the Red Cross as an ambulance driver.
#8. Walt Disney received more Academy Award and nominations than any other person in history.
These famous Walt Disney quotes capture his desire to make dreams come true. Disney not only provided us with timeless characters, his creations still bring magic to children and adults around the world.