“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
And the world will forever be grateful of Walt Disney’s courage to do just that, not only making his own dreams come true, but inspiring millions for generations to come.
Walter Elias Disney was born Dec 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois and sadly passed away on December 15, 1966 in Burbank, CA. He was an American entrepreneur, voice actor and film producer, but most importantly he was an animator and a pioneer of that industry.
As a child, Walt would draw and sell photos to his neighbors to make money.
During WWI, he lied about his age to join the efforts of the Red Cross in their war efforts when he was only 16.
Disney founded the college-level professional development school encompassing all performing arts, California Institute of the Arts.
He married one of his very first employees, Lillian Bound, for whom the Lilly Belle train in Disneyland is named after. They had 2 daughters, and she is the one who convinced him to change the name of his mouse character cartoon to Mickey from Mortimer, because Mortimer sounded too pompous to her.
Without Disney having the courage to pursue his dreams, the world wouldn’t have gotten Mickey, Minnie, Disneyland, or any of the other characters, theme parks, movies, shows, toys, songs, video games, or anything else that has brought so much happiness and joy to children and adults for generations.
THANK YOU, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALT DISNEY! Feel free to leave your wishes for Walt in the comments and join us over on social media!