Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 - December 15, 1966) was a famous American entertainer, inventor, cartoonist, and entrepreneur. Along with his brother Roy Disney, he was the founder of Walt Disney Productions (now The Walt Disney Company). He is known as the father of modern theme parks.
Disney's best-known creation is the cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. Disney even provided the voice for Mickey Mouse for many years. Donald Duck is another famous creation. Minnie Mouse and Pluto are also his creations. Disney was once fired from a newspaper company in Kansas City, Missouri because of his lack of creativity.
Walt Disney began as a cartoonist in the 1920s. He created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit but lost ownership of the character due to a contract problem. He then created Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney started the Walt Disney Studios and created the first full length animated movie when he created Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The movie was a huge success. The money from the movie helped Disney create many more cartoons and movies. He earned 32 academy awards. Disney once refused an offer from Alfred Hitchcock to make a movie at Disney World after Hitchcock filmed Psycho.
In the 1950s Walt Disney created Disneyland in Anaheim California. Disneyland was the first modern theme park. Disney also bought the land for Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Disney did not see Walt Disney World finished though because he died before it opened. Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World (and now other Disney theme parks) are famous for their design, level of detail, being very clean, and animatronics.
Disney died of lung cancer and was cremated in 1966.
Other pages[change | edit source]
- The Walt Disney Company
- Walt Disney Pictures
- Roy E. Disney
- Michael Eisner
- List of Disney animated movies
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- "Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, dies at 79". http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091216/ap_on_en_mo/us_obit_roy_disney;_ylt=AnbKzBosKYOZHmmR5Mr5sSoEtbAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJwdDI1MzFyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMjE2L3VzX29iaXRfcm95X2Rpc25leQRwb3MDMzMEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDcm95ZGlzbmV5bmVw. Retrieved 2009-12-16.
- Fun Facts about Walt Disney at Hidden Mickeys.com
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