Walt Disney


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“All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney


  • Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He was 9 when he first started school.
  • Walt's mother was named Flora Call Disney and his father's name was Elias Disney. He had 4 siblings.
  • He had three brothers named Roy O Disney, Herbert Arthur Disney, and Raymond Arnold Disney. He also had one sister named Ruth Flora Disney.
  • His mother never understood why he loved to draw cartoons

Early Careers

  • Was in newspaper delivery with his brother
  • Had a summer job selling snacks and newspapers to travelers
  • Joined Red Cross and was sent to France
  • In 1919 he left France to come back to Kansas City.
  • Left his job to form his first animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram

Obstacles in Life

  • At age 22, Walt experienced bankruptcy after the failure of a cartoon series in Kansas City. He headed to Los Angeles with $40 in cash, and an imitation-leather suitcase containing only a shirt, two undershorts, two pairs of socks and some drawing materials. Feeling that others did animation better, his goal was to be an actor out in Hollywood. It never occurred
  • His success on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit never got him anywhere cause he didn't hold ownership of the cartoon.
  • Went through a time he called "a heck of a breakdown"
  • The company had more than $4 million in dept. and business was still slow after WWII

How he overcame these obstacles

  • Pushed through

  • Focused on his dreams

  • Began working on new ideas


  • Made many famous animations now, such as Mickey Mouse
  • Inspired many other cartoonists and movies
  • Has his own amusement parks in California and Florida named after him as a tribute to all his cartoons loved by families and kids