Walt was born on December 5, 1901, in the Hermosa section of Chicago, Illinois. he lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he started drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. Disney attended McKinley high school in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the schools paper.
Walt then started work on a series around a new animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This series was successful, but in 1928, Walt discovered that M.J Winker and her husband, Charles Mintz, had stolen the rights to the character away from him. They had also stolen all his animators. The first character Walt created was Mickey mouse.
In 1955, he even opened a theme park in southern California, Disneyland. It was a place where children and their parents could take rides, just explore, and meet the familiar animated characters, all in a clean, safe environment. It was another great success.
today Walt Disney's company is very successful. The Walt Disney company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments, media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media.
Walt Disney died in 1966, with lung cancer. even when he was sick he wanted to keep moving forward and on with creating new things. Disney was a very positive person and didn't give up. He was very successful and so is his company today.