Walt Disney

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

Biography

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney, was born on December 5th, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. Disney grew up in a family with three older brothers and one younger sister. His parents both came from farming backgrounds and his father had a big impact on his family. Disney dropped out of high school to serve in the war. Therefore, he lacked education. He opened his first small cartoon-production company in Kansas City, in 1922. This business failed, so he went on to work for an ad service. In 1923, Disney moved to Hollywood, California and started a new business with his brother. At this business, Disney's first cartoon characters were made and put into action. The cartoon series' were know as Alice in Cartoonland, based off the characters in Alice in Wonderland, and, his very own, Oswald the Rabbit. In 1928, the famous Mickey Mouse came to life. His cartoons became very popular over the years and brought him great success. On July 17, 1955 Disney's childhood dream came true. He opened his first theme park, Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. The $17 million park allowed children and families to enjoy rides and meet the Disney characters. Disney died while the second theme park was under construction in 1966. He died on December 15, 1966 from lung cancer.

Impact

Walt Disney was a pioneer of film making. Disney founded the animation and entertainment empire. He helped form the means of childhood entertainment in the 1920's.
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