Walt Disney's Life

Who was Walt Disney?

Walt Disney

Walt Disney Was born December 5, 1901 in Chicago, IL.

Interesting Facts

  1. Disney was a train fanatic. His fascination began as a child, when he would watch the trains pass by near his house. His uncle, a train conductor, would blow the whistle as a greeting. Later, as an adult, Disney built a miniature steam railroad in the backyard of his L.A. home. Seeing the joy it brought his daughters, he became determined to incorporate a monorail into Disneyland.
  2. Disney's final words remain a bizarre mystery. On his deathbed, he wrote the name "Kurt Russell" on a piece of paper. Even Kurt Russell himself is perplexed regarding the meaning. He was a child actor at the time of Disney's death, having just recently signed on with Disney studios.
  3. He changed the lives of so many people. Though maybe none more than his own housekeeper. His live-in housekeeper, Thelma Howard, served his family for 30 years, and he would give her Disney shares as holiday bonuses. When she died in 1994, her estate was found to be worth more than $9 million. Half of that went to her son, and the rest, having herself grown up in extreme poverty, went to help homeless and disadvantaged children.

Information About Walt Disney

Know As: Walter Elias Disney

Religion: Christian

Political Ideology: Republican

Born: December 05, 1901

Died At Age: 65

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Born In: Chicago

Died: December 15, 1966

Place Of Death: Burbank

Father: Elias Disney

Mother: Flora Call Disney

Siblings: Herbert Disney, Raymond Disney, Roy Disney, Oliver Disney, Ruth Disney

Spouse: Lillian Bounds (1925-1966)

Children: Diane Disney, Sharon Disney

Education: Benton Grammar School, Kansas City Art Institute School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Net worth: $5 Billion

Awards: 1953 - Cecil B. DeMille Award - 7 Emmy Awards - 22 Academy Awards


1. his first Mickey Mouse movie was called Plane Crazy

2. the first sound movie with Mickey Mouse is in the Jazz Singer in 1927

3. his first cartoon with sound was Steamboat Willie

4. theaters created a club called Mickey mouse club

5. Academy Award for Flower and Trees because it was the first film to be shot in Technicolor

6. 1937, Walt's first full length movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movie won a special Academy Award

7. 1937, Walt was put on the cover of Time Magazine.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Steamboat Willie
Plane Crazy Mickey Mouse Classic Walt Disney 1928 Sound Cartoon