Walt Disney

and his journey through success


Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5th, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. Walt was one of 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. After Walt was born, the family moved to Marceline, Missouri, where he spent most his life there. When he was young, he enjoyed "leisure time" on the farm and visiting "pals", “Doc” Sherwood and “Grandpa” Taylor, two neighbors in their 70s. Along with his grandmother and aunt, these men were among the first to encourage Walt’s artistic abilities, and speaking of, Walt had very early interests in art. He took art classes at a young age and was always considered a "self taught" artist. He also would often sell drawings to neighbors to make extra money.


Walt went to McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the Army but was rejected for being underage. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance.

Conflict of Character vs. Society

Walt spent time in France, earning money from drawing cartoons and caricatures for the men he served with, and drew and submitted cartoons to humor magazines, though all were rejected.

Resolution (how did he overcome his obstacle)

he stayed with his dream when almost everyone said that he wouldn't be able to get there


two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, the first theme park (Disneyland, 1955), and a winner of 26 academy awards

Memorable Quotes

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. … You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”


The lesson that should be learned from Walt Disney's successful experience through life, is to never give up on your dreams, no matter how much someone doesn't want you to do, it shouldn't matter. Because Walt Disney always said to follow your dreams.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' Steamboat Willie


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