Walt's Early Years
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Walt Disney World Resort, also known as Disney World is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake Florida, near Orlando. The resort opened on October 1, 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually.
Walt Disney received twenty-two competitive Academic Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, and also holds the record for the most wins and nominations for an individual in history.
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Walt kept an apartment on Disneyland’s Main Street. He would spend the night and days, above the firehouse. The apartment still exists as it was, even complete with Walt’s papers as he left them on his desk
Employees had a special code name for him. Disney animators would use the code ‘man is in the forest’ as a warning to get back to work when Walt was approaching
Walt’s signature was not his signature. His famous signature was not made by him, and had no resemblance to his actual signed name
- He didn’t allow women to be animators. Not that this was unusual in 1938, but as was stated in no uncertain terms to a woman applying for a spot in the animation training school “women do not do creative work.”
Walt's formal education ended after 8th grade. Some have suggested that the many jobs Disney held and his struggle in school was due to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Despite Disney’s lack of education, he was always learning new things, reading, teaching himself animation, and experimenting and working to improve himself. Walt says, “I failed… I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… I learned a lot out of that.” He showed that it is possible to be successful despite not having a proper education or an expected path to go down, such as college.