The Man Behind Disney

By Ellie Johnson

Childhood

Did you know that a man named Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse. Walt was born on December 5, 1901 in Hermosa, Chicago. His full name is Walter Elias Disney. He had four siblings, Herbert, Ray, Roy and Ruth. In 1906 the Disney’s moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri. On the farm Walt often drew pictures of the farm animals. This talent became very useful for Walt as he got older.

Walt and Kansas City

At 16 Walt went to France after World War 1 had ended. There he worked for a company that made pictures move across a movie screen. When Walt lived in Kansas City he worked for the Kansas City Slide Company where he made one-minute advertisements. In Kansas City Walt did not achieve financial success, but he did get a chance to experiment. In 1923 Walt and Roy opened a film studio in California.

The Disney Business

Walt married Lillian Bounds in 1925. Lillian happened to work at Walt’s studio when they met. Walt and Lillian had two children, Diane and Sharon. In 1928 Walt made his first cartoon of Mickey Mouse. This Short film was called Steamboat Willie. Walt got the idea to create Mickey Mouse from his own pet mouse. Today Mickey still remains popular. With Walt’s company growing he needed more room for his employees to work. So in 1939 Walt built a building in Burbank.


Walt's Last Days

Walt decided that he wanted to build a theme park. In 1955 that became a reality, Disneyland opened in California. Walt holds the record for most Academy Awards won. In 1963 The Freedom Foundation presented Walt with the George Washington Award. Then Walt died on December 15, 1966 at the age of just 65. The doctor informed Walt’s family he had died from lung cancer, from smoking cigars.


Why We Should Try To Be More Like Him

Even though Walt has passed he still makes people from all around the world happy. I think we should try to be more like him because during The Great Depression with Walt’s imagination and determination he helped his company to continue to grow. Also Walt knew what he wanted and he went for it, even though he hit a wall he just jumped right over it. As you can see I strongly believe that we should try to be more like Walt Disney.