Can you imagine a world without Disney Princesses? Or how about a world without Mickey Mouse or Disney World? Well if it wasn’t for one man, they would have never existed and our lives would be starkly different. Walt Disney is the man behind the mouse and happiness of our childhoods.
Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born in 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Flora and Elias Disney. As a child, he developed a talent for drawing and even sold his drawings to neighbors when he was seven. He also had a great love for trains and eventually went on to work on the railroad for a summer job and built his own miniature train set. Then he gained an interest for film and acting and even as he and his family moved around, he kept his dreams alive.
In 1925, he married his wife Lillian Bounds and they went on to have two daughters, Diane and Sharon. Three years after their marriage, he created his most famous animated character, Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse made is first debut in Steamboat Willie, the world’s first synchronized sound cartoon, in 1928. Then in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was release and the world met the first Disney Princess.
In the next five years, Walt Disney Studios went on to make famous films such as Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. Then finally in 1955, Walt Disney’s dream came true and Disneyland Park opened. Now, even years after his death, Disney World is a multi-million dollar business and brings happiness to families around the world.
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