Walt Disney World is one of the biggest attractions not only in Florida but throughout the world. It’s truly a great vision created by Walt Disney, and here are some facts about the man himself.
1. Born on December 5, 1901.
2. Full name was Walter Elias Disney.
3. Worked as a paperboy during childhood.
4. Served as an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross during World War I.
5. Married Lillian Disney, which whom he had two daughters.
6. His films Snow White and the Seven Dwarves earned $8 million during its initial release in 1939, over $130 million in today’s money.
7. Gained some of his inspiration for Disneyland from Denmark’s centuries-old Tivoli amusement park.
8. Future president Ronald Reagan was in attendance at the opening of Disneyland in 1955.
9. Founded CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in the 1960s, where many animators including John Lasseter have graduated.
10. He and his company provided many attractions for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, including but not limited to It’s a Small World.
11. Walt Disney’s father was ironically enough, a carpenter for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
12. Died on December 15, 1966.
13. It’s been long rumored that Disney was cryrogenically frozen (he was actually cremated).