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Walter Elias Disney was born in December 5, 1901 in Chicago.

He was the
fourth son of Elias Disney. Disney attended the Benton Grammar School.

He was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A


pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several
developments in the production of cartoons. He created famous cartoon
characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. His name was also
used for the successful Disney Theme Parks. As a film producer, Disney
holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having
won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.

Disney developed an early interest in drawing. He took art classes as a boy


and got a job as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. He moved to
California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his
brother Roy

Disney's first character was born before he started the Disney company which
is when he worked at Universal and his name was Oswald The Lucky Rabbit.
Disney wanted the character to be peppy, alert, saucy and venturesome,
keeping him also neat and trim

To replace Oswald, Disney and Iwerks developed Mickey Mouse, possibly


inspired by a pet mouse that Disney had adopted while working in his Laugh-
O-Gram studio. Disney's original choice of name was Mortimer Mouse, but
Lillian thought it too pompous, and suggested Mickey instead. Iwerks revised
Disney's sketches to make the character easier to animate, and Disney
provided Mickey's voice.

In the late 1940s, Walt Disney began building up plans for a massive Theme
Park. Walt Disney wished the Theme Park to be like nothing ever created on
earth. In particular, he wanted it to be a magical world for children and
surrounded by a train. Disney had a great love of trains since his childhood
when he regularly saw trains pass near his home.

After several years in the planning and building, Disneyland opened on July
17, 1955 at Anaheim, California, UNITED STATES

Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died on December 15, 1966, at
the age of 65.
 Passionate about his craft. Disney fell in love with drawing as a kid
and continued to draw and create cartoons. He was a cartoonist for his
school newspaper and continued to focus on his artistic career
throughout his life.
 Optimistic and positive attitude. There many times in Disney’s
career that people tried to take advantage of him. Yet, he kept going
because he was positive and optimistic about the future.
 He learned from his mistakes. At the beginning, Disney made a lot of
mistakes. He signed contracts without reading them and trusted people
he shouldn’t have. He lost a lot of money by doing so, but being the
smart guy he is, quickly learned from his mistakes. To him, a mistake
was just a little blimp in his path.
 He was kind to others. A young actress who worked with Disney said
it was a joy to be around him. He never criticized her and was
supportive. Former employees said if you saw Disney around the
company’s campus, you could go up to him and talk with him about
anything. That’s just the kind of guy he was.