Walter Elias Disney, known as "Walt", was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1901. He was the son of Elias and Flora Disney, and had four siblings. He lived most of his childhood in Missouri, moving there not long after his birth.
Walt tried to join the military when he was 16, but he was too young. Instead, he joined the Red Cross in France. When painting his ambulance, he covered it with cartoons, instead of camouflage.
The Alice Comedies, his first comedy, failed and his company went bankrupt. After moving to Hollywood, Walt married his employee, Lillian, and had two kids.
The year 1928 was the year Mickey Mouse was born and the year that the cartoon "Steamboat Willie" was released. "Steamboat Willie" was created by Disney and was the world's first silent cartoon.
Disney's first major success, and the company's first full length film, was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This movie was released during the Great Depression, so the amount it made was even more impressive from this fact.
Walt's dream was to open a Disney theme park, and in 1955, his
dream came true. Disneyland was opened in California. In 1966, just a few days before the opening of Disney World in Florida, Walt Disney died of cancer.
Walter Elias Disney
If you mention the word "Disney" to anyone in America, there will almost always be a sign of recognition. Walter "Walt" Disney was the creator of this famous company. Without him, there wouldn't be a Mickey Mouse, Simba, or Bambi.