Walt Disney
by AJ Jarman

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in a small town just outside of Chicago, Illinois to Elias and Flora Disney.He was the fourth out of five children

When Walt was young, his father wanted to move a lot. One of Walt’s brothers said, “He could never stay in one place long enough to warm a seat.” He most fondly remembered the town of Marceline Missouri.

During World War 1, Walt was sixteen and his older brother Roy Disney was in the Navy. Walt and one of his friends decided they wanted to join the Red Cross Ambulance Unit, but you had to be seventeen to join. They both on the application put that they were born in 1900. Walt was stationed in France.

Walt when he was working for the Red Cross Ambulance Unit.

After the war, Walt came back to the US, and he moved back to Kansas City. He got a job at The Kansas City Star news paper in the art department where he met Ub (oob) Iwerks (eyeworks). Soon he and Ub became friends. Walt and Ub decided to open their own studio called Iwerks Disney. They were going to call it Disney Iwerks, but they thought that that made it sound like it was an eye docter's office. It soon went out of business.

Walt and Ub Iwerks.

Walt then created the Laugh-O- Grams Studio. He made many successful cartoons. One was called Alice in Cartoonland. It was about a little girl who was in a world where everything was cartoon except her.

Walt was offered a great deal to start another studio called the Disney Bros. Studio. Margret J. Winkler, an important cartoon distributor in New York was interested in the Alice series.

Walt & Roy in front of Disney Bros. Studios

Walt and Lillian Disney got married in 1925. Lillian was an ink and paint girl at the studio.

Walt and Lillian in Hawii

Walt once again talked to Mrs. Winkler who said she wanted him to come up with something new. She suggested that he make a show about a rabbit. He then came up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald became a huge success, but Charles Mintz decided to get all of Disney’s staff to work for him by paying them more than Walt was. It was either lose all his staff, or lose his character.

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

On the train ride back to Hollywood from New York, Walt came up with an idea. It was a mouse who’s name was originally Mortimer Mouse. It was soon changed to Mickey Mouse.

An original sketch of Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney started to make a full length feature film called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. To make the show, he made a new camera called the multiplane camera.

Walt Disney’s Snow White was a huge hit. It won an Oscar that had seven little Oscars with the normal one. It was awarded to Walt by Shirley Temple.

Walt and Shirley Temple at the Oscars.

While watching his daughters on a carousel, Walt decided he wanted to make an amusement park where families could go and have fun together. He came up with the idea for Disneyland.

The construction of Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. There were many problems that day. A gas leak caused half the park to close down, the soda machines ran out of drinks, women’s heals were sinking into the cement that had been poured not that much earlier, several people were caught putting their kids in front of people in line, and it was really hot. The next day, Walt made sure that the park was fixed and ready for the next day. After that, the park became a smash hit.

Sleeping Beauty's castle.

In 1966 while plans for Disney World were still being worked on, Walt died on December 15, ten days after his 65th birthday. The entire world was sad about his death. It took the Imaginears a few years to decide on what to do about Disney World after Walt’s death.

A globe that looks like Mickey Mouse crying because of Walt's death.

Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971 to a full crowd. Its opening was better than opening day at Disneyland.

Cinderella's Castle.

Walt Disney will always be remembered for all that he has done.

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