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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

1. The world would be very different without Walt’s influence. Again, who would want to imagine a world without Walt Disney and his influence? It might not be a small world without him, but it would definitely be a very different world. Imagine traveling to central Florida and instead of seeing signs for Disney World, you see swampland and marshes. ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

2. He is not in cryogenic suspension. In November of 1966, Walt Disney was diagnosed with lung cancer. Only a few weeks later, he died at the age of 65 on December 15, 1966. Immediately rumors began to circulate that Walt’s body was frozen with a new technology called cryo-suspension. At the time, some scientists began to believe that it ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

3. He holds the record for Oscars. Walt Disney died in 1966, but he still holds the record for winning the most individual Academy Awards and for the most individual nominations. During his lifetime, he won 22 Oscars, and he was nominated for 59. The wins and nominations were associated with a short Walt worked on, titled “Flowers and Trees,” ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

4. He lived with feelings of guilt and sadness. In early 1938 after the success of the Snow White film, Walt and his brother Roy were determined to bless their parents with a home in North Hollywood close to the Disney Studios. But only months after moving into the house, Walt’s mother began to notice fumes in the house related ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

5. He had little support on the project that would serve as the Disney Company’s springboard. After the success of Mickey began to take off, Walt wanted to branch out from the shorts he was used to producing and instead work on a feature-length animated film. He began work to give new life to an old German fairy tale written ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

6. He lent his voice to bringing Mickey to life. In the coming years, Walt would create cartoon after cartoon, showcasing Mickey Mouse. Not too long after the birth of Mickey, other characters began to take shape and come to life. But Mickey’s voice was familiar to many. After all, it was Walt’s voice in disguise. From 1928 to 1947, ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

7. He created Mickey after a devastating loss. The success of the Oswald cartoons made Walt ecstatic, but it seemed to have a different effect on Mintz. In early 1928, Mintz struck a new deal with Universal that cut Disney out completely but kept Oswald on the table. Disney had heard this, but he refused to believe it. He set ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

8. He met with his first real success in 1927. “I only hope we never lose sight of one thing—that it all started with a mouse.” Disney spoke these words on October 27, 1954, during a television program entitled, What is Disneyland? His words would serve as the motto and motivation behind the endeavors of the Walt Disney Company then ...

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

9. He drove an ambulance in France. After being rejected by the U.S. Army because he was too young, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France. For the next year, he drove an ambulance that was covered with cartoons instead of camouflage. He also served as chauffer to Red Cross officials.

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11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Walter Elias Disney

10. He never finished high school. It may be hard to believe that a genius like Walt Disney never finished high school, but it’s true. In 1917, Walt Disney began attending McKinley High School in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he contributed his artwork to the school’s newspaper. But in 1918, before he turned 17, Walt dropped out of high school ...

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