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Walt Disney
American Animator and Film Producer

1901 - 1966

If you can dream it, you can do it.

                                                             —Walt Disney



Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. Disney is the creator of the world-famous cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. The small animation company started in Hollywood, California by Disney and his brother Roy, has grow into one of the world's most powerful media conglomerates.

Besides Mickey Mouse, Disney created such cartoon characters as Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. Winner of a record 30 Academy Awards, he created the first full-length animated feature films, beginning with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937, and including "Pinocchio" in 1938 and "Bambi" in 1942. He also made "true-life" adventure films including "Seal Island" in 1948 and "Davy Crockett" in 1955. He also produced the first color television series, "Disney's Wonderful World of Color" beginning in 1961.

In addition to animation and movies, Disney launched two amusement parks: Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. Since his death in 1966 the Disney company has opened Disneyland Paris in France, and produced a new series of animated feature films. Just this year Disney purchased Capital Cities/ABC Television.

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  Books About Walt Disney

  • Disney's World: A Biography - Author: Leonard Mosley

    A fair examination of Walt Disney's life story, foibles and all. Filled with detailed personal accounts of Disney's involvement with various productions, and giving full credit for his creative achievements. 330 pages

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Paperback edition of "Disney's World: A Biography"


  • The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms
    Author: Christopher Finch

    A revision of a classic that sold more than 500,000 copies since its first publication in 1973. This elaborately illustrated volume tells the story of Walt Disney and chronicles the dramatic resurgence of the company he founded as it grew under new management.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "The Art of Walt Disney"


  • Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success
    Author: Thomas K. Connellan Ph. D.

    Based on hours of interviews and discussions with present and former Disney employees, "Inside the Magic Kingdom" discloses the secrets behind the theme park's success and explains why more than two-thirds of its 30 million guests are repeat customers. 160 pages

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "Inside the Magic Kingdom"


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Article written by Robin Chew - December 1995