Dare To Dream- Walt Disney's Story
One of my favorite movies on Netflix is titled "Walt Before Disney" it's a biopic of Walt's life and a very inspirational movie. I love magical moments, anything that brings about a positive cheer, that brings togetherness, family time, fun, inspiration, beauty & elegance. Maybe that's why I love Disney movies, why I love Disney characters and most especially Disneyland.
I had a fun family adventure at Disneyland Paris last year, it was a really magical time with my family, we had so much fun, enjoying the togetherness, soaking in the beauty and festivity of Disneyland.
To think that one man's persistence about his dreams brought about this amazing legacy. The whole mood at Disney is always one of celebration and festivity. You can't step into that place and remain melancholic. It just brings you alive. How is it that many years after the death of Walt Disney, his spirit, his legacy is still alive in all that he created? Whatever we birth and create through passion, audacity, creativity & persistence lives on and never dies.
We all have been giving the gifts of time, as well as the ability to create. We are beings of creation, and we have the ability to create something out of nothing. What we usually lack is enthusiasm, consistency, persistence, curiosity, courage, and confidence. We have everything it takes to create great things it's in our DNA, many times we do these things for those we love but we just never step out of our comfort zone. Why don't you drink a little inspiration from Walt's Bio below? Step out of your comfort zone, and dare to dream the impossible.
A little Bio of Disney
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney co-founded Walt Disney Productions with his brother Roy, this later became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime and he also the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Disney in his growing up years would work a summer job with the railroad, selling snacks and newspapers to travelers. He was a school drop out, who went to join the army but was rejected for being underage.
Walt got his first job with Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio where he made animations based on cut out animation, from here he opened his own animation business and made a deal with Kansas City theatre to screen his cartoons called Laugh-O-Grams. This gained popularity and he went on to hire a number of employees.
This business became burdened with debt and he went bankrupt! He didn't give up, later Disney and his brother Roy moved to Hollywood with cartoonist Ub Iwerks in 1923, and there the Disney Brothers' Cartoon Studio was founded. The company soon changed its name to Walt Disney Studios, at Roy’s suggestion. They went on to create the world-famous Mickey Mouse and friends among others. Once again the company faced a tough time when in 1941 the workers went on strike, many resigned, this was a huge setback for the company and it took many years for the company to bounce back.
Disney produced more than 100 feature films. His first full-length animated film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which premiered in Los Angeles on December 21, 1937. It produced an unimaginable $1.499 million, in spite of the Great Depression, and won eight Oscars. This led Walt Disney Studios to complete another string of full-length animated films over the next five years.
During the mid-1940s, Disney created "packaged features," groups of shorts strung together to run at feature length. By 1950, he was once again focusing on animated features.
Other films from DisneyPinocchio (1940)
Treasure Island (1950)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Peter Pan (1953)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Disney's last major success that he produced himself was the motion picture Mary Poppins, which came out in 1964 and mixed live-action and animation.
Disney's $17 million Disneyland theme park opened on July 17, 1955, in Anaheim, California, on what was once an orange grove, the opening day itself, was bombarded with so many mishaps, but the theme park is alive today.
I don't know about you but I am grateful that a man called Walt Disney was able to be audacious with his dreams, courageous with his skills and Curious with his imaginations, and ultimately he followed through on his dreams, creating magical moments for the world.
adapted from Biography.com